Mountains and wonders of the Orient (15 Days)

Overview

This wonderful mixture of culture and trekking brings you closer to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the fascinating countries along the old Silk Road. You will visit the mountains and lakes of Tajikistan and spend the night in typical yurts and tents. The first part of the trip consists of the 7-day tour with trekking in the picturesque mountains. Then immerse yourself in the culture and history of old caravans and impressive buildings. Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara offer you these highlights. German speaking local tour guides will let you in on the secrets of this trip and the contact with the friendly Uzbeks will make this vacation unforgettable.

Day 1. Dushanbe- Chourmash

Arrival in Dushanbe. Transfer to the hotel. Check in early at the hotel. Overnight at hotel. In the late morning we will visit the Botanical Garden and the local bazaar. Later we drive to the north of the country to the village Tschurmasch (2000m), the starting point of our hike. Overnight with a local host family.
140 km, 5 hour drive

Trekking to Sangui Safed. Our hike through the fantastic high mountain world of the Fan Mountains starts after breakfast. The luggage is loaded onto donkeys that transport our equipment during the trekking tour. We hike through a very picturesque valley, framed by steep mountain slopes and over lush green meadows that surround the river that we follow. Our route takes us through the traditional villages of Passroude and Morguzor, where we get an insight into rural life in the Tajik mountains. Our first campsite is on a river near the settlement of Sangui Safed (2520m). Here we meet our escort team with the luggage and set up camp for the night.
Walking time: 5-6 hours: ascent: 650 m.

The path meanders west through the beautiful landscape and we hike through two more flowering green valleys. Then follows the ascent up to the Chapdara Pass (3,420m). From the top of the pass there are breathtaking views of the mountain peaks of the snow-capped Chapdara (5,049 m) and the Bodkhona (5,138 m). The steep descent leads us down to the banks of the Alaudin Lakes (2,735m). There we will pitch our tent for the night.
Walking time: 6-7 hours. Ascent: 1130 m. Descent: 915 m.

The goal of our walking is the picturesque Moutny Lake (3,500m), which is located at the foot of the highest peak of the promontory fans. You can admire the peaks at an altitude of 5000 m, from where you have impressive views of the glaciers. Then we descend and back to our camp at Alaudin Lake. Overnight in a tent.
Walking time: 6-7 hours. Ascent and descent: 910 m.

The path climbs gently through the river valley. Then the climb up to the Kulikalon Pass follows. We have an overwhelming panorama of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. The route then leads around the Alaudin Peak (4,134m). The descent leads us to these beautiful turquoise lakes, which are surrounded by a huge mountain range and impressive rock faces. We set up our camp in a wonderful location near the lakes.
Walking time: 6-7 hours. Ascent: 1065 m. Descent: 900 m

Our last day of trekking in the fan mountains begins. A steep ascent leads to the Tschukrak Pass (3,180m). We cross the high pastures, where Tajik shepherds spend the summer in simple huts and tend their grazing flocks of sheep and goats. We then descend to the shores of Lake Chukrak (2,435m) and continue to the village of Artutsch, where we spend the night with a friendly host family. Warm hospitality and a small drink on our completed trekking tour awaits us in the evening.
Walking time: 6-7 hours. Ascent: 300 m. Descent: 700 m.

In the morning drive to Jartepa to the Uzbek border. You will be met by your Uzbek guide and continue to Samarkand. Overnight at hotel.
200 km away. 6-8 hour drive.

Capital of Tamerlane, the great city of the ancient Sogdiana, lies at the crossroads of the most important trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the west. This step alone is an essential point in the journey to understanding the power of the Khan dynasty at that time. Be amazed by these amazing shades of blue over sights such as the famous mosque of Bibi Khanum, the Gur-Emir (tomb of ruler Timur and his descendants) or the famous Registan Square (XV century XVII), which are never indifferent to any traveler. Overnight at hotel.

Today you will visit the Shakhi Zinda necropolis, the old tissue paper manufacture, the Ulugbek observatory (XV century), which tells the fascinating story of the little son Tamerlane. You also have time to stroll through the oriental bazaar. Overnight in Tashkent.

In the morning drive to Bukhara partly through wide cotton fields. On the way you will make a short photo stop in Rabat-i-Malik, the mighty portal of a caravanserai from 1079. Even if not much has been preserved from the actual caravanserai, the gate with its intricate brick patterns is impressive. Across the street from the caravanserai you can see a well-preserved old water reservoir from this period. We visit the family's ceramics workshop in Gijduvan. Continue to Bukhara. Arrival in the afternoon. Overnight in Bukhara.

Bukhara was one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Traders flocked to sell their wares, carpets, and jewelry. It was also an important developing home for many religions such as Zoroastrianism and later Islam. The program includes the historical sights: Mosque and minaret Poyi-Kalon, Medrese Miri-Arab, Dome Bazaars- Toki Sarafon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron, Magoki Attari Mosque, Ulugbek Medrese, Abdul Aziz Medrese. In the afternoon visit: Ismael Samani Mausoleum, Safe Bukhara, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Ark Fortress and Bolo House Mosque. Overnight at hotel.

As you drive through the Kyzylkum Desert, you will discover that the seemingly wasteland also has a lot to offer. You will drive along the Amu Darya River, the life-giving stream of Central Asia. In addition, your guide will use the time to tell you interesting facts about the country and its people. So you can look forward to a varied journey. We arrive in the city in the late afternoon, overnight in Khiva.

Today you explore one of the best preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of the Khiva Khanates from the 17th century has retained the fairytale atmosphere of an ancient, oriental city to this day. You will visit the old town of Khiva-Dschuma Mosque, Medrese Muhammad Amin Chan, Citadel Kochna Ark, Pachlovon-Machmud-Mausoleum, Alakuli Chan-Medrese and others.

In the morning transfer to the airport in Urgench. Flight to Tashkent. Arrival in the city and visit the following sights: the old town with medrese of Kukeldash (XIV century), Chorsu bazaar. In the afternoon visit the architectural ensemble Hazrati Imam (XVI century): Madrasah of Barak Khan, Mausoleum of Kaffal-Shashi and Friday Mosque. Overnight at hotel.

Transfer to the airport in Tashkent. Here we say goodbye to the group. We have unforgettable memories. Flight home.

Services included: Services not included:
  • ►Round trip / excursions and transfer in air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • ►Domestic flight: Urgench- Tashkent in economy class
  • ►Overnight accommodation in middle-class hotels in a double room
  • ►4x tent overnight stay, 2x guest house in the mountain settlement
  • ►English-speaking local tour guide throughout the trip
  • ►Mountain guide for trekking
  • ►Complete camping and cooking equipment except sleeping bag
  • ►Accompanying team for  luggage transport during the trekking through pack animals
  • ►Entrance to the museums and monuments according to the program
  • ►Half board according to the program (15x breakfast, 14x lunch, 14x dinner)
  • ►Uzbekistan Tourist Map
  • ►International flights (can be booked through us)
  • ►Tips
  • ►Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • ►The fees for using a camera in some of the attractions in the museums
  • ►Personal expenses

Number of participants: 4- 12 people
From 4 people as a private tour on your desired date.

The prices are valid for 2021-2022 and are based on 4 people, with reduced prices for larger groups on request.

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