Fan mountains and Kulikalon lake in Tajikistan.

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Fan Mountains


In the northwest of the country, 30km east of Penjikent, the Fannsky Gory or Fan Mountains are a beautiful range of sharp-peaked mountains, many snow-capped around the year, that offer many popular hiking opportunities. The main M34 between Dushanbe and Khojand winds through the fringes of the range, and gives access to beauty spots such as the lake at Iskander-Kul.

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