Difficulty: requires a good physical condition and some trekking experience
The program includes a day stop in Veshab village before departure. This expedition offer you the chance to stay with local families, the surviving descendants of the ancient Sogdians, whose lifestyle was unaffected by time and external influences. The tremendous mountainscapes will surround you each step along your journey, a poignant and majestic reminder of the might of the natural world and its impact on its inhabitants.
Welcome to Tajikistan! On arrival at Dushanbe airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. For the rest of the day you can rest or explore Dushanbe.
We start our journey towards Yagnob over the Anzob mountain pass, Overnight at the guesthouse in Margeb (135km , 3 hours). The village is located in dramatic location surrounded by jagged peaks, with the giant Zamin-Karor rock wall looming over it from behind.
We hike towards the first Yagnob village (Bedef) requires at least four hours of walking (18 km). Camping in the meadow near village yards.
This day starts with an easy walk along Yagnob river by taking the clear path, then passing by three other villages, and few bridges to cross. Overnight at the Yagnobian guesthouse in Pskan.
This day we will have opportunity to acquaint with indigenes in Pskan and other surrounding villages and get familiarized with local traditions and the life of a remote community. Camping near the Qiansi village.
After breakfast, we ascend to upper side of the Valley leaving the Yagnobi villages behind and enjoying wild unexplored nature. From this part up to Langar there will be no any settlements on the way except some summer camp of shepherds Marmots are the most frequently met friends among the Yagnob fauna
Another hike day along the Yagnob river with hops across side streams before the most challenging day summit Tabaspin pass. Therefore, we take easy this day and hike only 8 km, to save energy for the next day.
Early morning we start trekking over Tabaspin Pass (4040m) and further descend towards Zarafshan river valley. The mountain pass does not require any technical experience and the skills required on the mountain, it will be on the higher slopes.
The last trekking day, we continue descend (18km) in the area with towering mountains with hanging glacier, beautiful meadows and the narrow Tabaspin gorge dotted with juniper. There are several shepherds’ houses on the way who can invite you for tea. There will be a car waiting us to pick us up from the further point it can get on. In Langar we will be hosted at Kholov’s guesthouse, a very interesting person who has а big and well-groomed garden near his house and down near Zarafshan river.
The trek finish in the Langar Village, situated along Zarafshan river. The village has houses with walled gardens and orchards of apples, almonds, walnuts, apricots and mulberries, so creating a green patch in a rather arid area. After а nourishing breakfast, we follow the route to the old Tajik Village – Veshab where the inhabitants have preserved old traditions in their everyday life till this day. The houses built on top of each other, a creative solution for survival in such a mountainous area.
The way back to Dushanbe/Khujand, after 6 hours ride and you are at your hotel.
Price per person:
3 travelers – 805 USD p.p.
6 travelers – 655 USD p.p.
- Porter with donkey
- 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
- Museum and attractions entry fees in Dushanbe
- 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.