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Traveling The Legends: Iskanderkul - Hissar - Sarazm 5000 b.c.


Tour’s plan by day (itinerary):

Day 1:
Dushanbe - Hujand
Welcome to Tajikistan! Your plane arrives in Dushanbe airport. From the airport we will drive to Hujand city and check in ZTDA homestay. Dinner at traditional homestay.  There's is a unique opportunity to learn Tajik culture, history and tajik rural tradition.

Day 2:
Hujand citytour
Today we will make a citytour in the historical City. We will visit the medrese, the minarette, the famous basar and many other sights of Hujand. Overnight at traditional homestay in Hujand.

Day 3:
Penjikent sights and to the Seven lakes(130km, 5hrs)
After breakfast city tour in Penjikent and view Ancient City of Penjikent where the Zorastrian fire-worshippers lived. Ancient Penjikent museum visit. Visit to Zerafshan Handicraft Store followed by lunch by the river.
PM Drive to Seven Lakes territory in the Fan Mountains, meeting with shepherds, watching carpet makers and stopping at the Sixth Lake with the option to walk to the Seventh Lake. Enjoy a Moomiya presentation at Nofin, where treatment by the ancient method of using mountain rock plants can be viewed. Homestay at Fourth Lake farmhouse with tapchan supper, suzanni wallhangings and warm hospitality.

Day 4:
Seven lakes - Iskanderkul - Dushanbe(344km, 5 hrs)
Driving to Iskanderkul lake. Relax and 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. Overnight in cottages of the "Iskanderkul" camp.  

Day 5:
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 6:
Dushanbe - Gissar fortress - Dushanbe (70km, 2hrs)
Early hotel check out and drive to Hissar fortress - one of the lord’s palaces of the Bukhara Emirate(110km, 3hrs). This fortress is surrounded by monuments and mausoleums XVII-XVIII centuries. Driving back to Dushanbe and transfer to airport.

Day 7 - departure:
Flight to the homeland.

 

 

Traveling The Legends: Iskanderkul - Hissar - Sarazm 5000 b.c.

Basic equipment:

  • Travel backpack with approx. 70 litres of volume
  • Day backpack with approx. 10 litres of volume
  • 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



Additional recommended equipment:

  • Sleeping bag
  • 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”!

Traveling The Legends: Iskanderkul - Hissar - Sarazm 5000 b.c.

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The tour’s cost includes:

  • Meeting / departure at the airport
  • Transport on the route
  • Meals on the route
  • The guide-interpreter
  • Hotel in the city
  • Museums and other paid entertainments according to the programm
  • 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)
  • Cartage to carry cargo (donkeys)


Additional Service (not included in the tour price):

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa - 25 €

 


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.


 

 

 

Traveling The Legends: Iskanderkul - Hissar - Sarazm 5000 b.c.