Itinerary: Khiva – Chukurak – Minbulak – Uchkuduk – Zaravshan – Nurata – Sarmish gorge – Navoi – Samarkand – Bukhara
Bike tour map (link)
Travel through the desert
Cycling in the Kyzylkum desert in Uzbekistan
Dates: Departure dates at your request, from mid-April to the end of October
Tour entry: possible from two people.
Best time: May-June-September-October
The bicycle will give a beautiful figure,
Joy and enjoyment,
You’ll always be busy,
Slow down the aging process!
Central Asia is a great place for a real bike tourist. Cross the red sands of the Kyzylkum desert exploring on the way the majestic cities of Uzbekistan: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.
Everyone can take part in cycling but you need to have good physical fitness and experience in long-distance cycling. On average you will travel no more than 70 km per day. However, the program can be adapted depending on your physical capabilities and local conditions. You will travel 720 km along the road rarely visited by cycling tourists, see the real sandy desert and the steppes scorched by the sun.
In September the temperature during the day in the desert does not exceed + 30- 35 degrees. It would seem that it is hot, but the wind constantly blows and the heat is endured quite easily. The hottest time of the day is between 11 am to 4 pm. The lowest temperature before dawn varies from 8 to 10 degrees, but as the sun rises the temperature also rises very quickly. In Uzbekistan you will experience real hospitality of local people towards guests. They will give you fruit and bread, offer their help during your travel.
Kyzylkum Desert Route
Active route length: 720 km (Chukurak – Mingbulak – Uchkuduk – Zaravshan – Tamdibulak – Kukcha – Nurata – Sarmish gorge – Navoi)
Asphalt roads of various quality – 704 km
Unpaved – 16 km
Arrival in Urgench airport. Transfer to Khiva (35 km), hotel accommodation and rest. Night in Khiva.
City tour of Khiva.
Transfer to the beginning of the route to the village of Chukurak with a visit to the fortress of Ayaz Kala. Distance on Auto – 370 km. Overnight in a tent camp.
The beginning of the cycle route from Chukurak village, a stop 30 km from Mingbulak. Distance: 79 km, 6 hours. Camp.
Bike ride from Mingbulak – stop 37 km away from Uchkuduk. Distance: 71 km, 5 hours. Camp.
Bike ride from Uchkuduk to Zaravshan. Distance: 71 km, 5 hours. Camp.
Bike ride 90 km, 6 hours. Camp
Bike ride 4 km to the exit on the Uchkuduk – Navoi track. Distance: 99 km, 6 hours. Camp.
Bike ride 4 km to the exit on the Uchkuduk – Navoi – Kokcha track. Distance: 91 km, 6 hours. Camp.
Bike ride 94 km, 6 hours. Guest house.
Bike ride 70 km, 5 hours. Tent camp.
Finish of the cycle part of the itinerary. Distance: 45 km, 3 hours. Hotel accommodation.
Transfer to Samarkand. Hotel accommodation.
City tour of Samarkand. Overnight at hotel of Samarkand.
Transfer to Bukhara. Overnight at hotel of Bukhara.
City tour of Bukhara. Overnight at hotel of Bukhara.
Transfer to airport of Bukhara or Tashkent for international flight home.
End of the programme.
Price does not include:
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HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP!
Technical sheet / Additional information
50-70 km of cycling per day. No particular technical difficulties except the altitude difference if you are in VTC. Most of the time you will ride a bike on the roads, bike paths, shared lanes and some secondary roads.
Your luggage will be transported by bus. You will receive your luggage at the hotel. You can take a small bag or backpack during the bike tour.
A travel program will be sent to you with detailed maps, with information on milestones and accommodations, as well as vouchers.
The itineraries offered on our website are suggestions that can be modified or extended. For those, who do not hesitate to contact us: We will adapt to your desires and offer you a program to your measure!
Respect of the itinerary and the content of the program
The programs offered on the website are feasible. The itineraries and activities are likely to be modified, whether before your departure or during your trip, because of imperatives beyond our control: aerial rotations, air delays, schedules and train delays, state of the roads, days of market, museum closing days, weather conditions, geopolitical incidents … etc. Our priority is to ensure your safety. However, we will do our utmost to ensure that your program is respected to the fullest!
REASONS FOR STAYS – THE GOOD REASONS TO GET THERE
All public. Millennial heritage and culture, typical villages, the Silk Road, desert caravans, adventure. Hospitality. Mountains, steppes, UNESCO World Heritage label, exceptional landscapes, architecture and Silk Road. Ancient civilizations, archeology, religious art. Hiking, crafts, camel ride.
Budget on site
The exchange in Sum (local currency) is done on the spot. It is advisable to bring US dollars and euros in small bills, new notes (in good condition, without tearing and without writing). Credit cards are very useless. It is advisable to change your dollars in banks or exchange offices.
By bus. Carrying luggage and bicycles by vehicle.
Meals cooked in guest house or in a local restaurants. The cuisine of Central Asia is generally healthy, quite varied and you will often have the opportunity to enjoy healthy traditional meals. Be aware that mutton is an important part of the local gastronomy and is often prepared in the form of small skewers (shashliks), kebabs and ravioli. We find some flavors of the Middle East and even the Mediterranean and the influences are Chinese, Russian, Persian, Oriental, etc.
Mineral water for bike days included (3 L per person per day) is provided. For other days, you will easily find bottled mineral water in the shops and restaurants in the cities.
TO GET WITH YOU
To transport your belongings:
For the bike
For lunch picnics
Against the sun and the rain
After the effort
Highlights of the trip:
Nurata, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand Ancient fortresses Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala
Mingbulak lowland. The bottom of the ancient sea with fragments of fossils and remains from dinosaurs.
The “stone forest” in the tract Jarakuduk is a unique natural phenomenon. It is located in the Kyzylkum desert, in the reserve part of the Mingbulak depression (away from the Uchkuduk-Nukus highway). In terms of diversity and number of finds this is the only such place in the world.
Sarmish George. The petroglyphic gallery covers the territory of almost two kilometers and includes about four thousand rock paintings – petroglyphs (from Greek “petros” – a stone and “glyphe” – a carving).
Information about the travel area: about the Kyzylkum desert.
In this fascinating trip to three Central Asian countries, you will visit the legendary cities of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan's natural wealth and favorable climate create excellent opportunities for the development of various types of tourism such as tracking, cycling, horseback riding, mountain tourism and much more. 60 km northeast of Tashkent, there is Bostanlyk region, which is the subtropical zone of Tien Shan.
Magnificent cities of Uzbekistan - Samarkand and Bukhara. Unforgettable oriental atmosphere, historical monuments of ancient cities of the world.
Admire ancient cities of Tashkent, following the route of the Great Silk road caravans.
Enjoy some of the oldest towns of the world with ancient citadels in Uzbekistan and Turkmentistan.
Best season: from May to October.
This tour is for brave and determined people .
The most famous cities of Central Asia.