Mountains and Marvels of Central Asia
Tajikistan & Uzbekistan, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,445 (land only)
We love Central Asia!
From our first forays into the area in the late 1980s, we've kept coming back to this part of the world. The wilderness and romance are irresistable.
- Trek the Fann Mountains and explore Uzbekistan`s Silk Road cities
- The azure-blue lakes and snow-capped peaks of the Fann Mountains
- Visit Khiva, Bukhara and the fabled city of Samarkand
- Perfect combination of wild trekking and exotic sightseeing
- Great Value - all meals included in the trip price
This trip is the perfect Central Asian odyssey! A combination of trekking in Tajikistan's Fann Mountains and exploring Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities in just 2 weeks. Flying into the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, we head to the north side of Tajikistan's Fann Mountains to begin our 5 day trek in the most picturesque section of the range culminating in a visit to the crystal coloured Alaudin Lakes. With lakeside campsites, the trekking and camping is idyllic. We should also encounter the local Tajik shepherds, who spend the summer months grazing their flocks in the high and remote pastures of the Fann Mountains. After saying goodbye to our trek crew we take the long but interesting drive across the border into neighbouring Uzbekistan. Our Silk Road extravaganza begins with a visit to the ancient city of Khiva, home to warring Khans of time past. Following the River Oxus we drive on to the holy citadel of Bukhara with its Ark fortress and beautiful surrounding mosques and madrassahs. Finally we arrive in Samakand, one of the pearls of the East, and home to Tamerlane. Situated on an ancient trade route, with its turquoise blue domes, a visit here is essential for anyone interested in the romance of the Silk Road.
Is this holiday for you?
This holiday is mix of trekking and sightseeing. The first week in Tajikistan includes 5 days trekking in the Fann Mountains and the second week is primarily a sightseeing tour of Uzbekistan's Silk Road cities. In the Fann Mountains trekking conditions are generally good, following clear paths albeit through rocky mountain terrain. The routes followed are those used by shepherds and their animals for generations. Walk times will be between 4 - 7 hours daily, and the ascent to Lake Mutny on day 4 is optional. There are 4 nights camping and 2 nights in simple, but welcoming, village homestay accommodation. There will also be some long days of travel by bus and minibus. As a result of the very hot summers and extremely cold winters, many of the roads in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan remain in bad condition which can extend driving times. Note that whilst sightseeing in Uzbekistan accommodation will be in comfortable guesthouses, and some historic city visits will be made on foot. Temperatures in the summer months in the Fann Mountains are temperate, but it will feel much hotter in neighbouring Uzbekistan.