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. Then we continue into the beautiful Fann mountains. We arrive in Artuch village. From there our trek begins along the river to reach Lake Chukurak at 2450m. From Artuch camp we slowly ascend to Lake Chukurak. We set up our camp on the shore of the lake. Overnight in tent.
2-3 hour drive, walking time: 2 hours. Ascent: 250m.