On arrival into Tashkent you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening meet with the rest of the group for dinner. Overnight:Tashkent
Today we drive to Fergana valley in eastern Uzbekistan travelling over the picturesque Kamchik Pass (2262m). Along the way we stop to visit the attractions of Kokand city. Here we will explore the mighty Khudayarkhan Palace and Juma mosque. From Kodand we continue to Richtan city, renowned for its fine ceramic wares in a myriad of blue shades. Overnight: Fergana Hotel
After breakfast we commence our drive to the Dostlik border point where we will complete border formalities and cross on foot into Kyrgyzstan. Along the way we visit a local silk factory where we will get familiar with the entire silk making process. Visit Andijan’s Park dedicated to Bobur the great – the grandson of Tamerlan and the ruler of Andijan principality who was born in Andijan and later in life founded the Mogul Empire in India. After crossing the border we drive to Osh city (30 km). Overnight: Osh Hotel
Today we will drive to Kapaly settlement (120 km, 3 hrs). We set camp and begin preparations for our trek. Overnight: tent
We begin our trek by hiking over the Kosh-Moynok pass (3250m). The pass offers a breathtaking panorama of the Kichik-Alay range with its 4000– 5000m high peaks. Further on we will descend into the valley of Kosh-Moynok River (10 km, 5 hrs, +850m, -450m, 2800m.a.s.l). Overnight: tent
Today’s trekking trail will travel through spectacular scenery of the Sary-Bel pass (3200m). Overnight: tent (2230m.a.s.l) (12 km, 5 hrs)
Today we will walk towards the nearby gorges to admire the area’s main attraction the Kojo-Kelen cave, or to be more precise the "blue grotto" with its half-moon entrance. Overnight: tent
Today we will walk up on the valley of Ak-Bura River to Djiptyk pass with its alpine meadows and high-mountain pastures. Overnight: tent (3510 m.a.s.l)
Our Silk Road journey continues as we travel between Samarkand and Bukhara in our private vehicle, passing through the desert along the ancient trade route. The road trip takes about four hours which allows the afternoon to be free for exploring Bukhara or to relax at the hotel.
Samarkand is a wondrous city showcasing the legacies of the great ruler Timur Lane, contemporarily referred to as Tamerlane; the most influential military leader of the middle ages. He set about making it the richest city on earth by pillaging and destroying all other cities and removing their wealth and skills to Samarkand. Covering the tomb where he lies in the city today is a large single slab of green jade, said to be the largest such stone in the world and symbolic of the extravagance of the ruler and the city he built as his capital. A visit to the tomb reveals an impressive piece of work, but his legacy, the Registan, the market place of ancient Samarkand, is his greatest achievement. It is enclosed by spectacular medressas (Islamic centres of learning) on three sides. These huge buildings with domes and minarets covered in a mosaic of azure tiles were built from the 1400s. The Registan is deserving of its title as one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Tashkent is a modern city of three million people and is the arts centre of the region. Museums and the opera house are perhaps its best known attractions. It has a relaxed pace and charming street side cafes. There are green parks and wide tree-lined roads, which give a sense of space. In the morning we’ll visit the Tashkent underground, where each station displays a specific architectural and artistic decoration. In the afternoon we follow the Silk Road past old caravanserai to the ancient city of Samarkand. Overnight: Samarkand hotel (300 km, 5 hrs).
After breakfast we commence our drive to the Dustlik border point where we will complete border formalities and cross on foot into Uzbekistan before continuing to Tashkent (450k, 7-8 h). Overnight: Tashkent hotel
This morning you will be woken by semi wild yaks, before setting out for Djiptyk pass (4185 m) and the Alay valley (18 km, 8 hrs) passing through incredibly wild areas with a stop to admire Alay range glittering in the distance and the views of the legendary Peak Lenin. If the weather is fine we can see also view Pamirian giants – Communism (7495m) and Korjenevskaya Peak (7105m). This evening we spend the night on a glade near Sary-Mogol settlement. Overnight: tent (3000m.a.s.l)
Today we walk to Puteshestvennikov pass (4150m) with its views of Peak Lenin (7134m) and Lenin Glacier. From here we descend to a waterfall. Overnight: tent (3600m.a.s.l) 5 hours.
We will procede by vehicle to 'Edelweiss Glade' - the Base Camp of Lenin Peak. Explore the surrounding area which includes lakes, alpine meadows, shepherds’ yurts and memorials to lost climbers. Overnight: tent (3600m.a.s.l)
Bukhara boasts 2500 years of vibrant history. Capital of the Samanid state in the 9th and 10th Century’s, Bukhara became the centre of an intellectual, religious and commercial renaissance of Central Asia until the city succumbed in 1220 to Genghis Khan and then to Tamerlane in 1370, after which Samarkand became the regions most important city. Bukhara had a second lease of life in the 16th century when it became the capital of what we now know as Bukhara Khanate during which time it had more than 300 mosques, 100 medrasses with over 10,000 students. In 1868 it became the protectorate of the Tsar and later became incorporated into the Russian and then Soviet Empires. We immerse ourselves in the tapestry of this uncomplicated city with its rich history, taking in sights such as The Ark, the former royal city and fortress that was the focus of the city for 2000 years, the Summer Palace of the last emir, mausoleums and mosques and of course the exotic bazaars and markets that make Bukhara famous amongst shoppers. This evening we fly to Tashkent. Overnight: Tashkent hotel
Today we will be transferred to Osh, over the Taldyk pass (3615 m) and into the valley of Gulcha river. Overnight: Osh Hotel. (270km, 7hrs)
Today is departure day, there maybe some free time before you need to transfer to the airport for your onward connection. If your onward travel is later in the day, remember that check out time is 12:00 noon. You can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.