The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek
Tajikistan & Uzbekistan, Trek & Walk, 17 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,035 (land only) - from $2,795 (land only)
Day 1: Arriving in Dushanbe in Tajikistan in the early morning, we meet our local guide and transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with access to rooms for a couple of hours rest. After breakfast, we visit the botanical gardens and the local bazaar. Later, we drive via the Zerafshan Valley to Lake Iskander, where we set up camp amongst the impressive mountain scenery.
Day 2: We ascend the Dukdon Valley which is broad at first and filled with an ancient birch forest. Eventually the valley narrows and steepens and we climb to a camp in pastures at around 3400 metres, within sight of our first glaciers. 6 hours of walking.
Day 3: We walk on the grassy morraine overlooking a wide and flat glacier. Today we will cross the Dukdon Col to to Sarikhodan, which is a stunning place to camp, on green pasture surrounded by glaciers and peaks including Peak Moscow (5046m). 7 hours of walking.
Day 4: We descend the valley to a nomad camp at Kouitchour and then traverse around on a shepherds' trail to Lake Pitshikul. Retracing our steps into the valley, we are likely to encounter more nomad families, before making a final climb up to our overnight camp at Agmat. 6 to 7 hours of walking.
Day 5: We trek up to the Agmat Pass (3400m), below rocky peaks and then drop down into the valley of the Amshut stream, where we camp on a flat rocky river plain at 2500 metres. 7 hours of walking.
Day 6: Continuing to descend alongside the Amshut stream, we reach the main valley and a broad trail that leads through Gazza to the village of Guitan (2050m) in the Archamaidan Valley, perched on a hill and with pleasantly shaded streets. Overnight in a basic gite. 7 hours of walking.
Day 7: We head back up into the hills via a low col and by way of a long traverse through the forest to the Chukurak lakes. There are more encounters with nomadic people en route to our camp alongside the former Russian mountaineering camp at Artuch (2200m). 7 hours of walking.
Day 8: We climb to cross the Chukurak Pass and descend to the amphitheatre of Kulikalon (2800m) where turquoise lakes reflect the glaciers coming down from Chimtarga. We set up our camp beside Dushokha Lake. 6 hours of walking.
Day 9: Another pass to cross today, the 3500 metre Alaudin Pass, beyond which we descend through juniper woodland to a lovely camp at the Alaudin lakes. 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 10: A steady climb today, as we hike up to Lake Mutnoe. Our rocky camp is at 3520 metres, surrounded by impressive peaks, including Chimtarga. Optional exploration above camp in the afternoon. 4 hours of walking.
Day 11: Today, we will make the steep climb up to the Chimtarga Pass (4740m), which is high up on the slopes of Peak Energy and offers great views of Chimtarga itself. Descending via the same route, we then drop back to our camp at the Alaudin lakes. Optional day at camp for those not wishing to make this ascent. 10 hours of walking.
Day 12: Crossing the Chapdara Pass (3420m), we descend into the Bodhona Ravine and reach our camp on the grazing ground at Sangui Safed after 6 hours of walking.
Day 13: We have an early start for the short trek out of the mountains, leading through the Margouzor Valley and via the village of Passroude to Chourmash. Here, after our picnic lunch, we say goodbye to our trek crew and make the long drive north to Khujand. Overnight in a guesthouse. 4 hours of walking.
Day 14: We cross into Uzbekistan at Bekobod and continue our journey to Samarkand, which we reach after a 5-hour transfer. We check in at a comfortable guesthouse belonging to our local agent and have some free time for a first look at this wonderful city.
Day 15: Today, we have a full day of guided sightseeing in Samarkand and have the chance to see most of its most famous sights such as the Tomb of Tamerlane and the Registan Square. In the afternoon we can visit the souks to haggle for bargains. We spend a second night at our Samarkand guesthouse.
Day 16: In the late morning, we transfer to Tashkent by train. After checking in at our hotel, we have a brief sightseeing visit to the Kukaldash Madressa, the Hazrati Imam and the Chorsu bazaar. Overnight at the group hotel in Tashkent.
Day 17: We have an early morning transfer to Tashkent Airport where KE Land Only package services end.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.