Uzbekistan by Bike

Starting From

$3,399/person

Number of days

15

Start Location

Uzbekistan

Group Size

4-16

Operated by

World Expeditions

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive Tashkent

On arrival into Tashkent you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your guide will conduct a trip briefing in the hotel lobby in the evening before you all enjoy a group welcome dinner. Overnight: Arien Plaza or similar

Transfer to Lake Tuzkan (25km)

After breakfast we leave the city and drive out to Lake Tuzkan (240 km, 4 hours). On arrival we have lunch before preparing our bikes and equipment for the first introductory ride. Today we ride following a winding trail through the Gory Pistalitau mountains to the shores of Lake Tuzkan. It is excellent dirt road with some minor climbs making it a perfect warm up ride. This rural area is sparsely populated, its only inhabitants being a few fishermen and shepherds. We set up a camp for the evening on the shores of the lake. In the early evening we can enjoy a walk around the area and climb up to the nearby peak which provides magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. Cycling distance: ~25km Overnight: Tented camp

Lake Tuzkan to Ortacheku Rocks (37km)

Following breakfast we break camp and set out on our bicycles to Ortacheku Rocks. Our first challenge will be to cycle over the Pistalitau Mountain pass. You will be rewarded at the top however with fantastic views of the valley below. Most of the trails are fairly smooth fire road style trails but in one or two places we may have to carry the bikes over obstacles. After crossing the valley we reach the asphalt road along which we continue until lunch time. Following a light lunch and short rest, we hop back in the saddle and follow the dirt trails all the way until reaching the town of Bajram then further on to Ortacheku Rocks where we camp for the night. Cycling distance: ~37 km, +/-300m Overnight: Tented camp

Ortacheku Rocks to Hayat village (70km)

This morning we set off for the picturesque village of Hayat. To begin with we must make our way between the impressive towering outcrops of the Ortacheku Rocks. The route will then take us along the picturesque Nuratau Ridge before descending into the traditional stone housed village of Yangikishlak. From Yangikishlak the trail continues over a series of rolling hills and grasslands. After stopping for a healthy lunch and quick rest, we reach the the asphalt road which leads us most of the way to our evening's destination Hayat Village, only the final 6km or so will be back on trails. Cycling distance: ~70km, +/- 370m Overnight: Traditional homestay

Hayat village to Sob Gorge (40km)

This morning we bid farewell to our village hosts and cycle out from Hayat Village along the Nurata ridge, taking in the stunning scenery along the Seantyabsay canyon on route to Sob gorge. Tonight we set up camp in the gorge. Cycling distance: ~40km Overnight: Tented camping

Sob gorge to Fazilman Lake then Aktash village (45km)

Today we depart from the gorge and ascend up the rocky path to ride over the pass in the shadow of the majestic Gaukum Peak. The ride up affords panoramic views of Sentyabsay village, the peaks of Nuratau ridge and long shores of Aydarkul Lake before we plunge into the long descent down from the pass, along the vast southern slopes of Nuratau ridge and on to Fazilman Lake. We will break for lunch and a rest at the lake before continuing our ride on toward Aktash village. Cycling distance: ~45km Overnight: Tented camping

Aktash village to Chuya village (65km)

Today we set out on our bicycle to the Kingdom of the gigantic rocks following an interesting dirt road between the huge boulders, turned by water and wind into the prehistoric sculptures lying on the green mountain fields. In the valley the huge stones are hiding picturesque houses which residents are living a peaceful and quiet life. After lunch we will cycle further along the river Urganchy until we reach Saykechar village. We will continue by cycling on the sandy road and cross the valley to head for Akrau ridge and proceed towards the village of Chuya (33 km). Overnight under Langar pass (915 m.a.s.l.). Note: Ascension during the day (+200, -150m). We will cycle mainly on dirt road, the asphalt road being available only on entering the village of Chuya. Cycling distance: ~65km Overnight: Tented camping

Chuya, over the Lyangar pass to Maydansay village (30km)

Today we will ascend to the Lyangar pass. Altitude differences are from 300 m on 5.5 km. We will have a short amount of time for sightseeing. The wonderful views of the mountains and the valley can be enjoyed from Lyangar village. We continue out bike journey, along the upper part of Aktau Range passing through abandoned the marble open pit. Here we descend to the valley to reach Maydan settlement. On this part of the bike trail we will enjoy cool breeze as we will pedal along the outfall of Maydansay River witch has many fords. Cycling distance: ~30km Overnight: tented camping

Maidan village - Chagirkul - Chinar settlement (40km)

