One of the legends about Alexander tells that…
…Alexander the Great during his campaign to India, reached the Iskandarkul Lake where he built his camp. He had a favorite horse named Bucephalus, which means “ox-head.” After crossing the steep passes of the Kuhistan mountains, his exhausted horse drank the lake cold water and got sick. But it wasn’t any longer possible to stay on the shore of the lake. He had to hurry. Alexander convened a council of elders and asked them how Bucephalus will be. After much debate, all came to a consensus: to leave with a few soldiers Bucephalus on the lake’s shore, till it will be cured. Alexander the Great was brought another horse. He sat down on it and with all the army he movedon. The others, pitched a tent near the cave and began to look after Bucephalus. After some time, the horse recovered. Grooms fed it with selected grains and pure spring water. It was time to hit the road again when something incredible happened to Bucephalus: it suddenly began to fend off everybody and stopped eating and drinking. And so it was for several days. And then on a beautiful day Bucephalus rode up to the mountain op, raised up his muzzle and neighed so aloud, that the eco of its voice rolled over the lake. Then it jumped into the cold water, where it sank to the bottom. And now here you can see the horse, on the 14th day of full moon when the moon shines its light on the green lake. The wind begins to blow sharp and water to see the in the middle of the lake. From the white foam comes ashore a white-grey horse to graze in the meadows and play until the morning. And with the dawn it returns back into the water. Sometimes, Bucephalus breaks out, jumps from cliff to cliff, from mountain to mountain… Its ride shakes the mountain and makes stones fall. Locals say that Bucephalus had drown itself in the lake, having smelled the death of his master, who, having conquered India, on the way back got very sick and before reaching the country, died.
Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required. Binocular and camera highly recommended!
Accommodation Guesthouse Mijgon, owner Boturov, located in Padrud village at 10km from the 7th lake. Guesthouse Dilovar, owner Davlatov, located at 9km from the Iskanderkul Lake.
- 2 nights in rural guesthouses
- 8 nights in tents
- Local transportation
- Guiding service
- Full board
- Donkey service
- Outdoor equipment
- Duration 11 days
- Altitude max 3,812m
- Difficulty medium/high
- Season 15 June–15 September
- Distance 220km by car 84km on foot