The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek
- Tajikistan trekking and a visit to Samarkand
- Views from the Chimtarga Pass
- Beautiful, multi-coloured Alaudin lakes
- Samarkand`s magnificent Registan Square
- Pioneering itinerary for experienced trekkers
The southern edge of the Central Asian republics is defined by the rocky barrier of the Pamirs which includes the little-visited Fann Mountains. This spectacular range has numerous snow-capped 5000 metre peaks and the potential for brilliant trekking, through rocky valleys and across high passes. Accessed through the Tajikistan capital, Dushanbe, our sensational 12-day trek makes a comprehensive tour of this rugged and picturesque landscape, where Tajik shepherds graze their flocks on remote upland pastures. Climbing to high viewpoints, including the dramatic Chimtarga Pass (4740m) and enjoying a succession of superb lakeside camping places, this is a truly memorable trek. After the trek, we travel into neighbouring Uzbekistan, where we visit the stunning Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Tashkent. More than 2500 years old and known as the 'Gem of the East', Samarkand is one of the wonders of the world, with mosaic-clad monuments that are guaranteed to take your breath away. This is Central Asia at its best!
Is this holiday for you?
The trekking conditions on this trip are good, generally following clear, dry paths through rocky mountain terrain. The routes we follow have been used by local shepherds and their animals for generations. We will usually walk for between 6 and 7 hours each day, stopping for lunch after 3 or 4 hours, although some days may be longer. Many of the days will include between 600 and 1000 metres of ascent and similar amounts of descent. There is 1 very long day, where we climb up to the Chimtarga Pass and this is likely to involve a 10-hour day (depending on how long we stop to admire the views). Anyone wanting to avoid this climb has the option to stay at camp. Trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations and can be challenging even for fit hikers. You should ensure that you are physically prepared for this trek. In addition, this trip involves some long overland transfers, a potentially slow border crossing and quite basic levels of service and accommodation whilst in Tajikistan. For these reasons, we suggest that this trip is only for those with experience of rough travel, who have trekked previously in remote areas and who are happy to accept the pioneering nature of the trip.