gorge and Chuli Valley
Gorge is located 27 km west of Ashgabat in the foothills
of the Kopetdag Mountains. A cool stream runs through
the magnificent canyons and valleys of this recreation
spot. Recently it has been renamed to Archabil. On summer
weekends Ashgabat's citizens come to Firuza Gorge and
Chuli Valley to hide away from the city heat and for
picnics. For people who like active relaxation and especially
trekking and horse-back riding Firuza valley is an excellent
place. It has been popular among rock-climbers for many
years for its great variety of mountain routes. Thanks
to its roads and climate Firuza used to be a sport base
for cycling training for all Soviet sportsmen. 5 km
from Firuza is located Vanovskiy village. Its most attractive
peculiarity is horse plant and base of famous Ahalteke
horses, the pride of Turkmen nation.
Driving along the Firuza road one comes into a picturesque
gorge named after the settlement to its south. The village
itself is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range,
from the shapes and beauty of which you cannot take
your eyes off. In the village there are several hotels
with swimming pools, saunas, tennis courts, cafes and
restaurants. The other Archabil's attraction is the
biggest tree in Central Asia "Chinar" with
7 trunks in one and 4 meters width that is why it is
called "7 brothers". It is the beauty of Firuza
area why the President's dacha is located in the valleys
above the village. You are sure to enjoy the time you
spend in Archabil.
Right after Firuza Gorge, Chuli Valley is located 45
km west of Ashgabat in the foothills of the Kopetdag
Mountains. If you are tired and exhausted of too much
work and the heat, it is high time for you to drive
out to Chuli Valley with its cool stream, steep mountains.
It is a favorite place for the locals to have a picnic
and for mountaineers to do even special climbing expeditions.
The 2462 m-high Erekdag mountain runs over to the west,
and as this peak is completely within Turkmenistan territory
it is possible to do the best climbing there. Passive
relaxation is also possible there in the various pioneer
camps and in a Turkish hotel complex and the country
hotel of Vneshekonom Bank with blue swimming pools,
excellent tennis courts, comfortable accommodation,
tasty cuisine of the restaurant and outdoors lunch.
That is Lower Chuli.
Passing Lower Chuli you come to the best place for picnics
in Upper Chuli. You can relax in the shade of the trees,
but if you come on weekends you will have to spend a
lot of time to find a vacant place.