Gulkam Canyon, Chimgan Mountains, Uzbekistan (September 2012)

 

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In September 2012, I traveled with my wife to Uzbekistan. Most of the trip was devoted to visiting Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, and Khiva. However, at the end of the trip we did a one-day excursion to the Gulkam Canyon with my two friends Boris Karpov and Vyacheslav (Slava) Yuryev, both from Tashkent. Hiking this canyon is a ″classic″ trip in the Tashkent area. It is located in the Chimgan Mountains, some 90km NE of Tashkent. The main skiing complex in Uzbekistan, Chimgan, is located in the Chimgan Mountains.

 

View over the Chimgan mountains on our way to the trailhead.

 

Boris (ahead) and Slava on their way to Gulkam Pass (1820m) above the road where we started hiking.

 

View from Gulkam Pass.

 

Boris at Gulkam Pass.

 

View during to the descent into the canyon.

 

Entrance of the canyon.

 

In the canyon.

 

 

 

 

 

Lower part of the canyon.

 

 

Slava (left) and Boris (right) at the end of the hike.

 

View over Charvak Lake (reservoir) on our way back to Tashkent.

 

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