Uzbekistan Hiking Tours with Homestays in the Nuratau Mountains

Venture Along Scenic Mountain Trails & Experience Village Life

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Nuratau Mountains through our homestay experiences. Nestled in remote mountain villages of Sentob, Hayat, Asraf and Uhum, embark on a unique journey that offers an opportunity to truly connect with nature and local culture.

During your stay, you’ll be welcomed into the homes of local families who are eager to share their way of life with you. Experience the genuine warmth of Uzbek village hospitality as you engage in daily activities alongside your hosts. From milking cows and tending to gardens to participating in traditional crafts, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms and traditions that shape village life.

As you settle into your traditional accommodation, wake up to breathtaking mountain vistas that greet you each morning. Enjoy the simple pleasures of clear, unpolluted skies during the day and stargazing at night. Engage in guided nature walks led by villagers who possess intimate knowledge of the local ecosystem, offering insights into the native plants and wildlife. Savour delicious homemade meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the authentic flavours of the region.

These homestay experiences offer more than just a place to rest; they invite you to become a part of the community, fostering cultural exchange and meaningful connections. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Nuratau Mountains, where the beauty of nature and the warmth of local hospitality combine to create an enriching and memorable experience.

We encourage all travelers to familiarize themselves with the local customs and etiquette of the destinations they visit. Click here to read about countryside behavioural rules and cultural customs in Uzbekistan. By understanding and respecting these traditions, you’ll not only enrich your travel experience but also foster positive interactions with the warm and welcoming people of Uzbekistan.

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Countryside Behavioural Rules

In Uzbekistan, demonstrating respect and adhering to behavioural norms holds paramount significance in both social and cultural contexts. By observing and following these principles, as a traveller you will be displaying good manners and respect towards your hosts and the surrounding community:

Greetings: Greetings in Uzbekistan vary based on gender and relationship dynamics. Among men, greetings often involve handshakes, hugs for close friends, or placing the right hand across the chest while slightly bowing the head. Women may share kisses with close female friends, while with others, the customary greeting involves placing the right hand over the heart and nodding slightly to acknowledge passersby.

Dressing Rules: Dressing in Uzbekistan aligns with modesty stemming from Islamic traditions. Avoid shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless tops. Women wear colourful "doppi" caps, while men don black or white doppi or fur caps in winter.

Photographing People: Please ask for permission before you take photos of people. If they do not wish to be photographed, you must respect the decision. If you take a photo, people will appreciate it if you offer to send them a copy. Make sure to follow through with your promise.

Bargaining: In markets and bazaars, bargaining is customary and welcomed. Sellers often reduce prices upon request. Remember not to bargain in "fixed price shops," and note that prices at guesthouses are non-negotiable.

Table Manners: In tea gatherings, people sit on tapchans (tea-beds), supas (tea platforms out of clay), or ayvons (Roofed tea beds) with kupacha mattresses. When entering, avoid stepping on the tablecloth in the centre. Men sit cross-legged, while both men and women can fold their legs sideways. Ensure your feet aren't visible to others. Elderly individuals use cushions for comfort. Hosts pour tea three times into a tea bowl before serving guests, typically filling cups half-full. Being attentive and refilling cups is considered polite.

Bread: Bread is revered; never waste it. After breaking lepioshka bread, avoid placing chunks upside down on the table. When buying or gifting bread, avoid uneven numbers. Only at funerals, uneven numbers of bread are brought as a gift.

Shoes: Remove shoes before entering houses or mosques. Hosts may prepare your shoes for easy wear upon departure.

Gifts: While encountering children in villages, please avoid giving sweets and pens on the streets to discourage begging behaviours.

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