Iskanderkul Lake Tour 3
Duration of tour: 9 days
Highlights: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake - Penjakent - Seven lakes - Penjakent - Dushanbe - Khoburubot - Kalai Khum - Dushanbe - Norak - Dushanbe
Day 1: Dushanbe
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Dushanbe. Here you will able to enjoy city our where it will be possible to see the major sights of the city such as Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. In course of the tour you will visit National park where it will be possible to take photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world. The size of which is 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. Next destination f the tour is Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Moreover you will have a great opportunity to explore Asian bazar. Here you will be able to find anything. During these tours you will see the main attractions and learn interesting facts of the city. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake
In course of the travel you will visit alpine lake - Iskanderkul with the altitude 2 255 m. a. s. l. This beautiful lake locates at the Fann Mountains. This sight is very gorgeous even among countries of Central Asia. You will drive via Anzob Pass the altitude of which is the 3 372 m. Here you will be able to see one of the most picturesque views of the nature. Upon arrival to the lake you will have a free time to explore the lake and its beach. Moreover you will need to hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall. It should be noted that Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources. In Tajikistan it is possible to find than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. Night is in a homestay.
Day 3: Iskanderkul Lake - Penjakent
Today the road goes to Penjakent. The famous Penjakent or "five villages" is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in Zeravshan river valley. It is considered to be that this city appeared in the 5th-8th centuries AD. This city used to be the most cultural and crafting center of Sogd as well as having "Central Asian Pompeii". This city had thoughtful layout with a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. The ruins of this city were found just in last century. But nowadays tourists have an opportunity to witness the ruins of houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshipers church. Overnight is in hotel.
Day 4: Penjakent - Seven lakes - Penjakent
Due to the tour to Serven lakes you will visit Fann Mountains that are considered to be one of the famous hiking area in Central Asia. The famous Seven lakes is situated about 60 km south of Panjakent. To reach it you will have a short hike through the gorge. The chains of lakes have different elevation and vary in color. Moreover during the travel you will have a great time while communication with local people that live at that area. It will be very interesting to see their way of life. After hiking we will return to hotel.
Day 5: Penjakent - Dushanbe
Toady you will drive back to the capital of the city. This city is not very old the name of which means "Monday". While being the capital of Tajikistan it is also the economic and political center. But even so you can see the preserved atmosphere of a real Asian city. In this modern city you will be able you find cafes serving plov (pilaf) and tea. Overnight is in hotel.
Day 6: Dushanbe - Khoburubot - Kalai Khum
In course of the tour you will have an opportunity to visit Kalai Khum village. On the road to it you will drive via the Khoburubot Pass which altitude is 3 252 m above sea level. This road is also well known as Western Pamir Tract. During the tour you will be impressed by the most beautiful river valley and amazing gorges in the landscape. While being here you will have photo shoots of the nature. In course of the travel you will be able to meet locals and learn more about their lifestyle and hospitability. We will be amazed by the fact that they greatly respect their traditions and folklore. If you will like to explore new land and ethnic and cultural diversity then you will greatly enjoy tours to this place. Night is in a home stay.
Day 7: Kalai Khum - Khoburubot - Dushanbe
Morning transfer to Dushanbe. The road will be that you had before. During the tour you will enjoy the mighty view of the mountains. During the history Pamir Mountains gave huge impact for such famous people as Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. Nowadays you have such great opportunity to have tours to witness famous Pamirs. While being here a lot of the great travelers said that this is giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Dushanbe - Norak - Dushanbe
Toady you will have a tour to Norak water reservoir. Tajik Sea is another name of this sight the reason for this is the size of this reservoir. Norak city is situated in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan, on the Vakhsh River. The altitude of it is 885 m above sea level and is 70 km southeast of the capital, with the population of 19,000. To reach this place the road goes through Chormahzak and Shar- Shar passes including the tunnels. In the past there was another village used to call Nurek that had a «pomegranate» meaning from Tajik language. The reconstruction if this place happened in 1960 due to the Nurek Dam nearby, which was completed in 1980. It also should be noted that this dam is the highest in the world with height of 300 m. You will find this dam in a deep gorge along the Vakhsh River in western Tajikistan. You will have time to take a lot of impressive photos. After it going back to Dushanbe. Overnight is in hotel.
Day 9: Dushanbe - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 255 $
04 pax - 760 $
06 pax - 840 $
08 pax - 695 $
10 pax - 755 $
Single -140 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
Half board -130 $
Full board - 250 $
English speaking guide - 730 $ per group
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3*
Iskandarkul - Home stays
Penjakent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
Kalai Khum - Home stays
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- GBAO permit
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide