Trek in the Gissar Mountains

Uzbekistan trekking | 14 days

The rich fruit orchards, fast-flowing rivers and plunging gorges of southern Uzbekistan are the focus of this absorbing four-day trek, which follows a strategic line of ancient watch towers on the border with Tajikistan and offers distant views of snow-clad peaks.

Here, you will witness life in rural Uzbekistan at close quarters and enjoy steaming dishes of ‘plov’ (pilaf) washed down with fresh apple juice and followed by delicious orchard fruits. Also on the menu is Tamerlane’s legendary cave where, in the 14th century, this fearless warrior trained his armies for battle.

 

Day 1: Fly to Tashkent

Day 2: Explore Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital

Day 3: Drive to Samarkand

Day 4: Tour Samarkand, Tamerlane’s imperial capital and ‘glittering jewel of Central Asia’

Day 5: Drive to Shakrisabz

Day 6: Drive to Tashkurgan

Day 7: Begin trek

Days 8&9: On trek

Day 10: End trek and drive to Bukhara

Day 11: Visit the imposing fortress of the Emirs at Bukhara

Day 12: Drive to Khiva, the most remote of Uzbekistan’s outposts and now a beautifully preserved living museum

Day 13: Khiva, fly to Tashkent

Day 14: Fly to London

Guide price £2,585 per person

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