Hike level: Easy, available for beginners. Trail gets a little steep by the end of it.
Activities: trekking up to 5hrs a day, sightseeing.
Day 1. Hike in Shirkent Valley
This morning we drive towards Shirkent gorge through Hissar region. Driving takes 1,40 hrs. We start hiking towards the footprint of dinosaurs along stream channels and enjoy amazing views of the valley. Lunch at the local farm on the way to taste their homemade cottage cheese, honey & fresh fruits. Maximum hiking 4/5 hours. Return back to Dushanbe. After dinner, we go to check the local night scene. L & D in a traditional restaurant.
About Shirkent Valley & Dinosaur footprints:
Shirkent Valley has been established as a nature Reserve in 1991, followed by the discovery of rare three sites of dinosaur footprints from various eras containing more than 400 trails. The first location of these giant, ancient reptiles is located in one of the right banks of Shirkent River, slightly above a village with the same name. Two lines of pterodactyl footprints are seen here on the surface of Erinaceous limestone. The length of the footprints is 0,5m on the average, the width up to 30cm, and the step length about 75cm. Since there are no footprints known elsewhere like those in Shirkent, the animal that left them was placed in a new species of dinosaurs which are a suborder of Theropoda and was given the name Macropodosaurs Gravis. The second group of dinosaurs footprints is approximately 5km from the mouth of Shirkent river, near the watershed on its left side. The third group of footprints is near Pashmi Kuna village and has the footprints of only Tridactylous, but it was a real giant. The length of its feet exceed 70cm, the width 60cm, and the depth of ground depression under its footprints is up to 10cm.
Day 2. Dushanbe – Nurek Lake
After breakfast in Dushanbe, we start driving towards Nurek for about 1 hour. We get to the junctions of the town, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Vakhsh river. We start hiking along Nurek lake towards Wakhsh river. Lunch next to Nurek lake. After lunch, we hike further in the direction of Nurek waterfall. The waterfall is so massive that entire town feels its breeze. We relax, take photos and start moving back to the town. Sightseeing around town. In the evening we drive back to Dushanbe. B, L & Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 3. Dushanbe – Iskanderkul (Alexander Lake)
Breakfast at 07:30, leaving Dushanbe towards Anzob pass (3372m) for some stunning views on the way. Drive further down to Iskanderkul. We check into the chalets which are located next to the lake. Lunch, rest and boat trip around the lake. Dinner & overnight in chalets on Iskanderkul. L & D.
Little known & rarely visited Fann mountains form part of the Pamir Range tucked away in northwest Tajikistan. The majestic, biggest lake called Lake Alexander, Iskanderkul is located at an altitude of 2200mtrs. It is a pure gem of surrounding snowy peaks reflecting in calm mirrored surface. You may have difficulty in describing its colour, from green to turquoise, blue to dark purple. It changes together with the season and time of the day.
Day 4. Iskanderkul – Sarytaq – Dushanbe
Wake up early in the morning. After breakfast, we start hiking to our first destination – Snake lake and a massive waterfall called Fann Niagara. We will take 5 hrs in total to hike to the waterfall, Snake Lake, looking out at the president’s dacha on the other side of the lake, passing the village of Sarytaq and Kaznok valley. We get familiarized with local lifestyle and customs. In the evening we drive back to Dushanbe and have the last dinner together. B, L & D. End of the tour.
Don`t forget to pack: trekking shoes, daypack, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproof camera, electrolytes, power banks, towel, warm blouse (it’s chilly in the morning), headlamp.
Tour price per person:
- 566$ for a private tour
- 325$ in a group of 2 pax
- 325$ in a group of 3 pax
- 204$ in a group of 4 pax
- Accommodation on day 3 for 1 night in a chalet on Iskanderkul
- Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the whole journey.
- Water 1,5L per person per day.
- English speaking guide during the whole trip.
- Vehicle: Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota 4Runner
- Accommodation in Dushanbe
- Boat trip on Iskanderkul Lake
- Private expenses: tips, laundry, telephone, medical and other services,
- Entrance fees to the museums, night clubs, pubs, discos & cinemas
- Health insurance