Camel trekking, usually combined with a yurtstay, is the most intriguing activity, though most trips are relatively short jaunts around one of the for-tourist yurt camps. Other potential outdoor activities are rafting, skiing and hiking, all remarkably accessible from Tashkent. Uzbekistan is said to offer the best birding in Central Asia.


Good places for hiking include the Chimgan region and the Nuratau Mountains, while a couple of agencies in Samarkand offer hiking in the villages around Shakhrisabz in southern Uzbekistan.