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Stunning Nature

Turkmenistan's deserts, steppes and mountains have some of the most remarkable features found on the planet. Their colours, vastness and fascinating animal and plant life are exclusive to Turkmenistan.

Join us wildlife watching in the canyons of the Kugitang Mountains, one of the last resorts of the Markhor and the Urial sheep. Climb the highest mountain in the country and walk through its breathtaking valleys. Catch a glimpse of the Central Asian Wild Ass, the Kulan, on the 500 m cliffs of Badkhyz Nature Reserve and help us in a Leopard protection programme in Karakala, or come on a flashlight expedition in the Repetek reserve observing some of the more menacing species of the desert - the hairy Tarantulas and giant Monitor Lizards. See the infinite Karakum, the Black Desert, full of tulips and mushrooms in spring while spotting rare eagle species circling along the ridges of the endless Salt marshes of the Kaplankyr Plateau.
Tekking in Kopetdag Mountains
Sample itineraries
  Kugitang Mountains
  Sekizyap - Horse Trek
  West Turkmenistan Cycling Expedition
  Combined Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Adventure
  Karakala-Nokhur Trekking
Kugitang Mountains

Kugitang RidgeKugitang Nature Reserve was created to protect the largest remaining Markhor populations in Central Asia. These endangered long-horned mountain goats as well as a large number of Urials (a rare mountain sheep species), inhabit the steep canyons and flower-covered valleys of the soft ridge of the Kugitang mountains topped by Ayrybaba - with 3,137 m Turkmenistan's tallest peak. Kugitang is also well known for it's dinosaur plateau with 438 well preserved fossil dinosaur footprints, in addition to its caves that are considered to be the most beautiful and interesting caves of the former Soviet Union. The mountains can be explored on various trekking and climbing trips along the range.

Located in the far southeast of Turkmenistan, Kugitang and its dinosaur footprints can best be reached by air from Ashgabat or by train from Bukhara and a minimum of three days should be allowed to go wildlife watching and to visit the plateau and cave. Join us on our 6-day tour to this exciting destination.

Karakala Nature Reserve

Sumbar ValleyThe unique valleys and climate in the region of Karakala Nature Reserve are of major importance for some of the last remaining Persian leopards inhabiting it's ridges. The World Wildlife Fund is currently involved in a protection project executed by Turkmenistan's ecological societies. Karakala is renowned for its exceptional botanical collection at the grounds of the research station. There is excellent trekking, climbing and wildlife watching in the captivating canyons and river valleys of the reserve and the nearby Moon Mountains.

Karakala is 5 hours by car from Ashgabat and should be visited on a two to three day trip. With an experienced guide it is also possible to hike across to the meadows of the Nokhur tribe region through the Aidere and Sumbar gorges on a 3-day trek.

Sekizyap - Horse Trek

Riding Akhal Teke in SekizyapSekizyap valley to the west of Ashgabat, accented by its beautiful gorges and its wonderful waterfall, has tremendous riding, trekking and fishing. On the beautiful and elegant Akhal Teke horses, the national symbol of Turkmenistan, you can canter through the valleys of the Sekizyap River up to the vast plateaus inviting the rider for a gallop along the beautiful hillsides and small villages. The waterfall can be reached after a longer trek some of which has to be made by foot.

Sekizyap is 3 hours west of Ashgabat and you need at least 2-3 days to explore the area on horseback
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