Tajikistan Fann Mountain Trek

Soaring Peaks & Epic Trails in Central Asia

 

Truly off the beaten path, Tajikistan holds one of Central Asia's best trekking destinations, the Fann Mountains. A part of the western Pamir-Alaya massif in Sughd province, the Fanns boast about a hundred peaks, several rising over 16,000 feet. Admire them all on this this trekking journey that offers a deep dive into the Tajik culture and the country's unspoilt nature. Cross passes that showcase enchanting vistas of soaring peaks like Chimtarga, Energia, and Krasnya Moskva, and marvel at idyllic glacial lakes like Alouddin, Kulikalon, and Iskanderkul. Along the way, camp under starlit skies and encounter the warmth of Tajik hosts in a homestay.

  • Take a break from civilization on this epic 9-day trek in the remote Fann Mountains

  • Admire majestic peaks over 16,000 feet, including Chimtarga, Bodkhona, Mirali and Energia

  • Explore Tajikistan's Buddhist and Sogdian roots, and over 1,500 years of history

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Arrive:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Depart:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Price: from $3,795

Duration:

13 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

14 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

On this trek you will be hiking 5 to 8 hours a day for 9 days, mostly at elevations above 8,000 feet. The trails are moderately difficult and rocky over the Kaznok Pass (13,255 feet). You need to be in very good physical condition and have similar previous experience of hiking and sleeping at high altitudes.
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  • Arrival in Dushanbe

    Day 1

    On arrival in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, your MT Sobek trip leader will meet you at Dushanbe Airport for a transfer to your hotel for a good rest.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hilton

    Minutes away from the airport and the center of Dushanbe, Hotel Hilton is the perfect starting point. Housed in a modern building with great views of the city, its well-appointed rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and other Western-style amenities. The full-service spa, indoor heated pool and the fitness center are ideal for recuperating after the flight.

  • Explore Dushanbe & the Imposing Hissar Fortress

    Day 2

    In the morning, set out to explore Tajikistan's capital. Visit the Museum of Antiquities, home of the 43-foot Buddha in Nirvana statue. Next, drive to the Bukhara Emirate beck's palace, the Hissar Fortress, continuously inhabited since the Stone Age but demolished repeatedly due to its strategic hilltop position. Later in Dushanbe, roam the buzzy Green Bazar, and visit the main square with one of the highest flagpoles in the world.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hilton

    Minutes away from the airport and the center of Dushanbe, Hotel Hilton is the perfect starting point. Housed in a modern building with great views of the city, its well-appointed rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and other Western-style amenities. The full-service spa, indoor heated pool and the fitness center are ideal for recuperating after the flight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Sogdian Culture in Penjikent

    Day 3

    Travel to Penjikent, once a flourishing city of the pre-Islamic Sogdian culture that thrived between 5th and 8th centuries. Ponder its past as a superbly fortified city and a trading center while roaming the ruins of Old Penjikent, learn about 'the father of Persian poetry' at the Rudaki Museum, and feel the pulse of everyday life at the bazaar. In the afternoon, head out to the Seven Lakes, a cascading string of lakes that is your gateway to the Fann Mountains.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse Jumaboy

    Guest house Jumaboy is a private home, equipped with 12 bedrooms (with 2 or 3 beds each) and a lounge. The house has 3 shared bathroom and shower facilities inside. In addition, there are simple outdoor toilets and with limited washing or showering facilities. The Guest house Jumaboy is dormitory style, and rooming may be shared depending on group size. If there are enough rooms available, the group can spread out.

