Paltau tour passes through the Ugam-Chatcal National Park, which located among the mountain spurs of Western Tian-Shan.
The word "Paltau" comes from the Turkic language. Originally it sounded off like Pulat Tau, which means "Iron Mountain". Since ancient times, Paltau has been famous for producing ore rich in iron content. There are still some remains of smelting furnaces, dating back to the Iron Age.
There are various mountain landscapes along the route. The total length of the route is 15 km.
At the beginning, the route passes through a canyon to the Paltau waterfall, which cascades from a height of 38 meters. On a hot summer day the splashes of the waterfall gives a welcome relief and renews hikers' strength.
The highest mark of the route is a birch grove located in a valley between high mountains. There, under the leafy shade a national styled picnic serves for hikers. During the rest after the picnic the Red Book of flora and fauna of the Chatcal Nature Reserve offers for reading there.
After the picnic and rest a trail passes through the upper side of the canyon. There appears a spectacular panorama of Paltau canyon, the river flowing along its bottom, as well as a mountain range between Kungyrbuka Mountain and Paltau Peak.
Next, the trail comes to a cave, which is the object for speleological researches.
A beekeeper lives just in 100 meters before the cave. There is a possibility to taste the mountain honey there.
Obi-Rakhmat grotto - cave settlement of primitive people from the Paleolithic Era is nowadays the worldwide famous archeological site on the route. On the place of excavations guide provides a lecture about unique discoveries and scientific significance of the archeological site.
Unforgettable impressions are guaranteed! Welcome to Paltau tour!
Participate in Eco Program!
Choosing the tour to Uzbekistan, you can also participate in the environmental program RespECO and support initiatives for Uzbekistan flora and fauna conservation.
Traveling through the ancient cities, you will visit the unique ecocenter «Jeiran», that is situated 40 km from the ancient Bukhara.
There you will be able to contribute to the protection of gazelles, Bukhara rams, markhors and other inhabitants of the mountains, deserts and steppes of Central Asia.