Through Hardship to the Stars

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A fantastic trip to a unique landmark - a high-altitude observatory that conducts year-round scientific observation of the sky. The observatory is located in a mountainous area famous for its special astrophysical conditions, allowing to conduct astronomical observations for most of the year.

During the trip you can visit the picturesque canyon of Langar, as well as monuments of Islamic culture in the mountain village of Katta Langar, descent to the active salt mines, where locals mine salt. At the high-mountain observatory Maidanak, you can get acquainted not only with powerful telescopes, but also see distant galaxies, planets and other space objects through them. You will be able to enjoy the starry sky that seems to hang right above your heads. Spend the night in a house built for astronomers. Visit a lot of forbidden objects, that were impossible to get to during the Soviet times.

Start of the tour: Shakhrisabz Accommodation: Guesthouse.
End of tour: Shakhrisabz Tour category: Mountain hiking, Sightseeing tours, Extreme tours.
Duration: 2 days / 1 nights Сities: Shakhrisabz.
  • Day 1: Kitab - Langar - Maydanak observatory

    Arrival in Kitab.


    Visiting village of Katta Langar.

    Excursion of the canyon Langar.

    Excursion to the Langar Ota monument of Islamic culture.

    Transfer to the Maidanak Observatory.

    Excursion around the territory of the observatory and the adjacent plateau (beautiful landscapes, pre-sunset views).


    Visiting the AZT-22 telescope.

    Overnight in the houses of astronomers.

  • Day 2: Mingchukur Plateau - salt mines - Kitab


    Hiking on Mingchukur karst plateau.


    Departure to Kitab.

    Visiting salt mines.

    Arrival in Kitab.

Quantity (from) Quantity (to) Cost per person
1 pers. 1 pers. $600 *
2 pers. 3 pers. $200 *
4 pers. 5 pers. $130 *
6 pers. 10 pers. $100 *
Different number of people in your group? TBD *

* Requesting a price does not oblige you to buy a tour. You can send a request for different tours and choose the most suitable option.

What's included
  • Transportation along the route
  • Guides
  • Food
  • Excursions according to the program
  • Accommodation in the observatory
  • Permissions to enter the observatory

Cars such as Jeep and UAZ

What’s not included
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Food outside the program
  • Alcohol
  • Extra excursions and hiking