This trekking is designed for those who have limited time for trekking. This trekking can be started either from Artuch or from Alauddin lakes. This is a well-worn route in Fann mountains that cover visiting most of the turquoise blue lakes of the region. This trek does not require a special physical preparation. The highest point of our trekking program: 3860m.
Early in the morning you will meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel and have a short briefing about the trip and drive to Artuch village through picturesque Varzob gorge and Zarafshan Valley. The rest of the time, you can do a short walk around the village or just take a rest.
Day 2: Bibijanat
The donkeys arrive in the morning to carry the luggage. After having a breakfast and short instruction by your mountain guide, we start 4 hours trekking towards Kulikalon area. Overnight at shore of Bibijanat lake in the 2 person tent. 2800. (+1000m, 14km, 4-5 hours)
Day 3: Alauddin lake
In the morning, we start ascend to Alaudin pass (3860 m, 10 km, ~6 hrs, +960 m). The beautiful panorama of the surrounding peaks and lakes will be seen from the top of the pass. Descend to a campsite by the first Alaudin lake. Altitude: 2770m.
Day 4: Mutnoe Lake
After breakfast at shore of Alaudin lake, we slowly start to ascend to Mutnoe lake (3520m) which takes about 5 hours, 7km +750m/-800m. On the way, we enjoy the view to the peaks and small but very beautiful lake – Piala where we stop for the lunch. We hike down back to the campsite.
Day 5: Iskanderkul
After breakfast, you meet your driver and you will be transferred to Iskanderkul. Lunch in Sarvoda. Afternoon you will be enjoying Iskanderkul lake view where you trek to snake lake and waterfall called Niagara of Fann mountains.
Day 6: Dushanbe
After you have the breakfast continue your journey back to Dushanbe through pictures Varzob gorge. Afternoon you will enjoy your stay in your comfortable hotel or have a shopping at the local bazaar.
Accommodation: Own arrangement.
Price per person:
2 travelers – 860$
3 travelers – 670$
4 travelers – 580$
- Porter with donkey
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation noted in itinerary
- Full board meal
- Eco tax
- Attraction entry fees
- International Flights
- Visa fee ($50)
- Alcoholic beverage
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities to the staff
- Single supplement
- Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, trekking poles)
- Backpack (+50L)
- Sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0C to +5C)
- Trekking sticks
- Trekking shoes
- Warm and windproof clothes
- Rain jacket and pants
- Stock of clothes
- Personal care products
- Other personal items
Food and drinks:
A typical Tajikistan meal is a sumptuous affair with appetizers and soups, exquisite preparations of meat and specially cooked rice. Many indigenous soups are also prepared in Tajikistan. Tea is the most common drink among the inhabitants of Tajikistan, although many restaurants also serve wine, beer and vodka.
The team will be accompanied by a cook while trekking who will prepare freshly cooked, high-energy food with a blend of Tajik and Western flavours.
Cultural and social etiquette
Men typically salute each other with handshakes and women typically salute women with hugs. With opposite sex the greeting is made only by putting the right hand on the heart.
In the countryside, people wear in traditional clothes. We do not recommend not to bring, shorts, tank tops/singlets and any types of clothes with bare shoulders, above the knee and backs
Make sure that you ask permission for visiting mosques and shrines from locals if the guide is not near
Ask permission to take photo of someone. Usually, people do not mind if you take the photo of them, but respect their wishes if they refuse. Offer to send hard copy them, we will assist you to keep your promise.
Bargaining is expected in the bazaars but not in places like department stores.