Travel around Tajikistan: Tour 8
Duration: 10 days
Places to visit: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake - Hissor - Norak - Kalai Khum - Khorog - Khoburubot - Dushanbe
Day 1: Dushanbe
Our driver will meet you in the airport and transfer to Dushanbe. The day is dedicated to a guided city tour. We will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. Then we will walk to National as well as Ministry of Inner Affairs to see the biggest National Flag in the world of 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. Then visit Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. The tour will be continued to Asian bazaar. We are sure you will be impressed by oriental goods. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake
Our trip today is to high Mountain lake - Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is placed in the famous Fann Mountains. This excellent area is one of the best places of Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes over Anzob pass (3 372 m) with astonishing panorama views. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches and hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall. Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources as well as the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. Night is in a homestay.
Day 3: Iskanderkul Lake
Today we will have hiking at Fann Mountains. Fann mountains is an exclusive mountain area recognized in ancient times as "Kuhistan". Kuhistan is Farsi word for "Mountainous Country". In Fanns see more than 30 pure and multicolored lakes of diverse size and form. Fann Mountains are popular along locals. It is also a great trekking destination. This area has rich flora and fauna which is exclusive. Night is in a homestay.
Day 4: Iskanderkul Lake - Dushanbe - Hissor
In the morning is drive to Dushanbe over Anzob pass (3 372 m) and tunnel of Isticlol. The road will go over mountain passes. The second half of the day is dedicated visiting Hisor fortress (VII-XVII centuries). It is 35 km from Dushanbe. It has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the representative of the Emir of Bukhara and located on a high hill Inside there was a pool and a garden and across from the fortress there was a busy market square with a caravan serai and shops. In Hisar include, see the recently restored monuments of "Madrasa I Kuhna" (16th-17th centuries), mosque; the mausoleum of "Mahdumi Azam" (16th century). Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Dushanbe - Norak - Kalai Khum
Today we will travel to Kalai Khum village via Norak water reservoir or Tajik Sea. The highest point of the day is Shuraba pass (2 267 m) and drive to Afghanistan border. This area will astonish you by its exclusive mountains which is the Territory of Pamir Mountains. Over the centuries, the Pamirs have encouraged the world's greatest explorers as Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. We drive along natural border - Pyanj River and relish the ocean of white and blue mountains. Overnight is in a homestay.
Day 6: Kalai Khum - Khorog
In the morning we will drive to Khorog. It is one of the smallest cities on the map of the world and surrounded by rocky mountains. The town was built on the convergence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. In Khorog you will meet Pamir people. Pamir people have blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Night is in a guesthouse.
Day 7: Khorog
Today the whole day is dedicated to a guided city tour. We will visit the Botanical Garden. The city is bounded by many gardens. Over the east part of the city at an altitude of 2320m above sea level on the coastal zone of the Shakhdara River is located the well-known Pamir Botanical Garden with beautiful plants from different parts of the world. We will visit city park and handicraft shop, museum as well as visit local bazar. Rest is in a guesthouse.
Day 8: Khorog - Kalai Khum
We will drive to Kalai Khum. This area contains of high rocky mountains over 6 000 meters. Driving though the Pamirs, the tourists have an opportunity to enjoy the pristine environment, get additional information about the ethnography, history and everyday life of mountain dwellers. On the way we will stop in small villages to communicate with local people and to see their lifestyle. Passing the river you will see Afgan stony villages and gardens. Night is in a home stay.
Day 9: Kalai Khum - Khoburubot - Dushanbe
In the morning we will travel to Dushanbe via mountain road over high Khoburubot Pass (3 252) known as Western Pamir Tract. The road goes across the most attractive river valley and astonishing gorges in the land. On the way you will see small villages and meet local people. Tajiks are very hospitable. They respects its traditions and folklore. Night is in a hotel.
Day 10: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax - 1320 $
04 pax - 825 $
06 pax - 920 $
08 pax - 770 $
10 pax - 835 $
Single - 100 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
Half board - 135 $
Full board - 270 $
English speaking guide - 880 $ per group
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3*
Iskanderkul Lake - Home stays
Kalai Khum - Home stays
Khorog - "Lal" Guesthouse
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide