Uzbekistan Snowboarding & Snow-skiing

Skiing & freeride program in Uzbekistan. Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in Uzbekistan, which is
located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.

There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and
Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).

Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
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Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Day 01. Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the airport, transfer in Chimgan.
Arrangements with an accommodation. If the time allows – ski-tracks of Chimgan. The length of the chair lift road in Chimgan – 800 m. Overfall of heights – 385 m. Length of the rope-tow – 570 m. Overfall of heights – 250 m. Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as “blue” tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a “red” track of mid level difficulty.

Day 02. Transfer in Beldersay. Highest point – 2880 m. Length of the ski-track –
3017 m. Overfall of heights – 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track – 27. Maximal bias – 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift – 2250 m. Overfall of heights – 565m. Extension of the rope-tow – 700m. Overfall of heights – 200m. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but there are also good conditions for beginners. The peculiarity of local climate creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay. Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km. Returning in Chimgan. Accommodation.
Day 03. Free descents from the northwest counterfort of the Western ridge of the Greater Chimgan. Start at height of 2350 m.

Day 04. Climbing to the top of Greater Chimgan. Spending night at summit in tent.

Day 05. Descent from the summit of Greater Chimgan (3309 m.) via Central couloir. Transfer to Tashkent train station. Leave for Bukhara by the night train.

Day 06.
07.00 Meeting at the Kagan train station. Transfer to Bukhara. A breakfast in
09.00 Excursion across Bukhara;
19.00 Transfer to train station;
20.50 Train to Samarkand.

Day 07.
01.40 Arrival in Samarkand. A meeting at train station, transfer to hotel.
10.00. Excursion across Samarkand.
17.30. Transfer to the train station.
18.00 Train to Tashkent.
20.00 Arrival in Tashkent, meeting at train station, transfer in the airport.
End of the program

The cost includes:
All meetings, seeng-offs and transfers on a route.
Service of a professional guide.
Accommodation in guest house in Chimgan (or hotel on your choice). Registration.
Railway tickets for a train (compartment) Tashkent – Bukhara, Bukhara –
Railway tickets for «Аfrosiab» train Samarkand – Tashkent.
Service of guides in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Car with the driver during excursion in Samarkand.
Breakfast in Bukhara and Samarkand (and in Chimgan at place of residence).
Food, gas during climb to Greater Chimgan summit.

The cost does not include:
A food in Chimgan and in the cities.
Skipass/Lift charge in Chimgan and Beldersay.
Entrance tickets for excursion objects in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Rent of ski/board, tent, sleeping bag and personal gears and wearing.

2 pax:
550 USD – accommodation in guest house.
630 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

3 pax:
455 USD – accommodation in guest house.
635 USD – accommodation in hotel (Junior suite room).

4 pax:
485 USD – accommodation in guest house.
600 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

Local peculiarities of Snowboarding & Snow-skiing in Uzbekistan Mountains

Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent

Chimgan Mountains

The Chimgan Mountains are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape tourism. Mountains  (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks – 3,309 m) of Chatkal range, plateaus, the Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of Greater Chimgan PeakGulkam and Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and abroad.

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. Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.

Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day. The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment (ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.

We provide guides for all kinds of skiing and snowboarding. By preliminary inquiry we can arrange descents outside of the route by a virgin snow (backcountry) accompanied by our skilled guides.

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Registan in Samarkand

Registan in Samarkand is the monument of town-planning art of Central Asia of 15-17 centuries. It is the city square ensemble, during the rule of
Timurid dynasty it was the main square of Samarkand. The development of existing ensemble was started in 17-th century. Registan includes three madrasahs with the rich mosaic decor, carved ceramic and marble decor. From the west the Ulugh Beg Madrasah is located (1417-20; 2 minarets were straightened in 1932, 1965). From the east, in the town-planning technique, which called ‘Kosh’ (that means – in mirror reflexion) with the Ulugh Beg Madrasah, – the Sher-Dor Madrasah (‘The Tigers having’: 1619-1635/36, architect Abdul-Dzhabbar, paintings Mohammed Abbas Samarkandi, main restorations 1926, 1961). And from the north – the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (“Gilded”; 1646/47-1659/60; main restorations 1939, 1970-75).

Three Madrasahs of Registan in Samarkand are outstanding architectural monuments not only in the Central Asia, but also in the World architecture. The most refined of them is the Ulugh Beg Madrasah. It has embodied the architectural forms and methods, which have grown on the basis of ancient traditions of the Central Asian architecture, at the same time enriched by variety of achievements of the building technics and art of the adjacent countries. One can see there remarkable decorative glazed tilework, both in exterior and in interior of the building.


Gur Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand

The Gur-Emir-Mausoleum (Persian گور امیر; Uzbek Go’ri Amir, from gur, “grave”, and the Emir, “sovereign”, “ruler”) in the Uzbek city
Samarkand is the tomb of Tamerlane, some members of his family and other persons in the environment of the ruler, including
Ulugh BegShah Rukh and Mir Said Berke – the teacher of Tamerlane.

It was built in 1403/04 and is regarded as the finest example of art of building of the Timurid’s epoch, with its azure ribbed dome on a high Tambour.

It occupies an important place in the history of Persian-Mongolian Architecture as the precursor and model for later great Mughal architecture tombs, including Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and
the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur’s descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India.


