Tajikistan is the smallest of all the Central Asian ‘Stans, but it was a trading hub for millennia, and the ethnic, cultural and linguistic make-up of the country is quite distinct from those around it: Tajikistan owes much of its identify to ties with Persia rather than to Turkic tribes.

Tajikistan is the smallest of all the Central Asian ‘Stans, but it was a trading hub for millennia, and the ethnic, cultural and linguistic make-up of the country is quite distinct from those around it: Tajikistan owes much of its identify to ties with Persia rather than to Turkic tribes.

The name TajikiSTAN is derived from the Persian word for “place of” or “where one stands”, and Tajik people like to think that it has everything you could want in a country, from epic landscapes and ancient traditions, to colourful festivals and extraordinary wildlife. Visitors coming here frequently fall unexpectedly in love with the places that they visit and the experiences that they share, and occasionally with a special someone too.

Climates in Tajikistan range from continental and subtropical to semiarid, depending on your location.

In the high altitude areas, temperatures can be particularly extreme, dropping well below freezing in winter in the lofty mountains.

However cold the climate, though, you will be welcomed warmly wherever you go, and the time you spend with a Tajik family will be forever ingrained on your mind.

Sitting at home now, imagine the flavour of freshly cooked unleavened bread, with homemade wild berry jam.

Smell the open fire and the fragrant scent of dinner cooking… and listen out to the wind whistling through the trees on the mountainside, beckoning you to Tajikistan.

Our adventure begins in Dushanbe, the charming capital of Tajikistan.

Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language. It was named this way because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. 

Our trekking destintation – the Fann Mountains are frequently referred to as the Gems of the Tajikistan due to their aquamarine and turquoise lakes.

The human population here today is sparse, though there were substantial sized cities here in ancient times, but the advantage of that is that flora and fauna thrive, and it’s easy to escape into the wilderness.

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REGULAR PRICE1540 USD 

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  1. All accommodation as per itinerary, including 4-star hotel in Dushanbe and camping gear
  2. Trekking guide services
  3. Porters with donkeys during trekking
  4. Cook’s services while camping
  5. All transportation during the trip
  6. All meals as per itinerary (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  7. All attractions entry fee and taxex.
  8. Airport pick up/drop off
  9. Farewell dinner with live music and dance show
  10. Professional photos and a video of the event
  11. Organization cost
  1. International airfares
    The adventure begins on the 19th of August, so make sure you are able to arrive in the morning of that day. It ends on the 29th, so please by your airtickets accordingly. If you are traveling from China there are very convenient connections through Urumqi from the three major cities. There are also convenient connections through Dubai and Istambul. 
  2. eVisa fee (50 USD) Citizens of almost every country can obtain an e-Visa online for stays of up to 45 days in Tajikistan. All you need to do is enter the requested information then pay a fee of 50 USD by credit card and you will receive almost immediately the eVisa by email. You can print it out and use it just like an ordinary visa to enter the country.
  3. Personal kit and equipment (e.g. sleeping bag, mat). In case you don’t have your own equipment, it can also be rented once in Tajikistan.
  4. Travel insurance. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. We recommend WorldNomads.
  5. Alcoholic beverages
  6. Tips to porters, guides, and drivers

Q&A

Without any experience in hiking or at the least a physical preparation for the trek we do not advice to join the trip. We will be trekking 7 days, from 10 to 14 km each day and at elevations ranging from 2000 to more than 3000 meters. 

Altitude sickness can affect people of different ages and fitness levels, but since we will be mostly staying at higher elevations, your body should normally acclimatize. If there is a need you can also purchase altitude sickness pills, which can help prevent some of the symptoms.

The highest point we will reach during the trek is a pass at 3860m.

When you sign up we will tell you the recommended items to pack. There will be porters with donkeys to carry the gear. You only have to carry a backpack with your personal stuff, however it’s still crucial that you pack lightly and bring only what you really need. 

The climate of Tajikistan is continental and dry across most of the country, including the largest cities. In regions situated at relatively low altitude, such as the capital Dushanbe, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated at high altitudes, where temperatures are in the mid 20s or less during the summer. Make sure to bring some warm clothes, as it can get very cold at night at elevations of more than 3000 metres. The best season to visit is during summer.

The political situation in the country has been calm in recent years and there are no indications of upcoming tensions. The border area with Afghanistan is safe as well, but we do not recommend crossing the border for a trip into Afghanistan. Guests and locals are treated with respect and Tajikistan can be regarded as safe destination for travelers. That being said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and only take official taxi rides. Your safety is our first priority!

Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Tajikistan.

The Tajik currency is called the Somoni (TJS). In the capital Dushanbe there are a few ATMs that you’ll find in shopping centres, supermarkets or on the main streets, but most of them accept only Visa cards. Outside of Dushanbe we don’t recommend relying on ATMs as there are only a few of them and they may run out of money.
We recommend bringing cash in new USD bank notes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with credit card is still not possible at most places, except for few high-end restaurants and hotels. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.

We will stay in a 4-star hotel while in Duchanbe. During the trek we will stay at local homestays/guesthouses and tents.

Single supplement (with an extra fee of 160 USD or 1,030 RMB) is available only for nights in hotel and tent – no single room available in homestays/ guesthouses

HOW TO SIGN UP

315 USD deposit (included in the price) is required upon sigining up. The full payment mut be made by the 1st of August, 2018. 

