Charvak reservoir is an artificial mountain lake situated about 60 km north-east from Tashkent, at an altitude of 1620 m above the sea level. The volume of the water reservoir is about 2 cubic kilometers, although the level of the lake varies greatly depending on the season. The lowest levels are observed in the early spring and summer, due to the use of water for irrigation along the river valley. The reservoir is fed by the waters of the Chirchik River.
The artificial lake was created in 1964-1970 by erecting a stone-filled dam 168 m in height in the narrowest part of the Chirchik river valley.
Surprising in its beauty, the mountain lake has long been a favorite holiday destination for locals, as well as residents of the main metropolis of the country - capital Tashkent. Around the lake for many years various boarding houses, recreation areas, children's camps have operated. In the summer, the lake is full of tourists. Widely developed water recreation activities include boating, water motorcycles, and parachutes.
Visitors to the lake can also use the opportunity to enjoy Charvak in a "wild" way, using the so-called "tapchan", four to six seater tents and sun loungers at the very edge of the water which are rented out by local entrepreneurs.
On the shore of the lake there are the following settlements: Yusuphona, Brichmulla, Nanai, Chorvok, Sidjak, Bogustan. Downstream of the Chirchik River there is the village of Khojikent.
Mountains and valleys around the Charvak Lake can be the destination for hiking and horseback excursions. Clean air, magnificent views, mountain sais and rivers with waterfalls and crystal water attract fans of outdoor activities.
The valley of the river Chirchik was used by people for living and hunting since ancient times. This territory features a great number of diverse monuments of ancient history, for example, the Obirahmat grotto, a paleolithic site of ancient men, in which archeological artifacts - teeth and skull bones dating at least 50,000 years back were found. Also, the cave of Chinar near Khojikent offers rock paintings (petroglyphs).
In the village of Yusuphona, you can stay in several large boarding houses and recreation areas - Crocus Park, Miner, Charos Deluxe Resort, as well as many small ones. The paraplaners base near the village is well known among locals and guests of Uzbekistan. In good weather, in winter and summer, you can often see paragliders with one or two pilots above the lake drawing turns and spinning in air currents.
There is a famous place where you can eat and drink after a tour around the Chorvak lake, the so called Bochka, with numerous restaurants and cafes featuring local and European cuisine.