A country of two extremes, Uzbekistan experiences cold winters and extremely hot summers. Therefore, the best time to visit is in spring or autumn, more specifically from April to May or September to early November. During these periods, you can expect warm and dry weather, without the heat of the desert becoming unbearably hot.
Springtime brings many species of wildflower into bloom, such as tulips and red poppies, making this a beautiful time to hike in the Tien Shan Mountains. Autumn is then the time for harvest, with Uzbekistan’s colourful markets packed with fresh fruits and wine.
Despite the seasonal differences, Uzbekistan is still very much a year-round destination. While the summer months of July and August can be scorching on the plains, this a great time to trek in the cooler mountains. You could also experience spending a night sleeping in a traditional yurt.
The winter months of November to March can be very cold, however the skies are bright and clear. This season therefore offers some fantastic photography opportunities, without grey clouds to ruin your shots. It’s also the low season in Uzbekistan and, if you’re prepared to wrap up warm, you’ll enjoy cheaper flights as well as the country’s beautiful Silk Road cities all to yourself.