Explore the Mountains and Marvels of Central Asia
Visit: Dushanbe, Samarkand, Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent
Tour Type: Small Group
- 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
Product Code: 145395
Tour Type: Small Group
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh
Starts: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Finishes: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic
- 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
Price person (sharing double) $2,770 ($185/day)
$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure
Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure
Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)
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This trip comprises of two parts, a week trekking in the northern Fann Mountains of Tajikistan and a week sightseeing in the cities of Uzbekistan. I choose this trip over the Ultimate Fann Mountains (UFT) primarily because I wanted to see more of Uzbekistan, although I would also have liked to do a longer trek in Tajikistan! The scenery on trek in Tajikistan was spectacular. My highlights included the views from the top of the Chapdara and Kulikalon Passes and our campsites at Alaudin and Kulikalon Lakes (Days 3-5). Each night we camped by a river or lake and so there were ample opportunities for washing, even if the water was rather refreshing! I would recommend taking a good supply of cereal bars or similar, as extra food supplies to have on trek. The people of Tajikistan are incredibly hospitable, although the country is very poor and facilities can be basic. In Uzbekistan we visited the cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Due to the timing of our flights (Tashkent to Urgench on Day 8, and Tashkent to Istanbul on Day 15) we only had very limited time in Tashkent. If you would like to see more of this city then I would recommend booking a day or two extra at the end of the trip. We stayed in the same hotel in Tashkent on Day 7 and Day 14 (for a few hours!) and so we were able to leave much of our trekking gear in Tashkent. My highlights in Uzbekistan included Khiva and Bukhara, and I was glad to have chosen the trip which took in these additional cities.
Great chance to do some great trekking and learn about the culture of these unique places. You get off the beaten path, but stay safe and organized. Enjoyed both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan immensely and would definitely recommend it to others.
After most of my friends thought I might end up abducted and put on parade in an orange jump suit it was a completely relaxed atmosphere throughout! The lakes in the Fann Mountains are particularly beautiful and the north facing Koliakul wall leading to the Chimitarga summit has a similar dimension and appearance to the Eiger from Grindelwald. The organisation in Tajikistan is raw but worked fine. The food was uninspiring with plenty of carbohydrates (eg Plov) but little protein - could have done with more eggs. Crew very friendly and enjoyed their Independence Day anniversary in most "UnIslamic" style. Although grade 5 1000m ascents and descents, but probably fair as only 5 days of actual trekking. Uzbekistan cities lived up to expectation, especially if you like blue tiled madrassahs, mosques and mausolleums. All hotels v close walking distance to main sites and one in Bokhara in memorable old building. Food was very good in many places with tasty breads, salads, dumplings and kebabs. However intestinal trouble remains a problem, probably Giardia (take a one-off dose of Tinidazole 2 gram with you in case) with 10/13 of our party with afflictions at various stages. Good to go now as Fann Mountains remain isolated and empty and Uzbekistan not to commercialised.
In Tajikistan, the guides did not speak English (most of the time a Native Dutch-speaking Belgian had to translate the French (that one of the hiking guides spoke) to English. This caused potential problems, such as the day I asked the "English speaking guide" if there would be a stream or spring or any water that we could get on the hike during the day and was told "yes". Later when I ran out of water and asked when we would be getting to where there was water - was told "no water anywhere". Saying that, many of us became ill - and they took wonderful care of us, which I know was difficult for them in such a remote place. So the hiking guides were good, but needed at least one actual English speaking guide for safety. The guide in Uzbekistan told - not sure what to tell you....thought he English was OK, he was not good. For example he told us that no one would take dollars anywhere and there would be no other place to change money, so we had to change all the dollars we would need for the rest of the trip the night we got into the country - and at a rate that gave him about 1/4 of the value (he made hundreds of dollars that night) when in fact most places preferred dollars and there were lots!!!! of places to change money. Soured the whole trip when we realized how badly we had been taken advantage of...... Also, that Uzbek guide knew almost nothing about the sites we went to. Would strongly suggest that a local guide be hired who knows about the history and the sites.
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