Walnut forest of Arslanbob - Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan
Walnut forest of Arslanbob - Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan. Arslanbob is a large walnut forest located in the mountains of the Jalal-Abad region on the Fergana and Chatkal ridges, at an altitude of 1700 meters. Arslanbob is the largest walnut forest in the world and belongs to the protected areas of Kyrgyzstan.
Arslanbob is a natural forest that arose in ancient times. Some scientists claim that its age may exceed 50 million years. Its area is about 700,000 hectares and on this vast territory there are numerous walnut trees, pistachios, almonds, cherry plums, pears and many other trees are grown (about 130 plant species). Some walnut trees age over a thousand years and each of them brings from 150 to 400 kilograms of nuts each year.
In addition to the forest itself, this area has other attractions. There are several waterfalls here: the Big Arslanbob waterfall with the height of 80 meters and the small Arslanbob waterfall with the height of 35 meters. On the territory of the reserve there are several lakes. The sacred lake is the lake Kel-Mazar.