The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek

Tajikistan trekking and a visit to Samarkand

17

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From $3,060 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Pristine campsites alongside azure Fann Mountains lakes
  • Samarkand`s magnificent Registan Square
  • Pioneering itinerary for experienced trekkers
  • All meals included in the price of the trip

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 Mazalat Pass (4133m) 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. 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Dushanbe. After breakfast and city sightseeing, drive to Iskander Lake.
  • The trek begins following the Dukdon Stream before ascending to a riverside camp at 3400m.
  • Cross the Dukdon Col (3800m) with summit views. Descend to Sarikhodan amongst snow-capped peaks.
  • Descend to a nomad camp at Kouitchour before ascending to Lake Pitshikul and overnight halt at Agmat.
  • Trek over the Agmat Pass (3400m) to the Amshut valley. Impressive views of Peak Moscow.
  • Descend to the Archamaidan Valley, known for its orchards. Trek up to the village of Guitan.
  • Trek up to the Chukurak Lakes, stopping off with Nomads en route. Descend to the Russian camp at Artuch.
  • Ascend via the Chukurak Pass (3180m) to the Kulikon Valley, camping beside Lake Dushokha (3000m).
  • Climb to the rocky col of the Alaudin Pass (3785m). Descend to the Alaudin Lakes.
  • Morning trek to Lake Mutnoe (3520m). Impressive views and time for further exploration of the area.
  • Optional ascent of the Mazalat Pass (4133m). Descend to Alaudin Lakes.
  • Trek across the Chapdara Pass (3440m) to Sangui Safed via the Bodhana Ravine.
  • Drive out on the jeep road through the Margouzor Valley to Khujand.
  • Crossing via the Bekebod Border, we arrive in Uzbekistan and transfer to Samarkand, home of Tamerlane
  • A full day of guided sightseeing in Samarkand including the Registan, the Gur Emir plus some free time.
  • Take the train to Tashkent, the Uzbek capital. Optional sightseeing tour.
  • Departure day. Early morning transfer to Tashkent Airport.
2016
Mon 25 Jul - Wed 10 Aug Code UFT /01/16/ Adult$3,060 Status Available Book now
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  • The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek
  • The departure reference for this tour is UFT /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 25 Jul and departs on Wed 10 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $195 - Includes the 3 group nights in Tashkent & Samarkand (n/a in guesthouses & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
Mon 08 Aug - Wed 24 Aug Code UFT /02/16/ Adult$3,060 Status Available Book now
More information
  • The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek
  • The departure reference for this tour is UFT /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 08 Aug and departs on Wed 24 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $195 - Includes the 3 group nights in Tashkent & Samarkand (n/a in guesthouses & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
Mon 05 Sep - Wed 21 Sep Code UFT /03/16/ Adult$3,060 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • The Ultimate Fann Mountains Trek
  • The departure reference for this tour is UFT /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 05 Sep and departs on Wed 21 Sep
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $195 - Includes the 3 group nights in Tashkent & Samarkand (n/a in guesthouses & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and departing from Tashkent (Uzbekistan). For clients making their own flight arrangements, Dushanbe International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Tansfers in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Dushanbe. After breakfast and city sightseeing, drive to Iskander Lake.

    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 set off on the 4-hour drive to our first camping place beside Iskander lake. Heading north out of Dushanbe, the route into the Fann Mountains loops around from the east and follows the valley of the Zerafshan River, which gradually becomes smaller and smaller. With views of glaciated peaks ahead of us, we drive on a narrow and deteriorating road between enclosing gorge walls. We arrive at Iskander Lake (Alexander Lake), where the president of Tajikistan has a country retreat, surrounded by birch trees. W drive beyond the lake for a further 30 minutes to arrive at our first camp of the holiday at 2400m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • The trek begins following the Dukdon Stream before ascending to a riverside camp at 3400m.

    After breakfast, our team of donkey handlers will load their animals and we will set off around the lake and then alongside the Karakoul River. Our trek continues through a valley lined with huge birch trees. Where the valley diminishes, we turn off northwards into a steep tributary valley and follow the torrential Dukdon Stream, on a shepherd's trail, to a lunch stop at around 3000 metres. After lunch, we continue our trek for a couple of hours to our riverside camping place at 3400 metres, below an obvious col and within sight of a glacier.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1170m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 210m

    • Time 6 - 8 hours trekking

  • Cross the Dukdon Col (3800m) with summit views. Descend to Sarikhodan amongst snow-capped peaks.

