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Highlights

  • 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 Samarkand, 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Dushanbe. Single transfer from the airport provided. Transfer to Chourmash
  • Trek through traditional villages, giving an insight into Tajik mountain life, to Sangi Safed.
  • Trek over the Chapdara Pass (3430m) and descend to the Alaudin Lakes.
  • Exploration walk to Lake Mutny. Impressive views of the peaks of the Fann. Return to Lake Alaudin.
  • Trek over the Kulikalon Pass (3630m) skirting Alaudin Peak. Descend to the Kulikalon Lakes.
  • Trek over the Choukrak Pass (3180m) crossing high pasture and descend to Artuch Village.
  • Transfer over the border into Uzbekistan and drive on to the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
  • Sighseeing tour of Tashkent. Fly to Urgench and transfer to the Silk Road city of Khiva.
  • Full day exploration of the Ichan Kala (historic centre) of Khiva.
  • Drive east to Bukhara, following the course of the Oxus River then crossing the Kiziilkum Desert.
  • Sightseeing in Bukhara, one of the most important Silk Road cities with visits to all the main sights.
  • Scenic drive to Samarkand, home of Tamerlane. Visit the Gur Emir complex and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque.
  • A second day of exploration in Samarkand with a visit to the Registan Square and Ulugbek's Observatory
  • A final morning to explore Samarkand before taking the train to Tashkent in the afternoon.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tashkent Airport is provided in the early hours of the morning.
2016
Mon 19 Sep - Mon 03 Oct Code MCA /04/16/ Adult$2,420 Status Sold Out Call Us
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  • Mountains and Marvels of Central Asia
  • The departure reference for this tour is MCA /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 19 Sep and departs on Mon 03 Oct
  • Single Supplement $165 - Includes the group hotel nights in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand (n/a in homestay & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
2017
Mon 03 Jul - Mon 17 Jul Code MCA /01/17/ Adult$2,380 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MCA /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 03 Jul and departs on Mon 17 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes the group hotel nights in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand (n/a in homestay & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
Mon 31 Jul - Mon 14 Aug Code MCA /02/17/ Adult$2,380 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MCA /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 31 Jul and departs on Mon 14 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes the group hotel nights in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand (n/a in homestay & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
Mon 21 Aug - Mon 04 Sep Code MCA /03/17/ Adult$2,380 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MCA /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 21 Aug and departs on Mon 04 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes the group hotel nights in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand (n/a in homestay & single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $130
Mon 18 Sep - Mon 02 Oct Code MCA /04/17/ Adult$2,380 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Mountains and Marvels of Central Asia
  • The departure reference for this tour is MCA /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 18 Sep and departs on Mon 02 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes the group hotel nights in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand (n/a in homestay & 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. Single transfer from the airport provided. Transfer to Chourmash

    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 to the village of Chourmash (2000m), the starting point of our trek. Approx 5hrs driving. Overnight in local homestay accommodation.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through traditional villages, giving an insight into Tajik mountain life, to Sangi Safed.

    Our first morning we have breakfast at camp and pack up before setting off on a relatively easy trail that follows the local jeep track. Our ponies carry our baggage for the duration of the trek and these will be packed up as we set off. We walk through a very picturesque steep sided valley with lush green pastures surrounding the river that we are following. We pass through the traditional villages of Passroude and Morguzor, giving us an insight into how rural life works here in the Tajik mountains. Our first campsite is by a river in the meadows near the settlement of Sangi Safed (2452m). Here we meet our baggage and trek crew and set up camp for the night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek over the Chapdara Pass (3430m) and descend to the Alaudin Lakes.

    After breakfast at camp we continue our walk in a westerly direction following a further two valleys before taking the faint trail up to the Chapdara Pass (3430m). We have stunning views of the northern side of the rugged Chapdara Peak with possible glimpses of the glaciers coming off these high peaks. From today’s highest point at the pass we enjoy a steep descent to the shores of the beautiful turquoise-blue Alaudin Lakes. Situated in a rocky bowl and surrounded by stands of pine trees, this is a beautiful place. Altitude at camp 2777m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Exploration walk to Lake Mutny. Impressive views of the peaks of the Fann. Return to Lake Alaudin.

    We walk in a southerly direction today into the high mountains for an exploration day up to Mutny Lake (3500m). It's a 6km ascending trail with a height gain of 800m, 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. On arrival there is a general lack of vegetation reaffirms to us that we are in the high mountains. The high camp here is the gateway for climbers ascending the glaciers of Chimtarga and peaks Energia and Mirali, the highest in the range. After some lunch and some time enjoying the views we return by the same route to our camp at Lake Alaudin for a second night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek over the Kulikalon Pass (3630m) skirting Alaudin Peak. Descend to the Kulikalon Lakes.

