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A Horseback Journey Through the Enchanting Nuratau Mountains

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Uzbekistan’s Nuratau Mountains with our 2-Day Horse Riding Tour. This insightful journey leaves the historical city of Bukhara behind and will have you escape to the remote villages nestled amid stunning mountain landscapes.

Led by experienced local guides, you’ll not only traverse picturesque trails on horseback but also engage in the warmth of authentic homestays, offering a glimpse into the traditional way of life. From the tranquillity of Asraf village to the cultural richness of Hayat, each day unfolds new vistas and experiences. Discover ancient fortresses, ride across rolling steppes, and soak in the breathtaking views of Lake Aydarkul. This tour seamlessly blends adventure, cultural exploration, and the unparalleled beauty of the Uzbek countryside.

Highlights of the Tour

Experience genuine Uzbek hospitality at Yahshigul's homestay in Asraf and Shiringul's homestay in Hayat

Meet your trekking guide and engage in a brief test horse ride to acquaint yourself with the horses

Saddle up for scenic horse rides through the Nuratau Mountains, connecting Asraf, Eski Forish, Hayat and Uhum villages

Take in the beautiful views of the Nuratau Mountains, expansive steppes, and the serene Lake Aydarkul

Benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable guides who will enrich your journey with insights into the region's history, traditions, and natural wonders

Day 1 – Transfer from Bukhara to Asraf village: Settle into your homestay in Asraf village, and after lunch, embark on a horse riding journey through the stunning landscapes. Test your riding skills with a 2.5-hour ride to the neighbouring village of Eski Forish, experiencing the beauty of the Nuratau Mountains.

Day 2 – Ride from Asraf village to Hayat, and then to Uhum village before returning to Samarkand:
Saddle up for a 3-hour horse ride from Asraf to Hayat village, passing by the ruins of the Mongol Fortress in Uhum. Immerse yourself in the traditional architecture of Upper Uhum village, concluding the horse riding adventure with a scenic transfer to Samarkand.


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Trip Details

Trip Details

  • 2 – 3 travellers: EUR 260 per person
  • 4 – 12 travellers: EUR 230 per person

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2 days

From 2 to 12 travellers

  • 1 night homestay
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Horse rental and helmets
  • Local guide
  • Transport: Bukhara – Asraf village – Samarkand
  • Registration

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

  • Homestay hosts
  • Horse riding guide

Your 2-Day Horse Riding in the Nuratau Mountains Itinerary

Day 1 – Bukhara – Asraf Village

At 9:00 AM, meet our driver at the start point of the tour in Bukhara to drive to Asraf village. The road, winding for about 4.5-5 hours, offers glimpses of the picturesque Nurata city. Optionally, you can request a detour to explore the ancient petroglyphs at the Sarmish site. You will reach Asraf by lunchtime, where you’ll be warmly welcomed at Yahshigul’s homestay. Mr. Bobojon Kozokov, along with his wife Yahshigul, who is also a local school teacher, will extend their hospitality and show you the homestay facilities so you can get settled in. After a hearty lunch, you can get acquainted with your trekking guide and your trusty steed during a test horse ride. In the afternoon, you’ll set off on a 2.5-hour horse ride to the neighbouring village of Eski Forish, giving you a chance to take in the serene beauty of the Nuratau Mountains.

Accommodation: Homestay in Asraf Village.

Day 2 – Ride to Hayat Village – Uhum – Samarkand

As the sun rises, begin your day with a wholesome breakfast before saddling up to ride from Asraf to Hayat village, with the guidance of your local trekking expert. The 12-kilometre journey takes approximately 3 hours, and offers views of the remnants of the Mongol Fortress in Uhum village. The panoramic views of Lake Aydarkul and the expansive Kyzyl-Kum steppe enhance the charm of your equestrian adventure. Upon arrival at Shiringul’s homestay in Hayat, settle in and savour the warm hospitality. In the afternoon, a scenic 2-hour horse ride to Upper Uhum village awaits, where traditional stone and mud houses stand proudly amid the ruins of an ancient fortress. Your horse riding journey concludes here, and our driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Samarkand. The 3-hour journey is a final opportunity to soak in the mesmerising landscapes.

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