Trekking Tour: Land of Lakes

The Fan Mountains provide some of the most attractive scenery in the whole of Tajikistan. They are situated in the north west of the country, between the Hissar and Zerafshan Ranges, west of the Anzob pass. The Fan Mountains are often known as the “Land of Lakes”, thirty of which can be seen here in a wide variety of colours. This includes the legendary Iskanderkul Lake, believed to have been created by Alexander the Great. The amazingly colorful Alauddin and Kuli Kalon Lakes meanwhile are found in the narrow Zindon Valley.

Day 1 – Khujand- Artuch (Yakahona)

Day 2 – Artuch-Kulikalon Lakes

Day 3 – Kulikalon lakes-Alouddin lakes

Day 4 – Allouddin-Iskanderkul

Day 5 – Iskanderkul trekking

Day 6 Iskanderkul – Dushanbe

Day 1 – Khujand- Artuch (Yakahona)

290 km, 4,5 hours
After breakfast transfer to Yakahona. This area is famous for itsunique mountain landscapes and beautiful lakes. Artuch base camp comprises of wooden chalets and cottages set amidst a wide expanse of juniper woods ans it is here that we will meet our trekking guides, cook and porters. Overnight in Homestay.

Day 2 – Artuch-Kulikalon lakes

12 km, 3,5 hours
A well trodden trail takes us up the Urjam River valley through mixed juniper and deciduous groves
covering two giant scree dams steeply rising up the right hand side of the tight gorge. The dams
serve as a natural filter for water running into the stream. The track levels out and once we top the upper dam, the turquoise necklace of Kulikalon Lakes frame the jagged summits of the Pamir Fann Mountains including Maria (4970m) Mirali (5120m), Rudaki (4900m) and Adamtash (4700m) which are known as the “Kulikalon Wall”. After a picnic lunch we continue through the juniper forest and head to the eastern shore of Bibidjanat Lake for our first night camping. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset over Mirali Peak. Overnight Camping

Day 3 – Kulikalon lakes-Alouddin lakes

(10 km; 6hrs; +1060m;-960m)
Cross aleuddin Pass (3860m) to aleuddin Lake After a hearty breakfast we pack up camp and head steeply uphill out of the juniper forest and alpine meadows to the Adauddin Pass (3860m). Here we will be able to see the entire Kulikalon Lakes system. The snowcapped peaks of Chapdara (5050m), Bodhona (5138m) and Zamok (5070m) can also be seen. After a picnic lunch we descend steeply on a rocky path to our campsite on a glade of Alauddin Lake. This afternoon you can opt for an easy walk around the lakes or relax at our campsite. Overnight Camping

Day 4 – Allouddin-Iskanderkul

100 km 3 hours
Driving to Iskanderkul lake (100 km) – which means Alexander. This place is connecting with him. He with his army had a rest on the lake shore after each campaign. Rest on the shore. Not far from the lake there is village Saratog, people of this village have blue eyes and red haired. This proved that they are Alexander’s descendants. Walking around village. Visiting Iskanderkul, Snakes lake, Fann Waterfall. Accommodation in local house/homestay

Day 5 – Iskanderkul trekking

Walking aroud in Iskanderkul Jass or something
Homestay

Day 6 – Iskanderkul
Dushanbe 170 km, 3 hours

After breakfast we drive back to Dushanbe (170 km, 3 hrs).

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Accommodation: Double occupancy in hotels and traditional guest families

1. Transport Arrival and departure in Kleinbussen, on the way in jeeps
2. Guide services;
3. Guide wizard
4. Hotel standard standard, host families different, 2-bed room, shower / WC E.g. central
5. Museum Rudaki entrance
6. Eco charge
7. Full board, 3 meals daily, also picnic
8. Mineral water 1 L per person and day.

Total distance: 582 km
Max. Height: 3860 m (Aloudding pass)

Not included in the price:

1.Visa
2. Travel insurance
3. Camping Equipment
4. Tips
5. Alcoholic beverages

Highlights from the tour