    Transportation: 180-mile full-day private transfer (with cultural touring)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Fann Mountains On Foot

    Day 4

    Today, start your venture into the Fanns. A short transfer brings you to the trailhead by the azure Marguzor Lake, the highest of 'the seven beauties of Shing' - a string of crystal-clear lakes and a top hiking destination in the region. Take in the idyllic mountain sceneries as you cross the Tavosang Pass (11,319 feet) and descend to the foothills of Munora Pass that you will take on tomorrow. Relax in the evening at a camp by the crisp Tavosang River at an altitude of 8,038 feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 7 hours/7 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 3,825' and an elevation loss of 2,805'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Scenic Trails to Munora Pass

    Day 5

    Rise and shine for another day of marvelous views and crisp air trekking over the scenic Munora Pass. At 11,483 feet, it sets the perfect stage for soaking up the region's dramatic mountain landscapes dotted with sky-high peaks like Krasnaya Moskva or Dugdon. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, then make your descent to the Archamaidan River where you will camp overnight.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/7 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 3,445' and an elevation loss of 3,314'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend from Archamaidan River & Homestay in Zimtut

    Day 6

    Enjoy a day of downhill trekking with a picnic lunch along the way. From Archamaidan River, descend down to the mountain road that sits at its junction with Amshut River. Here, you will meet up with drivers for a short transfer to the remote village of Zimtut (5,095 feet). This modest settlement in a rugged, barren landscape is the place to take in the famed Tajik hospitality, and enjoy a relaxed evening in a local homestay, sipping tea.

    Accommodation: Homestay Zimtut

    Get a feel for village life with a night at Homestay Zimtut. This family house has seven rooms, each with two or three beds each, plus a living room and terrace. Freshen up in one of the two showers and sleep comfortably in this simple and rustic home.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/6 miles trekking with an elevation loss of 2,264'

    Transportation: 10-mile private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross the Igrok Pass to the Emerald Chukurak Lake

    Day 7

    Hike on a path that meanders through wildflower meadows to reach the Igrok Pass, where a magnificent amphitheater of mountains opens up. Take some time to marvel at the dazzling views, then descend on a steep trail, passing through shepherd settlements and juniper forests to Chukurak, the largest of the three lakes in the Chukurak gorge. Take in its emerald green waters that sparkle in the midst of an open valley. Set up camp and stay overnight.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 6 hours/ 8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,297' and an elevation loss of 148'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Kulikalon Lakes

    Day 8

    Today, expect steep, zig-zag trekking over the Chukurak Pass (10,335 feet) that rewards with spellbinding panoramas of the Kulikalon Bowl. The Kulikalon Lakes that dot this vast depression are some of the Fann's most gorgeous sceneries. The glacial lakes, set amidst rugged slopes covered in juniper, are the place to keep an eye out for birds like the Himalayan snowcocks or falcons, as the area has been proclaimed an Important Bird Area. Camp near Bibijanat, an elongated lake surrounded with a forest.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 5 hours/5 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 1,132'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Alouddin Pass with Views of Chapdara Mountain

    Day 9

    After a hearty breakfast, continue on to explore the Kulikalon Lakes. Hike to Dushokha Lake, the highest in the depression. Towered by the imposing Mirali Wall, it is the perfect vantage point for glacier-gazing. Power up for the Alouddin Pass (12,238 feet), a strenuous trek with direct views of the 17,000-foot Chapdara peak and the gorge of the Chapdara River. Down in the valley, find Alouddin Lakes, a group of emerald pools surrounded by soaring peaks. Set up camp and watch the colors change as the sun descends.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/8 miles trekking with an elevation gain and loss of 3,445'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Lake Mutnow & Marvel at Chimtarga Peak

    Day 10

    Today, rise high above juniper forests and enjoy a splendid showcase of peaks over 16,000 feet. As you make your way from Alouddin Lakes, marvel at hanging glaciers, rare birches, and the grand peaks of Kaznok, Zamok, Energia and the tallest of them all, the 18,008-foot Chimtarga. Continue to Lake Mutnoe, unique among the Fann Lakes for its tea color that comes from the tributary water running through forests and collecting tannins from the vegetation.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/ 4.5 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,625'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Kaznok, the Highest Pass of the Trip

