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Backcountry in Uzbekistan
Mountain resorts Chimgan and Beldersay. Backcountry skiing in Uzbekistan

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VAT Free Backcountry is for those who are confident skiing out of bounds and are ready to get a serious workout in order to ski some pristine territory. Backcountry combines elements of alpinism and snowboarding with elements of technical skiing (jumps from rocks and cornices, etc.). Depending on skiers' levels, different options can be offered. Mountaineering takes 1-2 hours (not including approach and downhill ride). Special alpinism skills are not required.

Backcountry is another point of view on skiing out of bounds. After climbing, when you start your descent, your view of the place will change dramatically! Backcountry is an opportunity to find your own particular line, to plunge into the world of the great Tien Shan Mountains and snow, breaking away completely from the world of civilization.

Season for backcountry: January - March.
Location: Mountain ski resorts Beldersay and Chimgan.
Program: skiing and snowboarding out of bounds on the slopes of the Kumbel mountain range and Chimgan tract.
Accommodation: comfortable hotels and exotic guest houses in Beldersay and Chimgan.

This ski region is characterized by a great variety of mountains with adequate snow cover (up to 1.5 m). There are also many wonderful mountain forests, gorges and plateaus with a large amount of sunlights and moderate temperatures. For an additional payment, there is an opportunity for heliskiing on Big Chimgan Mountain (3308 m).

Characteristics of slopes:

Beldersay: The slopes of the northern side of Kumbel ridge in the skiing area are relatively smooth (slope to 40 degrees) without any deep gorges or canyons. The slopes are covered with coniferous and deciduous woods, alternating with open fields. The trip to the highest point of Kumbel Mountain is by ski lift (2500 m in length) and from there by rope tow (700 m).

Three ski routes (registered in FIS) for the public are served by these lifts. Freeriding routes begin from the western and eastern parts of Peak of Kumbel, and finish at the bottom of the ski lift. Average width of slopes for free downhill is 200 m and their length is 5 km.

Chimgan: The slopes of Chimgan ridge are quite steep (more than 30 degrees). They represent an alternation of bowls and deep gorges. The most convenient for freeriding are bowls safe from avalanches. Ride to the Chimgan ridge begins in the direction of Big Chimgan. The downhill route finishes right at the bottom of the ski lift. Downhill descent is more than 1 km, and the total length is 3 km.

Backcountry in Chimgan

The ride to Big Chimgan (3309 m), according to the classic route of 1B complexity level (in summer), passes through the western bowls to the beginning of the ridge and continues along the ridge in the direction of Big Chimgan. Ascent takes 3 hrs. In winter skiers usually ascend on rope tows past the bowls and continue further along the ridge to a grotto. Here in the grotto skiers have lunch and rest. Then the mountaineering continues, in the direction of the peak, surmounting small rock faces and crossing several gorges. There is no snow in some places on the ridge. From the grotto, skiers are roped together and go further in a group. Rock faces are crossed with help of rope railings. Then, skiers transit to the peak through steep snowfields. (2.5 hrs) Mountaineering officially finishes on the peak. Downhill ride follows through one of three gorges depending on the snow conditions

Big Chimgan Peak, 3309 m (Spur of the Chatkal range)

1. Northern side

1.1 Central gorge
Elevation of starting point is 3309 m, forepeak ridge of Big Chimgan.
Elevation of finish point is 1650 m, Aksay ravine.
Vertical descent - 1659 m.
Average slope ~ 27 degrees.
Descent through the central gorge is possible in various combinations at the beginning. Slope characteristics: there are snowfields in the wide gorge, having one narrow spot (chute) and two gaps. In Aksay ravine there is a smooth snowfield.

2. Northwest ridge of Big Chimgan2.1 Downhill through Black Waterfall
Characteristics of slope: at the beginning of the descent is a narrow ridge with cornices, and from there, wide snowfields of 30 degrees slope; in the middle there is a narrow gorge (300 m) of 40 degrees, after which follows a smooth surface in Aksay ravine.
Elevation of starting point is 2850 m, on the northwest ridge of Big Chimgan.
Elevation of finish point is 1650 m, Aksay ravine.
Vertical descent - 1200 m.

2.2 French Downhill along open bowls
Characteristics of slope: wide snowfields of 30 degrees. Smooth snowfield in Aksay Ravine.

2.3 Downhill on "Guitar" along open bowls
Characteristics of slope: wide snowfields of 30 degrees. Smooth snowfield in Aksay ravine.

