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Tajikistan

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Zerafshan Tourism Development Association Hofizi Sherozi Str. 47 · 7355500 Panjakent · Tajikistan Tel.: (+992) (8)3475 56339 tic_panjakent@yahoo.com · www.ztda-tourism.tj

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Stefania del Torso (page 4–12 · page 14–27 · page 35 – 39) SoughdCenter (page 13) Stefan Salzmann (page 7 · page 28–34)

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German Agro Action (page 6) · www.welthungerhilfe.de Zerafshan Tourism Development Association (page 36) · www.ztda-tourism.tj

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Welcome to

Zeravshan-Tourism-Development-Association ...the other faces of Tajikistan

If I asked you “Who is the greatest artist? The most brilliant architect?” You might answer “Van Gogh, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Michelangelo, Gaudi ...” Of course, they are great artists, but in my opinion, the most brilliant artist and architect is surely God! And, I think, one of his best works is surely Tajikistan, my country. Certainly there are many in- credible astonishing places in the world where nature gives us of its best and Tajikistan is one of these places. You can discover so much beauty and grandeur within such a small country: blossoming valleys, towering mountains, pristine and colorful mountain lakes, infinite blue skies … I assure you that your visit to Tajikistan will be memorable: the amazing places you will see and the warm and sincere hospitality of my people will be impressed onto your heart forever.

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Because WE care...

It is not by chance that the Zerafshan Tourism Development Association has “Development� in its name. Through involving the local inhabitants in tourism development, ZTDA aims to improve the well- being of the local communities, to reduce poverty and to create new jobs whilst at the same time conserving the fragile environment and preserving the cultural heritage. We are convinced that the best way to explore the local culture is to experience the way of life of the people from the inside, from within the community, particularly by staying in traditional home stays. As a result, guests are able to explore the village, enjoy folklore shows organized by the local residents, get to know traditional handicraft techniques and visit holy and archaeological sites. The usual ZTDA tour is a combination of hiking or trekking in the valley‘s fantastic surroundings and an exploration of its rich culture and traditions. All the services included in the tour package are delivered by local providers in an environmentally friendly way.

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Because YOU care...

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL TIPS

The Zeravshan Valley is a region with a great diversity of animals, beautiful nature and rich culture. Please spend some little time to read these tips. By following these tips, not only can you find a common language with local people, but also help us to conserve the natural and cultural heritage for the generations to come.

· Try to learn more about the geography, customs, manners and culture of the Zeravshan Valley. You can understand people and learn Tajik traditional life by encouraging conversations. Share your own stories, so that local people can gain a view of life in your country. · Men salute each other by shaking hands, putting the left hand over the heart. With the opposite sex, the salution is made only by putting the right hand on the heart. · Tajik villagers dress conservatively, according to the Muslim traditions. Even if it is rather hot in summer, shorts above the knee and sleeveless shirts are not appropriate, for men OR women. · When travelling without a guide, ask a person from the local community for permission to visit mosques and holy places. · Don’t forget to ask permission to take pictures of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a picture, offer to send them back a copy and make sure to keep your promise. · In bazaars, bargaining is normal and expected. The seller will be glad to reduce the price, but avoid bargaining at “fixed price” shops. · Don’t buy and take antiques as gifts. · Remember, you can support local people by buying handicrafts and other local products and services. · At Tajik table – at the Dastarkhon (tablecloth spread on the floor): – The eldest always starts eating first. – Don’t be surprised and don’t take it as an insult, if the host, when pouring tea, only half fills your cup or even pours less than a half. In this way, the hosts are showing their respect to the guests. When receiving a cup of tea, do this with the right hand while putting the left hand on the heart. – After all meals, people hold the hands cupped at chest level while grace is said. Upon conclusion of the prayer the people put their hands in front of their face. – Never put the bread upside down. – Never step over or on the Dastarkhon.

ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS

· If there is no bin nearby to put your litter in? ...take it away with you. · Recycling is extremly limited in Tajikistan. Try to buy goods and products in biodegradable packaging. · While trekking, use the existing trails; do not tread new ones. Straying from the trail can cause erosion and have other environmentally harmful impacts. · Don’t pick flowers and plants and don’t trample on them. · Make sure to extinguish any fire completely; be careful with cigarette butts and matches. · There is no sewerage system in Tajik villages. Try to use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos for washing. · While camping on the river bank, dispose of waste water as far as possible from the stream. · Don’t hunt. · During animal observation tours, don’t forget to take binoculars with you. Observe wild animals and birds from a distance. Avoid disturbing them, particularly at sensitive times: mating, nesting and raising young. Don’t feed wild animals. · Do not purchase and do not accept as gift animals and plants as well any product made of endangered or threatened animal and plant species.

Being an ECOTOURIST,

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Explore Tajikistan

in a different way!

About Tajikistan GEOGRAPHY

The massive mountain ranges are cut by hundreds of canyons and gorges; at the bottom of these run streams which flow into larger river valleys where the majority of the country’s population lives and works. The principal rivers of Central Asia, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, both flow through Tajikistan, fed by melting snow and glaciers in the mountains of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

At 36°40’ northern latitude and 41°14’ eastern longitude, Tajikistan is located between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to the north and west, China to the east, and Afghanistan to the south. The 1,200km border with Afghanistan is demarked by the river Panj and the Amu Daryo, better known as the Oxus. Tajikistan is home to some of the highest mountains in the world, including the Pamir and Alay ranges. 93% of Tajikistan is mountainous with altitudes ranging from 300m to 7,495m, with nearly 50% of Tajikistan’s territory above 3,048m.

Area: 143,100km2 Capital: Dushanbe

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CLIMATE

RELIGION (2010 Embassy est.) Sunni Muslim 85% Shi’a Muslim 5% other 10%

At mid-latitude continental with hot summers and mild winters; semiarid to polar in Pamir mountains. Despite its relatively small land area, the climate in Tajikistan varies widely, due to the country’s mountainous topography. The climate in Spring (March–May) and Autumn (September–November) is moderate. In the cities, daytime temperatures average around 20–30°C. Summer can be very hot in the cities (daytime maximum temperature often exceeds 40°C). The southern cities are noticeably hotter than Dushanbe. Only the mountainous regions are quite cooler. Occasional dust storms in the lowlands.

LANGUAGE

Tajik (the official state language as of 1994, with followup legislation in 2009) Russian (is widely used in government and business)

74% of the population lives in rural communities where mostly Tajik is spoken.

Winter is usually quite mild, but expect some snowfall in the valleys between December and February. In the mountains, however, conditions are harsher with low temperatures, snow and strong winds.

TRAVEL USEFUL INFORMATION

HISTORY

The current Tajik Republic hearkens back to the Samanid Empire (A.D. 875–999), which ruled what is now Tajikistan as well as territory to the south and west. During their reign, the Samanids supported the revival of the written Persian language in the wake of the Arab Islamic conquest in the early 8th century and played an important role in preserving the culture of the pre-Islamic Persian-speaking world. They were the last Persian-speaking empire to rule Central Asia.

ARRIVAL FORMALITIES

The expanding Russian Empire encompassed the territory that is now Tajikistan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tajikistan became fully established under Soviet control with the creation of Tajikistan as an autonomous Soviet socialist republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, and as an independent Soviet socialist republic in 1929. The northern Sughd region, previously part of the Uzbek republic, was added to the Tajik republic at this time.

CURRENCY

PEOPLE

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

Whether you arrive at the airport or at a land border, you will need to clear immigration and customs. If you are arriving at Dushanbe airport without a visa, make sure that you get one from the consular office before clearing immigration. If your stay in Tajikistan is longer than 72 hours, you must register with OVIR (the registration office of foreign citizens). Somoni (TJS) Tajikistan’s unofficial currency is the US Dollar (USD). Euro (EUR) and Russian Roubles (RUB) are also accepted at most exchange points.

TIME ZONE

TJT (TC +5)

Contemporary Tajiks are the descendants of various ancient Iranian inhabitants of Central Asia, in particular the Soghdians and the Bactrians, and possibly other groups, with an admixture of Mongols and Turkic peoples. The largely Shi’a inhabitants of the Pamir mountains speak a number of mutually unintelligible eastern Iranian dialects quite distinct from the Tajik spoken in the rest of the country.

220 V, 50 Hz

REQUIRED CLOTHING

Lightweight clothes are advised for the summer months, mediumto heavyweight clothing is neccesary during the winter.

POPULATION (July 2010 estimate)

AIRLINES

7.627.200

A range of national and international carriers including: Air Baltic Turkish Airlines Somon Air Rossyia Airlines

ETHNIC GROUPS

Tajik 80% Uzbek 15% Russian & others 5%

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Tour features

DIFFICULTY

Services included in the price

EASY:

Hikes up to 3 hours per day – mostly on flat trails. Aimed at those looking for relaxing in unspoilt environments.

ACCOMMODATION

MID:

Hikes that typically last half a day, up to 5 hours, on partially steep trails. For these tours, some previous hiking experience is recommended as well as a good fitness condition.

HIGH:

Full day hikes, up to 6 hours, on partially steep trails and high mountain passes. A high level of fitness and experience is required.

Accommodation is provided either in ZTDA homestays and in tents, as specified in the tour description. According to the size of the group, tourists might be sharing the room with other tour members. For the list of ZTDA homestays and their features, see page 37.

