The northwest of Tajikistan boasts some of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Central Asia, and they’re remarkably accessible for trekking. Join us to explore the ancient ruins of Sarazm and Penjikent, the passes and gorges of the Zerafshan and Yagnob Valleys, and the glittering natural jewel which is Iskanderkul.
Our passionate, experienced local guide will give you a taste of Tajik culture and nature at its finest. Depending on the size of the group, you will travel by 4WD jeep or van, equipped with wi-fi and bottled water.
Day 1 Dushanbe
Arriving in Dushanbe you will be met by your guide and transfer to the Sheraton Hotel. After breakfast and a short briefing your guide will take you on a fascinating city tour of Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s leafy capital. Highlights of the city include the magnificent gold Somoni Monument, the world’s second-tallest flag pole, Rudaki Park, parliament, Hissar Fort, and the Navruz Hall.
Accommodation: 5* Sheraton Hotel
Day 2 Dushanbe – Penjikent
Early in the morning you’ll drive towards Penjikent, “the city of five villages”. In the 5th century it was a thriving regional hub, a cosmopolitan Silk Road city. Penjikent is said to produce the very best plov in Tajikistan, so you’ll feast on this delicious traditional dish for lunch. There will be a brief visit to the museum in Penjikent to set the scene, then plenty of time to explore the twin ruins of ancient Penjikent (known as the Pompeii of Central Asia) and Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the 5th-6th centuries BC.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
Day 3 Penjikent – Noffin
After breakfast, you will head into the Shing Valley to see 7 lakes, the turquoise gemstones which decorate these mountains. Leaving the vehicle behind, you will hike for the last hour to the seventh lake and overnight in Noffin village. The mountains here seep a natural mineral called Shilajit , which is used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Accommodation: Traditional guesthouse.
Day 4 Noffin – Marghib
Early this morning you will transfer to Marghib village. It is located in a dramatic location surrounded by jagged peaks, with the giant Zamin-Karor rock wall looming over it from behind. After lunch, you will have opportunity to walk around village, to see traditional dairy processing methods, and hopefully to meet local shepherds with their flocks.
Day 5 Marghib – Pskan (Yagnob Valley)
Continuing by road to the Yagnob village of Noumetkan, you will then begin your trek towards Pskan (3 km). You will pass through the famous Yagnob Gorge en route, and reach Pskan in time for lunch. You’ll have some time to explore the village or to have a short hike hike around.
Accommodation: Homestay (shower is not available)
Day 6 Pskan – Saratog (Iskanderkul)
After breakfast with your homestay hosts you will start trekking back down to Noumetkan where a car will be waiting for you. On the drive to Saratog village you will stop to see the magnificent Iskanderkul (Alexander’s Lake) and a picturesque waterfall. At the guesthouse this evening you will have the opportunity to take a traditional Russian sauna.
Day 7 Saratog – Dushanbe
On the final day you will transfer by road to Dushanbe and check in to the luxurious 5 star Sheraton Hotel. Your farewell dinner will be served at an authentic Tajk restaurant, accompanied by live music and dance.
Accommodation: 5* Sheraton Hotel
Season of the trip:
- May – October
- 2 pax – $ 1290
- 4 pax – $ 990
- 6 pax – $ 990
- 8 pax – $ 880
- 10 pax – $ 820
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation at hotels including early arrival
- Accommodation at guesthouses
- All meals noted in itinerary (B,L,D)
- All permits and taxes
- Airport pick up/drop off
- International/local Flights
- Visa fee
- Alcoholic beverage
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities to guides and drivers