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Mountain tour 3 days-Asraf

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Mountain tour 3 days-Asraf

Nuratau Mountain villages exist from the time immemorial. Even the troops of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan used to have their fortifications in Nuratau Mountain villages. During this three days tour to Nuratau villages you will be acquainted with the history of the villages and have an opportunity to interact with local people to get to know about their daily life and traditions.   

Trip Highlights

  • Experience  a stay with rural family
  • Get to know the daily livelihood activities of mountain dwellers
  • Whole day’s hiking tour in Nuratau Mountains
  • Explore two different villages and local historical sights
  • Learn  the preparation of Central Asian main dish Plov 

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

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 - Samarkand or Bukhara – Asraf village
Arrive in Asraf village.Walk around to get to know the village and people, relax on the tapchan or supa under the walnut trees. Help or watch to prepare traditional dish. 

Day 2 - Asraf village
Whole day hiking tour to Uhum village (14 km / 7 hours with picnic rest). Visit local historical sites: ruins of Mongol fortification 'Qorgoni Honkeldi', ruins of 'Deh' fortress and old community watermill in in Upper Uhum. 

Day 3 - Asraf village – Bukhara or Samarkand
Leave for the next destination. 

END OF THE PROGRAM 

Price & Service

Number of People 1 2 3
Price per person USD 195 USD 150 USD 120

For groups greater than 3 people –price upon request 

What is Included
  • 2 nights accomodation in the homestay
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinnes
  • 1 day mountain escort guide service (with basic English) 
  • Transport:Samarkand/Bukhara-village-Bukhara/Samarkand
What's not Included
  • Additional tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature

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

Yurt stay and camel riding near the  Lake  Aydarkul Alexander the Great's fortress and  holly spring in Nurata city Petroghlyps in Sarmish Gorge
Kazakh yurt camp near Lake Aydarkul, Uzbekistan Alexander the Great's fortress ruins in Nurata city Petroghlyph site in Sarmish Gorge


Price:
1 person   - 80 USD

2 persons - 65 USD per person
3 persons - 55 USD per person


Price includes:

  • 1 night Yurt stay including all meals
  • 20 minutes of camel riding
  • Trip by car to Lake Aydarkul
  • Transport to/ from Yurt Camp


Price:
1 person  -  15 USD

2 persons - 10 USD per person
3 persons - 5 USD per person

Price includes:

  • Entrance tickets in Nurata city
  • Transport to/ from Nurata


Price:
1 person  - 20 USD

2 persons - 15 USD per person
3 persons - 10 USD per person

Price includes:

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

 

  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Samarkand or Bukhara - Asraf village

Start in the morning from Samarkand/Bukhara and arrive in a tiny Nuratau Mountain village called Asraf.
Be welcomed by your host family and settle in  Yahshigul’s homestay. The homestay has a large garden with many fruit trees where you can spend some time to relax on one of the tapchans (comfortable tea beds) or on a supa (traditional loom built tea bed). After having settled, your host will show you their facilities. Lunch with the local family. After lunch, walk around the village and get to know how people are making a living in these remote valleys. In the afternoon, you may watch or help the family in the preparation of traditional dish Plov from home-grown vegetables and mountain spices.  Dinner with your hosts.Overnight stay in Yahshigul’s homestay. 

Day 2 - Asraf village

Early risers can either watch the sunrise on top of the hill behind the house or watch the host family doing their morning chores (bread baking in a tandir oven, cooking on a traditional stove) Breakfast with the family. After breakfast, your local escort guide takes you to a whole day hiking tour to the next Nuratau Mountain village Ukhum (one way 7,1 km, 3:30 hours with 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 up to Sari Saqallog’u pass (900m high). You will see Mount Saribedak (965 high) on you left. Pass the ruins of the old Mongol fortress “Qorgoni Honkeldi” (768m high) and its settlement ruins (0:30 hours rest). From there you have a nice view of Uhum valley. Descending to Uhum village, you can see a rock with old petroglyphs (rather faint). Once you reached 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 demonstrate the use of these old devices to you.  Have a picnic at the ruins of “Deh” fortress. Return to Asraf village and stay an overnight in Yahshigul’s homestay. 

Day 3 - Asraf village-Bukhara or Samarkand

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

END OF THE PROGRAM 

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asraf-guestroom yahshigul-cooking beatroot
vegetable-garden asraf-view asraf-phoning
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