FULL BOARD

In the mountains, for short hikes food may consist of sandwiches, fruit and sweets. For longer hikes traditional warm food will be prepared on spot. If you have special needs, like intolerances or vegetarian/vegan, we kindly ask you to inform your tour leader before your departure. At each homestay you have the possibility to choose amongst 6 types of menu (3 vegetarian and 3 standard menus). Alcoholic drinks are not included in any meal, but must be bought or ordered individually.

Things you shouldn’t forget at home · · · · · · · · · · ·

GUIDE

trekking boots comfortable (sports) and warm clothes hat/cap rain jacket with hood walking sticks towel sun block sunglasses camera medicines personal care items (soap, toothbrush etc.)

Local guides for the language of your choice will be on tour with you till the end of the tour.

DRIVER

A tour car and driver will be always available during the tour.

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

Mats, sleeping bags, tents, compass, binocular and kitchenware will be at your disposal throughout the tour. You can also rent other more gears directly from ZTDA.

COOK

Services not included in the price · · · ·

For longer hikes in the mountain a cook will take care of meals. Food is purchased especially for your trip and freshly cooked.

Flight to Tajikistan Visa and/or registration fees Travel/medical insurance Tips

DONKEY SERVICE

Donkeys and donkey handlers will carry the camp equipment to your destinations.

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Our Services

TRADITIONAL HOME STAYS

DONKEY SERVICE & HORSE BACK RIDING

ZTDA homestays offer a clean and comfortable place for resting and refreshing after your trip. The warm welcome you receive on your stay here is certainly one of the highlights of your visit to Tajikistan. ZTDA home stays are checked and classified every year. Only those meeting with ZTDA standards are selected to join our home stays network.

Children and grandfathers riding donkeys is probably the most common image of rural life in Tajikistan. If you want to explore mountains in a different way, as Tajiks do, ZTDA can arrange donkey riding tours for you. In some places, horse-back riding is also possible, but only if booked in advance.

GUIDING SERVICE

For your hikes to the mountains, donkeys and donkey handlers will take care of your heavy stuff and carry it to your final destination.

The Zeravshan Tourism Development Association is able to provide you with professional English, German, Russian, French and Tajik speaking guides and translators.

Feel free in a spectacular nature!

We only work with local guides because we want to make your experience with ZTDA really unforgettable! Our guides have spent their lives in these areas and are able to tell you all about their villages, culture and people. Everyone has his own secrets, anecdotes and stories to tell about the places you are visiting, because… Who knows the Zerafshan Valley better than its inhabitants?

DEMONSTRATIONS

One of the highlights of a journey is to experience the traditional life of Tajik villagers. In some villages you can get acquainted with the ancient methods of treating diseases using “Mumiyo” (a natural herbs tonic), in others with the traditional methods of weaving carpets, butter and traditional bread making etc.

TRANSPORT

Especially is summer, during your trip to the mountains, you can see women in the high pastures making kefir, chakka and butter with freshdrawn milk. You will be invited for a cup of tea and a taste of these mountain delicacies!

ZTDA is able to provide private transfer and pick-ups from, and to, every destination in Tajikistan. ZTDA only works with registered, experienced drivers who have also undertaken a preparation course with us.

FOLKLORE SHOWS

Our vehicles, 4x4 jeeps (Pajero, Land Cruiser, Musso...) and 4x4 minibuses (Starex) are in good technical condition and are suitable for mountain terrain.

Although Tajikistan is not a big country, the provinces can be distinguished by their traditions, customs and cultures. Quite often, even districts within the same province have different and unique history and dialects.

Please be aware that most of the roads to the suggested destinations aren’t paved, but dirt roads. To make your trip as comfortable as possible, several breaks are made along the way.

You may have the opportunity to be introduced to different types of singing and dancing by talented local artists during a folklore show.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Locals will be proud to show you their traditional songs and dances and invite you in a dance circle. Don’t be ashamed to try, Tajiks will be proud of you!

What we rent: tents, sleeping bags, boats, bicycles, gas stoves and cookers, backpacks, wind jackets, trekking boots, compass, binoculars and much more.

TAILOR-MADE TOURS

The Zeravshan Tourism Development Association offers you only the best, high-quality outdoor gear for your trip to the mountains.

Upon request ZTDA can design tours according to your preferences. All of the suggested tours in the catalogue can be modified by programme, duration and destinations.

For a complete list of our gears with pictures and features, please check out our website under the menu Services – Outdoor Equipment Rental.

For a quotation please send us a request to tic_panjakent@yahoo.com with the itinerary you are interested in, and we will provide you with an estimation within one working day.

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North Tajikistan

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Cities:

Khujand

Istaravshan

Zeravshan Valley

Yagnob Valley

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Khujand

Khujand is the capital of the northernmost province Sughd, situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. It is the second largest city in the country, after Dushanbe. During the Soviet time, Khujand was renamed Leninabad in 1939. The city kept this new name until 1990 when its ancient, historical name, Khujand, was restored.

Khujand in Figures

The city’s history dates back to ancient times. Authors state that Alexander the Great founded a Greek settlement in 329 BC called Alexandria Eschate or “Alexandria The Furthest”, the modern Khujand. Occupying a favorable location in the Ferghana valley, Khujand prospered for a long time and became a major staging point on the northern Silk Road, as well as an important commercial, crafts and cultural center. Khujand offers its visitors numerous ancient monuments, among which medieval citadels and mosques.

Population 149,000

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The famous Kairakum lake, better known as the Tajik sea, is situated to the east of the city. The 65km long and 8–20km wide “Sea” was formed as a result of damming the Syr Darya River for the construction of the Hydropower Station.

40km

Highlights

Syr Daria River Kairakum lake City Fortress and Museum Panjambe market Shaikh Masslahaddin mosque

The famous Panjshanbe city market (in Tajik “Thursday” as in former times Thursday was the main day for trade at this market) is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand, and one of the largest covered markets in Central Asia.

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Crafts of the Silk-Road

Crafts tour in Khujand and Istaravshan

This tour will be held in the Sughd region and consists of 2.5 days and 2 nights. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Tajik culture, history and traditions, meet with local artisans in their workshops and take part in traditional Tajik crafts such as ceramics (Adjoubei),  Suzane, wood carving (kandakori)  and Tajik handmade fabric (Chitbofi). The Sughd region from ancient times has been the center of art and crafts in Tajikistan. Here great masters have developed their techniques in textile manufacturing, wood carving, ceramics and musical instruments.

1. Day

“Chaorgumbas” has a very large and ancient Yolka tree (1,500 Arrival in Khujand. Before dinyears old). Drive back to Khujand ner you will meet Niyazov and free time. Sharifdzhan, a master of traditional national instruments. Afterwards dinner with delight3. Day ful, traditional concert. OverAfter breakfast, you will get acnight in hotel. quainted with the artisans of Khujand. First you will meet with Khomiljva  Farogat, a well known 2. Day and talented craftswomen. She After breakfast a bus will take will show you some examples you to Istaravshan city (1h). Here you will visit the  master  Gafurov  of traditional and contemporary suzani works . Ergashboy who uses traditional Also a visit to the Artisans bazaar, methods for the manufacturing to become familiar with other and firing of clay in the tandoor. varieties of handicrafts in Central His ceramic crafts (Adjoubei) can be seen in the museums of Asia. Afterwards we will take you  to Historical Museum in Khujand Khujand and Dushanbe. to learn more about Khujand’s Next you will meet with a wood history. carver Mirhalimom Yaheevym After lunch we visit the who will demonstrate his skill in famous wood carver of Histewood carving. You will learn how varz,  Komildzhon  Zuhurov.  He to make a traditional Tajik bread will show you his most recent stamps “Nonpar”.  Then you can creation: a tea house which he make your own “non” (bread) built with his sons and employat the bakery owned by his wife ees. Most of the carvers here and use your stamp to decorate are women. We will explain you it. about the design and technolAfter lunch we visit another ogy for creating stunning carved craftsman. Miramin Saidov  who ceilings and columns. masters one of the most interNext a short visit to the old esting and unique crafts, namely palace of Arbob. Afterwards, the art printing blocks. Miramim sightseeing and shopping at one will tell you everything about of the oldest bazaars in Khujand: this art and will share his antique Panjshanbe. Nearby you can tools with you, so all of you can admire the church “Sheikh Masmake your own printed scarf. lihaddin.” We will visit the Museum of Craft and the Old Mosque

from 255$

per person – 3 days – flight not included

Services included · Entrance fees · Local transportation · Accommodation in hotel · Full board · English speaking guide

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The Zeravshan-Valley and the Fann-Mountains

The Zerafshan Valley is an alpine area located in the basin of the upper river Zerafshan. The valley is surrounded by the Turkistan, Zerafshan and Hissor mountain ranges with the Zerafshan (Golden River in Tajik) and Yagnob rivers running through it. The valley contains parts of three districts of the Soghd Province: Panjakent, Ayni and Gorno Matcha. The population of the Zerafshan Valley is roughly 314,000 who reside in 254 villages and one town. The majority of the population is ethnic Tajik, with an ethnic Uzbek minority and a small Jagnobi community in the Jagnob valley. Ancestors of the Tajik’s, known as Sogdians, have lived for over 1,500 years along the Zerafshan Valley. Just outside Panjakent is the ancient city of Sarazm, often referred to as “The Pompeii of Central Asia”. The city is believed to be over 5,000 years old but was abandoned after the arrival of Indo-Iranians around 2,000 BC.