    We climb to the head of the valley across open meadows, rich in flowers, including delphiniums. The path is cut into the edge of a huge moraine wall and gives us views across a large, level glacier. Reaching the Dukdon Col (3800m), we find ourselves in a dramatic world of spectacular glaciers, hanging beneath vertical cliffs and with views of the peak of Dukdon (5208m). At first, our descent from the pass is on moraine, but quickly we reach a stream-side trail and patches of green grassy and scrubby juniper trees. There are several streams to ford today and you should consider carrying a pair of shoes or sandals for these. Our overnight halt is at Sarikhodan (2700m), a superb camping place on an outwash plain amongst stream channels and with snow-capped peaks on all sides, including Peak Moscow (5046m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 510m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1220m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours trekking

  • Descend to a nomad camp at Kouitchour before ascending to Lake Pitshikul and overnight halt at Agmat.

    We continue to descend the valley as far as Kouitchour, a nomad's encampment of tents and stone shelters. Then, we follow narrow herders’ trails high above the main valley before climbing into a wild and rocky hanging valley that leads us to the crystal clear waters of the hidden Lake Pitshikul. Only the bravest amongst the group will consider a swim in these icy waters! We retrace our steps back to the lower valley, where nomad families weave goat-hair rugs, coloured by dyes made from plants that their children collect. Ascending once again, we pass through a narrow valley with some terraced farmed land and patches of grazing. We set up our camp at Agmat (2650m) below a crag.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 740m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 820m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours trekking

  • Trek over the Agmat Pass (3400m) to the Amshut valley. Impressive views of Peak Moscow.

    We climb up towards the Agmat Pass (3400m), from the where there is a great panorama of impressive peaks to the north-east and Peak Moscow (again) to the east. We can also see the steep zig-zag trace of a route leading also to the Amshut Pass, more than 1000 metres above us. Turning away from this mountain wall, we descend into the valley of the Amshut stream and set up our camp on a flat and rocky river plain at around 2000 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 780m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1420m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours trekking

  • Descend to the Archamaidan Valley, known for its orchards. Trek up to the village of Guitan.

    We continue to descend alongside the Amshut stream until we once again meet the Archamaidan Valley, which we follow downstream on a broad trail. This valley is well-known for its rich orchards of apricots and walnuts. We stop at a mountain hamlet and eat our lunch under a shading walnut tree, before descending again on a good trail to Gazza, then to Guitan (1900m), a pleasant village with shaded streets. Perched on the east side of the valley in a scenic spot, there is a sting in the tail of today’s walk, in the form of a final 1-hour ascent. Here, we will stay in a basic village guesthouse and have the chance to meet one or two of the local families.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 810m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 6 hours trekking

  • Trek up to the Chukurak Lakes, stopping off with Nomads en route. Descend to the Russian camp at Artuch.

    Heading for the hills again, we hike up to a pass and then make a traverse through sparse pine forest to another nomad camp. With luck, we might be invited to try their home-made bread and yogurt. We then continue on an undulating trail to the twin lakes of Chukurak (2450m). We have a short descent northwards to our pleasant grassy camping place beside the former Russian mountaineering camp at Artuch (2200m). Please note that early season departures may be able to camp at Chukurak if the water supply is available.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 990m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 460m

    • Time 6 hours trekking

  • Ascend via the Chukurak Pass (3180m) to the Kulikon Valley, camping beside Lake Dushokha (3000m).

    Today begins with the hike back up to the Chukurak lakes and then a detour to the Chukurak Pass (3180m), our point of access into the high cirque of Kulikalon. We can look down into this high mountain bowl and admire the turquoise waters of its lakes, which also reflect the hanging glaciers on the northern slopes of Chimtarga (5487m), the highest summit in the range. There are several lakes in this dramatic valley, linked by cascading streams, and we camp beside the uppermost one, Lake Dushokha (3000m) which is directly beneath Chimtarga.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours trekking

  • Climb to the rocky col of the Alaudin Pass (3785m). Descend to the Alaudin Lakes.