    Our trek continues westwards through this dramatic and stunning landscape. Our route descends slightly at first, following the river valleys and climbing up to the Kulikalon Pass (Laudon) at 3630m – our highest point on the trek. We then skirt around Alaudin Peak (4134m) for views of today’s destination the Kulikalon Lakes spread below us. The descent takes us down to these turquoise lakes with great views of the impressive ‘Kulikalon Wall’ of rocky peaks all above 4500m. We also have splendid views back towards the snow-capped summits of Chapdara and Bodhona. We set up camp near the lakes at approximately 2800m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek over the Choukrak Pass (3180m) crossing high pasture and descend to Artuch Village.

    Our last day of trekking takes us on a gentle contouring ascent up to Choukrak pass at 3180m. We cross the high pastures, where local Taijik herdsmen spend the summer in simple huts tending their grazing flocks of sheep and goats. We then descend down to the shores of Lake Choukrak (2435m) before making the descent to the village of Artuch where we spend the night in friendly homestay accommodation. Tonight is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the trek.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Transfer over the border into Uzbekistan and drive on to the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

    Today we say a final goodbye to our trekking crew. Our vehicles arrive early in the morning and will be loaded for our drive across the Tajik-Uzbek border to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. This will be a very long day of driving so dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a comfortable hotel will be welcome for all. Overnight hotel in Tashkent.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Sighseeing tour of Tashkent. Fly to Urgench and transfer to the Silk Road city of Khiva.

    After breakfast, there is time for sightseeing in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, at the Tchorsu Bazaar and the Koukeldash Madrasah. Tashkent is a city on the upswing, and the mix of Soviet and Central Asian cultures is marked by the mix of concrete blocks of flats alongside blue-domed mosques and madrassahs. We have lunch in the city and then have some time to explore or relax before, later in the afternoon, transferring to the airport and flying to Urgench. From here we have a short transfer to our accommodation in the acient city of Khiva, which is close to the border with Turkmenistan. Overnight guesthouse within the city walls. Please note that the itinerary on this day can be subject to change depending on domestic flight schedules.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Full day exploration of the Ichan Kala (historic centre) of Khiva.

    We have a day for sightseeing, with a guided tour of the city. Khiva is an ancient settlement, with a long and turbulent history. There may have been a city on this spot for more than 1500 years. More recently, Khiva was the capital of an important Khanate in the 17th century and was a major Silk Road trading centre. The Ichan Kala (historic centre) has more than 50 important monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasahs (schools of Koranic learning). Later in the day there will be some free time to take it easy or to do some independent exploration. The ancient city looks particularly magical as the rays of the sun fade towards the end of the day - best viewed from the minaret of the Juma (Friday) Mosque. We spend a second night at the accommodation in Khiva.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Drive east to Bukhara, following the course of the Oxus River then crossing the Kiziilkum Desert.

    Today, we make a reasonably early departure for the long drive back towards the east. After the first hour, our road runs alongside the Oxus River, locally known as the Amu Darya. Here, we are following in the traces of Alexander the Great, whose army passed this way in 329BC. Turning away from the river, we cut through the striking landscape of the Kizilkum Desert, stopping off for lunch at a roadside restaurant and reaching our guesthouse in Bukhara in the late afternoon. Work has been carried out on the road in the last couple of years between Khiva and Bukhara, but please note that in places the road surface is not in very good condition and the journey can take at least 8 hours.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Sightseeing in Bukhara, one of the most important Silk Road cities with visits to all the main sights.

    Bukhara is another important Silk Road city and dates back thousands of years. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with a structure that has remained largely intact. Bukhara was one of the largest cities of central Asia, owing its prosperity to its site on a rich oasis and at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. It became a major cultural centre of the Caliphate of Baghdad in 709, and in 892 the capital of the independent Samanid Kingdom. It was destroyed in 1220 by the Mongol horde of Genghis Khan. Every stage of the city's history can be glimpsed today. The earliest monuments include the 10th century Ismail Samani Tomb, the decorated brick minaret of Poi-Kalyan from the 11th century, along with the Magoki Mosque and the Chasma Ayub Shrine. The Timurid period is represented only by the Ulugbek Madrasah. The most celebrated buildings date from the Shebibanid period - the Poi-Kalyan group, the Lyabi-Khauz ensemble, the Kosh Madrasah, and the Gaukushon Madrasah. The historic part of the city is, in effect, an open-air museum and we will have a full guided tour of the city known as the 'Pearl of the Desert'. Of particular interest is the Ark Fortress, former home of the Bukhara Khans, where, in the 19th century the Emir of Bokhara had the English officers Stoddart and Connolly imprisoned and killed. Much of the "The Great Game", the battle between Imperial Britain and Tsarist Russia for control of the Central Asian states was played out in this part of the world. We spend a second night at our guesthouse in the World Heritage Site of Bukhara.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • Scenic drive to Samarkand, home of Tamerlane. Visit the Gur Emir complex and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque.

