Chimgan Mountain resort
Skiing and snowboarding in Uzbekistan. Ski slopes, ski lifts and options for snowboarding and skiing in Uzbekistan
Description of the slopes, lifts and routes of Chimgan:
When you are in Tashkent, before the sunrise, in the East, against the background of the blue sky you can see a light blue silhouette. On clear winter days, in the same direction you can see a snow-white wall with blue shadows. This wall, surrounding Tashkent from the East is the Western Tian-Shan Mountains. Rising to more than 3000 meters, they have an eternal blanket of snow that descends to the foot of the mountain in winter. 85 km from the capital of Uzbekistan, among the spurs of the Chatkal ridge at a height of 1600 meters, the large tourist skiing complex "Chimgan" is located. The main peak of the area - Big Chimgan ( 3309 m) looks like the point of a giant star from which, adorned by rugged peaks, rays of slopes scatter in all directions. Chimgan is a "green" mountain, a wonderful place for skiing, travel of just relaxation.
The climate conditions of the Chimgan tract are so wonderful that at the end of the 19th century the Governor general (during Russian Tsarist times) built a house for himself in this area. Following his example, the elite began to construct summer houses and cottages, and later, sanatoriums and resorts.
There are two existing roads leading from Tashkent to Chimgan; one lies along the Valley of the Galvasay River, with its picturesque steep slopes. This road is considered to be the shortest route to the Chimgan tract, and the second one passes over the Chirchik River and Khodjikent village - famous for its ancient tea house located in the shade of giant old plane trees that keep the centuries-old secrets of this area and petroglyphs from the ancient inhabitants. These days, youth competitions in rock-climbing are held in this area. Next, the road rises above the dam of the Charvak water reservoir where you'll have a marvelous view of this highland water reservoir.
The mountain skiing season here is not very long, it starts in December and lasts until mid-March. In the second half of March, the descent becomes more difficult, due to the heavy and damp snow. The routes of Chimgan are equipped with chairlifts, a rope tow and several ski tows, located on the different slopes of Chimgan. "Black" and "red" slopes are located on the main slopes (there are 5 of them) which are served by chairlift. "Red" and "blue" routes are located on the slopes of the main peak's spur which is equipped with a rope-tow. The length of the route is from 700 to 1000 m. There are also runs for beginners supplied with ski tows around the entire resort.
In Chimgan there are several hotel complexes and cottages at your service, as well as a rental station with skis, snowboards and sleds. During the winter season, the residents of Tashkent and travelers from the other regions of Uzbekistan and foreign countries come to Chimgan for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Near the hotel complex "Chimgan" there is a restaurant, bar, several dance clubs, billiard club, tennis courts, and sauna. Uzbek restaurants and cafes, shashlik cafes and small shops are available not far from the slopes. You are also invited by the locals to ride horses and visit Uzbek homes in the village of
Peak "Big Chimgan": 3309 m
Rise of the chairlift: 800 m
Vertical rise: 385 m
Duration of chairlift ride: 10 min
Length of rope tow: 570 m
Vertical rise: 250 m
Duration of ride: about 10 min
Routes of the "Chimgan" complex
Route for beginners, with a length of 1500 m and equipped with rope tows are considered "blue" routes (long, slightly sloping and easy routes) Slalom routes with a length of 900 m, equipped with chairlifts are classified as "red" routes (medium level of difficulty)
The cost of single ride:
Rope tow - 0,7 US$ for adult, 0,3 US$ for children;
Chair-lift - 2,7 US$ for adult, 1,3 US$ for children.
Transfer: Tashkent - Chimgan - Tashkent
Car ( Daewoo "Nexia") - 130 US$
Mini-bus (SsangYong "Istana", Hyundai "Starex", 8-14 passengers) - 200 US$
Transfer: Charvak (hotel "
Charvak Oromgohi") - Chimgan - Charvak
Car "Niva" - 25 US$ per day
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