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Re: Iskanderkul / Sarytag transport Q&A

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:57 pm
by steven
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Iskanderkul / Sarytag transport Q&A

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:29 pm
by aknight
Hello- I just came from visiting Iskanderkul and before going couldn't find much recent info out there on transport and accommodation so thought I'd add my experience here.

I visited for 1 night on the way from Dushanbe to Penjikent. Shared taxi from Dushanbe to Sarvoda- 80 Somoni (heard other people got it for 50). In Sarvoda all taxi drivers insist on 200 Somoni to Iskanderkul, maybe OK for a group but not so a solo traveller, and apparently no one else going that way. I walked down to the turn off (this is far, about 30mins walking, ask your shared taxi to drop you off there instead of Sarvoda) and waited for a car there and got a ride pretty quick for 50 Somoni, although going rate for locals seems to be 20.

I stayed at Shezok guesthouse- above the shop by the bridge (marked on maps.me), right next to the lake. Lovely women running guesthouse, very simple but clean. No heating though so potentially could be cold, outside toilet. No English spoken but we managed. She made me lunch, dinner and breakfast and I paid 105 Somoni for everything (another guy paid 60 just for the room). Don't think there is any other food options around. Some nice areas next to the lake to sit and drink tea. Next day guesthouse women was going back to Sarvoda and got a car for me + 2 other tourists staying, we paid 20 Somoni each (+10 for luggage). Sarvoda-Ayny-Penjikent via shared taxis- all reasonably straightforward (70 Somoni in total)

Other tourists I met all managed to get from Sarvoda to Iskanderkul for 50 or less, so ignore the taxi drivers and be prepared to wait, or better yet, go to the turn off and wait there. Lake is nice but not much to do, for longer trips may be better to stay in Sarytag as looks like a few more walks etc you can do from there.