No village in the Nuratau Mountains has that variety of hiking options as Sentyab village. Sentyab valley stretches out for 19 km ending at the foot of the Peak Fazilman. With this four days hiking tour, 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. The villagers temporarily move up to the mountain plateau to grow vegetables in the summer.
- Explore ancient and picturesque Sentyab village
- Hike to Kadvan valley and Fazilman lake
- Get to know the daily livelihood activities of the mountain dwellers
- Experience a stay in rustic homestay
- Watch or participate in traditional cooking practices
Day 1. Samarkand – Sentyab
Start in the Morning from Samarkand and arrive in Sentyab village. Wander around the village to see the mosque, local school and a village shop. You will also become familiar with local building style and get to know the daily activities of villages. In the afternoon, free time in the homestay.
Day 2. Sentyab
Hiking to Kadvan valley. Visit the ruins of ancient fortress, watermill and medieval Arabic scripts on the rock. Admire the diverse flora and fauna and rich birdlife of the valley.
Day 3. Sentyab
Hike to the mountain lake Fazilman (10 hours /22km return). Meet friendly local farmers growing vegetables on the mountain plateau.
Day 4 Sentyab – Bukhara
After breakfast, leave for Bukhara.
Day 1. Samarkand – Sentyab
Start in the morning from Samarkand and arrive in the homestay in Sentyab village. Your host welcomes you and shows the homestay facilities. Almost all the houses in Sentyab village have large gardens with the river passing through. Settle in a homestay. Lunch with the local family.
After lunch, wander around the village to see the mosque, local school and village shop, building style of the local houses. Sentyab is one of the few villages where almost all the houses are built in 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 a 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 Sentyab.
Day 2. Sentyab village
Breakfast with the family. Today your local escort guide well familiar with all hiking trails around will take you to a whole day’s hiking tour to Kadvan valley (7,5-8 hours/ 15km return trip). Start hiking up Sentyab 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 water-falls, 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 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 Sentyab the same way. Dinner with the host family. Overnight stay in a local homestay
Day 3. Sentyab village
Breakfast with the family. Our today’s track 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 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 Sentyab via Saridasht. Dinner with the host family. Overnight stay in a local homestay
Day 4. Sentyab – Bukhara
Breakfast with the family. Say good bye to your hosts and leave for Bukhara. End of program.
1 person- 275 USD per person
2 people -180 USD per person
3 people -145 USD per person
*Please contact us if your group is greater than 3 people
3 night accommodation in the local homestay
3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
2 days mountain escort guide service (speaks basic English)
Sealed mineral water during the hiking program
What’s not Included
Transport to and from Nuratau Mountain village
Additional tours or activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Items of personal nature