Take a Hike! 4 Unexpected Places to Hike in Uzbekistan
Flat, dry desert expanse is often one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Uzbekistan. That harsh arid landscape is what many Silk Road merchants and explorers attempted to shield themselves from all those centuries ago, taking much needed refuge within desert oases scattered throughout Central Asia.
But Uzbekistan’s geography is far more varied and intriguing than you might expect. Within a few hours’ drive of both Tashkent and Samarkand, you can discover green forests, blossoming alpine meadows, cool blue lakes, and sweeping mountain vistas dotted with traditional villages, waterfalls, ski hills, and cave networks. Remote, untouched, and surprisingly beautiful, these areas are a fantastic and unexpected getaway from the everyday hum of the cities, and make for great spots to take an invigorating hike through places few travelers get to see.
Uzbekistan offers multiple opportunities for hiking, from quick jaunts to multi-day treks. These can be worked into a custom, private itinerary or private independent tour, or can be added as a pre- or post-tour to MIR’s small group tours that travel through Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
Here are just a few of our favorite places where you can embrace the outdoors and go hiking in Uzbekistan:
Travel with MIR to Uzbekistan
MIR has 30 years of travel experience in Central Asia and has an affiliate office in Uzbekistan, with a roster of contacts that can take you to places that you didn’t even know you wanted to go. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
MIR can arrange a personalized custom private hiking trip through Uzbekistan or can add a day hike to our Essential Uzbekistan or Essential Central Asia private independent itineraries. You can also opt to add a private pre- or post tour hiking trip on any of these itineraries:
- Small Group Tours
- Rail Journeys by Private Train
- The Silk Route by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)
- The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)
- Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)
- Caspian Odyssey by Private Train
- Jewels of Persia & the Silk Route by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)
- Iran & the ‘Stans by Private Train (Eastbound / Westbound)
(Top Photo: Many hiking trails surround the tiny Hayat Village. Photo credit: Abdu Samadov.)
PUBLISHED: November 10, 2016