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Kalpak Travel introduces you to Tajikistan, a fascinating country of rugged mountains, turquoise lakes, friendly people, and a mix of cultural influences from ancient Persia to the Soviet Union. This one-week trip will lead you across the country on a packed itinerary that includes everything from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm to the craft workshops of Istaravshan, as well as time in Tajikistan’s vibrant modern capital, Dushanbe.

Good to know

  • Hike between the Seven Lakes in the stunning Fann Mountains
  • Fully escorted multi-lingual guide
  • Small groups (max 12)
  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost

What's included

  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included All meals
  • Included Internal flights
  • Included Camping equipment
Days

8

Starting from

€1,590 pp

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Destinations
Tajikistan
Activity
Active, Walking, Culture, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type
Small group tour, Private guided tour
Physical Level
Mild

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrival in Dushanbe

Welcome to Tajikistan! Your arrival at the airport is likely to be early in the morning, so we’ve allowed time for you to transfer to the hotel, check-in, and have a rest, a shower, and breakfast before the day’s sightseeing begins.

We will start today’s city tour with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum with its famous Sleeping Buddha statue, excavated from the monastery at Ajina Teppa. Our next stop is the Navruz Palace where we will have a tour inside, take lunch, and then see the statue of Ismail Samani. This large gilded monument commemorates the 1,100th anniversary of the Samanid State, the Golden Age of the Tajik nation when science and arts flourished. From there we will walk across to Rudaki Park, dedicated to the great Persian poet Rudaki, who also lived during the Samanid period.

Tonight we will have a welcome dinner in a great Tajik restaurant. Your guide will outline the tour itinerary and give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Explore Iskanderkul

After breakfast we will drive to Iskanderkul, a lake named after Alexander the Great who conquered this part of Tajikistan almost 2,500 years ago. Triangular in shape, it is considered one of the most exquisite lakes in all of the former Soviet Union. It is nestled in the Fan Mountains at an altitude of 2,200m. The route to Iskanderkul travels through rugged mountain scenery. On the lakeshore we will have lunch. We will then take a short hike to a nearby waterfall. The afternoon will be spent at the lake relaxing and doing as you please.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Seven Lakes

After an early breakfast, we will rejoin the main road towards Panjikent travelling through the Shing Gorge to the seven pearls of Tajikistan, seven mountain lakes each with their own distinctive color, microclimate, and flora. We will have a photo stop at each of the lakes, which will break up the bumpy journey. The roads are very bad and steep, but luckily we will have skilled and experienced drivers. Near the fourth lake, we will stop in the village of Noffin for lunch in a family guesthouse.

In the afternoon head to the sixth lake, with a short walk in the village of Podrud on the way. From the sixth lake, it will take us less than an hour to hike to the seventh and last lake, Hazorchashma. We will have a rest, enjoy the scenery, and probably meet some shepherds who stay there during the summer months with their cattle. Returning to the car, which will be waiting for us at the sixth lake, we will drive back down to Noffin for dinner and a good night’s sleep in the same guesthouse where we had lunch.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Panjakent

This morning we will drive back down to the main road and on to Panjakent. The distance is not far, but due to the bad road conditions, we will not reach Panjakent until shortly before lunchtime.

Panjakent translates as “the city of five villages” and it is located in the verdant Zeravshan Valley. Dating from the 5th century, Panjakent was a thriving regional hub on the Great Silk Road. We will visit the local market, the mosque, the small local history museum, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm, where the ruins date from the 4th-2nd millennia BC.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Meet local craftsmen

From Panjikent we will drive north, first to Istarafshan and finally to Khujand. The road to Istaravshan is very scenic, crossing the Shahriston Pass. Today, Istarafshan is well known in Tajikistan for its blacksmiths, who hand-craft knives of particularly high quality. We will visit the blacksmiths’ workshops near the entrance to the market, and also meet a famous wood carving craftsman, who will tell you more about his work and passion. There will be time for us to visit the Hazrati Shoh Mosque and Mugtepa Fortress, too.

From Istarafshan it is a 90-minute drive to Khujand. We will check-in at the hotel and have dinner in what is the second-largest city in Tajikistan.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Khujand Grand Hotel

Khujand Grand Hotel

Khujand city tour

Khujand is situated in the Fergana Valley on the Syr Darya River. It is another ancient city, whose history dates back to the time of Cyrus the Great and Alexander the Great. Khujand is still thriving, and today it has Tajikistan’s biggest market, Panjshanbe Bazaar. Our city tour of Khujand includes the bazaar and the adjacent Maslihaddin Mosque, the Historical Museum of Khujand (which is within the old fortress), and Arbob Cultural Palace.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Khujand Grand Hotel

Khujand Grand Hotel

Return to Dushanbe

Today we will drive all the way back to Dushanbe. It is a long and scenic ride on the same road that we took before. Along the way, we’ll stop for lunch, and we expect to reach Dushanbe in the early afternoon, so you will have plenty of free time in the capital. Our farewell dinner will be this evening in a lively city restaurant.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Departure day

Transfer to Dushanbe Airport for your flight back home. We hope you will have enjoyed your trip to Tajikistan and will return soon to discover more places in this beautiful part of the world!

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Dushanbe

    Dushanbe

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  • Iskanderkul

    Iskanderkul

    A glacial lake in the mountains of Tajikstan, located in the Gissar Range popular for swimming, boat rides and star-gazing...
  • Nofin

    Nofin

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  • Panjakent

    Panjakent

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  • Khujand

    Khujand

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  • Khujand

    Khujand

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  • Dushanbe

    Dushanbe

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  • Dushanbe

    Dushanbe

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Upcoming departures

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels, guesthouses and local cottages.

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Khujand Grand Hotel

Khujand Grand Hotel

Situated in a prime position in downtown Khujand, opposite the 10th century citadel with spacious rooms and friendly staff make this 19-room hotel...

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Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Atlas Hotel Dushanbe

Nestled in the heart of Dushanbe, the hotel is connected to all the city’s business and top tourist destinations...

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Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Hotel Umarion Panjakent

Located in Panjakent, Umarion offers a shared lounge and free WiFi...

Reviews

What people are saying about Kalpak Travel

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from €1,590 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Accommodation

Kalpak trips visit a combination of quality hotels, traditional Yurt camps, guesthouses, and camping (all equipment provided). Get in touch for more information.

Included Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides accompany you throughout the entire trip, giving you unique insights into the local culture and history.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections, hotel transfers and rail journeys are included.

Included All meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in the price. You're not obliged to eat every meal with the group, and your guide will happily direct you to recommended local restaurants and markets if you prefer.

Included Internal flights

Domestic/internal flights are included where applicable.

Included Camping equipment

All equipment for overnight stays in Yurt camps is provided.

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