Seven Beauties of Shing (fixed tour)

Departure Date



4 Days / 3 Nights



The Legend of Shing

“Once upon a time, 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 …“

Tour Program

Day 1

Border-Panjakent- Nofin 80 km, 3 hours

Arrival in Penjikent. Visiting Sarazm - the oldest settlement in Central Asia with more than 5,500 years old. Its the first settlement in Tajikistan which is included to the lists of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Introduction of the history and culture of the old Sogdian region at the Ancient Penjikent Settlement. Lunch at traditional choikhkhona where you can taste the prominent Penjikent palov. After lunch we’ll drive towards Seven beauties of Shing (Seven lakes) (55km, 1-2hrs). On the way to Nofin we will see magnificent Mizhgon, Soya, Hush’your lakes. The difference of the level between the upper and lower lake is 692 meters. Lodging at the village Nofin homestay “Najmiddin” located on the fourth lake. They accept every guest as a member of their family so enjoy from the hospitality and local food.
Day 2

Seven Lakes

After breakfast, hike to the gorge Duoba (10km, 3hs). Lunch awaits us on our return to the village. After lunch you might see the bread baking & people make mymio. Free time till dinner at the homestay. Dinner & overnight at the “Najmiddin” homestay.
Day 3

Nofin-Hazorchashma-Shing 45 km

After breakfast we drive to the 6th lake (7km, 30min). On the way, we explore the fifth lake – Khurdak, which is the smallest lake of the Seven Lakes. We move on to the largest lake of this region - Marghuzor. Marghuzor lake is surrounded with a village from its two sides which makes the environment more spectacular. Our trip will be up to the 7th lake “Hazorchashma” (in Tajik“ thousand springs”). Our picnic will be among the magnificent mountains and stunning lake (8km, 4hs). After lunch we go back to the 6th lake and drive to Shing to the homestay “Guldara”, where an appetizing dinner will await us.
Day 4

Shing-Panjakent border 65 km

After breakfast, we will have time to get acquainted with the beekeeper Khojamov & his wife apai Muhayo who will show you their apiary and the traditional way of honey-making/ carpet weaving (depends on the season). Around 11:00, we drive back to Penjikent.

Services included

3 nights in rural homestay

Local transportation

Guiding service

Full board meal

Entrance fees

Craft/cuisine show


Traditional homestays

Tour Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm

Ancient Panjikent Settlement

Seven Lakes area

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes are required.

Total distance: 190-200 km

Max. Altitude: 2400 m


Choykhona 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 (exp. a raised platform that is used in Central Asia and functions as a table, or as a bed)!  Oshi palov (“Pilaf” in Tajik) is the traditional dish of Tajiks. 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.

Additional tour information


24 aug 2022
24 sep 2022
24 oct 2022

Group: 4 pax, price – $275US

Group 6 pax, price – $305US

Group 8 pax, price – $270US

Price includes:

1.Transportation Services

2.Guide Services

3.Hotel  & Home stay Accommodation

4.Museum Entrance Fee

5.Eco Fee


7.Mineral Water 1 L per person in a day

Price doesn’t include:


2.Medical insurance

3.Alcoholic drinks


5.Airfair tickets

6.Other services not listed above

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