Our trek diverges across the mountains, with several of the most popular routes in Fann mountains leading to Kuli Kalon, the Alauddin and Mutnoe Lakes, and Big Alo. The passes may be steep, and the mid-day sun searing, but each bend in the path brings with it another extraordinary vista of the likes of Chimtarga (5,489m) and Bodkhona (5,183m), and perhaps an encounter with shepherds and their flocks, and the opportunity to share a cup of tea with shepherds. Our expert trekking guides have years of experience exploring these mountains, and many of them started trekking here when they were kid, so their personal touch will enrich your experience, ensuring it is safe, informative and fun.
Difficulty: requires a good physical condition and some trekking experience
On arrival at Dushanbe airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. For the rest of the day you can rest or explore Dushanbe. Altitude: 900m
We drive to the start point of the trek – Artuch alpine camp. 6-7 hours drive through Anzob pass, 270 km. Lunch in Sarvoda, dinner and accommodation at Artuch alpine camp cottage. Altitude: 2160m
The donkeys arrive in the morning to carry the luggage. After having a breakfast and short instruction by the mountain guide, we start 3-4 hours trekking. Overnight in Kulikalon area in the 2 persons tent. Altitude: 2800m
Today we are acclimatizing to the high altitude and walk around the area. Explore every lake and maybe swim in some of them. Overnight near Bibijanat lake. Lunch in the tea house. Altitude: 2880m
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 pass. Descend to a campsite by the Alaudin lakes. Dinner at local tea house. Altitude: 2770m
After breakfast in the teahouse in Alaudin lake and visiting shrine Alauddin, we slowly start ascend to the Mutnoe lake (3520m) which takes about 4 hours. On the way, we enjoy the view to the peaks and small but very beautiful lake – Piala where we stop for the lunch. Porter with donkeys unload our luggage in Mutnoe Lake.
The most challenging day starts early in the morning. We start moving toward Chimtarga pass (4750m). The path goes along glacier. We set our camp before the top of the pass, on the altitude 4560 m.
After the breakfast we cross over the 4750 m high Chimtarga pass, which lies between the peaks Energia (5120 m) and Chimtarga (5489m). On the top of the pass, we can see the highest summits in Fann mountains such as Energia, 5120m, Zamok, 5150m, Chimtarga, 5489m. After the lunch we descend towards Big Alo, perhaps the most beautiful lake in Fann mountains. The camp sets up on the lake’s shore. Altitude: 3200m.
We continue descend along the Amshut river passing by small Alo lake (2340m). Overnight in Archmaydan river valley. Altitude: 1780m
Early the morning we meet our driver and move to Dushanbe (approx. 7 hours).
Price per person:
3 travelers – 880 USD p.p.
6 travelers – 755 USD p.p.
- Porter with donkey
- Cook (if 4 persons or more travelers in the group)
- All transport
- All specialist and safety equipment
- Accommodation noted in itinerary (inc. camping gears)
- All meals noted in itinerary (breakfast, lunch dinners, snacks)
- All permits and taxes
- Airport pick up/drop off
- Accommodation in Dushanbe
- All meals in Dushanbe
- International Flights
- Visa fee
- Personal kit and equipment
- Alcoholic beverage
- Travel Insurance
- International Phone calls
- Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers
- Backpack (+50kg)
- sleeping bag
- trekking sticks
- trekking shoes
- warm and windproof clothes
- rain jacket and pants
- stock of clothes
- First-aid kit
- personal care products
- sleeping bag (possible to rent)
- personal crockery (bowl, mug, spoon)
- other personal items you may need during the trip
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.