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Two-Week Tajikistan Trek: A Fortnight in the Fanns

Outward-bound adventurers will be delighted by this comprehensive tour of the deservedly popular Fann Mountains. Swap the city sights of the Tajik capital Dushanbe for stunning natural beauty. Daily treks and hikes take explorers through winding mountain passes, across green meadows with happily grazing sheep and up to some of the highest peaks in the range. Set up camp each night in one idyllic location after another, in fir tree forests and beside the glittering waters of mountain lakes. After nearly two weeks in the wild, ease your way back into civilization with a night in a mountain village, lodging with a local family. Finally, experience Khujand, the Fann mountains’ gateway city and cross the border into Uzbekistan for a night in historic Tashkent.

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Spend a day and a night exploring the beautiful and fascinating capital city of Dushanbe. Camp overnight amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Meet nomadic shepherds and sample fresh sheep’s milk. Climb to Chimtarga Peak, the highest elevation in the Fann Mountains.

 
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Tajikistan’s capital city, Dushanbe to begin two weeks of exploration and adventure. Check into your comfortable accommodation and take some time to rest or head out and experience the city. Dushanbe is full of palaces, monuments and museums and bursting with Tajik culture.

Day 2
Chukurak lakes

After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave Dushanbe behind to be immersed in nature. Drive into the mountains via the Anzob pass and begin the trek at Artuch. Spend the day hiking around the crystal clear waters of the Chukurak lakes. Pitch tents and enjoy a picnic meal around the campfire with fellow hikers before retiring for a good night’s sleep.

Day 3
Lake Bibijannat

Wake up with the birds in the fresh air and begin the ascent from the lakes to Chukurak Pass. Stroll through a shepherd’s meadow and sample some sheep’s milk with the locals with a breathtaking view down to the Kulikalon lakes. Afterwards, you’ll descend into the valley and make camp next to Lake Bibijannat for a restful night after a trek of nearly five miles.

Day 4
Emerald Lakes

Continue the adventure with another day’s hike of around seven hours in total. Today’s trek winds through juniper forests packed with birdlife and Alpine fields filled with rare and beautiful wildflowers. The view from the Aludin Pass takes in the highest peaks and the emerald lakes below. Drop down into the valley for another peaceful sleep by the water.

Day 5
Lake Mutnoye

A comparably more leisurely trek awaits hikers today, up to Lake Mutnoye. The route passes through birch groves and yet more shady juniper forests, up and over the edge of gorges dropping down into rocky valleys, through meadows of grazing sheep and finally to the lakeside where the tents will be pitched for the night.

Day 6
Chimtarga Pass

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at camp before packing up, ready to ascend nearly 15,000 feet. Trek through moraines and over glittering glaciers and enjoy the unparalleled views afforded by these heights. After the five-hour hike, a relaxing evening at the camp will be welcome.

Day 7
Zindon Gorge

This exciting day of ups and downs starts early with a climb from Chimtarga Pass to Energya Peak at over 16,400 feet. From the lofty heights, head down into the rocky and grassy terrain at Zindon Gorge. After seven hours and more than six miles of hiking, a good night’s sleep will be ejoyed by all down at camp.

Day 8
Mirali Pass base

Fuel up on breakfast at camp, ready for a day of mountaineering. The destination is the foot of Mirali pass at 15,700 feet. Make the nearly three-mile trek over slopes of scree and rocky outcrops for beautiful views; and pitch camp, nestled into the mountain, ready for the morning.

Day 9
Chimtarga Peak

Breakfast early before a full day of action. The climb to Mirali Pass is a challenging one and the group is roped together, using crampons to pick across the icy, rocky ridge. From the pass it’s another 1,640 feet up to Chimtarga Peak, the highest of the Fann mountains. Enjoy amazing views of the whole range before the descent to camp.

Day 10
Bolshoye Allo Lake

Assuming weather conditions for the trip have been favorable, this is a bonus day. Take the pleasant hike up to Bolshoye lake, among the Allo lakes, and take a refreshing dip in its crystal waters, at the foot of Moscow Peak.

Day 11
Big Allo Lake

After breakfast, begin the hike down Zindon Gorge and from here, trek across the ‘Garden of Stones.’ This rocky field of weirdly-shaped stones is a sight to behold with rocks ranging wildly in size - some as big as houses. Finally hike down to one of the Fann’s most beautiful spots. Camp overnight among fir trees, by the waters of Big Allo Lake.

