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Varzob Volley



16km north-east of Ziddi village at an altitude of 3,030m there are the Khoja Sangkhok cold carbonaceous mineral springs. Several rising streams of mineral water run from cracks in the Paleozoic crystalline shale and appear to boil due to the intensive liberation of carbonic gasses. Its taste reminds one of Narzan mineral water and is known to the residents of the capital as Anzob mineral water. A country road leads to the springs. In order to get to this road you need to turn right (if coming from Dushanbe) several kilometres up the main road leading to the Anzob Pass. It is possible to find several more mineral springs near the main road approximately 8km down from the top of the pass (if coming from Dushanbe). There is a small spring surrounded by stones next to the road. The unusual climate, flora and hydro-energy of the Varzob Valley has attracted numerous expeditions to research the habitat of the Yeti. However, local residents, mountain climbers and tourists are yet to meet any abominable snowmen. The Government of Tajikistan has now declared Varzob Valley to be a recreation and tourism zone. Construction of many tourism infrastructure projects is going on here.
Approximately 200m above the resort is the Ru-idasht Plateau, known among 'local ski:lovers as the Khoja Obigarm Plateau. It stretches for several dozen kilometres at an of altitude 2,200-2,500m. The plateau is quite suitable for skiing, however, it lacks the infrastructure necessary and so is used only by enthusiasts.
The Siyoma River (54km from Dushanbe) is popular for its blue, crystal-clear water, wild apple trees, dog-rose, birch groves and currant bushes which have an abundance of berries in the autumn. This blue river begins at an altitude of 3,300m at the Medvezhi Zamok Glacier and in the course of its 21km stream literally jumps down more than 2,000m. Its route is filled with dams and waterfalls. Even on the hottest summer day, the water in the Siyoma is ice-cold (no higher than 4�C). It is always clear and pure. Even during the spring floods, when the water in the Varzob River is dark-brown because of a fast-flowing mixture of stones, clay and pebbles, the Siyoma is always amazingly blue. After the Siyoma and Varzob confluence, both rivers flow together in one riverbed, but they appear to be separate until their waters completely mix up several dozen metres further downstream.
In the Upper Siyoma and its tributaries there are several peaks over 4,000m of interest for mountain climbers (Siyoh - 4,065m, Peak of Four - 4,050m, Shirokaya - 4,180m, Qullai Javonon - 4,200m, Bolshoi Igizak - 4,100m, etc.). There are peaks for every taste here. Even novice mountain climbers can climb some of them while the more experienced will find peaks suitable for themselves. There are no settlements in the Siyoma Valley. Shepherds sometimes bring their flocks to the Igizak River mouth (a tributary of the Siyoma) for pasture in the summer. The local population is seen here rarely.





Winding road, Anzob Pass (3265m)





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