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From Seven Lakes to Iskanderkul

January 23, 2021

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15 Days
Tour Details

Departure Location

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Return Location

Dushanbe, Tajikistan or Oybek (Tajik – Uzbek border)


Day 1Dushanbe – Saritag (160 km)

Breakfast, city tour and lunch. Then departure to the Zerafshan River valley through Varzob Gorge and the tunnel until the Seven Lakes Gorge, passing near the lakes Mizhgon, Soya, Hushyor, Nofin towards the Padrud village (1800 m) (6-7 hours drive). Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Day 2Padrud – Marguzor (10 km)

Start trekking: crossing the Hurdak Lake until the Marguzor Lake (2200 m), ascent to the Seventh Lake – Hazorchashma (2400 m), a tour around the lake and descent to the Marguzor Lake. Meeting with local residents (5-6 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 3Marguzor – Danisher (12 km)

Crossing the Tobasang Pass (3300 m) with panoramic views of the Sarymat Gorge, descent into the Danisher Canyon (2800 m), picnic on the way (5-6 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 4Danisher – Pushtikul Lake (14 km)

Ascent through the Munora Pass (3500 m) while enjoying the splendor of Obisafed nature, tour of the Munora Pass, which offers stunning views of the distant Energy Peak (5120 m), and the highest peak of the Fann Mountains – Chimtargha (5489 m). Picnic at the top of the pass. Afterwards, descent towards the Pushtikul Lake, which lies in a deep bowl like a crater of an extinct volcano (5-6 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 5Pushtikul – Amshut (16 km)

While enjoying the Pushtikul Lake, departure towards the Ahmad Pass (3400 m), descent to the Amshut River (2200 m) (6-7 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 6Amshut – Big Allo – Amshut (15 km)

Acquaintance with the delightful nature of the lakes Big (3150 m) and Little (2340 m) Allo. Allo has several bays, reminiscent of Scandinavian fjords. The name of Allo is translated as “secluded”. Picnic ashore, afterwards – descent (6-7 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 7Amshut – Zimtut (14 km)

Departure to the Archamaydon River valley by the highway, on the way – pass by the villages Voru and Gazza. Stop in the Zimtut village (1700 m). Dinner and overnight in the guest house (5-6 hours walk).

Day 8Zimtut – Chukurak (8 km)

From the Zimtut village, ascent to the Guytan Pass (2600 m) until the Chukurak Lake (2450 m), picnic on the way. Setting up the camp for night. Dinner and overnight in tents (4-5 hours walk).

Day 9Chukurak – Kulikalon (8 km)

Going through the Chukurak Pass (3160 m), from where you can see a beautiful view of the Kulikalon Lake (2900 m), the second largest lake in the Fann Mountains. Recently, after marinka fish fries were released to the lake, they have taken root, and now the fish dwells here.

Day 10Kulikalon – Alouddin (8 km)

Ascent to the Alouddin Pass (3860 m), a picnic on the pass. From the pass you can see the glaciers Chapdara (5050 m), Odamsang (4579 m), and Maria (4790 m). Descent to the Alouddin Lake (2700 m). Dinner and overnight in tents ashore (4-5 hours walk).

Day 11Alouddin – Mutnoye (8 km)

Ascent to the Mutnoye (Muddy) Lake (3500 m). The Alouddin gorge looks north, and from the other three sides the lake is surrounded by the highest peaks with numerous glaciers. These peaks are: Castle (5070 m), Energy (5120 m) and Chimtargha (5489 m), the highest peak in the Fann Mountains. Picnic and camp on the bank of Mutnoye Lake (3-4 hours walk), dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 12Mutnoye – Havzak (15 km)

Starting from Mutnoye Lake and until Saritag, the luggage will be carried by the porters, so this day you can take only what is necessary, the rest of the luggage will be taken to the Saritag village by car. Breakfast, crossing the Kaznok Pass (4040 m), view of the peaks Chimtargha (5489 m) and Mirali (5120 m), descent into the river valley until Havzak (2700 m), picnic on the way. Dinner and overnight in tents (7-8 hours walk).

Day 13Havzak – Saritag (10 km)

Descent by the banks of Ark River until Saritag village (2300 m). The Ark river bank is covered under dense trees, on the left the Anzac Gorge swings open with its White Leopard Peak in depth. Picnic on the way (4-5 hours walk). Dinner and overnight stay in a hospitable Tajik guest house.

Day 14Saritag – Iskanderkul (12 km)

Ascent to the Iskanderdarya Crown Canyon. From there, you can see the Iskanderkul Lake and its surroundings from top (2190 m). A picnic, walk down to the Iskanderkul Lake (4-5 hours walk). Dinner and overnight in tents ashore.

Day 15Iskanderkul – Dushanbe (150 km) or Iskanderkul – Oybek (Tajik – Uzbek border) (360 km)