    Day 11

    Expect a day of adventurous and strenuous hiking as you take on this trip's highest pass, the Kaznok, at 13,255 feet. Soak up some of the most stunning views of the Fanns, and enjoy clear sights of Chimtarga. Then descend down into the verdant Arg Valley to set up camp for the night.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Camps consist of tents with pads for customers and staff (3-person tent for DBL or SGL use), kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent(s). We provide hot washing water in the morning and evening. For breakfasts/dinners we use folding chairs and table, breakfast and dinners are served at the table with all necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 1,444' and an elevation loss of 2,756'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Be Mesmerized by Iskandekul Lake

    Day 12

    On your final day of trekking, take in the last panoramas of the spectacular Fanns as you descend from Arg Valley to the mountain village of Sarytag (7,874 feet). In this small and remote settlement, meet up with your drivers for a transfer to Iskandekul, a turquoise glacial lake that is the poster-image for the Fann massif. Stay at a local hotel, enjoy a shower, and some well-deserved downtime.

    Accommodation: Hotel Iskanderkul

    Touristic Base Iskanderkul, is located on the shore of Iskanderkul Lake. It's a cottage with 15 twin rooms, each with private bath and shower. There is also a small café where guests will have dinner and breakfast.

    Activity: 7 hours/ 9.5miles trekking with an elevation loss of 2,625'

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Dushanbe & Enjoy a Farewell Dinner

    Day 13

    Today, transfer to Dushanbe and enjoy some time to yourself in the afternoon, to relax and pack, or take in some more of the capital city buzz. In the evening, meet up with your group for a farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hilton

    Minutes away from the airport and the center of Dushanbe, Hotel Hilton is the perfect starting point. Housed in a modern building with great views of the city, its well-appointed rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and other Western-style amenities. The full-service spa, indoor heated pool and the fitness center are ideal for recuperating after the flight.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Dushanbe

    Day 14

    Transfer to the airport and fly home.

Tajikistan Fann Mountain Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been pioneering edgy, off-the-beaten track adventures for more than 50 years. Don't miss this rare opportunity to travel in Tajikistan with the adventure experts!

Reason #02

This trip includes 9 days of remote hiking in the Fann Mountains, where few Westerners travel.

Reason #03

Our guides are locals who grew up in the area and their intimate knowledge makes them true experts.

Meet your guides

Bobojon Khudoyberdiev

Bobojon Khudoyberdiev

Bobojon is from Panjakent in the Sogd region of Tajikistan. He has a degree from the Tajik State Institute of Languages as an English interpreter and has been guiding for over 10 years. He thrives on showing travelers as much as he can about Tajikistan's amazing people and culture. Bobojon is responsible, talented and boasts a great sense of humor. He is always looking to increase his knowledge and learning about the different cultures, peoples and traditions around the world.

Gairat Shakarbekov

Gairat Shakarbekov

Gairat hails from the Ishkashim region, on the border of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, in the Pamir Mountains. His interest in guiding developed as a child, as he spent much of his spare time helping tourists in the region. He has since guided in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan for over 10 years. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music and trekking! Gairat's passion is learning from and making friends with everyone he guides since he believes that friendship has no borders.

Activities

Moderately strenuous mountain trekking on trails for 9 days, hiking 5 to 8 hours per day, up to an altitude of 13,255 feet; cultural touring in Dushanbe.

Lodging

Remote mountain camps, coupled with a comfortable hotel in Dushanbe, and rustic lodging along the way

Climate

The Fanns receive less than 10 inches of rain per year. Daytime highs in summer months range from 64ºF to 77ºF; nighttime lows are between 37ºF and 55ºF.

FAQ

Where do I fly to for this trip?

You will fly roundtrip to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The best connections are on Turkish Airlines.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our MT Sobek representative will meet you at the Dushanbe Airport.

What is the highest elevation on this trip?

Kaznok Pass at 13,255'

Do I need a visa for this trip?

No, Americans can travel visa-free to Tajikistan! If you are another nationality, please check with the Tajikistan Embassy.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag for this trip?

Yes. We recommend a rating of 25°F to 30°F; keep in mind your own personal warmth and comfort when choosing your sleeping bag. We provide a sleeping pad.

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  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
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  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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