Qaratag

Qaratag

Qaratag Valley

The valley is famous for its diverse scenic nature and rich vegetation with a noteworthy grove frequented by nightingales and on the mountainside an abundance of wild grapes, apple, mulberry, cherry and plum trees.

Qaratag Valley begins approximately 8km from Shahrinav near a highway, along the right bank of the Qaratag River. Qaratag village in ancient times was a centre of silk-weaving production. Bright and colourful locally produced silks, famous for their quality, were in big demand in Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey’s markets.
Payron and Timur-Dara lakes are situated among wooded slopes with bright-blue water and one of its shores is covered with coarse-grained granite sand which make an excellent beach.
Qaratag Valley is a wonderful place for one- or two-day hikes. Footpaths and horse paths ending near the glacier zone are wide and safe enough; the climate is mild, and there are suitable places for stops or overnight stays. There are many interesting routes of all levels of complexity which are best travelled between May and November.
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