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Moon Mountains KarakalaKarakala Reserve

Karakala is one of the most important protection areas of the Persian Leopard in Central Asia. The World Wildlife Fond is envolved in the protection of this rare species in Turkmenistan.


The Syunt-Khasardag nature reserve includes the ecosystems of the Western Kopetdag mountains (dry subtropics) and the neighboring plains. Here, 37 species of mammals and 217 species of birds can be found.
The Flora of the Western Kopetdag includes 1,266 species of higher plants, which belong to 233 genera and 500 families; among these, 150 species are endemic.

The reserve incorporates the mountainous Syunt-Khasardag regions (since 1990) and the Aidere Gorges west to the Nokhur Region.

Descend into Aidere ValleyA 5 hours drive from Ashgabat the Karakala Region requires min 2-3 days to be visited. Special documentation should be arragnged at least 14 days before arrival.

Please refer to the Nokhur Area for further information about this fascinating region.

Itineraries for Karakala:

Karakala-Nokhur Trekking
Turkmenistan Ethnographic Tour (addition)
West Turkmenistan Cycling Expedition


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