Two days tour to Nuratau Mountains and Lake Aydarkul
(the tour can be done starting from Samarkand as well)
Day 1 – Bukhara – Nurata – Sayyod Yurt Camp
After breakfast depart for Sayyod Yurt Camp located in the Nuratau Mountains (316 km / 4,5 hours) On the way to the mountain yurt camp, stop in Nurata city (about a 2,5-hour drive from Bukhara) to visit the ruins of a fort believed to be built by Alexander the Great and other local sites.
You will have lunch in the traditional guesthouse in Nurata. After lunch continues to the yurt camp. Arrive at the mountain camp in the afternoon and settle in one of 11 traditionally decorated yurts. Depending on the size of the yurt, there are 2 to 4 beds in each yurt. The yurt camp has an onsite restaurant, an ablution block that consists of showers and toilets, and an outdoor swimming pool. The camp has access to the internet as well.
In the afternoon, start an easy 3 hours /6 km hike to the mountains. The hike offers picturesque views of the Nuratau Mountains and Lake Aydarkul from distance. Starting from the camp you will gradually accent through the valley eventually reaching the highest point on this hike from where panoramic views of neighboring villages and lake Aydarkul opens up. After dinner, you may relax around the swimming pool or around the campfire.
Day 2 – Sayyod Yurt Camp – Lake Aydarkul-Samarkand
At 10:30 transfer to Lake Aydarkul (a 40-minute drive). Lake Aydar and Tuzkan and their adjacent wetlands are habitat types that cover extensive areas of the region. They are important breeding, resting, and wintering areas for more than a hundred species of birds. Arrive at the lake and walk along the lake shores to get to know the area.
You may also swim if the temperature of the weather allows. At the lake, you will be provided with a picnic lunch.
After lunch transfer to Samarkand (2,5-3 hour drive). Upon arrival in Samarkand, our driver will drop you at your hotel.
END OF PROGRAM
Price & Service
|Number of People||1||2-3|
|Price per person||USD 300||USD 180|
For groups greater than 3 people –price upon request
- Yurt stay with breakfast – 1 nights
- Lunches -2
- Dinners -1
- Transport: Bukhara->Sayyod Yurt Camp->Lake Aydarkul->Samarkand (sedan car)
- Sealed mineral water (Alcoholic beverages not included but can be purchased )
- English-speaking mountain guide service – 1 day
- Entrance tickets in Nurata.
What’s not Included
- Additional tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of personal nature
Extension trips and extra activities which can be combined with the above tour
Yurt stay and camel riding near the Lake Aydarkul
1 person – 80 USD
2 persons – 65 USD per person
3 persons – 55 USD per person
- 1 night Yurt stay including all meals and registration
- 20 minutes of camel riding
- The trip by car to Lake Aydarkul
- Transport to/ from Yurt Camp
Petroghlyps in Sarmish Gorge
1 person – 20 USD
2 persons – 15 USD per person
3 persons – 10 USD per person
- Entrance tickets to Sarmish Gorge
- Transport to/ from Sarmish