“Koytendag” literally translates as “impassable mountains” and there is really something in it. I have never seen such powerful and deep gorges, completely penetrating the mountain ranges. Having almost steep walls these gorges become impassable obstacle for group walking on the mountains. However, it is possible to walk along the bottom of the gorge. On the next day off we joined a group of cheerful guys installers, who traditionally go to one of these places to hang out “at the waterfalls”. This place is called Tutly-Darya (Tutly-Dare) after a huge mulberry tree (mulberry), which is located in the gorge mouth (no, this is not it on the photo).
So, we go to the mountains! Attention! All pictures are clickable (1200_800)! As I wrote earlier, the transport problem is solved at the site: you need to negotiate with one of the local drivers, and he is ready to take the group anywhere and take back in a couple of hours. Today we got KAVZ again, but its condition isn’t exemplary of the one we took to Kaynar-Baba, but it’s even better. It’s just the right thing to ride it off-the-road in Turkmenistan!
As a matter of fact, in 50-degree heat, only a driver stoned on nas may be behind such a working place. How else could it be? ))
Interior tuning elements
After a half-hour stop at the store in the village of Garlyk, we realized that our riggers aren’t even going to walk in the mountains. A case of beer, a couple of flans of local vodka, weighty watermelon, pita bread, stewed meat, sausage, etc. appeared in their pack.
. the driver drops our group at the mouth of the gorge,
right next to the mulberry tree, in the shade of which Turkmen families prefer to rest. I’m going to show you just one photo of this tree for now – the rest are in a separate post
The riggers with their burdens are immediately hiding in the mountains, and we have about 4 hours of free time at our disposal. We start our walk.
We are walking along the well-trodden paths, and 15-20 meters high stone walls are hanging over us
The sun is burning mercilessly, and the water seems to be very close.
Colorful mountains on the other side of Kugitang river valley. I’ve written before about their uneven age.
Grave – heap of stones, stuck pole and white rags.
We continue our way along the gorge. Maybe we can get to the far steep wall which is seen in the frame.
Only then at home I noticed some animal, a sheep or a goat, climbing up the steep wall. And just below that, another one.
Saxaul stands in the gorge with its dry branches spread wide. And it is not so far to the water.
And here’s a young tree making its way
My backpack is stuffed with all kinds of photographic equipment and there is no room even for a half a liter bottle of water, so I always have to go down to the creek to wash my face and drink water
It’s the steep walls all over again.
The heat is getting to its peak, we decide to go back and seek shelter in the shade near the waterfalls.
An unknown plant, with very soft velvet leaves
We walk a short distance and meet our friends! The guys, like the old-timers, resting at the most civilized waterfall, which usually do not reach the locals. Here, the water knocked out a good cauldron, which would easily pass for a Jacuzzi :).
Nearby, in the shadow of the rocks we meet a large spider. It is quite aggressive and threatens us with its paws and pincers. It’s a pity that I don’t know its name, but friends tell me that it is a tarantula.
There is a toad sitting by the waterfall, with some creep glued to its paw.
In fact, literally the day before this trip, I complained to my comrades that I had not yet seen representatives of the local fauna, and so today I take mine. First we go down to another waterfall.
This waterfall is 4-5 meters high, but that’s not what attracts us.
In its coolness whole crowds of living creatures take shelter. Apparently, they wait out the heat of the day.
Here’s sleeping lizards.
And here are toads, indifferent to everything that is going on around them.
These are the riches of the waterfall
My traveling companions are leaving for the mulberry tree to wait for the bus, and I’m spending the rest of the hour climbing the mountains again. I climb as high as I can, but only so that I can find my way back down.
In the distance are the colorful Jurassic mountains.
Watching the gorge. The locals do extreme recreation: climb up the stream and .
. roll down the stream! They found a water park, for Christ’s sake
From my position the mountain Airi-Baba (3139 m) – the highest point of Turkmenistan is well visible. Uzbekistan is behind it.
Panorama of Tutly Darya Gorge.
I’m going down successfully – bus is coming up right behind us. End of the walking tour for today!
SZY: Quite a long time ago all of the installers walked to the bus safe and sound. So, so much for “Koytendag”, so much for “impassable mountains” :))
Kugitangtau (Turkm. Köýtendag ) is a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Pamir-Alay, on the territory of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It is the southern extension of the Baysuntau Range.
The range extends from the valley of the Amu Darya to the Sherabad River gorge for 100 km. The maximum height is 3139 m. The ridge is composed of sedimentary rocks, particularly limestone and gypsiferous strata. Widespread manifestations of karst. The prevailing landscapes: ephemeral semi-desert (in the foothills) and mountain subtropical steppes with xerophytic shrubs (above).
– Cave on the western Kugitangtau.
- Kugitangtau – article from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
- Mountain ranges alphabetically
- Mountains of Turkmenistan
- Mountains of Uzbekistan
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