Administrative division

The climate in the Zerafshan Valley is semi-arid, this is due to the mountains to both the north and south preventing most moist air reaching the area. Rainfall follows an annual pattern with peaks in early winter and spring. From May to October, the weather is dry and calm, providing the valley with ideal conditions for trekking and mountaineering. Winters can be relatively mild but with high levels of snows in the mountains. Between January and May, there is a high avalanche risk in the mountains. This can often lead to the closing of the roads north, to Khujand and south, to Dushanbe.

Population

The area also has more than 40 glaciers, most of these are quite small but are often dramatically located above vertical cliffs. The longest is Zerafshan, the source of the river that lends its name to the region.

Zerafshan in Figures 3 Districts 254 villages 1 town

294,915 people

Area

11,500km

The Fann Mountains provide some of the most attractive scenery in the whole of Tajikistan. They are situated in the north west of the country, between the Hissar and Zerafshan Ranges, west of the Anzob pass. The Fann Mountains are often known as the “Land of Lakes”, thirty of which can be seen here in a wide variety of colours. This includes the legendary Iskanderkul Lake, believed to have been created by Alexander the Great. The amazingly colorful Alauddin and Kuli Kalon Lakes meanwhile are found in the narrow Zindon Valley. The Fann Mountains contain eleven peaks over 5,000 meters in height, the tallest of which is Chimtarga (5,489m).

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Highlights

Seven Lakes Iskanderkul Aloudin Lakes Kulikalon lakes

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The Seven Beauties of Shing

Tour Highlights

1. Day

Arrival in Panjakent. Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm, the oldest settlement in Central Asia more than 5,500 years old. Introduction to the history and culture of the old Sogdian region during a guided tour to the Ancient Panjakent Settlement. Lunch at traditional chaichona*, where you can taste the famous Panjakent pilaf*. After lunch we’ll go to the village Nofin (55km, 1h drive) located on the fourth lake. Introduction to the village. Hike to the fortress of Nofin. Lodging and dinner at the guesthouse “Najmiddin”.

2. Day

After breakfast, hike to the gorge Duoba (3hs, 10km). Lunch awaits us on our return to the village. After lunch you will see the art of carpet weaving in the Shing valley, and how Nofin people make mymio. Free time till dinner at the guesthouse.

3. Day

After breakfast we drive to the 6th lake, where our hike starts (7km, 20min). Our trip will be up to the 7th lake “Hazor*Curiosity chashma” (in Tajik “thousend springs”). Here we make a litChaichona is a traditional Tajik tea tle stop, then we proceed to house, usually beautifully decosummer pastures and finally rated with wooden engraved descend to the lake, where we pillars and colourful ceilings. have picnic lunch (8km, 4hs). Enjoy a cup of tea and a bite to eat After lunch we go back to the on relaxing tapchans (a raised 6th lake and drive to Shing platform that is used in Central to the guesthouse “MarguAsia and functions as a table, or zor”, where a surprise and a as a bed)! delicious dinner await us. Pilaf (in Tajik palov) is the traditional dish of Tajikistan. Tajiks love palov and would eat it 4. Day everyday. Palov is rice cooked After breakfast, we will have with carrots, onions and goat time to get acquainted with meat in special palov pots. The the beekeeper Khodzhaev who will show you his polov tastes even better if eaten with fingers, as the Tajiks do. apiary and the traditional way of honey-making. Around 11:00, we drive back to Panjakent.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes are required.

Accommodation

· UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm · Ancient Panjakent Settlement · Seven Lakes area · Handicraft show

Guesthouse Najmiddin, owner Shahmaevs, located at 12km from the 7th lake. Guesthouse Marguzor, owner Khojamovs, located at 34 km from the 7th lake.

from 373$

per person – 4 days – flight not included

The Legend of Shing “A long, long time ago, in Shing used to live a proud farmer who had seven daughters, each one more beautiful than the other. Rumors of their beauty went beyond their homelands. Hearing this, a man decided to go to Shing and ask for the hand of one of the farmer’s daughters... But the man was rude and ugly, so the farmer, who loved his daughters very much, refused the stranger. Angered, the stranger, who was an evil sorcerer, turned the seven beauties of Shing into seven lakes ...“

Tour features

Duration 4 days Altitude max 2,400m Difficulty easy hike Season 15 May–

15 October

Distance 120km by car

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12–15km on foot

Services included

· 3 nights in rural houses in FB · local transportation · guiding service · picnic provided on the lake‘s shore · entrance fees · folklore show


Alaudin-lakes

Tour Highlights · Sheperds’ yurts · Alaudin Lakes · Mutnoe Lake · Wild nature

*Curiosity A yurt or ger is a portable, felt covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used in the steppes of Central Asia. Kurut is a Tajik, very salty, handmade cheese. Piala is the Tajik tea cup

from 438$

1. Day

per person – 4 days – flight not included There are few places in the Zerafshan-Valley where nature shows us such unique beauty, but Alaudin lakes is one of these incredible places. Amazing, beautiful colors of the lake waters, clean air, mountain streams and high, snow covered peaks make it an ideal holiday spot for city dwellers who are tired of city life and stress.

Tour features Duration 4 days Altitude max 3.540mt Difficulty medium Season 15 June–

15 September

Distance 75km by car

Services included

· 1 night in rural house · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · donkey service · full board · cook · outdoor equipment

Drive to Marguzor village to the traditional guesthouse of Mr. Jumaev. On the way, whenever possible, we will visit the shepherds’ yurts*, which are very rare in these parts. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

2. Day

After breakfast we drive to Duoba, located at the fork of three gorges. Here begins our first trip to the Alaudin lakes (5km, 1.5hs). Here we can observe the animals in the summer quarters, try yogurt, milk, kurut*. You will spend the night beside the lake, where we make camp overnight in tents. Amazing night in the mountains under the bright stars and the peaceful surroundings!

3. Day

After breakfast we will hike to the Mutnoe lake (8km, 6hs; ± 800m). Along the way, beautiful views on the peaks Kaznok, Zamok (5,070m), Energy (5,105m) and Chimtarga (5,489m). The harsh nature of the alpine zones, hanging glaciers and steep moraine walls is impressive. We will also see rare birch trees and a small lake, nicknamed for its round shape “Lake Piala”*. In the late afternoon, return to the camp.

4. Day

After breakfast, walk around the amazing, colorful Alaudin lakes. The bravest can take a dip in the cold, but extraordinary clear water. Departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Marguzor, owner Jumaevs, located at 22km from the 1st of the Alaudin lakes.

25–28km on foot

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Golden Fanns

from 805$

per person – 11 days – flight not included

One of the legends about Alexander tells that... 1. Day

Today we delve into the era of the Soghdians with a sightseeing tour of Panjakent city, considered one of the oldest cities of Central Asia. After lunch a trip to the Seven Lakes, one of the most beautiful places in the Zerafshan Valley! There we will visit the first four lakes: Mizhgon, Soya, Husher and Nofin. Night in the guesthouse “Mijgon”.

2. Day

After breakfast, trekking to the seventh lake (10km, 3.5hs). On the way we see the other three lakes one of which, the Marguzor, is the largest of the lakes chain with a length of 4km. Overnight in tents on the seventh lake.

3. Day

Relaxing day to spend walking around the lake Hazorchashma. Overnight in tents.

4. Day

Today we cross the Tovasang Pass (3,307m). Enjoy the im-

pressive views from the pass. Overnight in tents along the river Sarimat.

5. Day

Today it’s Munora Pass (3,500m) turn. You will see places that you will never forget an amazingly beautiful little lake surrounded on three sides by mountains. It’s here that we set up our camp.

through a dense juniper, poplar and birch trees forest. Overnight in the guesthouse “Dilovar” where hot shower and lunch await us!

9. Day

Hike from Saratoga to the Iskanderkul Lake (5km, 1h), the legendary lake of Alexander the Great! The largest lake in the Pamir-Alai Mountain Range, the pearl of the Fanns! Overnight in 6. Day Easy day hike to the river tents on the lake shore. Archamaydan (12km, 4hs) to the area of Sari Ob that means 10. Day beginning of water! Walking around the lake The saddle pass Dukdon is Iskanderkul (10km). Today we visible from a short distance. will see the stunning waterfall, Incredibly beautiful scenery will jokingly called the Fann Niagara, amaze you! Overnight in tents. the five springs whose water is said to be curative, and the Snake Lake which was once part 7. Day of the Iskandarkul Lake. OverWe cross today the pass Dukdon night in tents. (3,812m – 13km, 7hs), our last pass, over the glacier. Overnight at the foot of the pass. 11. Day Departure

8. Day

It’s time to descend along the river Karakul to the village of Saratoga (4km, 1h). We will go

...Alexander the Great during his campaign to India, reached the Iskandarkul lake where he built his camp. He had a favorite horse named Bucephalus, which means “ox-head.” After crossing the steep passes of the Kuhistan mountains, his exhausted horse drank the lake cold water and got sick. But it wasn’t any longer possible to stay on the shore of the lake. He had to hurry. Alexander convened a council of elders and asked them how Bucephalus will be. After much debate, all came to a consensus: to leave with a few soldiers Bucephalus on the lake’s shore, til it will be cured. Alexander the Great was brought another horse. He sat down on it and with all the army he moved on. The others, pitched a tent near the cave and began to look after Bucephalus. After some time, the horse recovered. Grooms fed it with selected grains and pure spring water. It was time to hit the road again when something incredible happened to Bucephalus: it suddenly began to fend off everybody and stopped eating and drinking. And so it was for several days. And then on a beautiful Day Bucephalus climbed up to the cape, raised up his muzzle and neighed so aloud, that the eco of its voice rolled over the lake. Then it jumped into the cold water, where it sank to the bottom. And now here you can see the horse, on the 14th Day of full moon when the moon shines its light on the green lake. The wind begins to blow sharp and water to seethe in the middle of the lake. From the white foam comes ashore a white-grey horse to graze in the meadows and play until the morning. And with the dawn it returns back into the water. Sometimes, Bucephalus breaks out, jumps from cliff to cliff, from mountain to mountain ... Its ride shakes the mountain and makes stones fall. Locals say that Bucephalus had drown itself in the lake, having smelled the death of his master, who, having conquered India, on the way back got very sick and before reaching the country, died.

