Mountains of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, located in the heart of Asia, lies for the most part on the plain, but gradually, from west to east, the landscapes of this sunny country pass into the Tien Shan and Pamir mountain ranges. The average height of the mountains of Uzbekistan ranges from 2 to 3 thousand meters, and if the small mountain range Sultan-Uvais (Sultan Uiz-Dag) in Karakalpakstan does not exceed 500 meters, then the peaks of the Gissar Range in Surkhandarya go over 4000 meters, into the zone of eternal snow.
The mountains of Uzbekistan are geologically quite old, the slopes are often gentle, but numerous rivers flowing down from the snowy peaks have for millions of years carved deep picturesque canyons in many places, such as the Gulkam Gorges, Langarsky Canyon, Kulasai Canyon and others.
Regions of Uzbekistan are connected by many kilometers of mountain roads and picturesque passes. The most famous passes are Kamchik, connecting the Tashkent oasis and the Ferghana Valley, as well as the Takhtakoroch pass, through which the shortest road between Samarkand and Shakhrisabz passesThe fauna in the mountains of Uzbekistan is very diverse, and this natural wealth is protected thanks to numerous reserves. Among the largest animals living in the mountains, one can distinguish a white-clawed bear, wolf, snow leopard and mountain goat argali.
In addition, the fauna of the mountains of Uzbekistan is rich in marmots, wild boars, birds of prey, foxes and porcupines are found. A chance encounter with these animals is unlikely, and only mountain eagles soaring over the slopes can fall into the field of view of a mountain tourist.