Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
Mini-group: 1-3 Person
Altitude: from 427 m to 3372m above the sea level
Day 1 – Dushanbe
Meeting with Tajik guide and driver at international airport in Dushanbe from the flight ‘Almaty – Dushanbe’ by noon time. Lunch at a national restaurant in Dushanbe. After 2 p.m. sightseeing tour of Dushanbe including visit mausoleum of the King of Samanid empire Ismoili Somoni, central park named after Rudaki, Nation Palace, walking in the Independence Square, where you can see the flagpole, which is as the second tallest flagpole in the world (H165m). Visit the National Museum of Tajikistan, where is the famous “Buddha in Nirvana”, visit Botanical garden.
Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel «Oriyo».
Day 2 – Dushanbe – HISSAR – DUSHANBE (300 km)
At 7 a.m. breakfast at hotel. After breakfast at 8 a.m. drive to Hissar. Visit the Hissar fortress one of the lord’s palaces of the Bukhara Emirate. This fortress is surrounded by monuments and mausoleums XVII-XVIII centuries. After introduction with the culture and history Hissar fortress returning to Dushanbe. Lunch at a national restaurant.
At 2.30 p.m. leaving Dushanbe eastward for Nurek Dam, built in 1980 on the Vakhsh River (82 km). Visit the Nurek Damb. Enjoying the big water reservoir of the Nurek Hydro Power Station. Nurek Dam and hydroelectric station is an enormous earth-fill dam located in a deep gorge at 38.3715 N, 69.3492 E, on the Vakhsh River in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. It is about 75 km east of Dushanbe. At 300 m (984 ft), it is the tallest dam in the world as of 2008. (The Rogun Dam, under construction up the river, is expected to be even higher when completed, at 335 m (1,099 ft). Currently, the dam makes up 75% of the country’s total electricity production (3.0 of 4.0 Gigawatts), and provides for more than 90% of its power needs. Construction of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1980, when Tajikistan was a republic within the Soviet Union. The massive construction effort resembled other similar earth-dam projects in Soviet Central Asia, in that it required the building of a large town near the dam, as well as a decades-long movement of earth and relocation of workers. It is somewhat unique in its construction, however, with a central core of cement as a solid barrier within a 300m (980 ft) – high rock and earth-fill construction. The volume of the mound is 54 million cubic meters. The dam includes nine hydroelectric power units, the first commissioned in 1972 and the last in 1979.
At 5.30 p.m. driving back to Dushanbe. Dinner at the local national restaurant in Dushanbe. Overnight at hotel “Oriyo”.
Day 3 Dushanbe – Iskanderkul – Penjikent (370 km)
At 7 a.m. breakfast at hotel. After breakfast at 8 a.m. drive through the beautiful Anzob pass (3372 m) to Iskanderkul Lake (Lake Alexander the Great) (165 km – 3 hours). At 11 a.m. arrive to Iskanderkul Lake. Walking around the Lake and to the Fann “Niagara”. The rough river Iskanderdarya flows out of the lake and forms unusually beautiful and majestic waterfall named “Fan Niagara” falling from 38-meter height. There is an observation deck above where visitors may spend time watching the water falling. After then walking to the Zmeinoe lake (Snake Lake). Snake Lake is a small dark water lake. Lunch on the shore of the Lake Alexander the Great.
Around 4 p.m. drive to Penjikent. Arrival to Penjikent around 7 p.m. Dinner and overnight at the national Tajik guesthouse.
Day 4 – Penjikent – SEVEN LAKES (70 km)
07:00 hrs Breakfast. After breakfast at 8 hrs visit the Bronze Age Settlement of Sarazm (UNESCO Heritage), the Republican Historical Museum named after Rudaki, the ruins of Ancient Panjakent, visit bazaar and Mosque named after Hoji Muhammadi Bashoro.
Lunch at the local teahouse “Muhiddin”.
After lunch, drive to Seven Lakes. Drive up to the 7th lake “Hazar chashma” (2139m), which means “Thousand of springs” with Photo stop on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th lakes. Stay on the shore of the lakes, walking around. In the evening, drive back drive to the beautiful Nofin village, which is located near the 4th lake.
Dinner and overnight at one of the best homestay in the area “Najmiddin” in Nofin village.
Day 5 – SEVEN LAKES – ISTARAVSHAN – KHUJAND (400 km)
At 8 a.m. breakfast at the homestay. After breakfast at 9 a.m., transfer to Istaravshan (4 hours). Lunch enroute. Upon the arriving Istaravshan visiting Kiropolys, Mughtepa Fortress, medresse Kuk-Gumbaz. After visiting Istaravshan transfer to Khujand. Around 6 p.m. arrival to Khujand. Check-in in hotel «Khujand de luxe». Dinner at the national local restaurant. Overnight at hotel «Khujand de luxe».
Day 6 – KHUJAND – CROSS BORDER “OYBEK”(140 km)
At 07:00 hrs breakfast. After breakfast check-out from hotel and from 8.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs visiting ancient part of Khujand, “Timurmalik fortress”, Archeology & History museum “Soghd”, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe. At 11. 00 hrs drive to the Arbob Cultural Palace (15 min). The palace is a building in Khujand, the former headquarters of a Soviet collective farm, built in the 1950s and modeled on the winter gardens of Peterhof, St Petersburg (Wikipedia).
Lunch at the local restaurant in Khujand. After lunch at 13.30 hrs transfer to cross border “Oybek” (1.5 hour). End of tour at the cross border “Oybek”.