Tour features Our tips

Duration 11 days

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required. Binocular and camera highly recommended!

Altitude max 3,812m

Accommodation

Season 15 June–

Guesthouse Mijgon, owner Boturov, located in Padrud village at 10km from the 7th lake. Guesthouse Dilovar, owner Davlatov, located at 9km from the Iskanderkul lake.

Difficulty medium/high

15 September

Distance 220km by car

17

84km on foot

Services included

· 2 nights in rural guesthouses · 8 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · donkey service · cook · outdoor equipment


From Magian to Iskanderkul

1. Day

Tour Highlights · Panjakent city · Komichora Pass · Seven Lakes · Tovasang Pass · Munora Pass · Pshtikul Lake · Dukdon Pass · Iskanderkul Lake

from 870$

per person – 12 days – flight not included

The lakes were created as a result of frequent earthquakes or mud slides. They are mostly filled with melted waters received from the glaciers in the upper reaches of the valley. The lakes and their altitudes are: · Mijgon at 1,640m · Saya at 1,740m · Gushor · Nofin at 1,820m · Hurdak at 1,870m · Marguzor at 2,140m · Hazorchashma

One of the seven lakes is named Hushyor (vigilant) because poisonous snakes are found in the area. Another interesting lake – Hazorchashma (one thousand springs) – is fed by many springs and small streams. Birch trees grow around the lake, and it is said that the seeds of these trees were sown by the birds. During ancient times one of the branches of the Great Silk Road passed along this lake.

Altitude max 3.812mt Difficulty medium/high Season 15 June–

15 September

Distance 270km by car

2. Day

Rest and relaxation day.

3. Day

· 1 night in rural house · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · donkey service · full board · cook · outdoor equipment

8. Day

Hike along the river up to Archamaydan meadows (12km, 5hs). Overnight in tents.

9. Day

Today we will cross the Dukdon Pass (3,812m) (16km, 6hs). We will set up our camp in a juniper grove. Overnight in tents.

4. Day

Descend down the river through the village of Karakul to the village of Saratoga (5km, 1.5hs). Overnight in the guesthouse “Dilovar”.

Today you can admire the beautiful gems of the Fann Mountains the Marguzor lakes* on the way to the guesthouse “Mijgon” in Padrud village. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Today we cross the Tovasang Pass (3,307m) (14km, 5.5hs). Overnight in tents in the area of Sarimat.

Services included

7. Day

After breakfast we start climbing the Komichora Pass (3,300m), up to the 7th lake Hazorchashma (18km, 7hs). Overnight in tents by the lake.

5. Day

Tour features Duration 12 days

Today we go up to Munora Pass (3,520m) (14km, 7hs). Afterwards we descend to the Pshtikul Lake. You will marvel at the extraordinary panorama. Overnight in tents by the lake.

After a short visit to the fort “Inogbekat” we start hiking towards the Komichora pass (17km, 5hs). Overnight in tents near the kishlak Rognich.

*Curiosity

6. Day

Arrival in Panjakent. After exploring the legacy of the ancient Soghdians in Panjakent, we drive to the guesthouse in Magian (55km, 2hs). Here you can take a rest and acclimatize. Dinner and overnight.

10. Day

11. Day

Today we walk to the legendary Iskanderkul Lake (5km, 1.5hs), where our trip ends. Overnight in tents along the lake shores.

12. Day

Departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required. Good physical preparation.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Magian, owner Bobojanovs, located at 52km from Panjakent Guesthouse Dilovar, owner Davlatov, located in Saratog village at 9km from Iskanderkul Lake.

108km on foot

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From Magian to the Seven Lakes

from 408$ 1. Day

Arrival in Panjakent and cultural tour. After lunch, we drive to the guesthouse in the Magian village (55km, 2hs). During an evening walk we will visit the fortress “Inogbek”* where locals will tell you its story.

you can get beautiful views of the Fann Mountains. At the saddle point we will have picnic lunch. Then we descend to the 7th lake where we set up our camp. You will spend a night in the arms of the mountains under a terrific sky full of stars.

2. Day

4. Day

Today we head towards the After breakfast we will see the Rognich village (17km, 5hs). The main attraction: the Marguzor village will charm you. This is lakes. They are like a string of the region of fast flowing rivers, beads, strung out along the Shing snow-capped mountains, narriver, which flows in a deep, and row canyons, where every place sometimes very narrow, gorge. has its own history. Lunch in the At the 4th lake we stop at the area of Tanga. Overnight in tents guesthouse “Najmiddin” (9km, near the villages and dinner. 3hs) where we will have lunch and dinner.

3. Day

Today we go over the Komichora Pass (3,300m) (18km, 7hs) where

5. Day

Departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Mijgon, owner Boturov, located in Padrud village at 10km from the 7th lake. Guesthouse Najmiddin, owner Shahmaevs, located at 12km from the 7th lake.

per person – 5 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Panjakent city · Seven Lakes · Komichora Pass

*Curiosity The route of this tour takes place in the western part of the Zerafshan Valley which covers Magian and the Shing Valley, a natural border dividing the Fann Mountains into east and west. Inogbek was an evil major of Magian who forced villagers and

even pregnant women to build his castle at the end of the 19th century. Villagers, tired of his tyranny, went to Amir Olimchon, king of Buchara to complain. The king decided to punish Inogbek and killed him in Magian.

Tour features Duration 5 days Altitude 3,300m Difficulty easy Season 1 June–

15 September

Distance 185km by car

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44km on foot

Services included

· 2 nights in rural guesthouses · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · donkey service · cook · outdoor equipment


Hat of Alexander

The route of the tour takes place in the easternpart of the Fann Mountains. Throughout the tour you will be able to enjoy the pristine beauty of nature. The mountain rivers, the legendary Iskanderkul Lake, juniper forests, birch groves, an impressive waterfall, springs of the purest water will delight your eyes. This tour is design for you to be fully immersed in of one of the most picturesque areas of Central Asia, the Fann Mountains. Unique wilderness, the charming beauty of snow-capped mountains, blue mountain lakes and rivers make this tour an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

from 345$

per person – 4days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Havzak hole · Wildlife · Iskanderkul Lake · Five springs · Snake Lake · Fann Niagara waterfall

*Curiosity The Iskanderkul Lake is the largest lake in the Pamir Alai Range (72m) and one of the most beautiful in Tajikistan. Its very unique history has reached us in the form of numerous legends and traditions from the time of Alexander the Great. The remarkably beautiful and majestic waterfall called Fann Niagara, (38m high) is fed by the stormy river Iskanderdarya, flowing out of the Iskanderkul Lake.

Tour features Duration 12 days Altitude max 3,812m Difficulty medium/high Season 15 June–

15 September

Distance 70km by car

Services included

· 1 night in rural house · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · donkey service · full board · cook · outdoor equipment

1. Day

Arrival at the guesthouse “Dilovar” in Saratoga village. Once settled down, we take you for a walk through the village and its surroundings. Overnight at guesthouse.

2. Day

Hike to Maslihattepe (13–15km). Stop in the Havzak hole for observing wildlife (partridges and if you’re lucky even bears!). Picnic lunch in Maslihattepe. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Saratoga.

3. Day

Trekking to the Iskanderkul Lake* skirting the hat of Alexander. Picnic lunch on the mountain Chulbui. After lunch we descent to Iskanderkul Lake where we set up our camp by the lake. Overnight in tents.

4. Day

Today we discover the main attractions of Iskandarkul: the five springs, the Snake Lake which was once part of Iskandarkul lake and of course the biggest waterfall of the Zerafshan Valley called the Fann Niagara*. Picnic lunch and departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required. Binocular and camera are a must take.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Dilovar, owner Davlatov, located in Saratog village at 9km from Iskanderkul Lake.

45km on foot

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From Iskanderkul to Alaudin-lakes

from 255$

per person – 3 days – flight not included

1. Day

Arrival in Saratog village at the guest house “Dilovar” in the early afternoon. Time to relax in the beautiful mountanous environment. Dinner and overnight stay at the guest house.

2. Day

After breakfast we take a trip to the legendary Alexander Lake, about which there are many legends (10km, 3hs). There we will examine its surroundings:

Tour Highlights the 38m high waterfall, the 5 springs and the Serpent Lake. After our picnic lunch by the lake we will drive to Aloudin lakes. Short track (5km) to the lakes and dinner. Overnight in tents by the lake.