    We climb again, this time to the rocky col of the Alaudin Pass (3785m). Looking back, we can see some of the Kulikalon lakes spread out below us. At the pass, we are close to the impressive 'Kulikalon Wall' which is a range of rocky peaks, all of them above 4500 metres. There are also great views of the snow-capped summits of Chapdara and of Bodhona (5138m).The path then drops down through juniper woodland and across alpine meadow to our camping place beside the Alaudin lakes (2787m). Situated in a rocky bowl and surrounded by stands of pine trees, this is a beautiful place.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1010m

    • Time 5 hours trekking

  • Morning trek to Lake Mutnoe (3520m). Impressive views and time for further exploration of the area.

    A steady climb today, as we hike to Mutnoe Lake. It's a 5 kilometre ascent and a height gain of approx 800 metres, leading through the gorge of the Chapdara torrent into an alpine world of steep moraines, rock walls and hanging glaciers. There are increasingly impressive views of some of the biggest peaks of the range, including Kaznok, Zamok, Energia and Chimtarga. We camp at 3520 metres amongst rocky moraine, where the general lack of vegetation reaffirms to us that we are in the high mountains. Plenty of time in the afternoon for a bit of exploration.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 780m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 40m

    • Time 3 - 4 hours trekking

  • Optional ascent of the Mazalat Pass (4133m). Descend to Alaudin Lakes.

    Today, we will make the steep climb up to the Mazalat Pass (4133m), across scree and moraine and possibly also on and beside glacial ice. This impressive pass is a 5 hour round trip and offers great views of the Great Ganza and of Chimtarga, the highest peak in the Fann Mountains. We retrace our steps to Lake Mutnoe and then hike back down to the Alaudin Lakes. Optional day at camp (dropping back with the crew to Alaudin Lakes) for those not wishing to make this ascent. The descent from Lake Mutnoe to Alaudin Lakes will take approximately 4 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 50m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 790m

    • Time 4 hours trekking

  • Trek across the Chapdara Pass (3440m) to Sangui Safed via the Bodhana Ravine.

    Hiking out of the mountains, we trek across the Chapdara Pass (3440m) and drop down through the Bodhona Ravine to reach the pleasant grazing area known as Sangui Safed (2450m), where we set up camp. Tonight will be our final night with the crew and is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the trek.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1230m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours trekking

  • Drive out on the jeep road through the Margouzor Valley to Khujand.

    We start the drive out on a jeep road through the Margouzor Valley, via the villages of Passroude and Chourmash. The road improves from this point and we'll take lunch en route to the city of Khujand. Overnight in guesthouse accommodation in Khujand. Approximately 5 hours of driving.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Crossing via the Bekebod Border, we arrive in Uzbekistan and transfer to Samarkand, home of Tamerlane

    Crossing into Uzbekistan at Bekobod, we arrive in Samarkand after a 5-hour transfer. On arrival, we check in at a comfortable guesthouse belonging to our local agent and have some free time – a first opportunity to check out one or two of the city’s wonders, the Tomb of Tamerlane and the Registan Square.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • A full day of guided sightseeing in Samarkand including the Registan, the Gur Emir plus some free time.

    Today you can choose to explore independently or to join a guided city tour. We will begin our guided sightseeing tour of the city at the Registan, one of the most magnificent squares in the Islamic world and the undoubted highlight of the tour. The 3 Madrassahs (Islamic colleges); Ulug Beg Madrassah, Tillya-Kari Madrassah and Shir Dor Madrassah, that border the square have been restored to their former glory. We will also visit Gur Emir, Where the Tomb of Tamerlane lies. The interior of the mausoleum is ornately decorated with blue and gold panels, which shine brightly. We will also want to spend some time in the fantastic 'souks' or covered markets of the city, with their essence of spices and oriental pastries. We spend a second night at the guesthouse in Samarkand.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Take the train to Tashkent, the Uzbek capital. Optional sightseeing tour.

    In the late morning, we go to the railway station and from there transfer to Tashkent by train. After checking in at our Tashkent hotel, there may be some time for optional sightseeing such as a visit to the Kukaldash Madrassah, the Hazrati Imam and the Chorsu bazaar. The city has some of interesting covered markets. Overnight at the group hotel in Tashkent.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Early morning transfer to Tashkent Airport.

