Hiking tour 4 days Sentob

No village in the Nuratau Mountains has that variety of hiking options as Sentob village. Sentob valley stretches out for 19 km ending at the foot of the Peak Fazilman. We will hike on the trails that bring us to the scenic viewpoints in the mountains from where there is a beautiful view of Kyzilkum steppe and the Lake Aydarkul during this 4 days hiking tour in Sentob. In the summer, the villagers temporarily move up to the mountain plateau to grow vegetables.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore ancient and picturesque Sentob village
  • Hike to Kadvan valley and Fazilman lake
  • Get to know the daily livelihood activities of the mountain dwellers
  • Experience a stay in a rustic homestay
  • Watch or participate in traditional cooking practices

Best time: March-end of June, September-November

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 – Samarkand or Bukhara -Sentob

At 9:00 be picked up by our driver from your hotel and drive to Sentob village. Arrive in Sentob village by lunchtime and settle in the homestay. In the afternoon, wander around the village to see the mosque, local school, and a village shop. You will also become familiar with the local building style and get to know the daily activities of villagers.
Please note that on this day you explore the village on your own, the guided tour starts on the next day.

Day 2 – Sentob

Meet with your mountain guide in the morning and start hiking to Kadvan valley. Visit the ruins of the ancient fortress, watermill, and medieval Arabic scripts on the rock. Admire the rich birdlife, diverse flora, and fauna of the valley.

Day 3 – Sentob

Hike to the mountain lake Fazilman (10 hours /22km return). See the Kyzyl-Kum desert and Lake Aydarkul from distance and meet friendly local farmers growing vegetables on the mountain plateau.

Day 4 – Sentob – Bukhara or Samarkand

After breakfast, leave for your next destination.


Price & Service

Number of People 1 2-3 4-12
Price per person EUR 340 EUR 240 EUR 230

For groups greater than 3 people –price upon request

What is Included
  • 3 nights accommodation in the homestay
  • 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinner
  • 2 days mountain escort guide service (with basic English)
  • Sealed mineral water during the hiking programs
  • Registration
  • Transport:Samarkand/Bukhara-village-Bukhara/Samarkand

What’s not Included

  • Additional tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature

While visiting Nuratau Mountains please be respectful of local traditions and follow our Countryside Behaviour Rules.

Extension trips and extra activities which can be combined with above tour

Yurt stay and camel riding near the Lake Aydarkul

1 person – EUR 100
2 persons – EUR 75 per person
3 persons – EUR 65 per person

Price includes

  • 1 night Yurt stay including all meals and registration
  • 20 minutes of camel riding
  • The trip by car to Lake Aydarkul
  • Transport to/ from Yurt Camp
Alexander the Great’s fortress and holly spring in Nurata city

1 person – EUR 15
2 persons – EUR 10 per person
3 persons – EUR 5 per person

Price includes:

  • Entrance tickets in Nurata city
  • Transport to/ from Nurata
Petroghlyps in Sarmish Gorge

1 person – EUR 30
2 persons – EUR 25 per person
3 persons – EUR 20 per person

Price includes:

  • Entrance tickets to Sarmish Gorge
  • Transport to/ from Sarmish

Day 1 - Samarkand or Bukhara - Sentob

At 9:00 be picked up by our driver from your hotel and drive to Sentob village. Arrive in Sentob village by lunchtime. Your host welcomes you and shows you the homestay facilities. Almost all the houses in Sentob village have large gardens with the river passing through. Settle in a homestay.

Lunch with the local family.

After lunch, wander on your own around the village to see the mosque, local school, village shop, and building style of the local houses. Sentob is one of the few villages where almost all the houses are built in the traditional way using local rocks. Wandering through the village is a fantastic way to see locals doing their traditional livelihood activities. You will meet many friendly and curious villagers willing to talk to you.
In the afternoon, you have free time to chat with your host family. You may also watch or participate in traditional cooking practices. Dinner with your hosts.
Overnight stay in a homestay in Sentob.
Please note that on this day you explore the village on your own, the guided tour starts on the next day.


Day 2 - Sentob village

Breakfast with the family.