3. Day

After breakfast free time to stroll around the lakes. After lunch, departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Dilovar, owner Davlatov, located in Saratog village at 9km from Iskanderkul Lake.

· Iskanderkul Lake · 38m high waterfall · 5 springs · Snake Lake · Aloudin lakes

Tour features Duration 3 days Altitude max 2,780m Difficulty easy Season 15 June–

15 September

Distance 110km by car

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18km on foot

Services included

· 1 night in rural guesthouse · 1 night in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · cook · outdoor equippment


Land of Lakes-Tour

*Curiosity

from 475$

per person – 5 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Laudan Pass · Kulikalon Lakes · Fann Mountains · Aloudin Pass · Chapdara Peak and river valley · Aloudin Lakes

In the late 15th century, the greatgrandson of Tamerlane, (the ruler of Fergana and the future founder of the Mongol empire in India), together with the leader, scholar and poet Muhammad Bobur Zahereddin traveled to this region and wrote accounts of these places. The famous geographer Alexander Lehmann visited Iskanderkul in 1841. In 1870 the well-known scientist and explorer AP Fedschenko visited the Fann Mountains, but the most significant development of the area as a tourist destination followed the visit of NV Paganuzzi in 1964 who decided to open up the area for tours.

Tour features Duration 5 days Altitude max 3,860m Difficulty medium–difficult Season 15 June–

15 September

Drive to Duoba, located at the branching of the three gorges. You will feel immediately energized thanks to the extremely fresh air.

2. Day

Today we hike over the Laudan Pass (3,630m) to the Kulikalon lakes (12.5km + 830m, 6hs). You are here in the very middle of the Fanns! From the top of the pass the beauty of the Fann Mountains*, the five thousand metre high Kulikalon wall and lake will take your breath away! Overnight in tents near the Kulikalon lake.

3. Day

Easy walking around the lakes, several of them of the purest emerald-blue waters. Time for pictures, swimming, and

Services included

· 4 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · cook · outdoor equipment

relax. Tomorrow it’s time for a difficult pass. Picnic lunch and dinner, overnight in tents. Most of you will feel the greatness and the magic of the mountains by spending the night under a sky full of stars!

4. Day

We go over the Aloudin Pass (3,860m) today (7km, 6hs, 960–1,060m), headed to the Aloudin lakes. On the pass saddle, spectacular views of the Chapdara Peak (5,197m) and the Chapdara river valley. Far below, clearly visible is the Alaudin lakes bowl with amazing blue-ultramarine waters. Camp on the lake (2,800m) and overnight in tents.

5. Day

Departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, hat, sunglasses, sun cream are required.

Accommodation

Distance 75km by car

1. Day

We can provide every participant with single, double and triple tents.

53km on foot

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High Mountains and Wonderful-Lakes-Tour

1. Day

Transfer to the alpine camp Artuch. On the way visit the mausoleum of Abuabulloh Rudaki, the founder of classic Tajik literature. In Artuch, lunch. After a short rest we hike up to the Chukurak Lake (1h) where it is possible to swim. Return to the camp, dinner and overnight in tents.

2. Day

After breakfast we start our trekking to the magnificent Kulikalon Lake (10km 3–4hs). On arrival, picnic lunch and relax around the lake! The bravest can take a dip into the amazingly clear water (the water temperature is +9–12°C). Picnic dinner and overnight in tents.

3. Day

Today we go over the Laudan Pass (3,630m) (12.5km, +830m, 6hs) to reach the Kulikalon lakes (2,800m). On arrival we set up our camp. Picnic dinner and overnight in tents.

4. Day

One day hike today to the Mutnoe Lake (8km, 5–6hs; ± 800m) with astonishing view over the peaks Kaznok, Zamok (5,070m), Energy (5,105m) and Chimtarga (5,489m). High in the sky eagles can be seen flying. In the late afternoon we will return to the camp in Kulikalon.

5. Day

Departure.

Our tips

The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, hat, sunglasses, sun cream are required.

Accommodation

We can provide every participant with single, double and triple tents.

Tour Highlights · Rudaki Mausoleum · Chukurak Lake · Kulikalon Lakes · Laudan Pass · Mutnoe Lake · Peaks Kaznok, Zamok, Energy, Chimtarga

from 440$

per person – 5 days – flight not included

Tour features Duration 5 days Altitude 3,630m Difficulty medium Season 1 June –

15 September

Distance 160km by car

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75km by foot

Services included

· 4 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · cook · outdoor equipment


To upper Zerafshan

1. Day

Arrival in Veshab. Dinner and overnight at the traditional home stay “Sari Osiyo” in Veshab.

from 368$

per person – 5 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Veshab Millenium Village · Folklore show · Mastchoh · Tabaspin Gorge

*Curiosity

2. Day

The Obbudron is an 18th century fortress. It is one of many forts built by local kings of Maschoh region, who were continuously warring with each other. In the Zar time, Kuhistone Masthcho was an Autonomus region of the Samarqand District in Turkestan.

Tour features Duration 5 days Altitude max 2,700m Difficulty easy–medium Season 15 July–

15 September

Services included

· 3 nights in rural guesthouses · 1 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · outdoor equipment · folklore show

Our tips

After breakfast we will explore the village. After lunch we will go the remotest distric in the Valley: Kuhistone Mastchoh. On the way we will visit the ancient Obburdon fortress*. Dinner and overnight at the homestay “Habib” in Langar.

4. Day

After breakfast we will drive towards Tabaspin Gorge (10km). The car will drop us on the highest point, where we will start our hike along the Tabaspin river. Picnic lunch on the river bank. By evening we will reach the gold mine, where we will set up our camp. Overnight in tents.

5. Day

Free morning. After lunch departure.

The tour passes through mountainous terrain. Good physical conditions are required. You must have comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Accommodation

Distance 175km by car

After breakfast we will hike to the summer pastures, through the orchards located on the upper side of the village. Here we will try fresh milk and yogurt. After a short rest we will hike down through beautiful landscapes to Veshab. Lunch awaits you at the guesthouse. In the evening the talented music teacher and his pupils will introduce you to the local traditional music and singing. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

3. Day

Guesthouse Sari Osiyo, owner Atoev, located in Veshab village. Guesthouse Habib, owner Kholov, located in Langar village.

18–20km on foot

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Tour to the ancient Sogdiana

1. Day

Arrival in the Margeb Village.* Dinner and overnight at traditional home stay “Sayoh”.

2. Day

We proceed along the Yagnob River to the heart of Yagnob Gorge: the settlements of Pskon and Naumetcan (7km, 2hs). In the Pskon Village the local musicians Boboi Inoyat and Boimurot will entertain you with yangobian songs. After lunch we will go to the eastern part of the Valley towards Qirionte Village (10km, 3hs). On the way we will see 7 pillars still remaining from the Zoroastrian times. Legend about these pillars will be told by Qirionte villagers during dinner. Dinner and overnight in the camp close to Qirionte village.

After breakfast we drive to Shahsara (25km, 1h) and from here we will start our hike to the Yagnob Village Naumetkan (6km, 3hs) where 12 families live here. Excursion and lunch in a traditional Yagnob house.* After lunch we will continue our hike towards Tangi Chanor (1km, 30min). Dinner and overnight in the camp. During the hike you will see alpine pastures which extend between the mountain ranges 4. Day to the north and south of the After breakfast we will have a valley. Wildlife is abundant, parchance to visit places with petroticularly birds including the large glyphs. Then we will hike down lammergeyer and eagles. to Pskon village (10km, 3hs). Marmots are the most frequentHere we will have lunch and then ly encountered animals of the a short visit to the local school Yagnob fauna. that serves children from 8 families. By evening we will reach the village of Naumetkan (12km, 3. Day 4hs), where the car will take After breakfast we start our hike you back to Margheb (32km, towards the “Yagnob Canyon” 1.5hs). Dinner and overnight at called by locals TANGI (narrow the home stay “Zaminkaror” in gorge) (4km, 1h). It is located at Margheb. the crossing of two rivers called Duoba. Close to Duoba we will visit an ancient stone mill, which 5. Day is still working. Departure.

Our tips

The tour passes through mountainous terrain. Good physical conditions are required. You must have comfortable shoes, raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes and a camera.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Sayoh, owner Rasulov, located in Margheb village. Guesthouse Zaminkaror, owner Dustbekov, located in Margheb village.

from 375$

per person – 5 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Margheb and Yagnob house · Tangi Chanor · Wildlife · Music show in Pskon · Quirionte village and the 7 Zoroastrian pillars and petroglyphs In the 1st millennium B.C., Soghd (Sogdiana or Sogdia) was a center of a developed ancient civilization with high levels of culture, arts and crafts. In the VIIIth century the troops of the Arab Caliphate invaded Central Asia, and with fire and sword spread a new religion – Islam. The Sogdians escaped through this inaccessible mountain gorge. At the eastern edge of the Zerafshan Valley, it is still possible to hear the Sogdian language being spoken. This was the language of the Persian kings – the language of Roxanne, the wife of Alexander the Great. In the 1970’s many inhabitants of the higher territories of Zarafshan Valley were resettled to undeveloped lands of present Ganchi, Zafarabad and Matcha districts. Among this population there were Yagnobian people too. But in the 1990’s after Tajikistan gained independence many began returning back to their own villages. Today there are Yagnobies living in 14 of the 22 villages remaining in the valley. The villages are located on the height of 2,500– 3,000m. Here they have been striving to preserve their culture and traditions, including elements of their ancestors’ fire worshiping Sogdian religion, Zoroastrianism.

