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  • Iskanderkul Lake
  • Marguzor Lake
  • Kulikalon Lake
  • Site of Penjikent
  • Dushanbe
  • Hudjand

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The Fan Mountains, a range of snowy peaks and lush green valleys, are a trekkers’ utopia hidden between Hujand and Dushanbe in the northwest of the country. While Iskanderkul lake is an easy weekend trip from the capital, trekking routes through the mountains have the potential to keep serious hikers occupied for weeks or longer. With a well-developed homestay program, even the logistics are relatively easy to arrange.

Beyond natural beauty, though, the region is the center of a fair bit of history as well. Originally a regional capital of the Sogdian Empire, the area around modern-day Penjikent is also home to the proto-urban site of Sarazm (Tajikistan’s only UNESCO World Heritage site).

Visitors to the Fan Mountains tend to focus on three main areas, where we have the greatest concentration of homestays and guides. Several major trekking routes start from the Kulikalon area, while easier (but no less beautiful) dayhikes run from villages along the Seven Lakes.  Of anywhere in the Fan Mountains, the most popular with tourists (and not coincidentally also the most accessible destination) is the lake of Iskanderkul.

Tour’s plan by day (itinerary):

Day 1 – Arrival:
Welcome to Tajikistan! Your plane arrives in Dushanbe airport, where You will be receipted and transfered to the hotel. For the rest of the day You can rest or discover Dushanbe by Yourself.

Day 2:
Dushanbe – Hujand city
Driving to Hujand city and check in guesthouse. Lunch at traditional restaurant. Later on tour around the city. There's is a unique opportunity to learn Tajik culture, history and tradition. Meet with local artisans in their workshops.

Day 3:
Hujand – Sarvode – Iskanderkul lake (252 km, 4 hrs)
Departure in Hujand at 8 am. Driving to Iskanderkul lake. Picnic at the shore lake. Lake of Alexander, the bigest lake of the fan mountains. According to one legend, Alexander created the lake by damming the river in order to annihilate a village which has opposed him. In the surroundings of Iskanderkul lake, we will walk to 5 springs, to Zmeinoe lake and to 38 m high waterfall which is known as "Fan Niagara". Later today trekking around the Hat of Alexander (2710 m, 10-12 km, 6-7 hrs).
Then to Saratog village for overnight at traditional homestay.

Day 4:
Transfer Iskanderkul lake – Marguzor – Alauddin lakes  (65 km)
After breakfast driving up to Marguzor village. Here you'll have a chance to explore the village combined with trekking around the village (4-5 km, 1-2 hrs). Visiting yaks farm. Lunch at traditional homestay. Further we head towards Alauddin lakes. From here we will start our hiking to Alouddin lakes and around the lakes (2700 m, 8-10 km, approx. 4-4:30 hrs). Picnic on the shore of the fourth lake.
Dinner and overnight in tents

Day 5:
Hiking and overcoming Laudan pass (3400m) to Kulikalon lakes
After breakfast hiking over Alauddin pass (3830 m , 15-17 km, 6-7 hrs) to Kulikalon lakes. Picnic on the pass and descend to the Kulikalon lakes.
Dinner and overnight in tents on the shore of one of the Kulikalon lakes.

Day 6:
Kulikalon – tourist camp "Artuch".
(4-5 hrs)
After breakfast we will undertake the descend through the beautiful sceneries to the tourist camp "Artuch" (2200 m, 8 km, 3-4 hrs). Lunch and free time in the afternoon. Optional: you would have time to hike to the small lake Chukurak (3 km, 40 min).
Dinner and overnight at the tourist camp.

Day 7:
Artuch – 7 lakes (Nofin village) (120 km, 3 hrs)
After breakfatst driving towards Seven lakes, Nofin village (on the 4th lake) to the land of high mountains and seven beautiful lakes. On the way we'll have a chance to see 4 of them. Lunch at the traditional homestay Najmiddin. After lunch and some rest hiking in the gorge "Du oba" (1800 m, 4-5 km, 2-2:30 hrs). After comingback to the village visiting ancient fortress and to be introduced to ancient methods of treating diseases using "Mumiyo".
Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

Day 8:
Driving th the 6th and 7th lakes (2km, 1hr)
After breakfast hiking to the 7th lake (2400 m, 13 km, 4-5 hrs). Picnic on the shore of Hazor Chashma; Optional after picnic hiking to the summer pastures (8 km, and 3 hrs more). Driving back to Shing. Rest and relax at homestay in Shing.
Dinner and overnight at homestay.

