Tour program: Samarkand- Pendjikent- Seven Lake- Artuch- Pendjikent- Samarkand
Early morning transfer to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border crossing at Jartepa (50 km, 1 h). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Pendjikent via the settlement of Sarazm, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (20 km). Start sightseeing tour in Pendjikent: Rudaki Museum, local Bazaar and mosque. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch drive to the ruins of ancient Pendjikent located within 5 minutes drive from modern Pendjikent. Pendjikent a major Sogdian city is dating back to 5th century and was destroyed with Arab conquerors in 8th century. In the afternoon drive to Seven Lakes (80 km). Overnight at homestay.
The Seven Lakes are located in the west of Fann mountains; each of them has its own colour which varies from calming turquoise to mesmerizing purple. Today is your chance to discover the exquisite Seven Lakes and decide which is your favorite. At the last lake of Khoazorchashma you will enjoy a picnic. Late in the afternoon transfer to Artuch camp base. Overnight at camp base.
Today we take a hike to Lake Chukurak. We slowly ascend along the river through the thick juniper trees. Before we reach Lake Chukurak, we should cross the river that flows down. We then climb to the shore of Lake Chukurak (2,435m). Then we go for a walk around the lake. We see the high pastures above, where Tajik shepherds spend the summer in simple huts and look after their grazing sheep and goat herds. After enjoying the picnic at the lake, we descend back to the camp. We continue to the village Yakkaxona. Overnight at homestay.
Late in the morning return to the Jartepa border crossing (130 km), customs and passport control, continue to Uzbekistan. Meet your driver and transfer to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel.
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|Price per Person||470$||385$||340$||300$||290$||280$|