*Curiosity Margheb (1,700m) means “green, blossoming place”, and on arrival you can clearly see where the name originates from. One of the most stunning sites is a one- kilometer rock, which soars above the Village, called Zaminkaror, or “Holder of the Earth”. The traditional house of Yagnobians is very low and has small apertures instead of windows. It is divided into MUR – the room, where the stove (inkir in Sogdians or tandir in Tajik) for baking bread is. The ceiling in this room has one hole to let the smoke come out; KANNA – the room for processing and storing the milk products; PISTIK – the room for other storages, and small corridor. The central part of Yagnob area is divided in four smaller parts: Soyara – “in a shadow”, Aftobu – “on a sun side”, Kul river valley and Pskon. The most amazing fact is that the small areas have their own ethnographical features too. People living in four parts speak different dialects of the Yagnob language.

Tour features Duration 5 days Altitude max 2,000m Difficulty medium Season 15 July–

15 September

Distance 180km by car

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54km on foot

Services included

· 2 nights in rural guesthouses · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · outdoor equipment · donkey service


Pearls of the Fann-Mountains

1. Day

Arrival in Narvad where we will have lunch at a traditional home stay. After lunch drive to the lake of Alexander, the biggest lake in the Fann Mountains,* and visit the local features: 5 springs, Snake Lake and the 38m high waterfall “Fann Niagara”. Then we drive to Marguzor village (40km, 1hr) to the homestay “Marguzor”. Dinner and overnight at the home stay.

2. Day

from 425$

per person – 7 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights · Iskanderkul and surroundings · Alaudin Lakes · Laudan Pass · Kuli Kalon Lakes · Artuch and Chukurak Lake · Mausoleum Rudaki · Istaravshan

*Curiosity According to one legend, Alexander the Great created the lake by damming the river in order to annihilate a village that had opposed him.

Tour features Duration 7 days Altitude max 3,400m Difficulty medium–difficult Season 15 Juny–

15 September

Services included

· 4 nights in rural guesthouses · 2 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · full board · outdoor equipment · donkey service

After breakfast we drive up to the guesthouse “Alauddin” close to three gorges. From here we start hiking to the Allauddin Lakes (10km, 5hs). Picnic lunch on the shore of the 4th lake. In the afternoon we come back to the guesthouse where local artists will perform for you a traditional music and dance show. Dinner and overnight stay at the home stay.

3.Day

After breakfast we start hiking over the Laudan Pass (3,400m) to the Kuli Kalon Lakes. Picnic lunch on the pass with beautiful view over the peaks. At the Kuli Kalon Lakes we set up our camp.

Dinner and overnight in tents on the shore the lake.

4. Day

Today we descend through a beautiful scenery to the alpine camp “Artuch” (4–5hs). Lunch and afterwards we hike to the small Chukurak Lake (3km, 40min) where you can swim. Dinner and overnight at Artuch.

5. Day

After breakfast we set off towards Istarafshan over the Shahristan Pass (3,370m). On the road we visit the mausoleum of the famous Tajik Persian poet A. Rudaki in Panjrud village. Dinner and overnight in the home stay in Istarafshan.

6. Day

After breakfast we will explore the ancient city of Istarafshan: the remains of Istarafshan’s hill fortress, the mausoleum of Bobo Tago and Ghor-Humbaz and the complexes of Sari Mazor and Hazrati Shoh, and one of the biggest bazaars in central Asia. Overnight at the homestay.

7. Day

Departure.

Our tips

The tour passes through mountainous terrain. Good physical conditions are required. You must have comfortable shoes, raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes and a hat.

Accommodation

Distance ±400km

Guesthouse Marguzor, owner Jumaev, located in Marguzor village.

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Kuli-Kalon-Lakes

1. Day

5. Day

Arrival in Panjakent and sightseeing. After lunch we drive to the amazing seven lakes, up to the Padrud village. Dinner and overnight at the home stay “Mijgon” on the 4th lake.

Today we go over the Guitan Pass (2,800m) to the Chukurak Lake where we set up our camp. Overnight on the shore of the lake.

2. Day

We descend to Artuch camp and start hiking along the river to the Kuli Kalon Lakes. Overnight in tents on the shore of the lake.

After breakfast we hike up to the seventh lake Hazorchashma (4hs). Dinner and overnight in tents on the lake shore.

3. Day

Today we hike up the Tovasang Pass (3,307m). Overnight in tents close to Zebonion.

4. Day

We hike up to the Zimtud village. Dinner and overnight at the home stay “Zimtud”.

from 520$

6. Day

per person – 9 days – flight not included

Tour Highlights

7. Day

· Panjakent city · Seven Lakes · Tovasang Pass · Guitan Pass · Chukurak Lake · Kuli Kalon Lakes · Laudan Pass · Allaudin Lakes

Today you can enjoy your rest day in the beautiful surroundings of the Kuli Kalon lakes.

8. Day

You are now ready for the Laudan Pass (3,523m) and the marvelous Allauddin lakes. Overnight in tents on the lake shore.

Tour features

9. Day

Duration 9 days

Departure.

Our tips

The tour passes through mountainous terrain. Good physical conditions are required. You must have comfortable shoes, raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes and a hat.

Accommodation

Guesthouse Mijgon, owner Boturov, located in Padrud village. Guesthouse Zimtud, owner Kholmurodov, located in Zimtud village.

Altitude max 3,523m Difficulty easy–medium Season 01 June–

15 September

Distance ±400km

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Services included

· 2 nights in rural guesthouses · 6 nights in tents · local transportation · guiding service · cook · full board · outdoor equipment · donkey service


Pamir

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The Pamir Mountains are among the world’s highest mountains. They’re known locally as Bam-i-Dunya, literally “Roof of the World”. The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan offer some of the most magnificent landscapes, picturesque rural scenes, exciting trekking routes and genuine hospitality. The Pamirs have been known since the earliest times. Marco Polo, on his way to China, described the Pamirs in his travel book. Most of the Pamir Mountains are located in Tajikistan, the rest in the western part of the Chinese province of Xinjiang, and in the Badakhshan province in north-western Afghanistan. Badakhshan is characterized by deep, small and narrow valleys, sheer peaks and small green villages. The climate is continental and dry, with warm and sunny summers and cold winters. The eastern half of the region is a country of high arid deserts, strong wind, dazzling sun and yaks, characterized by comparably low mountains (4,500–6,000m). It gives home largely to Kyrgyz herders living in yurts. The climate here is very dry and cold. In summer temperatures are up to 25°C during the day and to 0°C at night. The three highest mountains of the Pamirs are the Ismoil Somoni Peak (7,495m), the Lenin Peak (7,134m) and the Korzhenevskaya Peak (7,105m). The longest glacier outside the Polar region is the 77km long Fedchenko Glacier. The Pamir is drained by the numerous tributaries of the Vakhsh and Panj Rivers which feed into the Amu-Darya, Central Asia’s greatest river. Many interesting animals can be seen in the mountain, such as the giant Marco Polo sheep, marmots, ibexes, wolves, brown bears, hares and the rarely seen snow leopards. The Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous oblast, or GBAO, covers 45% of Tajikistan’s territory with only 212,000 inhabitants (3% of Tajikistan’s population), divided between Pamiris and Kyrgyz. In contrast to the rest of Tajikistan, the majority of the people living in the Pamirs are Ismailis.

Pamirs in Figures Population

approx. 205,000 The Western Pamirs (approx. 190,000) are inhabited by people of Irano-European extraction, while the Eastern Pamirs (approx. 15,000) by people of Turkic extraction.

Area

approx. 64,000km

OUR TRAVELING TIPS

For entering the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast – GBAO and visit the Pamirs, a special permit is required. GBAO permit can be obtained at Tajik embassies and consulates abroad at the time of applying for Tajikistan visa, or by applying to MFA or OVIR once in Tajikistan. An additional permit is also required for trips to the Lake Sarez. It can be obtained at the Committee for Emergency Situations at Lohuti Street in Dushanbe. Lake Zorkul and some regions along Chinese or Afghan borders also require additional permits. You may have trouble with altitude sickness in the Pamirs. Consult your doctor for advice and medication before your departure. Don’t forget to take appropriate medication with you against diarrhea either. Remember to take warm clothes with you even in summer, but especially if you’re traveling from late October to early April.

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Highlights

Pamir Highway Wakahn corridor Iskashim Khorog Murgab Hot springs of BibiFatima Jelondi Garmchashma Karakul and Sarez lakes

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From Kalaikhum to Ishkashim

1. Day

Drive to Kalaikhum through the Sagirdasht Pass (3,250m). Overnight in guesthouse.

2. Day

Drive from Kalai-Khumb Khorog. Overnight in hotel.

to

3. Day

Visit Khorog highlights: park, handicraft shop, museum etc. Overnight in hotel.

4. Day 

In the morning we drive to Sezhd village, trek to Durumqul Lake (2–3hs). The rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight in tents.

7. Day

In the morning visit to the local bazaar, and drive to Cheshtebe area. This area is very famous among the cattle and sheep breeders. Overnight in a Kyrgyz yurt.