Day 9:
Transfer Nofin – Penjikent – Museum – Ancient Sarazm – Ancient Penjikent
After breakfast driving to Penjikent for sights. The ancient settlement, as well as the modern city, is called Penjikent, which means in Tajik "five villages" that when it is possible, and gave life to the glorious city, which according to scientists no less than 5500 yars. Later on to Sarazm ancient settlemen and museum of antiques of Penjikent. Lunch on the shore of the Zerafshan river. After lunch tour in the Penjikent city.

Day 10:
Transfer Penjikent – Dushanbe
After breakfast driving back to Dushanbe through the beautiful panorama of Zerafshan valley and its villages. Chek in in Hotel, where you can rest and prepare for Departure.

Day 11 - Departure:
Transfer to the airport.
We're sure you leave a piece of your heart in Fan mountains after this unforgetable trip.



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Basic equipment:

  • Travel backpack with approx. 70 litres of volume
  • Day backpack with approx. 10 litres of volume
  • Ankle-high climbing boots with profile sole
  • Water bottle with 1 litre of capacity
  • Suitable travelling clothing (T-shirt, trekking trousers, travelling socks)
  • Warm additional clothing (pullover, cap, gloves)
  • Active protection and solar protection (headgear, sunglasses, solar cream)
  • Forehead lamp or torch
  • Personal medication and mosquito protection
  • Sleeping bag

Additional recommended equipment:

  • Nordic walking poles
  • Penknife
  • Photo equipment, films, binoculars
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Clothes for swimming
  • Rain protective covering for the backpack
  • Functional laundry
  • Trekking trousers (water resistant, windproof)
  • Rain jacket with hood (water resistant, windproof)
  • Sweets


Important Information:
Tajikistan is almost completely undeveloped in terms of tourism and has a basic infrastructure once outside Dushanbe. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. Although a high level of physical fitness is not required, travellers should be comfortable with the realities of a wilderness adventure, and prepared for very basic conditions in the countryside. The roads in the region are rough and often unsealed, with some sections traveling on single-track roads above river valleys. We use 4-WD vehicles and highly experienced drivers, however this itinerary may not be suitable for those who suffer from heights or are nervous passengers! This is truly an adventurous itinerary for the experienced traveler.

This tour is of an adventurous nature. Our style of traveling means that it is desirable to carry a backpack as your main luggage and use a daypack for items you will want to access during the day. Please bear in mind that your luggage will be loaded in a jeep and we are travelling on bumpy roads - fragile items should be well protected, and you must be prepared for your luggage to get dusty and be thrown about a bit. Please pack as light as possible since there will be times when you will need to carry your own luggage and this will also maximise space in the vehicles. Investment in protective bags for camera equipment and similar is well worthwhile.

The significance of roads does not correspond to their quality. Road surfaces vary and their general state demands 4-wheel drive vehicles in good condition. As the quality of road is in bad condition some time you may stop for a while if the car needs repairing. The quality of roads, the weather conditions and the quality of the vehicles are decisive in calculating the time needed between destinations.

Home stay facilities outside the cities are basic, often not private bathrooms, you can take a bucket shower, (toilets are not en suite and are typical Asian squat-style.),

Occasionally it may be necessary to amend this itinerary for reasons beyond our control, such as bad weather and poor road conditions. Changes to flight schedules can sometimes occur, which may also lead to changes to this itinerary.

Central Asia is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are traveling in this exciting area and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. The driving habits in this part of the world are something for which you ought to prepare yourself!

This is an ‘Expedition’ trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded. The easiest way to overcome any problems is to be open-minded and bring with you “The Spirit of Adventure”!

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The tour’s cost includes:

  • Meeting / departure at the airport
  • Transport on the route
  • Meals on the route
  • Equipment (tent + mat)
  • Gas equipment (burner + gas balloons)
  • The guide-interpreter
  • Porters (guide assistants)
  • Hotel in the city
  • Meals in the city (depending on selection of accommodation)


The tour’s cost does not include:

  • Flight to/from Tajikistan
  • Visa and visa support
  • Registration
  • Meals in the city (depending on selection of accommodation)
  • Museums and other paid entertainments.
  • Cartage to carry cargo (donkeys)

Additional Service (not included in the tour price):

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa - 25 €
  • GBAO Permition - 30 €


If requested we can offer you an additional programme for free days, or combine different tour offers (not contained in the tour price). Please note your requestions in the comment or in the e-mail.




Round About History Of 5500 Years Old Cities