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Best Hiking Trails in Uzbekistan

Overview

Known more for its Silk Road monuments in the towns of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, Uzbekistan has mountains that draw hikers in. The main areas for hiking are the Nuratau Mountains, Turkestan Mountains (on the border with Tajikistan) and the Chatkal Mountains. The best months to hike in Uzbekistan are April to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Uzbekistan. 

Capital: Tashkent

When To Hike in Uzbekistan?

April – October:  For the Chatkal and Turkestan mountains, June – September is the best period; for Nuratau mountains, April – May and October – November are best months
May; October: Could be ok for the Chatkal and Turkestan mountains
November – March: Cold; rain/snow

Climate: Arid continental (cold winters and very hot, sunny summers)

 

Uzbekistan Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: You definitely need a guide, but they’re easily found, not expensive and there is a homestay network in the Nuratau Mountains.  

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Uzbekistan for hiking:

  • Sentyab
  • Chimgan

Most popular hikes in Uzbekistan

The mountainous areas are in the far east of the country (Chatkal Mountains and Turkestan Range) and a lower altitude range in the central part of the country (Nuratau Mountains). Highest Mountain: Khazret Sultan (4643 m) shared with Tajikistan.

Filter out hiking places of Uzbekistan by month

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Nuratau Mountains

Turkestan Range

  • June – Sept
  • Zaamin Ulta – national park that is the oldest nature preserve in Uzbekistan
  • There are many hiking areas here, 150 km of trails here

Chatkal Mountains

  • June – Sept
  • Ugam-Chatkal National Park  – accessible hiking, doesn’t reach the lofty heights of mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
  • Lots of potential in this range outside of the national park, but no info on hiking elsewhere
  • Chimgan is the most popular base for hikes in the area

Long Distance Trails of Uzbekistan

  • Multiple multi-day hikes in the Turkestan and Chatkal Mountains

Uzbekistan's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Uzbekistan Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Central Asia, 7th Edition, 2018 by Stephen Lioy, Anna Kaminski, Bradley Mayhew, Jenny Walker, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/49Cq0bK
  • Uzbekistan: A Bradt Travel Guide, 2nd Edition, by Sophie Ibbotson & Max Lovell-Hare, 2020, Bradt Travel guides – https://amzn.to/3xmLImo

 

Uzbekistan Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Uzbekistan:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Sentyab Ridge Loop
  • Fazilman Lake Loop
  • Greater Chimgan
  • Little Chimgan
  • Chekhicm to Chetkumbel Pass
  • Chetkumbel Pass to Beldersay
  • Gulkamsay River

 Easy Hiking Trails in Uzbekistan:

  • Dara Valley
  • Kadvan Valley Ruins
  • Sharilak Waterfall

 

Uzbekistan Hiking Websites:

 

Uzbekistan Weather Website:

  • The Centre of Hydrometeorological Service at Cabinet of Minister’s of Republic of Uzbekistan (UZHYDROMET) – Узгидромет 

 

Uzbekistan Official Tourism Site:  

 

Uzbekistan Hiking Apps: 

 

Uzbekistan Hiking & Road Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Medieval Islamic architecture
  • Many Silk Road sites
  • Bazaars of Tashkent
  • Camel trekking
  • Kyzyl Kum Desert
  • Disappearing south Aral Sea

Other Important Points

  • There is no information available on hiking in the mountainous area in the southern part of the country close to Dushanbe in Tajikistan 
  • Will need a visa to enter but the visa application process has been made easier with an online system
  • Police state
  • Neighbouring nations are more known for their nomadism than is Uzbekistan