This wonderful mix of culture and trekking brings you closer to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the fascinating countries along the ancient Silk Road. Visit the mountains and lakes of Tajikistan and stay in typical yurts and tents. The first part of the journey consists of the 5-day trekking in the scenic mountains. Then immerse yourself in the culture and history of ancient caravans and impressive buildings. Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara offer these highlights. English speaking local guide, you will discover the secrets during this trip and the contact with the friendly people of the Uzbeks will make this holiday unforgettable.
Our Representatives will meet you at the airport early morning and transfer to the hotel. After
breakfast visit to the local bazaar and the botanic garden in Dushanbe. We will continue the road from Dushanbe to the village of Chourmash (2000m), the starting point of the trek. The night will be at homestay in village. Approx 5hrs driving. Overnight in local homestay accommodation.
Our first morning we have breakfast at camp and pack up before setting off on a relatively easy trail that follows the local jeep track. Our ponies carry our baggage for the duration of the trek and these will be packed up as we set off. We walk through a very picturesque steep sided valley with lush green pastures surrounding the river that we are following. We pass through the traditional villages of Passroude and Morguzor, giving us an insight into how rural life works here in the Tajik mountains. Our first campsite is by a river in the meadows near the settlement of Sangi Safed (2452m). Here we meet our baggage and trek crew and set up camp for the night.
After breakfast at camp we continue our walk in a westerly direction following a further two valleys before taking the faint trail up to the Chapdara Pass (3430m). We have stunning views of the northern side of the rugged Chapdara Peak with possible glimpses of the glaciers coming off these high peaks. From today’s highest point at the pass we enjoy a steep descent to the shores of the beautiful turquoise-blue Alaudin Lakes. Situated in a rocky bowl and surrounded by stands of pine trees, this is a beautiful place. Altitude at camp 2777m.
We walk in a southerly direction today into the high mountains for an exploration day up to Mutny Lake (3500m). It's a 6km ascending trail with a height gain of 800m, leading through the gorge of the Chapdara torrent into an alpine world of steep moraines, rock walls and hanging glaciers. There are increasingly impressive views of some of the biggest peaks of the range, including Kaznok, Zamok, Energia and Chimtarga. On arrival there is a general lack of vegetation reaffirms to us that we are in the high mountains. The high camp here is the gateway for climbers ascending the glaciers of Chimtarga and peaks Energia and Mirali, the highest in the range. After some lunch and some time enjoying the views we return by the same route to our camp at Lake Alaudin for a second night.
Our trek continues westwards through this dramatic and stunning landscape. Our route descends slightly at first, following the river valleys and climbing up to the Kulikalon Pass (Laudon) at 3630m – our highest point on the trek. We then skirt around Alaudin Peak (4134m) for views of today’s destination the Kulikalon Lakes spread below us. The descent takes us down to these turquoise lakes with great views of the impressive ‘Kulikalon Wall’ of rocky peaks all above 4500m. We also have splendid views back towards the snow-capped summits of Chapdara and Bodhona. We set up camp near the lakes at approximately 2800m
Our last day of trekking takes us on a gentle contouring ascent up to Chukurak pass at 3180m. We cross the high pastures, where local Tajik herdsmen spend the summer in simple huts tending their grazing flocks of sheep and goats. We then descend down to the shores of Lake Chukurak (2435m) before making the descent to the village of Artuch where we spend the night in friendly homestay accommodation. Tonight is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the trek.
From the sunrise, we will take road to the Tajik-Uzbek border. In the late afternoon come in Tashkent. Dinner in nice restaurant and overnight at hotel in Tashkent.
In the early morning, guided tour of the city, a magnificent remnant of the oasis of Khorezm. Khiva was the capital of the Khanate in the eighteenth century, one of the largest markets in Central Asia. Today, Ichan Kala is a well of culture where you can admire the former residence of the Khans (the Kouna-Ark), and the Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum (XV century), the Friday Mosque and its prestigious Minaret dating from the eleventh century and the Madrasa of Islam Khoja (nineteenth century). These treasures of the past give the city a sense of authenticity and a remarkably unique style of its colorful walls of clay rose. Lunch in nice traditional restaurant. The afternoon will be free Leaving your time to walk along the sunny streets of Khorezm. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Visit along the Silk Road, this jewel of the desert city is an authentic oriental charm. There is still the famous display of jewelry and oriental carpets that have made the legend. Bukhara is also home to several religions in Central Asia as Zoroastrianism and later Islam, one can also see a multitude of The Koran schools, madrasas, mosques and tombs of many saints.
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara visit Сhor Minor and his splendid four minarets that once guarded the entrance to a madrasa, and the entire Poye-Kalon (XV-XVI century)Kalon mosque and its impressive ”tower of death” where the voice the muezzin could carry up to 8 miles around. The visit continues with Kosh madrassa( double Madrassa) Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan (XV-XVII century) and all Labi Khauz (around the pond) (XVI-XVII century) brings us back to medieval times.
An road to the magnificent city of Samarkand, real splendor of the 1001 nights with infinite shades of blue. During two days, will explore the footsteps of Tamerlane over the monuments of his time as the mausoleum of Gur-Emir, where he is buried and the huge mosque of Bibikhanum and the Shakhi-Zinda necropolis.
Samarkand was the principal city of ancient Sogdiana, it was seen as the welfare for the pilgrims from the desert, with its lush gardens, minarets and domes of deep blue and sparkling. We will visit the famous Registan square, magical and timeless with dazzling mosaics depicting the evolution of Timurid architecture and its many influences, The Observatory Ulugbek. The night will be at the hotel.
Free time in the morning. In the afternoon to go by the train to Tashkent.
Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in hotel.