    We depart Bukhara after breakfast and transfer eastwards again to the magnificent city of Samarkand. The drive is a scenic one across the Uzbek countryside and should take 4-5hrs. We arrive in Samarkand for a late lunch. In the afternoon we start our sightseeing tour of this amazing town and start our exploration in the footsteps of Tamerlane. The visits today include the Gur Emir, where the tomb of Tamerlane lies beneath an enormous slab of dark green jade. The interior of the mausoleum is ornately decorated with blue and gold panels, which shine brightly. Our tour will also include the Bibi-Khanym Mosque built for Tamerlane by his favourite wife, the Chinese Bibi-Khanym, and the Shah-i-Zinda, a mausoleum which is one of Samarkand's most atmospheric sights. Overnight in a guesthouse in the centre of the old city.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • A second day of exploration in Samarkand with a visit to the Registan Square and Ulugbek's Observatory

    There is plenty to see in this town and we have a second day for sightseeing. Our tour of the city today will include 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'll also pay a visit to the astronomer King Ulugbek's observatory and the Afrosiab History museum. We spend a second night at the guesthouse in Samarkand.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Meals bld

  • A final morning to explore Samarkand before taking the train to Tashkent in the afternoon.

    Today is free for relaxing or further independent sightseeing. 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. In the late afternoon we will return to Tashkent by train. The journey takes around 3.5 hours. Please note that the train schedule is subject to change, and if it does not fit with our itinerary the journey may be taken by bus. Overnight at a hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tashkent Airport is provided in the early hours of the morning.

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

Holiday Information

  • A local English-speaking tour guide
  • 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
  • Domestic flights listed in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals are included as described in the Meal Plan
  • A full trekking service with baggage transport by donkeys - a cook team - all food and all camping equipment (not personal equipment)
  • Guided sightseeing in Tashkent Khiva Bukhara and 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 Khiva Bukhara and 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. On our touring section of the trip in Uzbekistan our meals are either taken at our overnight accommodation or in local restaurants. Breakfasts consist of yoghurt or eggs, fruit juices, bread, tea and coffee. Lunch will be mostly taken in restaurants, although packed lunches will be provided on some occasions. Dinner is a three-course meal and will usually include a selection of salads and bread, sometimes soup, a main course that could be a "pot au feu" style stew or the local plov (rice pilau) speciality followed by cake or fresh fruit for dessert. All meals in Uzbekistan are served with copious amounts of delicious green tea. 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 14.
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 15 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 2 nights in basic village guesthouse homestays in Chourmash and Artuch, 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Tashkent, 2 nights in a guesthouse in Khiva, 2 nights in a guesthouse in Bukhara and 2 nights in a guesthouse in Samarkand. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 4 nights camping. Hotel and guesthouse 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. Note that the guesthouse accommodation in Chourmash and Artuch (2 nights) will be mixed dormitory style. 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 hotels and guesthouses in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, but please note we are not able to make arrangements for hotels and transfers in Dushanbe.

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.

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking local guide and a trekking support crew in Tajikistan, and by a separate professional English-speaking local tour guide in Uzbekistan. There will be separate drivers in Takjikistan and Uzbekistan.
Approximately $200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses and 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 in ATMs. Please note that whilst better rates of exchange can be obtained on the black market in the bazaars, unofficial exchange is illegal and can result in imprisonment. For this reason we advise you change money only at accredited bureaux.

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. We suggest a guideline of approximately $80 for your trek crew, tour guide and drivers tips. You will have to tip your trek crew at the end of your trek in Tajikistan and then your guide at the end of the trip in Tashkent. 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/ponies. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and camping mattress should be no more than 15 kg. As you will have to carry your own bag across "no mans land" on the Tajik/Uzbek border, we recommend packing light or taking a soft-case wheeled bag for this holiday.

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 kg.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers or sandals for river crossings

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

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

  • T-shirts

  • Shorts and/or swimsuit

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm fleece gloves

  • Buff/neckerchief (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 / 1 quart (x2)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°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:

  • Spare laces

  • Trekking poles (optional, but highly recommended)

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)

  • 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 for each country that you visit.

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 Information 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/

The trekking section of this holiday will be more enjoyable if you have an appropriate level of fitness. It makes sense before coming on any active holiday to make sure you are in good shape. We recommend that you prepare with hill walking, running or swimming, which are excellent for 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, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, the temperatures in July and August will be hot, with daytime temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees Centigrade, and sometimes warmer readings. 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 in single digit 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.

  • Bradt Uzbekistan.

  • Bradt Central Asia.

  • Lonely Planet.

  • The Golden Road to Samarkand, Odyssey Guides. Mcleod and Mayhew. (By far the best guidebook on Uzbekistan)

  • The Lost Heart of Asia. Colin Thubron.

  • Foreign Devils on the Silk Road. Peter Hopkirk

  • The Great Game. Peter Hopkirk

  • Setting the East Ablaze. Peter Hopkirk

  • Xinjiang, the Silk Road. Islam’s Overland Route to China. Peter Yung

  • Shadow of the Silk Road. Colin Thubron

  • Eastern Approaches. Fitzroy McLean

  • A Carpet Ride to Khiva. Christopher Aslan Alexander

EWP Fann Mountains Map and Guide

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