In the morning, drive from your Samarkand hotel to Aksay village (40km, 50min), situated at the bottom of the Mirankul Mountains.
To reach Hazrat Daud Cave you have two options – a vigorous but pleasant hike up 1300 stairs (app. 1hr) or a horse or donkey ride (25min).
Upon completing the ascent to an altitude of 1290 meters, you’ll have an excellent panoramic view of the Zarafshan River Valley from a viewing platform. Visit the small mosque before descending 200 steps to reach Hazrat Daud Cave (King David’s Cave), measuring 15 meters high and over 30 meters deep. Wind your way through a tunnel to reach the prophet’s hand and footprints at the back of the cave.
Upon exiting, have a short rest before climbing back down to Aksay Village, where your driver will be waiting.
Return to Samarkand. End of Hazrat Daud Cave Tour.
Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
Good to know: The stairs leading to the cave are lined with villagers selling bottled water, snacks and souvenirs. Small cafés serve local dishes, or you can opt to bring your own picnic lunch.