Today we will ride on a bike trail stretching 40 km (5-6 hrs). We will first bike along the southern slopes of Aktau ridge from where the trail ascend near small settlements leading to the Plateau and from the top point sharply descend into the picturesque and exotic mountain village called Angigan, which is set in the thick greenery of surrounding trees. Then we will pedal along mountain river with shallow fords to the Chinaz village. (+ 300 m, -420m) Camp (670 m). (asphalt, beaten truck road, road, off road). Cycling distance: ~40km Overnight: Tented camping

Djunaty Peak transfer to Bukhara (25km)

Today’s cycling distance is 25 km (+270, -470 MM). After breakfast we will begin to ascend to the mountain plateau and ride towards an existing natural sight Djunaty (920m). This outstanding outdoor museum consists of numerous stone sculptures in the shape of huge fantastic birds and animals. Upon request we may ascent to the right peak of Djunaty. (±120m, 1,5-2h) From Djunaty we descent into Chash-Tepa settlement. Here we will end the biking part of the tour and drive to Bukhara. Cycling distance: ~25km Overnight: Kavsar Boutique Hotel or similar

Sightseeing in Bukhara

Today we have a full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on the sacred hill, it is supposed to be founded in the 13th Century BC during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the Sanscrite word “vihara” which stands for “Buddhist monastery”. The city with its 140 architectural monuments was once a large commercial centre on the Great Silk Road. The old city of Bukhara consists of a maze of narrow streets, busy bazars and colorfully tailed historic landmarks mainly dating back to the Middle Age. Today we will visit mausoleum of the founder of Samanid dynasty which plan reminds the geometric pattern of Buddhist mandala, Bukhara’s citadel belted by massive defensive walls and overlooking the Old City. We will also visit ancient mosques, madrassah and ancient domed bazaars :Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV-XIX cc.), Poi-Kalon Square (XII-XVI cc.), Ulugbek’s Medressah ( the grandson of Tamerlane and distinguished mathematician and astronomer), Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII cc.), Bolo Khauz Mosque (XIX), Summer Residence of the last rulers of Bukhara located in the city’s suburb. Overnight: Kavsar Boutique Hotel or similar

Transfer to Samarkand

Today we drive to Samarkand (430 km, 7 hrs). Along the way we will visit masterpieces of Timurid architecture in Shakhrisabz, hometown of the royal family. Sightseeing covers Burial places of Timurid royalty and ruins of Tamerlan’s summer residence, the Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404). Overnight: City Hotel or similar

Sightseeing in Samarkand

Today we will have full day sightseeing in Samarkand covering Registan Square considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Being the "heart" of Samarkand and city’s main square it is enclosed by three spectacular madrassah dating back to 1400s with quite inner courtyards. These huge buildings adorned with domes and minarets are intricately laid in charming azure blue glazed tiles. We will also visit the grandiose Cathedral Mosque Bibi-Khanum, nearby Siab Bazaar with its colorful stalls and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the resting place of Timurid royal family. The remains of meridian quadrant of Ulugh Beg’ observatory which huge size enabled Samarkand astronomers to produce the most accurate calibration of stars’ position. Their outstanding body of work comprised "Zidj -e - Kuragoni" , astronomic tables featuring the most exact coordinates of 1018 stars; Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, resting place of princesses and princes of Timurid dynasty, as well as aristocracy of the that period boasting unique architectural masterpieces of intricate tile patterns which turn this sanctuary into a real heaven of green turquoise and blue azure colors. We will also get acquainted with the history of the city exploring the exhibits of local Afrosiab Museum. Overnight: City Hotel or similar

Transfer to Tashkent

After breakfast we drive to Tashkent (350 km, 5 hours). Today we will make our way around Tashkent and get acquainted with its main sights: Khast-Imam( Jhazret – Imam) complex including Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Barak Khan madrassah, Muyimuborak madrassah converted in library-museum and housing world’s oldest copy of Holy Koran once belonging to Caliph Osman (VII). Overnight: Arien Plaza or similar

Tashkent, your trip concludes

Today in Tashkent, your trip concludes.

Additional Information

This amazing, all encompassing journey explores Uzbekistan by bike and discovers at handle bar level this friendly land. Without a doubt cycling is one of the finest ways to explore a country and to appreciate the contrasting desert and mountain landscapes that characterise this fascinating region. Pedalling at a steady pace we journey across the red sand desert of Kyzyl-Kum. Spend nights in tents, relaxing under a spectacular dome of stars. Discover the traditional way of life of the local people in the Nurata Mountains and visit Stone and Bronze Age petroglyphs etched into the black rock faces of the Sarmysh Gorge. Our complete service includes comfortable geared bikes and backup vehicle. Discover Samarkand, the grand capital of the conqueror Tamerlane, and admire the grace of the blue-tiled Registan. Explore Bukhara, whose ancient city centre is a maze of mud-walled homes, mosques and stone bazaars.

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