Day 12
Zimtut Village

After breakfast by the lake, begin the descent down to the mountain road, where the Archimaydan and Amshut rivers meet. From here, drive down into the charming village of Zimtut, and meet the local families who open their homes for weary hikers. Explore the village or take a rest before a farewell dinner.

Day 13

Though the hiking is over, the scenery is still gorgeous. Relax as the driver whisks through the countryside along the Shakhristan Pass through the small mountain town of Istaravshan and on to Khujand. Check into your comfortable hotel and explore the pretty city.

Day 14
Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, make the border crossing into Uzbekistan and arrive in historic Tashkent. Check into your hotel before heading out into town for a tour of the fascinating monuments and sites. Enjoy your final dinner and the last night of this adventure.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
DUSHANBE
Hyatt Regency, Serena Hotel

Hyatt Regency

Set in the heart of Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe, the Hyatt Regency boasts luxury five-star accommodation, reflecting the country’s unique culture throughout its generously-sized suites. Located on the grounds of the city park and near to the stunning lake Komsomol, this hotel boasts not only stunning urban surrounds, but is also conveniently located to reach many local attractions by foot and the international airport is just four miles away. It is one of the most beautifully-appointed hotels in Dushanbe and one of the finest luxury properties throughout the whole of Tajikistan. Boasting over 200 luxury rooms and suites over three accommodation options, the hotel is proud to maintain a distinctive theme that runs throughout to encompass the local Tajik culture so prevalent in this region. One of the best restaurants in the city is also featured here, where creative cuisine combined with sophisticated surroundings provide an elegant retreat. There is enough to keep guests occupied at the hotel during their stay relaxing in the heated, indoor pool to the unwinding in the tranquil surroundings of the spa.   

 

Serena Hotel

This luxury hotel in the center of Dushanbe really is head and shoulders above most of the city's other accommodation options. As soon as you step inside the grand lobby with its traditional Tajik features, it's clear that plenty of time and effort have gone into the hotel's design. There's a choice of serviced apartments or deluxe double rooms, all with 24-hour room service, large comfortable beds, TV and internet. The great location of the Serena, situated on the main boulevard at the center of Dushanbe, offers a stunning backdrop, surrounded by a lush garden and mountains in the distance. It also provides ease of access to the city's attractions, such as the National Art Museum, cinemas and the opera theater, and is just a 10-minute drive from the international airport. 

 
 
FANN MOUNTAINS
Camping

Camping


Traveling through the Fann Mountains is an unforgettable experience, a unique opportunity to become immersed in the glorious scenery - from soaring peaks dusted with icy glaciers to forests and meadows packed with flora and fauna. Some of the highlights of these adventurous trails are the glittering lakes, lying like turquoise crystals in the the foothills of the Fann Mountains. And the best way to fully enjoy this escape into nature is to camp within these stunning surroundings. After a long day’s hike, travelers can bed down in cozy, comfortable tents, on the banks of these glacial lakes, utterly within nature but without forgoing shelter and warmth. While it’s not the same accommodation style as a five-star hotel, waking up with the sun and the birdsong, ready for another day of discovery, breathing in the fresh mountain air and jumping into the lake for an invigorating morning swim is surely the best way to forget the hustle and bustle of real life. 


 
 
KHUDJAND
Hotel Sugd, Khudjand Grand

Hotel Sugd


The newly-built Hotel Sugd in Khujand, Tajikistan offers 24 rooms and great access to the city's attractions. The comfortable European-Asian style rooms have a warm wooden theme throughout, and all have their own private bathroom, large TV, stereo system and fully-stocked mini-bar, all as standard. Some rooms also have their own balconies for relaxing and soaking up the sun in the summer months. Hotel Sugd provides food throughout the day, and an excellent buffet breakfast is served in the morning. There's also a small lobby bar open until the late evening. One of the real selling points of this hotel is its location, situated in a convenient spot in the city of Khujand, close to shops, bar, restaurants and a short distance from most of the attractions about town. It's easy to explore this fascinating city, which is one of the oldest in the whole of Central Asia. 


 

Khudjand Grand


The Khudjand Grand in northern Tajikistan accommodates up to 50 people in its modern and tasteful range of single and double rooms. The location is convenient, with easy access to all the attractions such as the Opera House (which is located just a few steps away on the opposite side of the street) and the History Museum. Both the airport and train station are about 40 minutes’ drive away too. Downstairs is a fine dining restaurant, although for those reluctant to leave their rooms, guests are welcome to order food to their rooms. Elsewhere on site at the Khudjand Grand Hotel is a billiards table, sauna and bar, so guests won't be short of things to do when just staying for a few days. 


 
 
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