In 240 km from Tashkent, on northern slope of the western part of Pamir-Alai Turkestan ridge, Zaamin National park which has been created in 1976 is located. Here mountain ecosystems and juniper complexes are protected almost untouched by human-beings. The total area of reserved territory makes 31500 hectares. Absolute heights of a surface fluctuate from 1000 m-s to 4030 m-s (the peak of Shaukartau). Many single relic junipers have remained up to 2500 years old.
The fauna here is presented by hares, foxes, porcupines. There are wolves, wild boars, bears, a Turkestan lynx and sometimes a snow leopard. From rare birds there are some pairs of black storks nests, but it is full of chukars - stone partridges and their larger relatives mountain ulars (mountain turkeys). The only fish in the local rivers is Marinka.
On the pass Sufa the automobile line comes to the end at the well-known spring built in the form of a grotto with stone ladders and the arches. Its "burning" ice streams which are making the way directly through the walls and the ceiling (because of the high maintenance of calcium in water) have sweet taste of the cooled milk.
At the entrance to the National Park it is necessary to try "tandyr-kabob" - a firm dish of a local menu. In the basics of tandyr-kabob preparation way in Zaamine is mutton and … a juniper. Shovels, a fillet and interiors of a young lamb, after cutting, string on wooden skewers made of juniper branches. In the tandyr - an earthen hole - by the time coals from juniper fire wood already decay, continuing to exhale the well-known high-temperature heat. Cooks stack skewers over the furnace, sprinkle meat with salt and spices, then fill up a thick layer of fresh juniper needles from above, and densely cover several layers of a thick matter, at last having powdered the hole with the earth. In an hour mutton will be baked through, and will become impregnated at the same time with aroma of coals and needles. Because of this fact meat gets exclusive tenderness and incomparable taste.
During the tour around Zaamin National Park you will take pleasure in contemplation of the majestic nature and greatly enjoy the cleanest mountain air.
Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Zaamin National Park - Tashkent
09:00-12:00 - transfer Tashkent - Zaamin National Park (240 km);
12:00-13:00 - fact-finding excursion inside National Park;
13:00-14:00 - dinner in the national summer "choyhona" under many centuries-old nut-tree where in the middle proceeds so-called "arik"; for dinner - a firm dish "tandyr-kabob";
14:00-17:00 - continuation of fact-finding excursion inside National Park, spring visiting; easy tracking on a mountain slope inside relic junipers; a photo session of the natural sights of National Park;
17:00-17:30 - visiting small bazaar where at will it is possible to get mountain honey, and also spices and medical herbs grown up in mountains;
17:30-20:30 - transfer Zaamin National Park - Tashkent.
Necessary things and documents:
1. Sports footwear;
2. A cap;
3. The passport;
4. The camera/video camera.
We hope you enjoy 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.
You can add this tour to any historical & architectural tour or adventure tour in Uzbekistan. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.