Combination trekking in Fan & Pamirs Mountains
Type of tour: 14-day the combination trekking tour. 3 days trekking in Fan Mountains. 2 days trekking in Gunt valley and 3 days trekking in eastern Pamir. During the trekking you get to see both great massive valleys of Fan & Pamirs. In addition, you will see both Western Pamirs with narrow valleys and the lowlanders and Eastern Pamirs, Tibetan kind of highlands with semi-arid dry environment and pastoral communities.
Major Destinations: Pnajekent - Fan Mountains - Dushanbe - Pamir
Estimate Duration: 14 days in Tajikistan, 5 days in Fan Mountains trekking and other 9 days trekking Pamir.
Group size: 1 – 8 pp
Notice: The road condition of Pamirs. We are orgonize only 4x4 WD kind of vehicle is well equipped to deal with these conditions. Journey will commence in JUNE, AUGUST, and SEPTEMBER
Day 1 / Arrival in Panjakent - ZIMTUT
Our guide and drivers will meet you at the Border with Uzbekistan. On the way to the town visit Sarazm archeological site. Then drive to Panjekent town, having lunch in local tea house, after visit local bazar, museum, after those sightseeing drive to Zimtut same homestay Sharaf (BLD).
Day 2 / ZIMTUT – Kuli Kalon
(Trekking day 1) Walking Radial tour around the lakes, to the Mutnoe lake (3400m) and to the highest peak of Fan Mountains - Chimtarga (5489m) 5 hours of walk. The passage is easy cross the pass Zurmech 3200m, and it takes about 3 hours. On the way you can see a small but extremely beautiful Piala lake with clear water. Night at the camping in Kuli kalon lake, Tent (BLD).
Day 3 / Kuli kalon - Vetical alpinist camp
(Trekking day 2) From Kuli kalon to Chukurak lake on the cross the alaudin pass 3860 of 5 hours of walk. The camp sets up on the shore of Big Alaudin lake (2700 m) or on the territory of alpinist camps "Vertical"., Tent (BLD).
Day 4 / Alaudin lake Vertikal alpinist camp - Marguzor
(Semi trekking day 3) From Marguzor to Sarorot drive, on the way will see beautifull valley. From Marguzor moving toward Iskanderkul Lake (2195m) for 3 hours, Tent (BLD).
Day 5 / Sarotok - Iskender kul - Dushanbe - 160 km - 4 hrs. / drive
Today we end our journey and move toward Dushanbe stop at Iskanderkul Lake (2195m) of 165 km or 6 hrs of ride. Excursion to the waterfall (45m) and Snake Lake. Seiling on the boad of the Iskanderkul lake and accmodation in Dushanbe, Hotel BLD).
Day 6 / Dushanbe – Kalaikum - 380 km – 7/8 hrs. / drive
You will arrive Dushanbe airport, we will welcoming at airport and short relaxing and Transfer from Dushanbe to Kalaikum through Sagirdasht pass (3600m)/ Excellent views on the way. We will stop for photos shooting, 10the century Silk Road building. Breathtaking landscape along the Taveldara valley. We will drive along the road, having picnic in the pristine nature. Overnight in Kalaikum, 1100m, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 7 / Kalaikum – Khorog – 260 km – 6/7 hrs. / drive
Drive to Khorog the administrative center of GBAO region or the Tajik Pamir Mountains. After passing through the Vanj valley, we will enter into the Pamir region, geographically and administratively. On the way, you will see many different villages in both Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana, local teahouses. Overnight in a hotel (BLD).
Day 8 / Khorog - Bachor - 200 km – 5/6 hrs. / drive
Drive from Khorog to Bacor via Gunt valley then over the Koitezek Pass (4271m). These barren landscapes are beautiful. It is like typical western desert and canyons. On the way we will visit Jilandy hot spring, then drive to Bachor. It is a small village, far from town. Few people live in Bachor village. These communities live in an incredible location or valley. They are settled farmers with few farming activities. The local people are very friendly and the lifestyle is incredibly simple and harmonious with nature. If there is a place to escape your technologically advanced world, it will certainly be Bachor. Overnight in a homestay (BLD).
Day 9 / Gunt Valley Trek 1 (from 2800m to 3400m) – 4/5 hrs. / walking
Not many people visit Gunt valley because the valley was not historically used as a main path valley like Wakhan or Bartang. Nonetheless, the people and nature are unique. In the morning, we start walking from Bachor to Chabdar. The valley is beautiful. The path is not too rough, but smooth. It slowly goes up from 2000 to 3000 meters of elevation. It is better to start trekking from Bachor because the village is located at lower elevation. Thus, as we hike we will start acclimatizing. Overnight in tent, (BLD).
