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Land of the Seven Lakes: Natural Beauty of Tajikistan

Get ready for an unforgettable trip through the mountains of Tajikistan. This incredible 11-day journey whisks you from the historic capital of Dushanbe, with its museums, gardens, and markets, high into the mountains and deep into valleys and canyons, where you’ll be swept away by the remote, natural beauty – among the best Tajikistan has to offer. You’ll picnic alongside rivers and set up camp in verdant valleys, as you make your way to the legendary “Seven Lakes,” renowned worldwide for their beauty. 

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  • Trek along soaring, ancient mountains that boast some of the most incredible views you will ever see
  • Camp under the stars in valleys and beside lakes, letting the fresh, serene atmosphere lull you to sleep
  • Swim in one of the legendary “Seven Lakes,” and learn the magical tale of their formation
  • Picnic along riverbanks, getting a taste of traditional Tajik treats
 
Starting at
$215
per person per day
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Touch down in the afternoon at Dushanbe’s international airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in town. Settle in to your new surroundings, and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, to either relax or explore the area as you please.

Day 2

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel on the first full day of your exciting Tajikistan journey. Afterwards, you’ll head out on a tour of the country’s capital city, stopping at the Antiquities’ Museum – complete with 40-foot statue of Buddha, the Musical Instruments Museum, Botanical Gardens, Somoni Place, and the oriental market, stopping along the way to eat lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Bed down tonight back at your hotel.

Day 3
Varzob Canyon – Karakul River

Today you’re off to the picturesque Varzob canyon, and through the lengthy and dark tunnel to Iskanderkul, eating lunch along the way. Upon arrival at Iskanderkul lake, you’ll stop to take in the beauty of a waterfall. Your journey then continues, past Saritag village to Karakul river, 7,700 feet above sea level. Set up camp for the night and enjoy dinner under the stars.

Day 4
Karakul river – Pastyshiy Kamen (Shepherd’s Stone)

Start your day off with a hearty breakfast, followed by a trek alongside a mountain river called Dugdon. After four hours of trekking, you’ll find yourself at a tent camp some 9,500 feet above sea level. Stop for a picnic, and set up camp – you’ll be spending the night here, giving you plenty of opportunity to take in the picturesque surroundings.

Day 5
Dugdon Pass – Sarihodan Canyon

Lace up your hiking boots once again, for this morning you’ll be trekking across the Dugdon pass – at 12,500 feet in elevation. Sit down to a delightful picnic, enjoying the highland atmosphere. After your picnic lunch, you’ll trek down to the beautiful Sarihodan canyon – a total of seven hours trekking today, where you’ll be treated to an exquisite view of the glaciers in the near distance. Set up camp for the night, and enjoy an al fresco dinner as the sun sets upon the mountain ridge.

Day 6
Pushtikul Pass – Obi-safed

Wake up to the fresh mountain air this morning, and breakfast before heading back onto the path for another four to five hours of trekking. You’ll stop first at Pushtikul Lake - 8,000 feet above sea level, before making your way to the Obi-safed river, where you’ll set up camp and eat dinner before resting your tired legs for the second-half of your journey.

Day 7
Munora Pass – Sarimat River

Wake up on the riverside and start your day off with a nutritious breakfast. You’ll be trekking six to seven hours today, so you’ll need the sustenance. Trek up and pass over Munora – over 11,000 feet above sea level – and then descend to the Sarimat river, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch. Here, you’ll also set up camp and bed down for the night, enjoying the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 8
Tovassang pass – Hazorchashma Lake

After breakfast, you’ll trek over to Tavassang pass, nearly 11,000 feet above sea level. Next, you’ll descend to Hazorchashma lake, where you’ll dine on a picnic lunch and then set up camp and enjoy leisure time in Tajikistan’s great outdoors for the remainder of the day. Hazorchashma lake is the seventh of Tajikistan’s legendary “Seven Lakes,” also known as the Maruzor lakes. They are famous across the country and indeed the world for their beauty.

Day 9
Hazorchashma – Pendjikent

Today is your chance to discover the exquisite Seven Lakes and decide which is your favorite. Bathing is possible in Lake Gushor – the third lake. You’ll then transfer to Penjikent, where you’ll sit down to a picnic, followed by an insightful city tour. Enjoy dinner in town, and check in to a local guesthouse, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 10

Today you’re headed back to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit the Guissar fortress 19 miles outside of town. This evening, sit down to a farewell dinner, before heading back to your hotel to rest for your departure tomorrow.

Day 11
Departure

Check out of your hotel this morning and bid Dushanbe and Tajikistan adieu. You’ll be transferred to the international airport, where you can check in for your flight on to your next exciting destination.

 

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. 


 
 
PENDJIKENT
Dodo Hotel , Elina Guesthouse , Maqsud Guesthouse

Dodo Hotel


Proving a popular draw for visitors all year round, historic Pendjikent is irresistible in its ancient charms and natural beauty. Even in the colder months there are accommodation options for intrepid travelers and one of the best among them is the Dodo Hotel. Ideally located in the center of town and near to all the local attractions including museums and markets, Dodo is also handy for guests who want to head out of town to the ancient city ruins or nearby national parks. The hotel is well-equipped and the rooms and suites are large and clean with fresh bedding and comfortable beds and sitting areas and, while the decor isn’t the most elegant, it’s simple and a pleasant enough place to spend the night. What’s more there’s free WiFi for those wishing to catch up with their travel blogs. 


 

Elina Guesthouse


There is perhaps no better example of true Tajik hospitality than at Elina Guesthouse in Pendjikent. The pretty town, steeped in history, built next to the ruins of its original site and surrounded by flora and fauna offers the best of both worlds and visitors stopping through can get a true taste of authentic local culture. Down the last road on the left before the roundabout at the western end of Rudaki, Elina Guesthouse welcomes travelers during the best time of year - from April until October, with beguiling charm. Clean and comfortable rooms lead off from a peaceful central and guests will be delighted by the above average standard of the immaculate bathrooms. Though simple, it’s well-equipped and homey but the service is the real draw, quiet and unassuming, the friendly staff frequently appear from nowhere with pots of tea and plates of fruit, ensuring a relaxing and refreshing stay.


 

Maqsud Guesthouse


The pretty town of Pendjikent, on Tajikistan’s westernmost tip is a popular crossing point into neighboring Uzbekistan. Aside from its advantageous location for travel, the town is a destination in itself, with fascinating museums, bustling markets and historic ruins. What’s more, it’s near to a number of national parks. For travelers looking for somewhere comfortable to get a peaceful night’s rest in town, Maqsud Guesthouse is a great option, not least for its central location near to the local sights. Rooms are clean and comfortable, arranged around a pleasant little central garden. With plans to develop into a hotel, the newly-built rooms boast en-suite facilities, something of a luxury in these parts, not to mention hot showers. Guests have full use of the communal kitchen to cook up hearty meals after a day of exploring, as well as use of the adjoining internet cafe which is co-owned by the guesthouse.


 
 
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