Journey to the Heart of Central Asia: Trekking the Fann Mountains, Tajikistan and Exploring Ancient cities of Uzbekistan


10 days, 9 nights


From 1790$ per person

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Tajikistan, Fann Mountains, Uzbekistan




Experience the best of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on this exciting 14-day tour. Discover the fascinating history and culture of Tajikistan with visits to Dushanbe, Iskanderkul, Penjikent, and Khujand. Marvel at the beautiful Iskander Waterfall, Old Penjikent ruins, and the ancient city of Istaravshan.

Next, explore the treasures of Uzbekistan, starting in Tashkent and continuing to the old town of Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic city of Bukhara. Learn the art of local cuisine with cooking classes and explore the bustling bazaars. The trip ends with a folklore performance and a taste of Bukhara’s delectable cuisine. With luxurious accommodations and traditional music and dance performances, this tour is not to be missed.

  • Visit to National Museum of Antiquities with Sleeping Buddha
  • Tour of Navruz Palace decorated by artisans
  • Meeting master craftsmen at handicrafts centre
  • Visit to Iskanderkul and short hike to waterfall and Snake Lake
  • Cooking master class with local folklore show in Gazza village
  • Visit to Old Penjikent ruins and stay at Panjikent Plaza
  • Day trip to Seven Lakes with hike to Hazorchashma
  • Visit to Khujand and Istaravshan with rich history
  • Visit to Khast Imom Complex and Tashkent Metro
  • Meeting faculty members to discuss education for women
  • Visit to Chorsu Bazaar and Ichan-Kala in Khiva
  • Interaction with local women in preparation of dill-based noodles
  • Visit to Bukhara with historical monuments
  • Visit to master of miniature painting and Jewish quarter
  • Visit to Ark Citadel, Poikalon Complex, and house of embroidery master.


Arrive in Tashkent, pick up at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Free time. 

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

Early in the morning. You will be transferred to Oybek border where you meet your Tajik guide and drivers. On the way, you will have a lunch in Khujand and drive towards Artuch village where you rest of the time you can walk around the village and explore Tajik country life. 

Accommodation: Artuch guesthouse

The donkeys arrive in the morning to carry the luggage. After having a breakfast and short instruction by the mountain guide, we start 4 hours trekking. Overnight at shore of Bibijanat lake in the 2 persons tent. 2800.  

Accommodation:  tent

In the morning, we start ascend to Alaudin pass (3860 m, 10 km, ~6 hrs, +960 m). The beautiful panorama of the surrounding peaks and lakes will be seen from the top of pass. Descend to a campsite by the first Alaudin lake.
Altitude: 2770m.
Accommodation:  tent

After breakfast in the Alaudin lake, we slowly start ascend to the Mutnoe lake (3520m) which takes about 4 hours. On the way, we enjoy the view to the peaks and view from the top.
Accommodation:  tent

Today you will hike to the camp to meet our driver who will transfer us to Iskanderkul lake. On the way we will have a lunch in Sarvoda. Afternoon you will be enjoying Iskanderkul lake view and have a short hike to the Iskander waterfall and Snake lake. Afterwards, we continue our journey to Saratog village (12km) where we will overnight at guesthouse.  

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Early in the morning, you will be picked up by your driver and drive to the border. At lunch you will reach Penjikent where you will have a famouse local plov in the local Plov house. Dating from the 5th century, Penjikent was a thriving regional hub on the Great Silk Road. After having lunch we will head to Samarqand and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site – Sarazm on the way to the border. In Uzbekistan side you will meet your guide and driver and get transferred to Samarqand

Accommodation: 3* Hotel

After the breakfast, starting city tour from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), Registan Square (which means "desert" in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah, Sher-Dor Madrassah, and Tillya-Kari Madrassah – covered with gold. Visit to Shakhi Zinda Necropolis, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) in XV century and Ulugbek Observatory with original part of main instrument.
Accommodation: 3 * Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: Excavation of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions. Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill "Meros", where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology. 

Transfer to the train station for evening train to Tashkent OR drive by car.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel.

Transfer to the airport. Your transfer will be done by hotel

Trekking Map

Trip nformation

  • English speaking guide
  • Porter with donkey
  • Cook 
  • Transports (4WD jeeps or vans) 
  • Accommodation on twin room sharing basis  
  • Full board meal
  • Eco tax
  • Train Samarqand – Tashkent
  • International Flights
  • Visa fee
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Satellite Phone calls
  • Gratuities to the staff
  • Early check-ins / late check-outs
  • Photo and video fees in Uzbekistan
  • Backpack (+50L) 

  • Sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0C to +5C, possible to rent from us) 

  • Trekking poles (possible to rent from us)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Warm and windproof clothes
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Stock of clothes
  • Hat/cap 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Personal care products
  • Other personal items


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