The Big Chimgan is the highest point of the Chatkal range, which extends 200 km in length in the Western Tien Shan. The height of the Big Chimgan is 3,309 meters. The ascent to the top of the Big Chimgan has always been a favorite tourist route among mountaineers, skiers and those who decide to conquer the immense mountain chain. Climbing a mountain and a descent usually takes one day, but the best option, of course, is to climb with an overnight stay. Just imagine how pleasant it is to spend a night among the endless mountain peaks, the crisp snow cover, and the immense starry sky, which seems to be so close, in a cozy tent breathing in absolutely clean and fresh air. What could be better than to meet the early mountain sunrise, to see how the first rays of the sun fall on the snowy peaks, to enjoy complete silence and all the charm of untouched wildlife. You can be sure that you will never forget such an amazing night.
The unique wild reserve
By the way, there is a unique Ugam-Chatkal National Nature Park in the spurs of the Chatkal mountain ridge, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The reserve was established in 1992 with the aim of protecting animals and plants from any human activity in order to preserve the primeval wildlife. So the trekking in this extraordinary beauty reserve will be an excellent continuation of the tourist route. There are rare plant species grow in the park, and its fauna is represented by more than 280 species of animals, many of which are listed in the Red Book.
There is another unusual place attracting many tourists on the territory of the park, the unique Pulatkhan plateau, with the height of more than 2000 meters. This high mountain plain has numerous karst caves and caves, many of which have never been stepped by a human foot. You can get to the plateau from the western ridge of the Big Chimgan with multiple pack tracks and it's better to do it with the help of a local guide. Once the Pulatkhan plateau served as a powerful fortress and a refuge for rulers and inside it was a local market. As proof of this, tourists still find gold coins in nearby rivers.
Such an interesting trek can be accomplished by starting it from the ascent to the peak of the Big Chimgan. This mountain hike will bring not only a lot of pleasant impressions, but also will have a good impact on your health, temper the body and will give an energy, due to the mountain climate that is well known for its healing power.