In the morning meet with your mountain guide who will take you on a whole day’s hiking tour to Kadvan valley (7,5-8 hours/ 15km return trip). Start hiking up Sentob valley, pass an old watermill, ruins of an ancient fortress, and an Arabic script on a rock. The hike leads you along a crystal clear mountain stream with small waterfalls, lush vegetation, and natural swimming pools. Have a picnic on the way. The valley is great for bird watching and has a very diverse flora. Those who are interested in birds can spot the following bird species: Spotted Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Mistle Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Persian Nuthatch, Blue Rock-Thrush, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Laughing Dove, Common Nightingale, Eurasian Magpie, Chukar, and occasionally one of the owl species.

Return to Sentob the same way. Dinner with the host family.

Overnight stay in a local homestay.


Day 3 - Sentob village

Breakfast with the family. Our today’s trail will take us to the mountain Lake Fazilman (10 hours / 22km return trip). ). In the summer, many villagers move up to their huts near Fazilman Lake to grow vegetables in a fertile mountain plateau. On the way to the lake, you will meet many farmers bringing fodder or firewood on donkeys from the mountains down to the village. Hike up the Chavaksoy valley to Guzbin (8.3km, 3 ½ hours), reach the mountain pass, near peak Gaukum and continue on the plateau to Lake Fazilman (2.8km, 1 hour). Have a picnic and a good rest at the lake and return to Sentob via Saridasht.

Dinner with the host family.

Overnight stay in a local homestay


Day 4 - Sentob- Bukhara or Samarkand

Breakfast with the family. Say goodbye to your hosts and leave for your next destination.



    traditional ayvan

    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 4 reviews
    7 April 2018

    Hi! Wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience, our 3 days were just a fairytale! Barbara and Michael were supernice and Alibek is just best guide ever – please tell it to him!
    Will recommend your travelling agency and Sentyab trip to all of our friends as one of the best things one can do in Uzbekistan.
    Anne & Priidu from Tallinn

    11 July 2018

    We had 3 nights at Rahimas. Lovely house and garden, excellent food and as with the above person an outstanding guide in Alibek for our mountain walks.
    We can thoroughly recommend this agency; our chauffeur from Bukhara and then taking us on to Samarkand was punctual, informative and friendly. A great all-round experience.

    17 October 2022

    We had a really great time at Rahimas Guesthouse and then Muhamad Ali Guesthouse. Nice places, really nice people and good food.
    The 2 hikes with Alibek were really good and lanscape also.
    Frédérique and Noémie from France

    11 April 2023

    FR (EN below)
    J’ai réservé le tour de 4 jours à Sentob en mars 2023. C’était une très bonne expérience !
    La route et la conduite pour aller à Sentob et pour le retour à Samarcande était agréable.
    J’ai reçu un très bon accueil dans les guesthouse à Sentob et dans le village de Uhum, les repas étaient très bons et copieux.
    J’ai beaucoup apprécié les randonnées, avec de très beaux paysages. Mon guide Sherali était très aimable, m’a partagé des informations à propos de l’histoire de la région, sur la faune et la flore, et s’adaptait à mon rythme. A cause de la saison (beaucoup d’eau dans la rivière) nous avons dû adapter le programme et changer de randonnée le deuxième jour, mais tout a été organisé très simplement.
    En tant que femme voyageant seule, je me suis sentie très à l’aise et en sécurité pendant tout le voyage.
    C’était une très bonne manière de découvrir la nature et la campagne en Ouzbékistan, et de faire une pause plus calme entre les visites des différentes villes ouzbeks. Je recommande à 100% de réserver un tour avec cette agence !

    I did the 4-days hiking tour Sentob in March 2023. It was a fantastic experience!
    The driving to and from Sentob was smooth.
    A warm welcome in Rahima’s guesthouse in Sentob, and in the guesthouse in Uhum, with very good food.
    The hikes were great, with beautiful scenery, and my guide Sherali was very nice, informative, and would adapt to my pace. Because of the season we had to adapt the schedule and do a different hike than foreseen in the program the second day and it all went very smoothly.
    As a solo female traveler, I also felt very safe the whole time.
    It was a great way to discover the nature and countryside in Uzbekistan, and to have a break between visiting cities. I highly recommend booking a trip with this agency.

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