Nuratau and Aktau mountains Biking Tour in Uzbekistan
Nuratau and Aktau Biking Tour in Uzbekistan
Tashkent –Tuzkan Lake – Ortacheku Rocks – Hayot village – Sob Gorge – Fazelman Lake – Aktach village – Langar – Maidan – Chinar – Bukhara
After breakfast we transfer from Tashkent by vehicle to Tuzkan lake. After lunch at the lakeside, we start peddling across the Pistalitau Mountain ridge to Ortacheku rocks.
We can take a walk this evening to the peak to enjoy views of the mountains. If the weather is fine you will witness a spectacular sight from our campsite, as the Ortacheku rocks glow to a fiery orange in the sunset.
Cycling Distance: 35 km
Cycling Ascent: 530m
Cycling Descent: 171m
Accommodation: Camping (L,D)
Today we cycle the Nuratau ridge through picturesque countryside and mountain villages with traditional stone houses. We begin cycling with a climb of over 5km and ride around the Ortacheku Rocks then descend into Yangikishlak village. From here we tackle a series of climbs over the next 20km to reach our lunch stop. This afternoon we cycle 46km on a sealed road to reach Hayot, a small hamlet. The last 16km of the day are uphill and the final stretch will be on a dirt road to Hayot village.
The Nurata mountains were considered a safe route along the ancient Silk Road hence small communities settled in the valley and foothills. Hayot means ‘life’; there are legendary tales about the village being a source of water in times of drought in the area. There is a centuries-old fortress: Shakhi-Kurgan. We will be welcomed into the village where we have a homestay tonight, sleeping on traditional mattresses and enjoying fresh local food prepared by our hosts.
Cycling Distance: 71.4km
Cycling Ascent: 706m
Cycling Descent: 429m
Accommodation: Homestay (B,L,D)
Today we set off from the village cycling downhill for the first 12km along the Nuratau ridge, enjoying a beautiful ride along Seantyabsay valley dirt road and onto Sob gorge. We have a flat stretch for the next 12km before we begin a climb on rocky path to the pass in the shadow of towering Gaukum peak before undertaking an amazing long descent through the picturesque Nuratau Mountains with views of mountain villages and far in the distance, Aydarkul Lake. There are shady walnut trees and pastures of wild grasses and flowers around us. As we cycle we pass farmers bringing fodder or firewood on donkeys from the mountains down to their villages. We stop at beautiful Fazilman Mountain Lake (1640m) for lunch. In the summer months locals move their yurts near to the lake to grow vegetables on the fertile plateau around the water.
This afternoon we continue downhill to Aktash village in the foothills of Tien Shan. The area enjoys a mild climate and lush vegetation with low dome shaped trees resembling a primeval forest. At the centre of the village are the ruins of an ancient city. The area Aktash, meaning ‘white city’, was once mined for the characteristic white rock. We camp tonight near Aktash village
Cycling Distance: 64.8km
Cycling Ascent: 1,436
Cycling Descent: 1,350m
Accommodation: Camping (B,L,D)
Today our Uzbekistan tour continues as we set out on dirt road cycling through a landscape of huge boulders, transformed by the elements into the prehistoric sculptures; the mounds rest in green mountain pastures. Picturesque local dwellings are discreetly secluded from view and obscured by these monuments.
After lunch, we cycle further along the Urganchy River as far as Saykechar village. From here we continue riding on the sandy road across the valley towards Akrau ridge and bike on to Chuya village with a final short stretch of cycling along surfaced road (33 km).
Cycling Distance: 49.5km
Cycling Ascent: 447m
Cycling Descent: 692m
Accommodation: Camping (B,L,D)
Today we will ascend to the Lyangar pass, cycling a climb of 300 m over 5.5 km. We pause at Lyangar village to enjoy wonderful views of mountains and the valley.
Back on the bikes we continue cycling along the upper part of the Aktau Range, passing a disused marble mine. From here we descend cycling down through the valley to reach Maidan village, we’ll be riding alongside a tributary of Maydansay River, enjoying cool breezes. We stay tonight in a riverside camp.
Cycling Distance: 37.5km (23.3 miles)
Cycling Ascent: 1,201m (3,490ft)
Cycling Descent: 1,268 (4,160ft)
Accommodation: Camping (B,L,D)
Today we will cycle a 40km stretch of bike trail (4-5 hrs). We begin with a ride along the southern slopes of the Aktau ridge. The trail ascends through small settlements as we bike up to the plateau. We make a steep descent cycling into the picturesque mountain village Aktepa, set in the thick forest greenery.
From here we ride on following mountain river with shallow fords to reach Chinar village. Further we cycle down into Chash-Tepa settlement. Here our cycling ends. We hop on minibus and drive to Bukhara. End of cycling tour.
Cycling Distance: 40km
Cycling Ascent: 744m
Cycling Descent: 985m
- Single accommodation in 2 pax tents
- Tent, mat and sleeping bag for camping
- Meals according to the program
- 3-4 pax accommodation in guesthouse in Hayot village
- English speaking bike guide
- Luggage transport with special vehicle (4×4)
- Cooker with kitchen equipment for cycling part meals
- Transfers to star point of cycling and from end point to Bukhara by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Water supply during the cycling
- Daily snacks and juice.
- Airfare international
- Meals doesn’t mentioned
- Bike rental 150$ for the whole tour (Giant Talon 3 2018/2019, 27,5 (available sizes: S, M, L, XL))
- Additional meals, alcohol drinks etc
- Medicine insurance
- Video and photo shootings charge on the spots
- Lost, stolen and damaged luggage
- Tips to guides, escort guide and drivers
- Visa fee
- Single supplement
- Cancellation charges
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Tour updated 29.1.2023