Alpine lakes of Tajikistan, Dushanbe city highlights, Picturesque Varzob Gorge & Zerafshan Valley & more...
- This tour is only valid from June to September and is a private tour
- Minimum 1 pax to depart. (1 Guide & Donkey Master will be assigned)
- Land Tour costs only (excluding international airfare)
- Tajikistan visa on arrival (USD$50 for 45 days)
- In the rural villages, homestay rooms are limited and participants may have to switch to a tent instead. Shower facilities will still be available while tenting at these guesthouses.
- Single supplement does not apply at guesthouses, only tents and hotel rooms at Dushanbe.
Day 1 – Dushanbe (L,D)
Arrive in Dushanbe, transfer to hotel for luggage drop/check-in. Dushanbe means “Monday” in Tajik — start with a city tour, where you’ll learn about Tajikistan’s past and present. This informative city tour includes the National Museum and the impressive Hissor Fortress, as well as modern sites such as Rudaki Park (with its colourful monuments) and the Navruz Hall. Overnight in 4 star hotel.
Day 2 – Artuch (B,L,D)
Early in the morning you will meet your guide and have a short briefing about your trekking trip. You will drive to Artuch village trough picturesque Varzob george and Zerafshan valley. The rest of the time you can do a short hike to the Chukurak and Ziyorat lake or just take a rest. Overnight in Alp Camp
Day 3 – Bibijanat (2800m, B,L,D)
The donkeys arrive in the morning to help carry the luggage. After having a breakfast and short instruction by your mountain guide, we start 5 hours trekking. Overnight at shore of Bibijanat lake in a tent.
Day 4 – Alauddin lake (3860m, B,L,D)
In the morning, we start ascend to Alaudin pass. The beautiful panorama of the surrounding peaks and lakes will be seen from the top of pass. Descend to a campsite by the first Alaudin lake (2720m). Overnight in a tent.
Day 5 – Alauddin lake-Mutnoe Lake (3520m, B,L,D)
After breakfast along the shores of Alauddin lake, we slowly start our ascent to the Mutnoe lake (3520m). Along the way, we enjoy mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks and the small but majestically beautiful lake – Piala, where we will also stop for the lunch. We hike down back to the camp site again. Overnight in a tent.
Day 6 – Iskanderkul (B,L,D)
After the breakfast, you meet your driver and be transferred to Iskanderkul. Lunch will be in the town of Sarvoda. Afternoon you will be enjoying the wonderful views of Iskanderkul lake, from where you will trek to snake lake and a waterfall called the Niagara of Fann mountains. Overnight in a basic guesthouse.
Day 7 – Dushanbe (B,D)
After breakfast, continue your journey back to Dushanbe through the picturesque Varzob gorge. Afternoon is free and easy as you enjoy your stay in the comfortable hotel or embark on an optional visit to the local bazaar. Recount your adventures in the evening as you enjoy a farewell dinner on us. Overnight in 4-star Hotel.
Day 8 (B)
The remaining time is free and easy before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.
- Airport-hotel-airport transfers in Dushanbe.
- All hotel and tentage accommodation in Dushanbe and during trek.
- 1 x English speaking Government registered guide.
- Porters & Donkeys
- 3 x meals a day during trek and as listed above during non-trek days.
- Eco tax permits.
- All attractions entrance fees.
- All Internal transfers (Bus/Car).
- All expenses for porters and donkeys while on trek, including equipment and insurance.
- All taxes
- International Airfare SIN-DYU-SIN
- Tajikistan E-Visa (USD$50/45 days)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses, ie Alcohol and soft table drinks (eg. soda, liquor etc)
- Personal insurance
- Guide and Porter tips (Tips is not compulsory but expected)
- Sleeping bags
My wife and I have just completed our second tour with Adrian, the first being to Mount Bromo 6 months ago. Bromo was more active in the sense of having to get up super-early and sleep when we normally wake up so as to beat the crowds for astrophotography, sunrises and sunsets. It was a medium-sized group but so well-coordinated by Adrian, even out in the dark freezing rain trying to find the Milky Way. His quick-thinking and flexible planning countered a potential problem with the withdrawal of 4WD jeeps due to last-minute local issues. He instilled a sense of collective responsibility among the group so there was no single episode of \”lost\” member or time delay throughout the trip. Adrian paid attention to how every member got their shot and made photo-taking technique as simple as he could for the less experienced.
On this recently-completed trip to the backwoods of Rakhine State in Myanmar, we were clearly feeling jittery about safety and possible military conflict. Adrian went to great lengths to ensure personal safety and in providing for our different dietary needs in this religiously-sensitive area of Sittwe and Mrauk-U, centre of the Rohinggya and Arakan conflicts. This situation meant that there were almost no foreigners jostling for position and throughout the tour, we had all the scene to ourselves. Sunrise over the stupas was also thankfully devoid of hot-air balloons like those hanging over Bagan. We also interacted with displaced communities by Adrian\’s foresight to encourage us to bring and distribute small gifts as a friendship gesture, thereby strengthening rapport for street and portrait photography. A two-hour boat ride allowed us to document the fading face tattoos of Chin tribe women as this practice has been banned for a generation. Again Adrian\’s contingency planning skills came to the fore when our connecting flight out of Yangon was cancelled at last minute and we had to stay in town for 24 hours. Instead of chilling out in a hotel, Adrian arranged for an impromptu street photo session at a jetty followed by shooting sunset over a lake before dinner. On trips like these participants must be flexible and lay their trust in the leader, and on both trips for us Adrian delivered the itinerary goals and we took back great photos and more importantly wonderful memories, and made good friends.
An enjoyable trip with lots of photo opportunities under the expert guidance of Adrian.
I must admit that my recent trip to West Java was fairly relaxing and easy going as well.
Facing the Indian Ocean, the coastline of Sawarna offers fascinating and stunning scenery for
seascape photography during golden hour – the times around sunrise and sunset. However, the most
challenging task is to secure firmly the camera and tripod on rocky and undulating grounds.
I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of magnificent waterfalls in Ciletuh Geopark. Diehard photographers can spend hours at the various waterfalls to try out and experiment creative options in composition, lighting and mood at different high-low vantage points. Throughout the trip, participants were in high spirits and felt well-rewarded with many wonderful shots. Adrian, you had again done an excellent job in fulfilling our dreams of an ideal photographic trip. Thank you.