2.4 Downhill along a ridge to the rope tow
Descent along the ridge with exit through Aksay ravine. Smooth snowfield in Aksay Ravine. Average slope is 27 degrees.
Steepness of slopes is 27 degrees.

For all three downhills 2.2 2.3 2.4:
Elevation of staring point is 2350 m, on the northwest ridge of Big Chimgan.
Elevation of finish point is 1650 m, Aksay ravine.
Vertical descent - 700 m.

Backcountry in Beldersay

At the beginning, skiers ride on chairlifts (20-25 min) from Belbersay gorge to Kumbel Peak (2307 m). Then follows a short hike on foot to the chairlift leading to the peak. There is a weather station on the peak. Going from the weather station upward, skiers find themselves on the dome of the peak (20 min). From the dome, two open bowls lay before you, separated by a huge gorge.

1. Dome of Kumbel Peak (2307 m) 1.1 Downhill from left bowl to ski lift
At the beginning, descent follows a wide snowfield, then runs through a forest, crossing a little river and rising upwards. Downhill finishes on the ski runs of Beldersay resort.
Elevation of starting point is 2307 m, on the dome of Kumbel Peak.
Elevation of finish point is 1530 m, at the bottom of the ski lift.
Vertical elevation - 800 m.

1.2 Descent from right bowl to ski lift (with same parameters)

2. Maygashkan Peak (2310 m)
To reach Maygashkan Peak, it is necessary to ascend Kumbel Peak (see description above). The peaks are joined by a ridge with a saddle in the middle. The route along the ridge is not complicated but has several cornices. Crossing the ridge takes 1.5 - 2 hours.

2.1 Descent on counterforts to a small mountain village
At the beginning, descent follows a wide snowfield, then runs through a forest, and finishes right on a road. From there, skiers are transferred by car back to the ski lift in Beldersay.
Elevation of starting point is 2310 m, Maygashkan Peak.
Elevation of finish point is 1500 m, in a small mountain village.
Vertical elevation - 800 m.

In this excursion in Beldersay, it is possible to make two or more descents.

Equipment:
Avalanche beacon, avalanche shovel, first-aid kit, snowshoes. It is advisable to maintain radio contact between the participants of the group, as well as carry an avalanche probe. For the mountaineering to Big Chimgan, it is necessary to have a rope 50m x 9mm, harness, carabiners (4), and helmet.

Weather and snow conditions in winter (average):

January. The weather in January varies greatly. Snow conditions are unstable (heightened avalanche potential) in all regions, and in all areas offered for skiing. During this period, the density of the snow is low, friable; there are many stones and rocks barely covered by snow. In January there are more days with so-called "flat lighting". And it is necessary to take into account that the daylight hours are rather short in January.
Recommendation: backcountry can be carried out only according to the rules of safety. Descents can be made only from ridges and well marked bowls in well-known areas.

February. The weather in February remains calm. Snowfalls are rare. There are few sudden changes in the weather. The air temperature rises in the daytime, but falls to below zero at night. The snow pack becomes more stable, but the possibility of avalanches still exists.
Recommendation: backcountry can be carried out only according to the rules of safety. Descents can be made only from ridges and well marked bowls in well-known areas.

March. The weather in March is characterized by its turbulence. Long periods of bad weather followed by long periods of good weather. The air temperature rises in the daytime to considerably above freezing, but in nighttime falls to below zero. Snow pack becomes stable during good weather. In periods of bad weather, the probability of avalanches rises sharply.
Recommendation: backcountry can be carried out only according to the rules of safety. Descents can be made only from ridges and well marked bowls in well-known areas.

Notes:

  • Participants of the program need to be in good physical condition and have experience skiing on virgin snow.
  • Participants must have all necessary equipment, medical insurance, and an insurance policy.
  • Before taking a chosen route, participants must take a test downhill with an instructor on our ski track.
  • Going down from counterforts it is dangerous to approach the edges of cornices overhanging the gorge.
  • Descent can be made with the use of ski lifts as well as helicopters.
  • Prices for every tour are formulated based on the complexity of the chosen route and time spent reaching the finish.
  • Unfortunately, there are no guarantees regarding weather conditions and snowpack. The period you choose for your backcountry trip in Uzbekistan can become the best of the season or be disappointing, as the weather can bring some surprises. The temperature can fall; blizzards can happen or it can rain.

    We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the complete satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.

    Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.

    More useful links:

  • Hotels in Chimgan   >>>
  • Hotels in Beldersay   >>>
  • Hotels in Charvak   >>>
  • A visit to Rosa Miralieva house in mountain Kazakh village of Chimgan   >>>
  • Legend about Chimgan   >>>

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