We have packed the most important locations of this landlocked country into the extended weekend making only 1 day - Thursday off, to avoid as much as possible the hassle to skip office hours. Here is how it looks like:
DAY 1 - Thursday
Meeting at Dubai Airport, at 03:00 am for a direct flight to Dushanbe at 05:00 am.
Arrival in Dushanbe, immigration clearance, transfer to hotel, short rest.
Breakfast at 09:00. Drive towards Shirkent gorge, through Hissar region, driving 1.50 hr, starting hiking towards the footprint of dinosaurs, hiking along the channel stream, lunch at the local farm on the way to taste their home made cottage cheese, honey, fresh fruits. Maximum hiking 4-5 hours, back to Dushanbe at 18:00 to hotel, dinner. After dinner we can check local night scene.
Shirkent Valley - Dinosaurs footprints
Shirkent Valley has been established a Nature Reserve in 1991, followed by the discovery of rare three sites of dinosaur footprints from various eras containing more than 400 trails. The first location of these giant, ancient reptiles is located in one of the right bank of the Shirkent River, slightly above a village with the same name. Two lines of pterodactyl footprints are seen here on the surface of erinaceous limestone. The length of the footprints is 0.5m on average, the width up to 30cm, and the step length about 75cm. Since there are no footprints known elsewhere like those in Shirkent, the animal that left them was placed in a new species of dinosaurs which is a suborder of Theropoda and was given the name Macropodosaurus Gravis (lit. heavy kangaroo-anteater).The second group of dinosaur footprints is approximately 5km from the mouth of the Shirkent River, near the watershed on its left side. Footprints here are from a Tridactylous, and most are about 50cm long, but there are also some about 65cm long and up to 45cm wide. The third group of footprints is near Pashmi Kuhna village and has the footprints of only one Tridactylous, but it was a real giant. The length of its feet exceeds 70cm, the width 60cm, and the depth of ground depression under its footprints is up to 10cm. Rare fossil tracks of boring-mollusks, giant signs of wave ripples, fissures of dried sea-silt and other relics from the Dinosaur Age are also here.
Dushanbe - Stalinabad (1929–61) is situated in the center of the Hisor Valley, along the Varzob (Dushanbinka) River in the Gissar valley, in the southwest of the republic. It was built in the Soviet period on the site of three former settlements, of which the largest was named Dyushambe (Tajik dush, meaning “Monday,” its bazaar day). Today that village has become a metropolis, but the Barakat covered market remains one of the most vibrant attractions in the city. Dushanbe's wide, tree-lined avenues are home to a number of monuments and museums, including the Unified Museum and the Museum of Antiquities, as well as a beautiful opera theater and myriad cafes and teahouses where visitors can sample Tajik sweets.
DAY 2 - Friday
Breakfast at 07:00, leaving Dushanbe towards Anzob pass (3372m) for some stunning views on the way. Drive to Yagnob (Maghrib village).
Lunch in local house, easy walk along the village, getting familiarized with local lifestyle, meeting local people, after sightseeing around the village leaving the village at 16:30 driving towards Iskandarkul lake, dinner in the Iskandarkul, overnight in the Shallets of Iskandarkul.
ISKANDARKUL - Lake Alexander
Little known and rarely visited Fann mountains form part of the Pamir Range tucked away in northwest Tajikistan. The majestic, biggest lake called Lake Alexander, Iskandarkul is located at altitude of 2200mtrs. It is a pure gem of surrounding snowy peaks reflecting in calm mirrored surface. You may have a difficulty to describe its color, from green to turquise, blue to dark-purple it changes together with the season and time of the day.
We will take a hike to the waterfall, Snake Lake, looking out at the president’s dacha on the other side of the lake, passing the village of Sarytag and the Kaznok valley we will get familiarized with local life style and customs. There are plenty of springs nearby, most popular local wildlife are marmots.
DAY 3 - Saturday
Wake up early in the morning for the boat trip on a mirror surface of Iskandarkul lake. Breakfast, short drive for Saritoq village and exploration of its spectacular surroundings, further hiking to snake lake & one massive waterfall called Niagara. Lunch and drive towards Dushanbe airport to catch the evening flight back. You ll be home at 10:35pm with lifetime memories!
Level: Easy, available for beginners. Trail gets a little steep by the end of it.
Activities: trekking upto 5hrs a day, sightseeing.
Duration: extended weekend with Thursday off. You ll need 1 work day off.
Accommodation & meals: hotels double sharing and challets. Meals included, bring your fav snacks.
Cost: 3250 AED all inclusive flights until APR 19th.
covid tests if needed
Visas: 52 countries visa free regime. Other passports: evisa or consulate visa.
Requirement: trekking shoes – no shoes no hike! daypack, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproof camera, sports electrolytes, power banks, towel, warm blouse (its chilly in the morning), head lamp.
All other details available for RSVPs.
See yah at Iskandarkul! x
Piotr / 050 4848238 / [email protected]
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