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PEARLS OF THE FAN MOUNTAINS

Welcome to the “Roof of the World!” Northern and southern Tajikistan is separated by the Fann Mountains, a huge spur that juts west from the high and remote Pamir Range. Accessible from either Samarkand or Dushanbe, the area offers an ideal opportunity for hiking or experiencing the culture and traditions of rural Tajik mountain dwellers. Learn about traditional Tajik cooking made with fresh local ingredients. Travelers will receive a warm welcome in neat, comfortable guesthouses. Our tour offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Tajikistan: the legendary Iskandarkul Lake area, named for Alexander the Great, and the passes and lake systems of the Fann Mountains. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Tajikistan’s finest cultural and historical treasures in the cities of Dushanbe, Penjikent, Istaravshan, and Khujand.

The itinerary can be altered or shortened to suit needs of the traveler while offering a unique opportunity to visit a country once off limits until recently by a restrictive government visa system. The warm welcome visitors will receive is certain to be a highlight of their visit to the Zerafshan Valley.

Day

Place

Programs

1

Dushanbe

Arrival at Dushanbe airport, where you will be met and assisted to your hotel. Visit the Museum of National Antiquities with exhibits primarily from Tajikistan’s pre-Islamic civilizations: the Greek, Bactrian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Zoroastrian periods. There is statue of Alexander the Great and wall paintings from ancient Panjakent. The most notable piece in the museum is the enormous, fifteen-hundred-year-old reclining Buddha, which is the largest in existence. Considering that Tajikistan has been so disadvantaged by poverty and politics, the museum is a testament to the people’s desire to catch up with the rest of the world. Dinner in Tajik National Chai Khana (Tee Place). Accommodation in Dushanbe hotel.

2

Dushanbe Marguzor

(200 km)

After breakfastdepart from Dushanbe  to Sarvoda and then on to Narvad (160km, 6 hours). Lunch at traditional home stay in Narvad. After lunch drive to the lake of Alexander, the biggest lake in the Fan Mountains. According to one legend, Alexander created the lake by damning the river in order to annihilate a village that had opposed him. In the surroundings of Iskanderkul Lake walk to 5 springs, to Zmeinoe Lake and to the 38m high waterfall “Fan Niagara”. Continue driving to Marguzor village (40km, 1 hour). Dinner and overnight in the home stay at Marguzorvillage.

3

Allauddin Lakes

After breakfast drive up to guesthouse “Alauddin” close to three gorges. From here start the hike to Allauddin Lakes (2700m, 10km, approx. 5 hours). Picnic on the shore of the 4th lake. Come back to guesthouse Introduction to Tajik traditional music and dance from local musicians. Dinner and overnight stay at the guesthouse

4

Kuli Kalon Lakes

After breakfast hike over the Alauddin pass (3400m) to Kuli Kalon Lakes. Picnic on the pass. Descend to the Kuli Kalon Lakes. Dinner and overnight in tents on the shore of one of the lakes.

 

5

Artuch

After breakfast undertake the descent through the beautiful scenery to the tourist camp “Artuch” (4-5 hours). Lunch and free time in the afternoon Optional – hike to the small lake Chukurak (3km) approx. 40 mins). Dinner and overnight at the tourist camp.

 

6

Istaravshan

After breakfast set off towards Istaravshan over the Shahristan pass (3370m). Visit the mausoleum of the famous Tajik Persian poet A. Rudaki via Panjrud village. Lunch in Ayni. Dinner and overnight in the home stay in Istaravshan.

7

Khujand

After breakfast explore the ancient city of Istaravshan. Visit the remains of Istaravshan’s hill fortress, the mausoleum’s of BoboTago and Ghor-Humbaz and the complexes of Sari Mazor and HazratiShoh. In Istaravshan there will be the chance to visit one of the biggest bazaars in central Asia.After lunch drive to Khujand. Visit the Panjshanbe Bazaar and Sheikh Musliddin Madras dedicated to a 12th century poet. Diner and overnight in Khujand.

 

8

Khujand  Oybek Uz. border

Khujand, located in the north, is Tajikistan’s second largest city and one of its most ancient, founded about 2300 years ago. During the time of Alexander the Great (approx. 329 B.C.), Khujand became known as the furthest settlement of his conquest. Commanding the entrance to the Fergana Valley, Khujand became very prosperous and its riches spawned palaces, great mosques, and a citadel, which survived until the Mongol destruction in the early 13th century. According to Greek historians, Alexander founded a fortress on the River Tanais or Yaksart (present day Syr Darya River) which formed a natural border of his empire. Visit the fortress by the Syr Darya River and the Khujand ethnographic museum. In the afternoon leave through Isfara for Botkentlocated in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan or for the Uzbek border (65km). It is possible to do this tour in the opposite direction from the Uzbek border finishing in Dushanbe.

 

Cost of the tour: upon request

You can change the program and route of the proposed tour at your discretion. After your confirmation, we will calculate the cost of the tour and let you know.

 

The price includes:

  • All transfers and transport;
  • All (double/single accommodation): Hotel, Guest houses and Home stays.
  • All meals (B.L.D.)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees;
  • 1L bottled water per day for each
  • Guide service;
  • VAT Tax and Profit of organization;

Price does not include:

  • Visa, international flight;
  • Photo and video charges;
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
  • Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings);
  • Tips to the guides and drivers;
  • Other beverages;