Fann mountains – Route FT4 – “Maximal”
Tour Duration: 11 days
Recommended Group Size: 1 – 10 pax
Location: Western Tajikistan, near the Uzbek border (and Samarkand)
Route: Samarkand – Artuch – Kulikalonsky lakes (Bibidzhanat, Dushaha, Kulikalon) – Alaudin lakes – Mutnoe Lake – Chimtarga pass – Chimtarga peak – Greater Alo – Smaller Alo – Amshut – Gaza – Samarkand
Specialty Categories: Mountain Trekking/Mountain Climbing
Grade: Fairly challenging
Season: June – October
International Airfare Included: No
Local Transportation Included: Yes
Personal Travel Insurance Included: No
Personal Equipment Included: No
Accommodation in hotels or guest houses Included: Yes
Food Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Mountain Guides Service Included: Yes
Donkey/Porters Service Included: Yes
Cook Service Included: Yes
The Guide/Climber Ratio: 1:5
Price: Under your request
This trek is an excellent addition to visiting the historical cities of Uzbekistan. The mountains of Uzbekistan are beautiful, but still inferior to the beauty of the Fann Mountains. Over the five days that you may spend in Tajikistan you will see much more beauty of nature than at the same time in any of the accessible mountainous regions of Uzbekistan. At the same time, none of the cities of Tajikistan is comparable to the world-famous historical centers of Samarkand and Bukhara. If you want to see everything at once, please contact us.
Fann mountains – Route FT4 – Maximal. Program of 14 days trek for the fixed dates: 21.06-2.07, 10.07-21.07, 27.07-7.08, 15.08-26.08, 1.09-12.09, 19.09-31.09, 5.10-16.10.
Day 1. Transfer from Samarkand to Artuch. Rest and preparations for the active trekking part. Night in cottages (2200 m).
Day 2. The beginning of the active trekking part. Climb on a good path to Kulicalon lakes (10 km – the distance covered per one day; 5 hours – is a walk time spent for moving during a day; +700 m – ascend to the height in meters from overnight place). On the descend road during the day there is a possibility to admire a wonderful panorama of majestic Kulicalon wall and surrounding peaks height of 4000 m. (Adamtash, Mirali, Rudaki and etc.). On the way – observing Kulicalon lake basin (14 lakes) with the clearest emerald-blue water. There are a lot of fishes in the lake. The path passes among the picturesque spruce wood. The camp is on the bank of Dushoha Lake (2900 m).
Day 3. Climb to Alaudin Pass (3860 m) and descent to Alaudin lakes. (7 km, 6 hours; +960 m; -1060 m). During the long time the panorama of walls and the view of Kulicalon lakes pleases the look. On the pass saddle – the spectacular views of Chapdara Peak (5197 m) and Chapdar River valley. Far below could be seen the bowls of Alaudin lakes amazing in its water color from light-blue to rich ultramarine. The camp is at the lake’s bank (2800 m).
Day 4. Trek to Mutnoe Lake (8 km, 3-4 hours; +800 m). During the day a splendid panorama of Kazanok peaks, Castle (5070 m), Energy (5105 m) and Chimtarga (5489 m). The severe nature of the alpine zone of mountains, hanging glaciers and steep moraine swells. On the road you can meet birches and small lake named for its round shape – Piala Lake, gigantic steps of the receded glacier, polished rocks. High in the one can see the swirling eagles. The camp is at the bank of Mutnoe lake (3600 m).
Day 5. Ascend the slide-rock and further over the glacier under Chimtarga Pass (4750 m). Somewhere below us was Kaznok Pass, Castle Peak with its flat top towers opposite. Descend of the slide-rock slope into Right Zindan (10 km, 6-7 hours, +1150, -1050 m). The camp is in the gorge (3700 m).
Day 6. Early in the morning climb to the saddle before the Mirali Pass. First movement of scree slope, further on the rocks (4 km, +1100 m). Here is the place for accommodating 5-6 tents. Night in the tents. (4800 m).
Day 7. The day for climbing the Chimtarga Peak. Moving with ropes along the rock/ice ridge (crampons are necessary), climb to Mirali pass (5060m) and further to Chimtarga Peak (4750 m) – the highest point of Fan Mountains. From the top opens a splendid panorama of the famous peaks: Energy (5105 m), Bodhona (5138 m), Chapdara (5197 m), Big and Small Ganza (5306 m and 5031 m), Sugar Head (4987 m), Fun Mountains (10 km, ±690 m). Descend to the camp on the saddle (4800 m).
Day 8. Reserve day in the case of bad weather. If the weather is good it might be excursion to Bolshoye Allo Lake, via Verhneye Allo lake (3400 m) under Moscow Peak (5200 m).
Day 9. Descend to Right Zindan gorge and further along the pass through the “Garden of stones” – a chaotic huge pile of rock fragments ranging in the size from the suitcase till 2 or 3 store house, to the one of the most beautiful lake in Fan – Big Allo Lake (10 km, ~5-6 hours, -1650 m). The camp is at the lake’s bank among the whimsical trees of relict fir tree. (3150 m).
Day 10. Descent to Amshut river and further till its fusion with Archmaydan river (18 km, ~6 hours, -1380 m). Overnight in national house in Gaza village (1770 m).
Day 11. Transfer to Samarkand.