Traditional Activities

Guided Mountain Hike

Immersive Village Experience

Explore Authentic Village Living & Hike Amidst The Nuratau Mountains

Venture deep into the heart of the Uzbek countryside on a captivating 2-day hiking excursion around Uhum. This journey offers a unique window into the lives of those inhabiting a remote village nestled within the Nuratau Mountains range. As you traverse the rustic landscapes, you’ll be afforded the remarkable opportunity to intimately acquaint yourself with the daily livelihood activities that shape the existence of the local community.

During your homestay with a welcoming local family, you’ll have the chance to observe or actively participate in the preparation of traditional meals crafted from homegrown vegetables. Your friendly host will guide you on a short yet enlightening hike through the mountains, enabling you to explore the breathtaking surroundings and gain insights into the natural beauty that envelops the village.

By embarking on this enriching hiking tour, you play a vital role in sustaining the local village community. Your participation in homestays directly contributes to the economic well-being of the families you encounter. Beyond being an observer, you become an integral part of the intricate tapestry of daily life, fostering cultural exchange and generating a positive impact on the local economy. Prepare to create a meaningful exchange that transcends borders, enriching both your personal journey and the lives of those you encounter along the way.

Highlights of the Tour

Settle into a charming homestay that boasts a vast garden dotted with fruit trees

Delve into the daily routines of Uhum villagers as you witness and participate in activities such as firewood collection, butter making, weaving, and corn grinding

Help your homestay family in the preparation of Plov, a traditional dish crafted from homegrown vegetables and mountain spices

Share a delightful dinner with your gracious hosts, engaging in cultural exchange and creating lasting memories of shared experiences

Take guided hike to the buffer zone of the Nuratau Nature Reserve to encounter ancient irrigation channels, explore petroglyph sites reflecting the region's history, and visit an Islamic priest's mausoleum

Day 1 – Transfer from Bukhara to Uhum village: At 9:00 AM, meet with our driver at the tour’s start point and start driving to Uhum village. Arrive in Uhum village by lunchtime and settle in the homestay. In the afternoon, walk around to explore the village and get to know the people. Relax on the tapchan or supa under the walnut trees. Help or observe the preparation of the traditional dishes.
Please note that on this day you explore the village on your own, and the guided tour starts on the next day.

Day 2 – Morning hike then transfer from Uhum village to  Samarkand: After breakfast, go on an easy, guided hike to the Nuratau Nature Reserve. See ancient irrigation channels, a petroglyph site, and the mausoleum of Islamic priests. Return to the homestay for lunch, then transfer back to Samarkand.


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Trip Details

Trip Details


In Bukhara: at the statue of Naserridin at Labi Haus Pool

All year round. Recommended to book between end of March to end of June and September to November.

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2 days

From 2 to 12 travellers


  • 1 night accommodation in the homestay
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Registration
  • Mountain escort guide for the hike on day 2
  • Transport: From Samarkand or Bukhara to Sentob village, and back to Bukhara or Samarkand

  • Additional tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature


Homestay host

Your 2-Day Uhum Homestay Mountain Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Bukhara – Uhum village

Meet at the start point of the tour at 9:00 AM and start driving to Uhum village. Set against the backdrop of Uzbekistan’s stunning mountains, you’ll be driven to Uhum village, arriving in time for lunch. Discover the joys of relaxation as you unwind on the tapchan – traditional tea beds – situated in the homestay’s expansive garden adorned with abundant fruit trees. Following your settling-in period, the gracious host family will extend a warm introduction to their facilities, fostering a sense of connection and hospitality. Share a delightful lunch with the local family, delving into authentic flavours that reflect the region’s culinary heritage.

In the afternoon, embark on an enriching exploration of Uhum’s daily livelihood activities and land-use practices. Engage with the villagers as you witness firewood collection, butter making, corn grinding, and weaving – traditions that have been passed down through generations. Experience the vibrancy of the community firsthand, from preserving fruits to the delicate art of silkworm rearing during spring.

Later in the afternoon, observe or actively participate in crafting the traditional dish, Plov. Engage in a culinary process as you collaborate with the family, using homegrown vegetables and mountain spices to create a flavorful masterpiece. Partake in a heartwarming dinner with your hosts, exchanging stories and cultural insights. Retire to your local homestay for a restful overnight stay, surrounded by the embrace of genuine Uzbek hospitality.

Day 2 – Uhum village – Samarkand

Today you embark on an enriching adventure guided by an experienced escort, who will lead you on a hike to the buffer zone of the renowned Nuratau Nature Reserve. This invigorating hike covers a distance of approximately 4 kilometres, lasting around 3.5 to 4 hours. As you traverse the scenic landscapes, immerse yourself in the captivating narratives that unfold before you. Marvel at the ancient irrigation channels, a testament to the ingenious water management systems that have sustained this region for generations. Gaze upon petroglyphs etched into the landscape, serving as vivid reminders of the ancient settlements that once thrived here. As you continue your exploration, encounter the mausoleum of an Islamic priest that stands as a tribute to the spiritual heritage of the area. This sacred site provides insights into the religious practices and beliefs that have shaped the lives of the local community over centuries.

Return to the homestay for a last lunch with your host family before being transferred back to Samarkand.

Map of Uhum Village

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