Today we drive to the valley of Omonqutan, 40 km away from Samarkand. There we go on a nice hike along the valley to the pass. We walk gently through the clay houses in the Kizyl Tourouk valley, a good encounter with locals. We slowly climb up the pass through the Bergbauer piste. We reach the plateau from where we have a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks of Ghissar mountain range. We meet horses, sheep and goats running free upstairs. We walk on the ridge with a view of the plains of Samarkand and Schakhrisabs into the narrow valley, from where we ascend to the Takhta Karacha pass. Then we reach the pass. Our driver is waiting for us on the pass. We make the way back to Samarkand.
Walking time: 5-6 hours, altitude 1860 m, distance 16 km, ascent 600 m, descent 300 m