8. Day

Drive through Zorkul Lake (also called Victoria Lake) to Langar village. The closest border with Afghanistan is on in this route. Overnight at home stay.

Drive to Jawshangoz village. Here you can see the ruins of pre Islamic fortress, graves etc. Then we head to the Jelondi hot spring where you can take a relaxing bath. Overnight in guesthouse.

In the morning trek to petroglyphs carved into the rock, depicting mountain goats, caravans, horse riders with banners. Then drive to Yamchun fortress which is a pre-Islamic fortress near the very famous hot springs of Pamirian people Bibi Fotima. Visit to the fortress and relaxing bath in the hot spring. Overnight in hotel

6. Day

10. Day

5. Day

Drive to Sumanqul Lake and then to Alichur village. This village is the biggest in Western Pamirs. Then we head to Murghab. Overnight at home stay.

from 996$

9. Day

Departure.

per person – 10 days – flight not included

Tour features Duration 10 days Difficulty easy Season 15 April–

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25 October

Services included

· accommodations in hotels, home stays, yurt and tent as mentioned above · transportation by Land Cruiser (4x4) · local English speaking guides at sites · GBAO permission · entrance fees for the hot springs and National Park area


From Kalaikhum to Khorog

1. Day

Drive to Kalaikhum through the Sagirdasht Pass (3,250m). Overnight in guesthouse

2. Day

Drive from Kalai-Khumb to Bartang. Overnight at home stay.

3. Day

The Bartang valley is the area of the the most potentially dangerous lake lake in the world, formed in 1911 as the result of a strong earthquake. If the dam of the ever collapses, more than 5 million people would be affected. Overnight at home stay.

from 924$

per person – 9 days – flight not included

Tour features Duration 9 days Difficulty easy Season 15 April–

25 October

· accommodations in hotels, home stays, yurt and tent as mentioned above · transportation by Land Cruiser (4x4) · local English speaking guides at sites · GBAO permission · entrance fees for the hot springs and National Park area

Drive to Murghab. Overnight in Kyrgyz yurts.

5. Day

8. Day

Drive to Alichur village, the biggest village of the western Pamirs. Then head to Langar village. Overnight at home stay.

We continue our trip through Shughnan, Rushan districts to Kalaikhum. Overnight in guesthouse.

6. Day

9. Day

Drive to Yamchun pre Islamic fortress and bath in Bibi Fotima

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7. Day

Drive to Khorog, the Capital of the Tajik Pamirs with a population of 30,000 inhabitants. Here you have the chance to buy local handicrafts, visit the beautiful city park which has a pool for swimming. Overnight in hotel.

4. Day Services included

hot springs. Then we head to Ishkashim. Ishkashim is a small town at the mouth of the Wakhan corridor, where the Great Game ended. We drive along the south side of the river where you can enjoy amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right. Many peaks above 6,000m are clearly visible. Overnight in hotel.

Departure.


From Kalaikhum to Vanj

1. Day

6. Day

Drive to Kalaikhum through Drive to Zorkul Lake (also called Sagirdasht Pass (3,250m). OverVictoria Lake). If you are lucky night in guesthouse. you might have the opportunity to see the famous Marco Polo sheep. Overnight in a Kyrgyz 2. Day yurt. Drive from Kalai-Khumb to Khorog. Free time. Overnight in hotel. 7. Day Drive to Murghab village. Overnight at home stay. 3. Day Visit of Khorog highlights: city park, handicraft shop, museum 8. Day etc. Overnight in hotel. Today we visit the Sumanqul Lake. Afterwards we drive to Jelondi hot spring which has 4. Day medical properties, especially In the morning we drive to Garmfor bones. Overnight in guestchashma village, and trek to minhouse. eral waters. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Relax in the hot waters of the springs! Overnight 9. Day in hotel in Garmchashma. We continue our trip through Shughnan, Rushan districts. Our end point is Vanj district which 5. Day is very famous for its nuts and Drive to Yamchun village. You will delicious mountain honey. Overvisit the pre Islamic fortress, and night at home stay. have again the chance to take a bath in the hot spring. Then we head to Langar through the 10. Day villages of Vrang and Yamg. Departure. During the USSR time, the road to Pakistan was built near this area. Overnight in guesthouse.

from 946$

per person – 11 days – flight not included

Tour features Duration 11 days Difficulty easy Season 15 April–

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25 October

Services included

· accommodations in hotels, home stays, yurt and tent as mentioned above · transportation by Land Cruiser (4x4) · local English speaking guides at sites · GBAO permission · entrance fees for the hot springs and National Park area


Tour through the Pamirs

Tajikistan – Afghanistan – Kyrgyzstan

1. Day

Arrival in Kalai-Khumb and visit. Overnight at traditional homestay.

2. Day

Drive from Kalai-Khumb to Khorog. Follow the fascinating road along the Afghan border. Afghan territory is only 100m away! Overnight in hotel in Khorog.

*Curiosity

from 1.245$

per person – 11 days – flight not included

3. Day

Murghab means “river of the birds” in the Persian language. Murghab is the capital of one of the districts of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. It is the highest town in Tajikistan at 3,650m above sea level.

Tour features Duration 11 days Difficulty easy Season 15 April–

25 October

Services included

· accommodations in hotels, home stays, yurt and tent as mentioned above · transportation by Land Cruiser (4x4) Tajikistan/Afghanistan (ev. Kyrgyzstan) · visa fees for Afghanistan · full board · local English speaking guides at sites · GBAO permission · entrance fees for the hot springs and National Park area.

In the morning we cross the Afghan border in Tem and travel to Shoghnan. Overnight at the homestay.

4. Day

7. Day

In the morning we drive to Bulunkul village along the Afghanistan border. Then visit to the Sumanqul Lake. Overnight in yurt.

8. Day

Drive to Sumanqul in the area of Cheshtepa where you will become acquainted with the people and their nomadic life.

9. Day

In the afternoon we travel to Murghab centre*. Visit of the city. Overnight at a home stay.

Drive to Shiva Lake where you will explore its surroundings and become familiar with traditional nomad living conditions. Overnight stay in tents on the Shiva Lake shore.

Drive to Qarakul Lake, the biggest lake of Tajikistan. Overnight at homestay.

5. Day

11. Day

10. Day

In the morning, we travel back to Shoghnan village. Then we cross the bridge and travel to Khorog, Tajikistan. Visit of Khorog. Overnight in Hotel in Khorog.

Travel to Osh Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in hotel.

6. Day

12. Day

We drive to Ishkashim and visit the hot spring of Garmchashma. Then we drive to the Wakhan area to visit the pre Islamic fortress of Yamchun. Relaxing time in the hot waters of Bibi Fotima

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hot spring. Drive to Langar village. Overnight at homestay

Departure.

Optional:

Visit to the local bazaar and famous cave. Drive to Bishkek. Overnight in hotel.

13. Day

Departure.


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ZTDA-Homestays ZTDA home stays offer you a neat and comfortable place for resting after your trip. The warm welcome you will receive during your stay will make your visit to Tajikistan really unforgettable. Rest at one of ZTDA home stays and you will: · Experience and get to know the culture and traditions of rural Tajik mountain dwellers; · learn about traditional, Tajik food, prepared with fresh, home-grown ingredients; · be given support for the prepa- ration of your next journey. 2 juniper branches

3 juniper branches

In addition to the above basic cri- · there are a shower-room, a wash-stand, and a lavatory at teria, the home stay meets with the garden of the home stay the followings: All home stays members of ZTDA · the house is constructed in a · there are mirror, wooden floor grate, other objects in the are inspected and evaluated style relevant to traditional shower-room every year. The inspection features of the area. Natural ensures the quality standard materials were used in its con- · here is dining room in the home stay (not room for tourof the services offered by your struction wood, stone, and clay ist) where breakfast, dinners host. bricks and suppers are set In 2008, ZTDA conducted the · road signs are installed, so that classification of the home stays you can find the way to the · the home stay has all necessary dishes and silver wares, in the Zerafshan Valley.  Accordhouse easily the dishes are disposable ing to number of criteria met by · garden of the home stay is in the home stays, they have been tidy condition (construction · there is an electric oven in the kitchen awarded with 1, 2 or 3 juniper materials are put away, utenbranches. sils are collected in one place, · food in the  home stay is cooked by using own prodlack of rubbish)  ucts (produced by household), · there is illumination at the garbut also using some imported den of the home stay products · the home stay is located in dis1 juniper branch tance of no more than 20km · the home stay offers vegetarAll home stays, which have at ian dishes from the main sights of your least 1 juniper branch, meet the · the home stay offers as naregion following basic criteria: · the home stay is located in a · nearest shop  or market is tional as well as international cuisine located within 10km of your safe place (the home stay is not · a first aid kit available in the your house prone to avalanche, rock falls, home stay mudslides or other natural · there is at least 1 guest room in · there is information useful for the home stay disasters) tourists available in the home · the home stay has at least 1 · the room of the home stay has stay ( useful information about elements of national decoraroom for the guests the region, code of conduct, tion · bathroom facilities: shower room and toilet are available · the home stay hosts can maps and others) · the home stay organizes prooffer you a set of bedding: on the premises tective measures from insects · the home stay offers breakfast, mattress, two pillows, coverlet, and reptiles (flea, flies, mosbed-sheets, blanket-cover and lunch and dinner quitoes, cockroaches)  pillow-case as well towels · bed-clothes and towels are cleaned (washed) after each · there is a bin in the guest room guest · all living rooms and other constructions are cleaned before and after tourist visit · in the house there is a dining room, separate from the guest room. Support community development!

