Fann mountains hiking in april?

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Fann mountains hiking in april?

Postby Brett0210 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:37 pm

Hi,

Just wondering if anyone could answer a couple of questions? Me and my 8 year old son Sid are heading to the fann mountains in April. We will mostly be walking around lower level areas like haft kul, iskanderkul, alludin and if time, a look around the yagnob valley. We do a bit of walking and camping and was wondering if you could camp in lower areas in April? Our sleeping bags have a -2 Deg rating. We will stay mostly in guesthouses but just wondering wether to bring the tent and sleeping bags. Also, is it easy to get transport independently around? I.e haft kul to sardova, sardova to iskanderkul or alludin, sardova to margib. I know yurts are more common with Kyrgyz and Kazakh nomads but are there any yurt stay opportunities in Tajikistan or any other unique accomodation experiences. Be great to hear any knowledge or tips, very excited about our trip.
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Re: Can someone help

Postby Julia » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:11 pm

Allaudin lakes are high enough.
I wouldn't go there in April. Normally hiking season starts in June there.
Guesthouse near the lake will probably be closed in April. So you'll have to be self-sufficient there.
It's cold at nights in April. I'd get warmer sleeping bag.
And remember about danger of avalanches at that time if you plan trekking. Plus it's hard to get there independently during off-season. You'll have to hire a 4wd car for yourself to get to Allaudin.
Even during the summer it takes time to get to Allaudin as it's distant and mostly organized groups of hikers go there. It's not a popular weekend getaway like Iskanderkul.

I don't have info about other destinations you mentioned.
Iskanderkul and Haft Kul are popular destinations among locals and easy to get by shared transportation during the summer. Don't know how it works in April though.

Search Pamiri houses. It's local authentic type of houses.
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Re: Can someone help

Postby bwv812 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:30 pm

Julia wrote:Search Pamiri houses. It's local authentic type of houses.


You won't get Pamiri houses (with their unique architectural details) in the Fann Mountains.
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Re: Can someone help

Postby Christian77 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:29 am

April is absolutely not the time for hiking or camping, bit would be disastrous (hard rain, snow, guesthouses up high are shut). Creeks that are easily crossable in July and August are dangerous in early spring. Allaudin may not be a good idea.

But you could get a driver from Dushanbe to do a (very long) daytrip or a leisurely overnight to Iskanderkul. But I don't know if the guesthouse or the camp cabins are open in April (the earliest I've gone is mid-May).

Haft Kul is different, as people actually live along the lakes in decent sized villages. If you start with a driver from Panjakent you can do a day trip or stay at the guesthouse by the 4th lake ("Jumaboy's Guesthouse" to the locals, but branded as "Juniper Branches Guesthouse") and explore leisurely form there. The guy at the guesthouse is very helpful and knowledgable.

As for getting around, in the summertime there are always many enthusiastic drivers in Sarvoda who can get you anywhere, but they may not agree to drive to Allaudin in April. They will know the road conditions. Maybe... Besides that, from Haft Kul it's best to get back to Panjakent and then onwards.
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