Pamirs Fann Mountains Trek

Pamirs Fann Mountains Trek information and booking

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$2560
  • Duration
    14 days
    Days
  • Group size
    5-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 14 day trip
  • 5 day trek
  • 5 nights hotel
  • 4 nights camping
  • 2 nights cottage
  • 1 night yurt
  • 1 night train
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Desert city of Bukhara
  • Views of the Pamir Fann Mountains
  • Fabled Silk Rd city of Samarkand
  • Yurt Camp in the Kyzyl Kum Desert

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Pamir mountains are a rugged and remote wilderness of jagged ridges, alpine lakes and snow capped peaks that stretch and fold towards the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram. We combine a trek in these impressive mountains with time in the fabled Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. From Tashkent we travel to Sarmarkand before crossing the Tajikistan border and onto the foot of the Pamirs. In the company of our guides and mule handlers we enter deep valleys with crystal clear lakes and flowering alpine meadows where we may see the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds. Crossing a string of passes linking isolated valleys including Alauddin Pass (3530m), we are rewarded with views of the ranges that stretch far into Central Asia and the south. Completing our trek we return to Tashkent before transferring to Samarkand to marvel at the intricate mosques and palaces of the great Tamerlane rule. We complete our trilogy of the silk route cities by visiting the 2500 year old Bukhara where we again appreciate the rich cultural history of Central Asia.

What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Arrival transfer (day 1 only)
  • Comfortable hotels on twin share basis
  • Local sightseeing guide
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • Mountain guide on trek
  • Porter and cook services on trek
  • Group camping equipment
  • Train ticket from bukhara to tashkent
  • Private transport throughout
  • Medical kit
  • Overnight train from bukhara to tashkent
  • Local doctor

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tashkent
On arrival into Tashkent you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening you will meet the rest of the group for dinner. Overnight Hotel
Day 2 Drive to the Tajikistan border and on to Artuch base camp
After breakfast we commence our drive to the Oybek border point where we will complete border formalities and cross on foot into Tajikistan. Along the way to Artuch base camp we will travel over the Shakhristan pass (3378m) and into the amazing Zeravshan Valley. This area is famous for its unique mountain landscapes and beautiful lakes. Artuch base camp comprises of wooden chalets and cottages set amidst a wide expanse of juniper woods and it is here that we will meet our trekking guides, cook and porters. Overland transfer today: Tashkent to Uzbek/Tajik border (70 km, 1,2 hrs), then cross over the border / continue drive to Artuch base camp (350 km, 7 hrs) Overnight Cottage
Day 3 Commence trek to Kulikalon Lakes
A well trodden trail takes us up the Urjam River valley through mixed juniper and deciduous groves covering two giant scree dams steeply rising up the right hand side of the tight gorge. The dams serve as a natural filter for water running into the stream. The track levels out and once we top the upper dam, the turquoise necklace of Kulikalon Lakes frame the jagged summits of the Pamir Fann Mountains including Maria (4970m) Mirali (5120m), Rudaki (4900m) and Adamtash (4700m) which are known as the "Kulikalon Wall". After a picnic lunch we continue through the juniper forest and head to the eastern shore of Bibidjanat Lake for our first night camping. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset over Mirali Peak. (10 km, +700 m, 5 hrs) Overnight Camping
Day 4 Cross Alauddin Pass (3860m) to Alauddin Lake
After a hearty breakfast we pack up camp and head steeply uphill out of the juniper forest and alpine meadows to the Alauddin Pass (3860m). Here we will be able to see the entire Kulikalon Lakes system. The snowcapped peaks of Chapdara (5050m), Bodhona (5138m) and Zamok (5070m) can also be seen. After a picnic lunch we descend steeply on a rocky path to our campsite on a glade of Alauddin Lake. This afternoon you can opt for an easy walk around the lakes or relax at our campsite. (7 km, +960m/-1060m, 6 hrs) Overnight Camping
Day 5 Ascend to Mutnoye Lake, return to Alauddin Lake
We begin today with some steep ups and downs and make our way up to Matnoye Lake. We will see trailing glaciers, abrupt rock walls and rare birch trees. Nicknamed "Piala" for its round form is the smallest lake of the system which we will see today. (8 km, +800m, 6 hrs) Overnight Camping
Day 6 Ascend Laudan Pass to Kulikalon Lakes
The track climbs up the pass to a saddle from which the huge hollow of Kulikalon Lakes and the western part of the wall are almost completely visible. We will then descend on a wide track to our camp at Kulikalon Lake. Today, weather permitting is fantastic for photography as we will have unforgettable panorama views of all surrounding mountains. (12,5 km, +830 m/-730 m, 7 hrs) Overnight Camping
Day 7 Cross Gujtan Pass to Zimut
The ascent of Gujtan Pass is relatively easy following a track amongst a grove of fir-trees. After approx. 2 hours we descend from the pass to the gorge of the Gujtan River and onto the picturesque village of Guytan. We follow the wide valley of the Achimajdan River to Kishlak Zimut where we will overnight in a cottage. (17 km,+300 m/-1700 m, 7 hrs)
Day 8 Transfer Zimut to Oybek border point & onto Tashkent
Today we rest our legs and return to Tashkent via the Oybel pass. Once border formalities are complete we will arrive in Tashkent early afternoon where the rest of the day is at leisure. (350 km, 7 hrs/70 km, 1,2 hrs) Overnight Hotel
Day 9 Transfer to Samakand
This morning we drive from Tashkent to the ancient city of Samarkand. The rest of the day you are free to explore this interesting city. Overnight Hotel
Day 10 In Samarkand
We will have a full days sightseeing in and around Samarkand. We will first visit Registan Square, the "heart" of Samarkand. It is enclosed by three spectacular madrasah. These huge buildings with domes and minarets covered in a mosaic of azure tiles were built from the 1400s. The Registan is one of the wonders of the ancient world. We will also visit the huge mosque, bazaar and observatory. Overnight Hotel
Day 11 Transfer to Aydar Yurt Camp
In the Kyzyl Kum Desert near Bukhara, more than 4,000 petroglyphs dot the slopes of the Sarmysh River. Even though these carvings date back to the Stone Age they look like they were carved yesterday. There are carvings of rituals and scenes of everyday life, and even of domestic animals including dogs, sheep and camels. We will also visit Nurata, an ancient town founded in 327 BC by Alexander the Great. The remains of this military fortress rise above the town and represent one of the most ancient archaeological monuments of the region. We arrive at our Yurt Camp late in the afternoon where we will have dinner round the camp fire in the company of local akyn (folklore singers). Overnight Yurt Camp
Day 12 Transfer to Bukhara
After breakfast we pack up camp, farewell our hosts and drive to Bukhara where we check into the hotel and the rest of the day is free. Overnight Hotel.
Day 13 Sightseeing in Bukhara
Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on a sacred hill, the place where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in springtime. Bukhara city is supposed to be founded in the 13th Century BC during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the word "vihara" which means "monastery" in Sanskrit. The city was once a large commercial centre on the Great Silk Road. Bukhara with more than 140 architectural monuments is a "town museum" dating back to the middle Ages. The city consists of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments. In the evening we will transfer to the train station for the overnight train back to Tashkent.
Day 14 Arrive Tashkent, trip concludes
On arrival in Tashkent, your trip concludes