The Seven Beauties of Shing

Departure Date

15 May - 15 Oct



Maximum Seats


Epic journeys

Tour guide
Hotel & Home stay
Museum entrance fee
Eco charge
Mineral water

Tour overview

Day 1

Arrival in Penjikent. Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm, the oldest settlement in Central Asia more than 5,500 years old .Introduction of the history and culture of the old Sogdian region during a guided tour to the Ancient Penjikent Settlement. Lunch at traditional chaichona , where you can taste the famous Penjikent pilaf. After lunch we’ll drive to the village Nofin (55km, 1h) located on the fourth lake. Introduction to the village. Hike to the fortress of Nofin. Lodging and dinner at the guesthouse “Najmiddin”.
Day 2

After breakfast, hike to the gorge Duoba (10km, 3hs). Lunch awaits us on our return to the village. After lunch you will see the art of carpet weaving in the Shing Valley, and how Nofin people make mymio. Free time till dinner at the guesthouse.
Day 3

After breakfast we drive to the 6th lake, where our hike starts(7km, 20min). Our trip will be up to the 7th lake “Hazorchashma” (in Tajik“ thousand springs”). Here we make a little stop, then we proceed to summer pastures and finally descend to the lake, where we have picnic lunch (8km, 4hs). After lunch we go back to the 6th lake and drive to Shing to the guesthouse “Marguzor”, where a surprise and a delicious dinner await us.
Day 4

After breakfast, we will have time to get acquainted with the beekeeper Khodzhaev who will show you his apiary and the traditional way of honey-making. Around 11:00, we drive back to Penjikent.

The Legend of Shing
“A long, long time ago, in Shing used to live a proud farmer who had seven daughters, each one more beautiful than the other. Rumors of their beauty went beyond their homelands. Hearing this, a man decided to go to Shing and ask for the hand of one of the farmer’s daughters…
But the man was rude and ugly, so the farmer, who loved his daughters very much, refused the stranger. Angered, the stranger, who was an evil sorcerer, turned the seven beauties of Shing into seven lakes …“
Chaichona is a traditional Tajik tea house, usually beautifully decorated with wooden engraved pillars and colourful ceilings. Enjoy a cup of tea and a bite to eat on relaxing tapchans (a raised platform that is used in Central Asia and functions as a table, or as a bed)! Pilaf (in Tajik palov) is the traditional dish of Tajikistan. Tajiks love palov and would eat it every day. Palov is rice cooked with carrots, onions and goat meat in special palov pots. The palov tastes even better if eaten with fingers, as the Tajiks do

Comfortable shoes are required.

Accommodation Guesthouse Najmiddin, owner Shahmaevs, located at 12km from the 7th lake. Guesthouse Marguzor, owner Khojamovs, located at 34 km from the 7th lake.

  • 3 nights in rural guesthouses
  • Local transportation
  • Guiding service
  • Full board
  • Entrance fees
  • Folklore show

Duration 4 days
Altitude max 2,400m
Difficulty easy
Season 15 May– 15 October
Distance 120km by car 12–15km on foot

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm
Ancient Penjikent Settlement
Seven Lakes area
Handicraft show

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