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In addition to the above criteria, the home stay meets with the following: · telephone/mobile connection is available · PC with Internet connection · other services organized/ arranged by the host: transport, guide services, products sales, folklore show etc.


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Village Homestay Owner Capacity N° of N° of N° of up to pax bedrooms beds kurpacha* Alaudin Alauddin Inoyatov 5 1 5 6 Gazza Gazza Iskandarov 20 4 0 20 Iskandar Guitan Guitan Odinaev 10 2 0 10 Hassan Iskanderkul Khayom Asliddin 8 2 8 0 Langar Habib Kholov 6 1 0 6 Habib Magian Dorob Bobojanov 15 4 0 15 Kadir Margheb Sayoh Rasulov 20 3 0 20 Safar Margheb Zaminkaror Dustbekov 10 1 0 10 Dustmachmad Marguzor Shuhrat Jumaev 10 3 0 10 Machmut Narvad Bunyod Gafurov 5 1 0 5 Gafur Nofin Marguzor Shahmaev 15 3 8 7 Rajabmurob Nofin Najmiddin Shahmaev 6 2 6 10 Jumaboy Padrud Mijgon Boturov 14 2 8 6 Tuychi Saratog Dilovar Davlatov 17 3 0 17 Dilovar Saratog Shohin Davlatov 5 1 0 5 Yahyo Saratog Iqbol Yakubov 6 2 0 6 Isok Shing Guldara Hojamov 20 4 0 20 Veshab Sari Osiyo Atoev 8 2 2 6 Umar Veshab Chormavze Sultonov 6 1 0 6 Hussein Veshab Guliston Khojiev 5 1 0 5 Sharofiddin Zimtud Zimtud Kholmurodov 20 5 0 20 Salohiddin *Kurpacha is the traditional Tajik thick mattress on the floor. Very comfortable!

Classification with Junipers

· home-grown products · shower with water buckets · pit toilet · languages: Russian, Tajik · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet · TV · car service · languages: Russian, Tajik · donkey service · guiding services · home-grown products · shower · sauna · pit toilet · TV · PC · languages: Russian, Tajik · donkey services · Shower · TV · pit toilet · guiding services · Languages: Tajik, Russian · home-grown products · shower with water buckets · pit toilet · TV · PC · languages: Russian/Tajik/Uzbek · guiding services· fuit for sale · home-grown products · shower with water buckets· pit toilet· TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · wood hand-made souvenirs for sale · home-grown products · shower with water buckets · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · donkey service; · home-grown products · shower · sauna · pit toilet · TV · donkey service · languages: Russian/Tajik/some English · guiding services · home-made products for sale · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet · languages: Russian/Tajik · guiding services · car service · donkey service · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet · languages: Russian/Tajik · guiding services · donkey service; · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet· TV · languages: Russian/Tajik/some English · guiding services· car service · donkey and horse service · hand-made souvenirs for sale · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet with flush · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · guiding services · donkey service · hand-made souvenirs for sale · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet with flush · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · guiding services · car service · horse service · home-grown products · shower with water buckets · sauna · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik/some English · car service · donkey service · guiding services · home-grown products · shower with water buckets · sauna · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · car service; donkey service · home-grown products · shower with water buckets · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · donkey service · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet with flush · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik/some English · guiding services · donkey service · home-made products for sale · home-grown products · shower · sauna · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik/English/French/Uzbek · guiding services · donkey service · folklor show available · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet with flush · TV · PC · languages: Russian/Tajik · car service · guiding services · donkey service · honey production nearby · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik · home-grown products · shower · pit toilet with seat · TV · languages: Russian/Tajik

Services


Armugon

Buying local handcrafted souvenirs is an important aspect of any tourist’s trip. In the Zeravshan Valley, which is one of the most important areas of tourism in Tajikistan, handicraft is an ancient tradition and hence has high potential for the economic and cultural development of the area. In 2009, the Zerafshan Tourism Development Association launched within the framework of the project “Community Based Tourism in the Zerafshan Valley” the small initiative on handicraft development in the Zerafshan Valley with the aim of increasing the incomes of women living in rural areas. The Zerafshan Tourism Development Association has initiated two groups of handcrafters in the Jamoats of Sovetobod and Shing who are proud to present their creations in the Zerafshan Handicrafts Store Armugon in Panjakent. If you are looking for a special, traditional souvenir from the Zerafshan Valley to bring home like · knitted crafts · hand woven carpets; · hand woven baskets; · patchwork; · embroideries (suzani, national dresses...) · felt items (toys, hats, carpets...) And much more! We will be glad to welcome you in our outlet Armugon in

PANJAKENT 47, Khofizi Sherozi st. Tel. (+992) (8)3475 5 63 39 E-mail: tic_panjakent@yahoo.com You can also find Armugon products in

DUSHANBE BACTRIA Cultural Centre 15, Rajabob st. Tel. (+992) 372 21 92 89 - 27 03 67 - 24 65 83 E-mail: bactria.tilloteppe@acted.org KHUJAND Centre for Commerce, Culture and National Handicraft “BACHOR” 241B, J. Zakirov st. Tel. (+992) 927 803 121 As handicraft production (especially carpets and suzani) is a traditional art mastered by almost every Tajik woman, it is possible to see the process of handicraft making in many of our home stays. If you desire you can also buy the articles directly from your host.

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Booking Conditions Payment

Force Majeure

In order to secure the booking ZTDA requires a 50% of the tour price which must be paid not later than 7 days from the day of acceptance of ZTDA tour offer, failing which ZTDA reserves the right to deem the booking as having been cancelled.

Unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to war, mechanical breakdowns, weather, riots and other unforeseen reasons beyond the control of ZTDA may cause delays or alterations to the tour. ZTDA shall not be held liable in any way for any of these possible occurrences or any consequences, which may arise as a result of these. Components of trips are weather dependant and ZTDA cannot be held liable if trip components are not available on the day of travel.

The client is required to send ZTDA via e-mail proof of the payment made (official bank receipt). For short-term bookings (less than 7 days prior departure) clients are required to pay the full amount of the tour on the tour starting day.

ZTDA reserves the right to cancel or reroute any tour due to acts of nature, trail conditions, insufficient number of participants or unforeseen circumstances that would hinder our ability to run a trip. If ZTDA is unable to provide you with another trip that is satisfactory, all moneys paid will be refunded and shall constitute full settlement with you.

Our Bank Details Bank Branch: Address: SWIFT Code:

TOJIKSODIROTBONK Rudaki Ave. 146 · 735500 Panjakent · Tajikistan TOJITJ22 – BIC Code: 350101216

ZTDA is not responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred by a guest in relation to a cancelled tour including costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, sickness and non-refundable air tickets and/or any penalties associated with such tickets.

Bank account for payments in US$ currency: 20206840412000003270 in € currency: 20206978012000003270 in TJS currency: 20202972912000103270

In the unfortunate event that a traveler should become ill during vacation or find it necessary to cut the vacation short, all hospital, medical, accommodations and transportation expenses are the traveler’s responsibility.

Cancellation

Cancellations are effective on the date written notice is received via e-mail in our office during normal business days, excluding weekends and holidays.

Behavior

By travelling with ZTDA you agree to accept the authority of the guide and accept their decisions. Any threats to safety being physical or verbal or inappropriate behavior may result in removal from the trip.

If the refund is acceptable and adheres to the reservation cancellation policies, the client will be refunded with the proper amount.

Passports, visas and other travel papers

Cancellation of a booking or part thereof will incur the following fees: Cancellation prior to 30 days of the tour will be refunded all moneys paid less a $50 handling fee per person.

It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that passports, visas, health certificates, proof of vaccinations and any other required documentation are all in order for the countries to be visited during the tour.

Cancellations less than 30 days before the tour will forfeit the whole deposit of the tour.

Insurance

All clients are strongly urged to take out adequate traveler’s insurance coverage to protect themselves against cancellation due to illness, flight cancellations, or emergencies.

Once travel has commenced, no refunds will be made for any unused services and clients will be responsible for their travel arrangements from that point onward.

Comprehensive travel and cancellation insurance is the client’s responsibility before embarking on the tour.

Premature departure from accommodation(s) will be treated as forfeited cancellation(s) and no refunds will be administered.

Liability

Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our passengers, ZTDA cannot be held liable for any damage, injury, or loss of any kind caused by or resulting from any act or omission by its employees, agents or contractors. ZTDA also assumes no responsibility for any act of negligence, act or omission whatsoever by any company whose services are used as part of packages provided including but not limited to activity and accommodation providers.

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The client acknowledges that the travel insurance must include comprehensive medical insurance including provision for air evacuation, and that ZTDA shall not be liable for any consequences, damages or loss as a result of the client failing to have the necessary cover.

Baggage

The client shall be responsible for all baggage and personal effects brought by him or her on the tour, and ZTDA shall not be liable for any loss or damage to such baggage or personal effects, howsoever arising.


Contact

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Tel.: (+992) (8)3475 56339 E-Mail: tic_panjakent@yahoo.com URL: www.ztda-tourism.tj

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