Tajikistan is a country of amazing landscapes and enviable cultural antiquity. Who better understands this than those who make an effort to explore this country. Join us on this 15-day, guided trip and travel to some of the most remote and stunning corners of the country.
This tour starts from Dushanbe, where we will pick you up on arrival and drive you to your hotel. See the major landmarks of Tajikistan’s capital city during a guided sightseeing tour. Time for the adventure now. Take a jeep to Pskan, the starting point of your journey.
Day 01: Arrival in Dushanbe
Meet you at the airport in Dushanbe upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Dushanbe City tour
After breakfast see some of the city major highlights, including Rudaki Park, the National Library and White House. Also see the second-tallest freestanding flagpole in the world – after Jeddah – which is a whopping 165 meters high with a flag measuring thirty by sixty meters.
Day 03: Dushanbe – Pskan
Head out of the Tajik capital this morning, driving through the Varzob Gorge – a weekend getaway for the locals of Dushanbe – to reach the Fann Mountains. Gaze at the beauty of these mountains while someone else takes care of the driving.
Reach Takfon after two to three hours of driving and take a turn toward the Yagnob Valley.
Drive through the Yagnob Gorge to reach the village of Pskan, where we will stay tonight in a simple guesthouse run by a local. Learn more about local history and culture and get to know the Yagnobis – considered to be the direct descendants of the Sogdians, considered one of the most important players on the Silk Route.
Day 04: Pskan – Marghib
Leave Pskan after breakfast and hike down to Numetkan where the mountain bikes will be waiting for you. Enjoy a delightful ride along the Yagnob River to reach Marghib. Overnight at Marghib.
Day 05: Marghib – Marguzor
Continue your journey on bike after breakfast following the mainly downhill dirt road (please note that nearly one-third of the road is paved). Arrive Marguzor, where you will stay tonight.
Day 06: Marguzor – Vertical Alp Camp
The route travels through a scenic alpine landscape of the Fann Mountains. The first part of the journey ends at lunchtime today. Stay overnight at a cottage in Vertical Alp Camp (shower and western toilets available).
Day 07: Vertical Alp Camp – Mutnoe Lake – Alauddin Lake
Time to tackle a trekking route that travels through a mountainous area where the air is thin and breaths are measured. To acclimatize, you will hike to Mutnoe Lake (3,500 m). See a fabulous view of the Alauddin Gorge and to the south as well as glaciers and peaks as far as the eye can see upon reaching the lake.
Your guides will be happy to point the peaks out to you: Zamok (5,070 m), Energiya (5,120 m) and Chimtargha (5489 m). Continue your journey to Alauddin Lake after a picnic lunch. You will spend your night on the shore of the picturesque lake in a tent (2,770 m).
Day 08: Alauddin Lake – Bibijanat Lake
Embark on a tough yet rewarding hike via the Alauddin Pass (3,860 m) to reach Bibijanat Lake. The path to the Alauddin Pass is quite steep at times and is one of the most demanding parts of this tour. However, the incredible views from the pass is a fitting reward to your efforts.
Continue further to reach Bibijanat Lake, one of our favorite lakes in the Fann Mountains. Despite the altitude of almost 3,000 m, this place can be quite hot, especially if the weather is clear. We will set up our tents for the night right next to the lake.
Day 09: Bibijanat – Artuch Alp Camp
Enjoy a short walk in the surrounding area after breakfast before heading for Artuch Alp Camp. The total journey takes three hours. You are free to explore Chukurak and Ziyorat Lakes if you want to. Spend your night there.
Day 10: Artuch – Zimtud
Time to get back on your bikes. Enjoy a downhill ride on a dirt road until you reach the Rudaki Mausoleum, where you will take a short break. Visit the museum dedicated to the most famous Tajik poet – Rudaki.
Continue your journey on bike, riding uphill to reach Zimtud. Have your lunch in a family guesthouse. You are free for the rest of the day today. Stay overnight in Zimtud.
Day 11: Zimtud – Tovassang Pass
The first part of today’s route, which you will cover on your bike, will take you to Humorigung Village. Load your bike on donkeys in the village and continue by foot towards the campsite located below the Tovasang Pass. Stay overnight in a tent. The combined distance you will cover by bike and on foot today is 20 km.
Day 12: Tovasang Pass – Hazorchashma
Today is the last day of your hike. Walk your way up slowly to reach the Tovassang Pass (3,305 m) before moving downhill to reach Hazorchashma Lake. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the shore of the lake. You will be staying next to. the lake overnight. The total hiking distance today is 11 km.
Day 13: Hazorchashma – Shing
Explore Lake Hazorchashma in the morning before hopping on your bike and riding down the river toward Shing Village. travel past six more lakes en route to the village, stopping by at Noffin for lunch at a family guesthouse. Stay overnight in Shing.
Day 14: Shing – Penjikent
A relaxed ride over both off-road and paved surfaces awaits you today. Your destination is the town of Penjikent, whose name translates as “the city of five villages”. Enjoy your lunch at a traditional guesthouse and visit the Penjikent Historical Museum after that. You might also want to see the old ruins of Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Dushanbe
Leave your bicycles behind and driving through the mountains to Dushanbe, past the famous Iskanderkul. Arrive back in Dushanbe in the afternoon. You are free for the rest of the day.
Day 16: Dushanbe Departure
It’s time to say farewell to Tajikistan. We will drive you back to the airport for your departure flight.
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– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– 15 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– All permits as per program
– Porters with donkeys during hiking & mountain biking. A cook to prepare your meals while camping
– All specialist, safety & camping gear
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.