Hiking in the Fann Mountains

Hiking in the Fann Mountains

Fann Mountains, Tajikistan

Highlights of this six-day tour hiking in the Fann Mountains are:
– the fantastically beautiful Fann Mountains and the Seven Mountain Lakes
– the very hospitable locals in the villages along the way
– accommodation in the homestays
– as a contrast half a day in the relaxed, green and spacious Dushanbe

Ideally, you combine this travel program with a program in Uzbekistan, since the starting point is near the legendary Uzbek city of Samarkand. More programs in Uzbekistan you can on this website here.

This is primarily a trip with day hikes, but not a trekking. Your luggage is carried in an accompanying car. The program is therefore also suitable for families.

In 2018, a Dutch family with young children made this trip in combination with, among other things, a program in Uzbekistan. If requested, they will be happy to tell you about this, write to us for more information.

From 2022 a visa is not necessary anymore for a visit to Tajikistan for people from many countries!

You can read more about travelling in Tajikistan and in Central Asia here. Including much practical advise.

This six day program hiking in the Fann Mountains starts in the city of Penjikent which is located near the border with Uzbekistan, and near the legendary city of Samarkand. It is therefore natural to combine this program with a trip in Uzbekistan.
If you start in Dushanbe we can also offer the Dushanbe-Penjikent transfer.
Whether you require a transfer from Samarkand or Dushanbe, please write us for an offer.


Day 1, start from Penjikent nearby Uzbek border

Meeting at the border and drive to Penjikent sights. (20km, 20min)

The ancient settlement, as well as a modern city, is called Penjikent, which in Tajik means “five villages”. Which according to legend  gave life to the glorious city, no less than 5500 years according to scientists…

Later we drive to Shing village, the beginning of the Seven lakes (35km, 1hr). The house of Mr. Sarvar is popular with his 6 daughters who will show us how to work with wool and wool products! We get introduced with Tajik rural lifestyle and customs. Dinner and overnight in the homestay.

Fann Mountains, Tajikistan

Day 2, The Seven Lakes Region

After breakfast we start hiking further to the lakes, and stay in another homestay located on the bank of the 4th lake! (17km, 4hrs).

On the way we enjoy the 4 different lakes. Our next homestay called Jumaboys is famous with its Tapchan (wooden bench) and wall-hangings! The lady of the house produces a local handicraft called Boftani and will show her products!

Dinner and overnight in the homestay.

Seven Lakes Region, Tajikistan

Day 3, to the Chukarak Lakes

After breakfast we drive to the amazing Artuch basecamp. (Altitude 2,150m, transfer 120km, 3hrs). And we explore another Tajik homestay! Some short hiking to Chukurak lakes is possible upon arrival.

Dinner and overnight in the cottages.

Day 4, the Kuli Kalon Lakes

After breakfast we drive to the amazing lakes of Kuli Kalon and back along the Ujram river. (altitude 2,850 meters, distance 70 km, 2-3 hours drive, followed by a walk of 16 km in about 4 hours).

Dinner and overnight stay in the cottages.

Day 5, Iskanderkul Lake

Driving to Iskandarkul lake. (150km, 4hrs). Picnic at the shore of the lake.

This is the Lake of Alexander, the biggest lake of the Fan mountains. According to one legend, Alexander created the lake by damming the river in order to annihilate a village which had opposed him.

In the surroundings of Iskanderkul lake, we will walk to the 5 springs, to Zmeinoe lake and to 38m high waterfall which is known as „Fan Niagara“.

Later we drive to Saratog village for overnight at traditional homestay.

Day 6, Dushanbe City

After breakfast we drive to Dushanbe (155km, 5hrs).

Check in at the hotel. Evening excursion, dinner and walking in the Independence Square, where you can see the flagpole, which entered the Records of Guinness Book as the tallest flagpole in the world (H165m). Furthermore we are visiting a monument of the founder of the first Tajik state – Ismail Somoni. And the biggest library in Central Asia, a 9 floor building with over 11 million books.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel. End of the tour.

The cost of this six day program hiking in tfe Fann Mountains at four people is €850 per person at two people is €900 per person. You can write to us for other group sizes. Prices are indications.

Included in the offer are:
– all accommodations based on stay in double rooms incl. breakfast, in homestays and in hotels according to program
– all transfers in Tajikistan by car/minibus
– services from an English-speaking guide during the entire trip
– entrance tickets for sights and nature parks according to the program
– all lunches & dinners (full board)

Optional: transfer from Dushanbe to starting point of the hikes in the Fann Mountains, and other required services in Dushanbe. (In other cases people will likely arrive from nearby Samarkand in Uzbekistan).

International flights and all other services not mentioned are not included. Finally, we withhold € 15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Guarantee Fund.



    Tajikistan, Fann Mountains




    indications €850-900 per person at 4-2 people


    6 days