Hiking tour – 5 days
Enjoy the less rigid schedule if have been through a very intense cultural program and become a part of the rural family in the Nuratau Mountain villages during this 5-day hiking tour. Hike up to scenic points in the mountains, observe the vast Kyzyl-Kum steppe and the lake Aydarkul, explore interesting local sights with the stories related to them. The stay in the mountain homestays gives you an opportunity to get to know the customs and traditions of the local people. You may also join your host family in the preparation of traditional meals.
- Rural mountain homestays
- Learn the daily livelihood and land-use practices of the villages
- Hiking in scenic mountain trails
- Explore two different villages and local historical sights
- Learn the preparation of Central Asian staple dish Plov
Best time: March-end of June, September-November
Day 1 – Samarkand/Bukhara – Asraf village
At 9:00 be picked up by our driver from your hotel and drive to Asraf village. Arrive in Asraf village by lunchtime and settle in the homestay. In the afternoon, walk around the village to get to know the village and people, relax on the tapchan or on supa under the walnut trees. Learn about livelihood and land use activities. Help or watch to prepare the traditional dishes.
Please note that on this day you explore the village on your own, the guided tour starts on the next day.
Day 2 – Asraf village
Meet with your mountain guide in the morning and start a whole day hiking tour to Uhum village. Visit local historical sites; ruins of Mongol fortification “Qorgoni Honkeldi”, ruins of “Deh” fortress, and community watermill in Upper Uhum.
Day 3 – Asraf-Sentob
Arrive in Sentob village. Wander around the village on your own to see the local sights, building style of the houses and get to know the daily activities of the villagers. In the afternoon, free time in the homestay.
Day 4 – Sentob village
Whole day’s hiking tour to the mountains around Sentob. Choose between two options of hiking routes: Kadvan valley and Fazilman Lake. Visit the Arabic stone script site and picturesque Kadvan valley.
Day 5 – Sentob – Bukhara/Samarkand
Say goodbye to your hosts and leave for the next destination.
END OF THE PROGRAM
Price & Service
|Number of People||1||2||3|
|Price per person||USD 270||USD 230||USD 190|
For groups greater than 3 people –price upon request
- 4 nights accommodation in the homestays
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinner
- 2 days mountain escort guide service (with basic English)
- Sealed mineral water during the hikes
What’s not Included
- Additional tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of personal nature
Extension trips and extra activities which can be combined with the above tour
Yurt stay and camel riding near the Lake Aydarkul
1 person – 80 USD
2 persons – 65 USD per person
3 persons – 55 USD per person
- 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 – 15 USD
2 persons – 10 USD per person
3 persons – 5 USD per person
- Entrance tickets in Nurata city
- Transport to/ from Nurata
Petroghlyps in Sarmish Gorge
1 person – 20 USD
2 persons – 15 USD per person
3 persons – 10 USD per person
- Entrance tickets to Sarmish Gorge
- Transport to/ from Sarmish
Day 1 - Samarkand or Bukhara - Asraf village
At 9:00 be picked up by our driver from your hotel and drive to Asraf village. Arrive in Asraf village by lunchtime. After being welcomed by your host family settle in one of the rooms of the local homestay. The homestays have large gardens with many fruit trees where you can spend some time relaxing on one of the tapchans (comfortable tea beds) or on a supa (traditional loom-built tea bed). After having settled in the homestay, your host will show you their facilities.
Lunch with the local family.
After lunch, walk around the village to learn about the daily livelihood activities and land-use practices of the villagers (collecting firewood, harvesting, butter making, corn grinding, spinning, weaving, preserving of fruits, silkworm raring in spring). In the afternoon, you may watch or help the family in the preparation of traditional dish Plov from home-grown vegetables and mountain spices. Have dinner with your hosts
Overnight stay in a local homestay.
Day 2 - Asraf village
Early risers can either watch the sunrise from the top of the hill behind the house or see the host family doing their morning chores (bread baking in a tandir oven, cooking on a traditional stove).
After breakfast, meet with your local escort guide who will take you on a whole day’s hiking tour to the next Nuratau Mountain village Uhum (one way 7,1km / 3:30 hours including rest). Uhum is one of the biggest villages in the area and Uhum valley stretches out for 15 km. The name Uhum originates from the Sogdian word “Axm”, which means ‘fearless warrior’.
Start guided hike from Asraf village (686m high) uphill to Sari Saqallog’u pass (900m high). You will see Mount Saribedak (965 high) on your left. Pass the ruins of the old Mongol fortress “Qorgoni Honkeldi” (768m high) and its settlement ruins (0:30 hours rest) from where you have a nice view of Uhum valley. Once you reach the village of Uhum, continue to walk up to Upper Ukhum village to see an old community watermill, which is still in operation, and the hydro pump that lifts water up to a local house. The owner, Bakhrom Kasimov, will be proudly demonstrating the use of these old devices to you. Have a picnic at the ruins of “Deh” fortress. Return to Asraf village.
Dinner and overnight stay in a local homestay.
Day 3 - Asraf-Sentob
Breakfast with the local family. Say goodbye to your host family and prepare for the departure to your next Nuratau village. Transfer by car to Sentob village (35 min).
Arrive in a homestay in Sentob village.
Your host welcomes you and shows you the homestay facilities. Most of the local houses have large fruit tree gardens where the villagers have tapchans under the walnut trees to sit in the summer. Settle in a homestay.
Lunch with the local family
After lunch, wander around the village to see the mosque, ruins of an ancient fortress, and building style of the local houses. Sentob is one of the few villages where almost all the houses are built in a traditional way using local rocks. Wandering through the village is a fantastic way to see locals doing their traditional livelihood activities. You will also 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.
Day 4 - Sentob village
After breakfast, your local escort guide will take you on a whole day’s hiking tour.
Hike to Kadvan valley (7,5-8 hours/ 15m return trip). Pass an old fortress and visit an ancient Arabic script site, continue hiking to a small waterfall and cool down in one of the small natural swimming pools. Kadvan valley is great for bird watching and has a very diverse flora and fauna. Have a picnic on the way. Return to Sentob the same way.
For compassionate hikers, we suggest a hike up to the mountain Lake Fazilman (10 hours / 22km return trip). 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 taking a different route.
Dinner with the host family
Overnight stay in a local homestay
Day 5 – Sentob - Bukhara/Samarkand
Breakfast with the family.
Say goodbye to your hosts and leave for your next destination.