Day 10 / Gunt Valley Trek 1(3400m to 3700m) – 3 / 4 hrs. / walking
Morning start walking from Chabdar valley to Zaval Yashilkul lakes. As we trek up the landscape changes from lowlands to highlands, where the colours change from green into. Desert-like. However, it is beautiful and so silent. You will not hear any noise except natural sounds of wildlife. Overnight in tent (BLD).
Day 11 / Zaval – Kengshiber - (3700m to 3800m) – 4/5 hrs. / drive
Today we drive from Zaval along the Yashilkul Lake to Bulunkul Lake, ride or even walk along both lakes. Then continue to Alichor village. You might be wondering why we visit settled villages. Even though the landscape is beautiful, there is high domination of nature and wildness in the region. Therefore, having lunch in tea house. From Alichor, a small settled village of nomadic Kyrgyz, we continue our trip by jeep on Pamir Highway to Bashgumbez village. The terrain here is desolate but grandiose. The valley is nice. There are many summer pastures where nomadic Kyrgyz graze their livestock. On the way, we will visit Akbalik holy lake or sacred lake. This is holly holy for the people living around the area. After we visit Bashgumbes village,9 km from the main road, where you will see a very old tomb. From Bashgumbez Village (3900m) to Akzoo lake, on the way we will cross the Kara - Seky Pass (put the name before the word Pass) (4500m), with a very beautiful view of the mountains. On the way we will see marmots and have a picnic. You will witness nomadic life and enjoy the hospitality of Kyrgyz nomads, Overnight in a yurt (BLD).
Day 12 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek 2– 4/5 hrs. / walking
In the morning, we start trekking to Zorkul Lake through the Belairyk valley. We will use the yaks for the luggage, on the way we will cross the Bel-Airik Pass, (5015m). We will see Marco Polo sheep along the way. This place is extremely high but it is worth it to organize a yak trek or trek to see the famous Lake ZorKul, known as the Victoria Lake. From the pass, we get a great view of the lake from above. It is spectacular and we will organize tents here, Tent (BLD).
Day 13 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek 2– 3/4 hrs. / walking
In the morning, we will start trekking to Kara-Jilga (4000m) summer pasture. This is where many local communities of farmers from Murgab and Kono Kurgan village come for (jailoo) summer pasture. These areas are highly protected by the ZorKul National. Today these areas are the only place where Marco Polo (OvisPoli) sheep still live in freedom. It is lovely to see them. On the way, we will see Kok-Jigit Lake. Overnight in nomad yurts (BLD). (Or we will drive to hot spring camp to Jarty Gumbez. Special service in Jary Gumbez is the natural hot spring after long days of walking. We rest and overnight in Jarty Gymbez, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 14 Jarty-Gumbez – Murghab – Osh – 500 km – 10 11 hrs. / drive
Today we drive to Murgab, the administrative town of Eastern Pamirs. It is the largest district in GBAO with a huge territory and population. Short stop in Murghab then we drive to Kara Kul Lake. Be prepared because incredible scenery is waiting for you, especially the lake Kara Kul. The highest point of the journey is Akbaital Pass (4655 m). The Karakul Lake is the highest salted lake in Central Asia. Today we say ‘see you later Tajikistan’ over the Kyzyl-Art Pass (4282m) to the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Look behind you here for a stunning panorama of the Pamir Alai range. Lunch in Sary Tash. Then drive to Osh Overnight in a hotel (BLD).
Good bye Pamirs, Tajikistan
We hope you had a wonderful time in the Pamirs. Today you will fly back to your country. We are always glad to have you back in the Pamirs again. Have a good flight back to your home country.
Items to bring with you
Sleeping bag & Liner sheet
Down jacket & Windbreaker
Sun cream with high protection - lipstick
Flashlight or headlamp
Water purification tablet of water filter
Personal medical kit
Camera & extra battery for the camera.
Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In the daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves protect you from the sun’s rays. At night, it can be cold so a layered approach is best. Predicting temperatures is very hard but they could range between 5°C and + 25°C. Rainfall in the Pamirs at this time of year is not expected but dust storms are. Please take a waterproof layer just in case.
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