Trip to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Discover the nature and culture of the Turkestan ridge
9 DAYS

Tour price — $670

small groups
When?
From mid-April to late May. Also in autumn.
Other participants?
You can find groups information in the joint tour calendar.
What's next?
Choose "your" date and book a place in a group.
Enjoy free photos from your trip!
Aleksandr Vinogradov
Your guide in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

FOSSIL LANDSCAPE

HIKE UPS AND SUMMITS

Day-by-Day Tour Itinerary

1. The Fann Mountains — Iskanderkul Lake
From Dushanbe we'll head northwest.

Montain serpentine road will lead us to the lake located in the heart of the Fann Mountains. This famous lake Iskanderkul with crystal clear cold water was named after a remarkable conqueror Alexander the Great.

We'll stay at a hospitable Tajik family's home. On a river bank in the heart of a picturesque mountain valley.
2. Iskanderkul nature reserve — a warm-up
The chirping of birds and the smell of fresh grass.

That's how we start our radial trip along a mountain river. We'll explore one of the neighboring valleys and its dwellers. If we are lucky enough, we'll see a bear.

Spring mountain nature is the best environment for physical and psychological recovery after winter.
3. Iskanderkul Nature Reserve — a climb to the summit and cattlemen's summer camp
On this eventful day we'll explore the most spectacular gorge. Walk on its hills and reach the tops.

We'll visit cattlemen's summer camp, learn first-hand about the lifestyle of mountain people and chat over a nice cup of tea.

The day will culminate in the ascent to a mountain pass (3,200 m.a.s.l.) and a long way down at the end of the day
4. Iskanderkul nature reserve — a jeeping trip to the summit
Our host will take us to higher pastures on the Russian four-wheel drive Niva, from where we'll start our ascent to the summit (3,400 m.a.s.l.).

From the top, we'll get a breathtaking view of the valley, Lake Iskanderkul and the neighboring gorges.

In the evening, we'll have Russian bath and some warm brandy.
5. Istaravshan (Ura-Tyube)
The whole city is a large open air museum. Istaravshan is also one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia.

For over 2,500 years it has been one of the trade and craft centers. We'll stroll along the tangled narrow streets of the old town, go on an excursion to the main mosque and explore an abandoned madrasah (an Islamic religious school).

Our accommodation for the night will be at a "noble" Tajik family's home.
6. Khujand (Leninabad)
It's the northern capital of Tajikistan. I compare this city to the cultural capital of Russia —Saint-Petersburg (Leningrad).

And they indeed have a lot in common: parks, gardens, fountains, well-educated polite residents, architectural monuments and even their own Peterhof.
And the icing on the cake will be the abundance of food in the well-known ancient market Panjshanbe.

We'll stay in a very good hostel in the city center on the bank of the Syrdarya River.
7. From Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan
It's a long and fascinating journey from the big city to a tiny village in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan.

After crossing the border we'll notice a sharp contrast between affluent Fergana Valley and sparsely populated mountain steppes of Batken Region.

This night we'll spend at the local rural school headmaster's home and his hospitable family.

There is a detailed description of this area in my blog. Sorry, only in Russian.
8. Batken Region
Hundreds of millions years ago there used to be a sea. But under the influence of pressure and powerful lava eruptions underground minerals were brought to the surface. Much has remained the same since that time.

That is why this place will seem like a paradise for those who are interested in rocks and different ancient fossils.

And to all the rest: "Welcome to Mars!"

There is a detailed description of this area in my blog. Sorry, only in Russian.
9. Osh
This "southern capital" of Kyrgyzstan is an ancient Islamic religious center and is still an intersection of caravan routes from China to Europe.

Upon the arrival from Batken Region we'll have enough time to climb the Sacred Mountain Sulaiman-Too and explore Osh bazaar.

ORIENTAL CULTURE

Tour price includes
Accommodation
The price includes all accommodation except for the days in Dushanbe and Osh.

We'll stay at different families' homes and in a hostel on the bank of the Syrdarya River. If you want, we can stay in a hotel instead of the hostel.
Transportation
All the journey, which includes Dushanbe — Iskanderkul — Istaravshan — Khujand — Ravat— Osh. Or the other way round.

We'll have different cars and drivers.
Meals
We'll have two proper sit-down meals in Iskanderkul nature reserve and in the school headmaster's home: breakfast and dinner. We'll have breakfasts in Khujand and Istaravshan.

We'll be also provided with some food for hike ups: traditional flat bread called lepeshka, jam and airan, which is a yogurt-like dairy product.

I recommend to take some snacks with you, like nuts, candy or protein bars.

What kind of food is there: various fresh meat dishes (lamb, beef), dairy products (koumiss, ayran, kaymak, homemade butter, kurut), freshly-baked bread, soups, porridges, vegetables, salads, pilaf, fruit, nuts, crêpes.
Passes
To Iskanderkul nature reserve.
Guide services
I always accompany you. We live, have trips and meals together.
The price does not include
Flight
Airline tickets to Dushanbe or Osh. An average price for a return ticket from Moscow or Saint-Petersburg is $350-450.
Airport transfer
Meet and Greet service as well as transfer from the airport can be discussed and arranged for an extra fee.
Health insurance
Tourists take out a travel health insurance themselves and pay for it separately. I strongly recommend you to get one.
Bath house in Iskanderkul nature reserve
$5 per person.
Personal expenses
You'll need about $70-220 per person to spend on meals during trips, a local SIM-card, the bathhouse, souvenirs and purchases in the market.