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Tajikistan Fann Mountain Trekking Tour

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 Alauddin, Kulikalon, and Iskanderkul. Along the way, camp under starlit skies and encounter the warmth of Tajik hosts in a homestay.

14 Days

From: $3,995

Join Sergio Fitch Watkins on a Special Follow the Leader June 28, 2024 Departure!

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Highlights


  • 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

Tajikistan Fann Mountain Trek

Start: Dushanbe, Tajikistan  End: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • 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: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

  • 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: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

    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 the 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

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Among the Seven Lakes

    Day 4

    Set out this morning on an easy acclimatization hike from Nofin (6,000'). The trail to Lake Hazorchashma (7,874') meanders along a village road with astonishing views of the Seven Lakes (Haft Kul). Along the way you may encounter local farmers watching their herds or stop to soak in the outstanding scenery as each lake cascades from the next. Pause for a picnic lunch at Lake Marguzor, the largest of the chain, before completing the route at the seventh, Lake Hazorchashma.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 1,874'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Fann Mountains On Foot

    Day 5

    Today, start your adventure in the Fann Mountains. 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 scenery as you cross the Tavasang Pass (11,319') and descend to the foothills of Munora Pass that you will take on tomorrow. Relax in the evening at a camp near the flowing Tavasang River at an altitude of 9,087 feet.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 6-7 hours/8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,969' and an elevation loss of 1,755'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Scenic Trails to Munora Pass

    Day 6

    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 Nagnut River where you will camp overnight.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 7-8 hours/8.4 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,395' and an elevation loss of 2,460'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Remote Lake Pushtikul

    Day 7

    Today trek to the remote Lake Pushtikul, located in the beautiful Pushtikul Valley. Enjoy lunch near the lake then continue to Archamaidan River, where your camp awaits.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8.4 miles trekking with an elevation loss of 2,066'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend from Archamaidan River & Homestay in Zimtut

    Day 8

    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 Sarymat 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

    Activity: 2-3 hours/4.2 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 9

    After breakfast at Zimtut, transfer a few miles to Guitan village. From Guitan, beginy our ascent to 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

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,460' and elevation loss of 650'

    Transportation: 2.5-mile private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Kulikalon Lakes

    Day 10

    Today, expect steep, zigzag trekking over the Chukurak Pass (10,335') that rewards with spellbinding panoramas of the Kulikalon Bowl. The Kulikalon Lakes that dot this vast depression offer some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery around. The glacial lakes, set amid 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

    Activity: 5 hours/5.5 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,671' and elevation loss of 1,312'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Alauddin Pass with Views of Chapdara Mountain

    Day 11

    After a hearty breakfast, continue on to explore the Kulikalon Lakes. Hike to Dushokha Lake, the highest in the depression. With a backdrop of the imposing Mirali Wall, it is the perfect vantage point for glacier-gazing. Power up for the Alauddin Pass (12,238'), 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 Alauddin Lakes, a group of emerald pools surrounded by soaring peaks. Set up camp, your base for two nights, and watch the colors change as the sun descends.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 7-8 hours/4.8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 3,107' and elevation loss of 3,445'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Lake Mutnow, Marvel at Chimtarga Peak & Return to Alauddin

    Day 12

    Today embark on a radial trek to Lake Mutnoe. This lake is fed by tributary waters running through the forest where they absorb tannins from the dense vegetation, resulting in the unusual tea-colored waters unique among the Fann Lakes. Enjoy lunch at the lake before making your return to camp at Alauddin Lake.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

    Activity: 7-8 hours/10 miles trekking with an elevation gain and loss of 2,788'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Dushanbe & Enjoy a Farewell Dinner

    Day 13

    After breakfast, descend to Vertical Alpinist Camp, where your driver will be waiting. 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: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Dushanbe

    Day 14

    Transfer to the airport and fly home.

Why Travel With Us?


  • 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!

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

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

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
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Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $4,495 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $4,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 9 guests from $4,195 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $3,995 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

2 guests from $4,795 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $4,495 per person double occupancy

4 guests from $4,295 per person double occupancy

5 guests from $4,195 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,095 per person double occupancy

8 to 10 guests from $3,995 per person double occupancy

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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
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  • 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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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Bobojon K.

Bobojon K.

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.

Gayrat S.

Gayrat S.

Gayrat 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! Gayrat's passion is learning from and making friends with everyone he guides since he believes that friendship has no borders.

Sergio F.

Sergio F.

Sergio is a legendary trekking guide with over 40 years of experience and 300 trips to his name! Besides leading our expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina's Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. His recent expeditions include leading our 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek, Chile's Dientes de Navarino mountains, and an epic hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Sergio has acquired a loyal following, and is one of our most respected guides.

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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.

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Transfer to the airport and fly home.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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 Alauddin Pass (12,238 feet). You need to be in very good physical condition and have similar previous experience of hiking and sleeping at high altitudes.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 4

5 hours/7 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 1,874'

Day 5

6-7 hours/8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,969' and an elevation loss of 1,755'

Day 6

7-8 hours/8.4 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,395' and an elevation loss of 2,460'

Day 7

4-5 hours/8.4 miles trekking with an elevation loss of 2,066'

Day 8

2-3 hours/4.2 miles trekking with an elevation loss of 2,264'

Day 10

5 hours/5.5 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,671' and elevation loss of 1,312'

Day 11

7-8 hours/4.8 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 3,107' and elevation loss of 3,445'

Day 12

7-8 hours/10 miles trekking with an elevation gain and loss of 2,788'

Day 9

5-6 hours/6 miles trekking with an elevation gain of 2,460' and elevation loss of 650'

Accommodations


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

Guesthouse Jumaboy
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 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.

MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains
MT Sobek Camp—Tajikistan Fann Mountains

While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning and in the evening. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! Meals will be prepared in the kitchen tent and served in a separate dining tent with folding chairs and table and all the necessary dishes and cutlery. Lunches are picnics on the trail. There will be one or two toilet tents depending on group size.

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.

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

Experience 5-star luxury at the Hyatt Dushanbe, located just a 5-minute walk from the Museum of Antiquities. The hotel features spacious rooms with plush beds, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms, as well as an in-house restaurant, bar, fitness center, and spa. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour concierge service!

Weather


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.

 
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Alauddin Pass 
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Alauddin Pass
50
32
57
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55
34
Dushanbe 
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Dushanbe
93
63
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66
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62

FAQs


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 and pad 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 and pad.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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