In case you need to cancel, then the amount paid is not refundable after the 1st of August, unless a replacement is found.

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ITINERARY

After arriving to Dushanbe in the morning, you will transferred to the hotel where you can check in right away. You will have time for a rest, breakfast, and shower after your long flight, before meeting your guide and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby at 12:00 PM.

After introduction and lunch we visit ancient fortress at Hisor, just outside Dushanbe, dating back to the 7th century. It was once the residence of the Emir of Bukhara’s deputy and reflects his status. Returning to Dushanbe, we take a city tour which includes the main atractions: Rudaki Park, the National Library, the White House and the National State Seal. Duchanbe has the second tallest freestanding flagpole in the world – after Jeddah – impressive 165 meters high with a flag measuring thirty by sixty meters.

We will depart early after breakfast. We will make a stop for a delicious Tajik lunch in Sarvoda and later conitune to Lake Iskander Kul, named after Alexander the Great. This incredible place, considered one of the most exquisite lakes in all of the former Soviet Union nations, will mark the beginning of our trekking adventure. We will have an opportunity to take a short hike to nearby waterfall, also known as the Niagara Falls of the Fann Mountains and an optional 4 hour hike to a peak with the legendary name “Alexander’s Hat”. The altitude on top is 3340m and you will get to enjoy a breathtaking view on Iskander Kul Lake.

We will be back on the road again today following a route which takes us to the famous seven pearls of Tajikistan – seven mountain lakes each with its own distinctive color, microclimate, and flora.

We have plenty of time today to enjoy the gorgeous views and take lots of pictures. Near the fourth lake we stop at the village of Noffin for lunch in a family guesthouse.

After lunch we drive further up to the sixth lake with a short walk in Podrud village along the way. From sixth lake we hike in less than one hour up to the 7th and last lake – Hazorchashma.

The crew of donkeys, cook and support staff will meet us at the lake. You may relax at the lake, go for a swim, or have a walk around the lake if you like. 

You will be trekking today around 6 hours, mostly uphill, so a big breakfast in the morning is a must, to sustain you for the whole day. We trek from Hazorchashma lake towards Tovassang Pass (3350m). The exertion is well worth the effort though, as we will be treated to an incredible view over the stunning Sarmat Gorge.  We continue on, through the breathtaking Danisher Gorge, camping along the way.

Today will be mostly downhill. We’ll stroll down the trail that leads through dense forest to the small village of Khomori Goitan before crossing the Archamaidon and Sarmat rivers.  We’ll be glad of our crew and their pack mules who’ll take the hard work out of carrying our gear, leaving us free to focus our attention solely on the unmissable scenery that unfolds before us.  Our goal today is to reach the Duoba campsite, located at 1870 metres above sea level at the confluence of the Archamaidon and Sarmat rivers.

Another day of trekking ahead of us, although the walk will be mostly very pleasant. Our route hugs the banks of the Archamaidon River. In comparison to the rocky slopes, the meadows which surround the river are lush from the water used to irrigate them. We follow the main road past the villages of Voru and Gaza. We make a stop for lunch somewhere along the way. Then we will hike until we reach the village of Zimtut, where we are welcomed by a friendly family in their house. That’s where we will have dinner and stay overnight. There will be some time to discover the charming village of Zimtut and get acquainted with the villagers.

Overnight in simple guesthouse, ca. 1900m altitude (multi-share with mattresses on the floor, pit toilets outside)

Today it is time to hike uphill again as we will cross Ghuytan pass (3000m). The beautiful panorama of Ziyorat and Chukurak lakes will open up in front of your eyes. We finally make our way down and reach the Chukurak lake. 

Overnight in a tent at Chukurak lake, altitude 2450m

Well rested and ready for another incredible day of hiking! Our goal for today is to reach the Ziyorat pass at 3150m and where we will get to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the the Kulikalon area – a plateau at an altitude of around 2800m full of rivers and beautiful lakes, some smaller and some larger. In the eyes of many, these lakes are the most beautiful ones of the entire Fann Mountains. Since we will arrive early at the lakes, so you will have a chance to go for a swim or just explore the area on your own. We stay overnight at lake Bibijanat.

Overnight in tent, ca. 2800m altitude.

After departing from Bibijanat lake, we climb towards the incredible Alauddin Pass (3860m). This is the highest point of our tour. The ascent to the Pass is quite steep, so it’s important to take frequent breaks , catch your breath, drink some water and eat some snacks. Your efforts will be rewarded with an amazing view of Chapdara Glacier, the peak with the same name, as well as Mount Odamsang and Mount Marriya. Whle looking down from the pass you can notice the two Alauddin Lakes. The descent is quite steep but when we finally reach the shore of Alauddin Lake and we can get refreshed in the cold and crystal clear water of this stunning lake. We set up our tents right next to the lake.

Our adventure in the beautiful Fann Mountains comes to and end. We get back on the jeeps and travel back to Dushanbe. We make a stop in Varzob or Sarvoda for lunch. In the evening we top up our experience in Tajikistan with a farewell dinner at a tradional tajik restaurant with live music and dance show. 

Accommodation: 4* Atlas Hotel  or similar