Initial part of the complex was built at the end of the 14-th century to the orders of Muhammad Sultan Tamerlane’s heir apparent and his beloved grandson. The construction of mausoleum (Qubba) itself began in 1403 after the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan. The Mausoleum was completed before Timur’s death on 14-th February 1405, so it must be either end of 1404, or the beginning of 1405. His own resting place, Timur had prepared in his home city Schahr-i Sabs near to his Ak-Saray palace. However, when Timur died in 1405 on campaign on his military expedition to China, the passes to Shahrisabz were snowed in, so he was buried here instead. Later Ulugh Beg, another grandson of Tamerlane, had completed the complex in whole. Under the aegis of Ulugh Beg in 1434
Ivans and minarets was built. During his reign the mausoleum became the family crypt of the Timurid Dynasty.

Unfortunately, since the end of 17-th century the long period of decline of Samarkand has begun. The city has lost the status of capital which has been transferred to Bukhara. The great Silk Road bypassed the city, meanwhile great historical monuments stood empty and forgotten. Only after the Second World War extensive restoration work in Gur-Emir has begun. In the 1950s the dome, main portal and minarets were refurbished. By that time majolica tiles mostly fell away. The 1970s, was followed by the restoration of the interior. Neither the Madrasah nor the Khanaka of initial Muhammad Sultan’s complex were reconstructed. With the resurgence of the interest to Tamerlane after the founding of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 1991 it intensified the care of his places of worship.

In 1740, king Nader Shah of the Afsharid Empire tired to carry away Tamerlane’s sarcophagus. Nader idolized Timur. He imitated Timur’s military prowess and, later in his reign, Timur’s cruelty, but
in the process of removal the sarcophagus broke in two. This was interpreted as a bad omen. His advisers urged him to leave the stone to its rightful place. Tamerlane’s tomb was opened shortly before the German Invasion into the Soviet Union, although the inscription on his tomb threatens great misfortune to any of his rest breaker. Exhumation of Timur in 1941 was made under the direction of Soviet scientist and anthropologist Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov who was able to reconstruct Tamerlane’s facial features from his skull, and it was also confirmed that he was 172 cm in height and would have walked with a pronounced limp. Also it is rumoured that Soviet Union won a victory in the Battle of Stalingrad owing to the re-burial of Timur’s bones, according to Muslim rites in 1942.


All the extensions of Ulugh Beg’s time are attributed to the architect Muhammad ibn Mahmud from Isfahan. Through the main portal (Ivan) of 12,07 m height one can enter in courtyard. On the right on the courtyard once the Khanaka, and on the left the Madrasah were located. Now only remnants of the foundations of these former buildings exist.

The courtyard measures are 29.5 x 30.4 m. Across the courtyard contrariwise the main portal one can see the second Ivan with the Pischtak of 11.8 m high, which framed the real entrance into Mausoleum together with decorated arcade-walls that adjoined to the Pishtak from the left and the right.

At present time only two of four minarets rise a bit behind at flanks of the second Pishtak. The entrance portals of Gur-Emir Ensemble are richly decorated with carved bricks and various mosaics.

Outwardly the Mausoleum itself is a one-cupola building. It is famous for its simplicity of construction and for its solemn monumentality of appearance. It is an octahedral building crowned by an azure fluted dome. The exterior decoration of the walls consists of the blue, light-blue and white tiles organized into geometrical and epigraphic ornaments against a background of terracotta bricks. The dome (diameter – 15 m, height – 12.5 m ) is of a bright blue color with deep rosettes and white spots. Heavy ribbed fluting gives an amazing expressiveness to the cupola.

Inwardly the mausoleum appears as a large, high chamber with deep niches at the sides and diverse decoration. The interior of the mausoleum has a square plan enlarged with four niches that created a cross-shaped space. One can see that the internal dome is neither by the form nor by the height corresponds to the dome from outside. Reason for this is that between inner ceiling and outer cupola is the hollow space.

The interior is lavishly decorated. The lower part of the walls covered by onyx slabs composed as one panel. Each of these slabs is decorated with refined paintings. Above the panel there is a marble stalactite cornice. Large expanses of the walls are decorated with painted plaster; the arches and the internal dome are ornamented by high-relief papier-mache cartouches, gilded and painted.

The ornate carved headstones in the inner room of the mausoleum merely indicate the location of the actual tombs in a crypt directly underneath the main chamber.

Under Ulugh Beg’s government a solid block of dark green jade was placed over the grave of Tamerlane. Formerly this stone had been used at a place of worship in the Chinese emperor’s palace, then as the throne of Duwa (a descendant of Genghis Khan) in Chagatay Khanate. Next to Tamerlane’s grave lie the marble tombstones of his sons Miran Shah and Shah Rukh and also of grandsons – Muhammad Sultan and Ulugh Beg. Tamerlane’s spiritual teacher Mir Said Baraka, also rests here.

The way to the actual burial place, under the main chamber, passes not via the doorway-ivan, but is vented on one side of the gallery.

Nearby monuments

Some consider the Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir), Ruhabad mausoleum and Aksaray mausoleum as a combined ensemble because of their closeness.

Ruhabad (14th c.) is a small mausoleum and is said to contain a hair of Prophet Muhammad. The one storey madrasah now accommodates craftsmens’ shops. There is a functioning mosque next door to the madrasah. All three combine into one
good-looking shape.

The Aksaray mausoleum (15th c.), unrestored, located on a quiet street behind Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir).