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The rugged and snowcapped peaks of Tajikistan's beautiful Fann Mountains stretch from Archimaydan River to Fandarya River, across the country's western province of Sughd. Comprising around 100 mountains, with elevations ranging from 5,000 to more than 16,000 feet, the Fanns are a popular destination for outward-bound travelers in search of action, adventure and, of course, breathtaking scenery.
One of the biggest draws of the region is its many glacial lakes. From the turquoise waters of the Alaudin Lakes in the Chapdara valley to the Kulikalon's peaceful ice waters, lying on the slopes of the Zeravshan range, visitors are sure to be enchanted by these natural beauties of Tajikistan. From serious climbers and trekkers taking on the notorious hikes around the Seven Lakes hike to laid-back day-trippers who access the range easily from Pendjikent, to the bird watchers who flock to Kulikalon for its rich winged population, there's something for everyone within the Fanns.
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The Kulikalon lakes are surrounded by beautiful juniper forests, climbing up the overlooking mountains. Crystal waters collect in the lakes from the Chimtarga glacier and, in turn, feed the Artuch River. The area around the Kulikalon lakes is home to countless species of birdlife and popular with aviary enthusiasts.
Above the mountain center at Artuch, Lake Chukurak is a turquoise gem sprawling peacefully in its valley, surrounded by soaring peaks. It is a popular destination or pit stop with hikers and an ideal setting for picnics on the banks or refreshing dips in its cool waters.
Perhaps the most famous of the lakes within the Fann mountain system, the Alaudin Lakes are deservedly popular. Their blue-green waters, sparkling in the Chapdara River valley make a stunning and stark contrast with the rocky surroundings, overlooked by the mountain of the same name.
The vast array of trails within the Fann mountains makes it a popular destination for hikers of all abilities. Leisurely one-day climbs up lower elevations still afford gorgeous scenery and photo opportunities, while more adventurous wanderers will be challenged and amazed by the trails and treks as well as the views from the dizzying heights.
From the south of Pendjikent and through the Fann Mountains, a string of seven aquamarine lakes form the center of a range of popular hiking routes. Besides the breathtaking views, the lakeshores are ideal picnicking spots, the most beautiful and photogenic of which being the seventh, Hazor Chashma.
From barely-visited lakes to secluded towns, this 9-day tour through Tajikistan takes you past some of the country’s most natural and stunning destinations. Starting off in Dushanbe, you will experience the highlights of modern-day Tajikistan, alive with a colorful culture and untouched by mass tourism.
This thrilling 16-day trek through Tajikistan will take you through some of the most incredible natural scenery the country has to offer. You’ll start in Dushanbe, traveling through the majestic Fann mountains and beyond, stopping to picnic and camp high in the sky in total serenity.
This thrilling 11-day journey through Tajikistan starts off in the country’s capital, where you’ll explore its historic museums and markets, before heading off on a challenging and rewarding trek through mountains, passes, canyons, valleys, and lakes, boasting some of the most incredible beauty Mother Nature has to offer.
Lace up your hiking boots for this exciting adventure, as you trek into the countryside of Tajikistan. This challenging and rewarding journey will take you through the Fann mountains and passes by day, camping in the great outdoors by night.
An unforgettable two-week adventure into the heartland of Tajikistan’s most popular beauty spot. The Fann mountains have it all: flora, fauna, rocky gorges and grassy meadows. Spend fourteen days trekking and climbing to scenic peaks and camping overnight by stunning glacial lakes.
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.