    We have an early morning transfer to Tashkent Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

Holiday Information

  • A KE leader
  • A single Dushanbe Airport transfer at the beginning of the trip
  • A single Tashkent Airport transfer at the end of the trip
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals are included
  • A full trekking service with baggage transport by donkeys - a cook team - all food and all camping equipment (not personal equipment)
  • Guided sightseeing in Samarkand
  • Entrance fees for monuments and museums
  • Travel insurance
  • Uzbekistan and Tajikistan visa fees
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Fees for using a camera at some of the monuments in Samarkand
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western dishes using ingredients purchased locally and cooked by trek cooks. Breakfasts consist of porridge or eggs, bread, tea and coffee. Lunches are usually a healthy picnic with a choice of canned fish, tinned meats, cheese, sausage, tomatoes, cucumbers served with potatoes, rice or pasta. Dinner taken in a group ‘mess’ tent will consist of a starter and main course followed by fruit. Please note that vegetarianism is a concept not widely understood in Central Asia. Whilst we can cater for vegetarians on this trip, choices will be limited and a degree of flexibility is required. You must inform us if you wish your diet to be exclusively vegetarian.

All meals are provided, from breakfast on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to dinner on Day 16.
A single group transfer will be arranged from Dushanbe Airport to the group's hotel in the city. This transfer will meet the arrival of the Turkish Airlines flight from the UK and will be in the early hours of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Tashkent to Tashkent Airport timed to meet the check in for the Turkish Airlines flight back to the UK. This transfer will be in the early hours of Day 17 of the Land Only itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers. If these transfers do not work with your flights, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements for both Dushanbe and Tashkent airports.
During this trip the group will have access to rooms at a local 3 star hotel in Dushanbe for a couple of hours on the first morning. There will also be 1 night in a local 3 star hotel in Tashkent, 2 nights in a guesthouse in Samarkand and 1 night in a guesthouse in Khujand. We will also use basic village guesthouse accommodation for 1 night in Guitan. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 11 nights camping. Hotel accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek. (Single tent hire must be requested at least 8 weeks prior to departure and is dependent on availability. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). It is also possible to book single rooms at the hotel in Tashkent at the end of the trip, but please note we are not able to make arrangements for hotels and transfers in Dushanbe. It is not possible to arrange single rooms at any of the guesthouses or gites used during this trip where facilities are very basic and rooms are often dormitory style.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

When trekking, we make an early start and you will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag, before sitting down to breakfast, during which the donkeys will be loaded. Setting off in the pleasant cool of the morning, we will generally reach our lunch stop by 11am. Lunch usually takes an hour and is a time for relaxing. The afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning session and we hope to establish camp well before dusk. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

In addition to having an experienced KE leader, the group will be accompanied a local guide and an interpreter.

Approximately $200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including approximately $60 for trek crew and drivers tips. We recommend that you take your travel money in the form of US dollars cash. Money can be changed at a reasonable rate at Dushanbe Airport or at authorised money changers near to the hotel. Credit cards are of limited use in Tashkent and Samarkand and foreign cards are not generally accepted at ATMs.

In Central Asia, it is usual to tip the members of your trek crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. As mentioned above, we estimate that $60 will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. At the end of the trip, the guide will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by a team of donkeys. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and camping mattress should be no more than 15 kgs.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers / sandals for river crossings

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Thermal underwear

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • T-shirts

  • Shorts and/or swimwear

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm fleece gloves

  • Buff/scarf (to protect against dust)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Daypack 30 to 40 litres

  • Headtorch and  spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5°C)

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat (please note that thin sleeping mats are provided)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic and antihistamine cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (optional, but highly recommended)

  • Water purification tablets (boiled water is provided morning and evening at camp, but if you want to fill bottles during the day there are many streams)

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

 

Notes:

 

Equipment cannot be hired through KE for this trip.

Every night camping you are usually beside a lake or river, so it is possible to wash yourself and your clothes providing you bring biodegradable soap.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee in total is around GBP £65 + £35 per visa agency fee. You need to apply for both prior to departure. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

This is a physically demanding trip and you will enjoy your holiday more if you have an appropriate level of fitness for the activities involved. It makes sense before coming on any active holiday to make sure you are in good shape. We recommend that you adopt a weekly exercise regime building up to departure. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation for a trip like this but if this is not possible, running, cycling, swimming etc are all good for building up cardio-vascular fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

In Dushanbe, Tashkent and Samarkand, the temperatures in July and August will be hot, with daytime temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees Centigrade. Once we get up into the mountains, it will be much cooler, with average daytime temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees Centigrade and night-time temperatures at our highest camps falling to freezing - 0 degrees Centigrade. The weather is generally excellent throughout the summer, with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

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