March to May and September to November are the best times to visit Uzbekistan, with generally pleasant weather, although early May will already see unpleasant 40°+ temperatures in Khiva and Bukhara. In Uzbekistan, this is also the time when the majority of visitors come and sites can feel crowded.
In the winter months, temperatures hover around freezing point, and you have the place to yourself. Summer brings heat over 50° Celsius and you need to escape to the mountains or the comfort of your air conditioned room.
Like in the rest of Central Asia, there’s not many events compared to the cultural buzz of cities in the Global North, but you can have a look at our overview of holidays and festivals in Uzbekistan.
Hiking: June to September is generally good for hiking in the Tien Shan mountains. July and August are preferred if you are planning to spend the night on the higher reaches (above 3000 m) of the Tien Shan or Pamir.
Horse riding: April to October is the best time.
Cycling: Most cyclists are pretty tough by the time they make it to Uzbekistan and they don’t seem to mind scorching temperatures while cycling in the desert. Ideally though; you would come in early spring or late autumn.
Skiing: December to March.
Ice-skating: November to April.
Rafting: Depends on the river, but generally August – October is best as the glacier melt is highest then.
Kok boru: November to March.