Hiking tour 3 days-Sentob

Sentob is the most ancient village in the Nuratau Mountains. For many centuries, some of the caravan routes between Bukhara and Tashkent (Choch) passed the Nuratau region and the fortress in Sentob village served as stop-over points for traders during the long and risky trips. During these three days trip to Sentob village, you will hike in the stunning Nuratau Mountains, explore historical sights and experience a stay with a local family in a rustic mountain homestay.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the ancient and biggest Sentob village
  • Hike up to the mountain plateau
  • Get to know the traditional building style
  • Experience a stay with a village family
  • Learn to cook Uzbek traditional meal Plov

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 local sights, village building style and get to know the daily activities of villages. Enjoy your free time with the homestay owners in the afternoon.
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 the whole day’s hiking tour to the mountains around Sentob. Choose between two options of hiking route: Kadvan valley and Fazilman Lake. Visit the Arabic script site and picturesque Kadvan valley.

Day 3 – Sentob – Bukhara or Samarkand
Leave for the next destination.


Price & Service

Number of People 1 2-3 4-12
Price per person EUR 270 ERU 175 EUR 160

For groups greater than 3 people –price upon request

What is Included
  • 2 nights accommodation in the homestay
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 1-day mountain escort guide service (with basic English)
  • Sealed mineral water during the hike
  • 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 Nurtaau Mountains please be respectful of local traditions and follow our Countryside Behaviour Rules.

Extension trips and extra activities can be combined with the 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 village

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.  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, 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 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, stay overnight in a homestay in Sentob.


Day 2 - Sentob village

After breakfast, your local escort guide will take you on a whole day’s hiking tour.

Route A:
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. Have a picnic on the way. The valley is great for bird watching and has a very diverse flora and fauna. Return to Sentob the same way.

Route B:
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 3 – Sentob – Bukhara or Samarkand

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


    traditional ayvan

    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 3 reviews
    28 April 2017

    We’re back in the UK now and I just wanted to post our review to say how much we enjoyed our stay in Sentob. Everything was truly perfect, and Rahima’s cooking is out of this world! As vegetarians we had the best food of our trip eating her food.

    I also wanted to say how much we liked our guide, Ali bek. He was very attentive and thoughtful and made our hike very enjoyable.

    Our driver also (unfortunately I don’t remember his name) was also fantastic, so please pass on our thanks.

    25 September 2018

    we really enjoyed our 3-day tour with two hikes, to Kadvan Valley and Lake Fazilman. Both our driver Sherali and the Mountain Guide Ali Bek were extremely friendly and helpful and managed to accomodate all our wishes. Communication in English was no problem at all. It was a great tour, and I would recommend it to everyone who likes hiking. The deserted landscape, with the few villages and lakes is astonishing, in particular for Europeans who are not used to something alike.

    13 August 2022

    This trip definitely was the highlight of our 3 weeks stay in Uzbekistan. Much thanks to Rahima and her family for her hospitality, kindness and fun 🙂

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