Trekking in Fann Mountains Description
Fann mountains are considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Central Asia. They are recognised not only for their breathtaking mountain scenery but also for the many beautiful clear lakes that are scattered around. There are many narrow canyons with clear, rushing rivers, high glaciated summits and picturesque river valleys with thousands of lakes set amongst juniper forests making this region one of the most attractive mountain regions in Central Asia. Geographically the Fann Mountains are part of those great ramparts of rock which run along the southern edge of the Central Asian republics and Siberia, following from the Caspian to the Pacific. Part of the Pamir-Alai, they are located in the Republic of Tajikistan between the Zeravshan and Gissar ranges. Accessed through the Tajikistan capital of Dushambe, this fantastic 12 day trek takes in much of this rugged and picturesque landscape with overnight stays at some of the stunning lakeside camps making this an exciting and memorable trip!
Trekking in Fann Mountains Itinerary
- Day 1 – Most of the flights arrive early in the morning. Drive to the start point of the trek – camp by the 6th Marguzor Lake in the Fann Mountains.
- Day 2 – CAMP BELOW THE TAVASANG PASS: The donkeys arrive in the morning to carry the luggage. After a gentle section we climb steeply, passing the village of Kiogli, to camp below the Tavasang Pass at about 3000m, (10,000′).
- Day 3 – MUNORA PASS: After crossing the Tavasang Pass, 3300m, we descend to the Sarymat river for lunch. A gentle climb through sparse juniper woods leads to a magical meadow and campsite below the icy north face of Munora.
- Day 4 – MUNORA PASS: Walk up to the Munora Pass, 3520m, and descend to the deep, craggy gorge of the Archa-Maidan river. The more energetic can take-in a side trip to visit Lake Pshtykul before dropping down to the campsite – this option makes for a long but rewarding day.
- Day 5 – ZURMECH WOOD: We go down the Archa-Maidan valley to Zurmech Wood. Along the way we pass several small villages which appear to blend into the rocky mountainsides. At Zurmech we pass through semi-wild apple, cherry and apricot orchards to reach our camp by a crystal clear stream (2000m).
- Day 6 – CHUKURAK LAKES: Walk up a colorful canyon to the Zurmech Pass, 3200m. Descend to the next campsite by the Chukurak lakes. The gnarled junipers combine with steep cliffs to make this a very scenic spot. The inviting lake waters are icy cold! Camp by the lake.
- Day 7 – CAMP BY BIBIJONA LAKE: Cross the Chukurak Pass to Kulikalon hollow with its numerous streams and lakes. Camp by Bibijona Lake with magnificent panorama of the steep glaciated north face of the Chimtarga, the highest summit of the Fann.
- Day 8 – CAMP BY BIBIJONA LAKE: We spend an extra night here; relaxing or doing a circular walk from the campsite.
- Day 9 – ALAUDIN PASS: Hike up to the Alaudin Pass, 38000m, from where there are stunning views of the deep-blue Alaudin Lakes and the main peaks. Descend to a campsite by the lakes.
- Day 10 – LAKES: Day tour up to the Mutnye (“Murky”) Lakes which are surrounded by glaciers and summits amongst these being Energia, 5120m, Zamok, 5150m, Chimtarga, 5489m, the highest peak in the Fann. Although the lakes are located at the altitude of 3500m there are still alpine flowers to liven up the stark, high mountain setting. Camp by Alaudin Lakes.
- Day 11 – DUSHANBE: A short walk down the valley to our waiting transport. Drive down the Zeravshan river valley and on to Dushanbe. Hotel.
- Day 12 – DEPARTURE: Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
Trekking in Fann Mountains Prices
12 Day Fann Mountains Trek – Prices on inquiry
Included in the cost:
- All accommodation
- All group transport
- Cook on trek
- All meals
- Group equipment
- Donkeys to carry the luggage
Not included in the cost:
- International & Domestic flights
- SGL supplement
- Personal equipment
- Visa consular fee
Groups of 1,2, 3 or 4 people will be accompanied by a local English speaking guide. For larger groups a Trek-leader will join the group.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU …
- Travel Insurance
- Duffle bag
- Day Pack
- Plastic bags (to keep the contents of your main bag dry)
- Trousers for trekking
- Shorts (and/or swimwear)
- Short-sleeved or t-shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for the evenings
- Long underwear
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Fleece trousers
- Down jacket or ski parka
- Water proof jacket and trousers
- Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
- Woollen hat or Balaclava
- Neck scarf (for keeping out dust)
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
- Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support—not too light and not too heavy
- Trainers or sandals for lounging in the evening (and for crossing rivers)
- Hiking socks for warmer conditions
- Wool socks for colder conditions
- Sock liners to wick away moisture
- Sleeping bag (Rated -5 degrees or colder is recommended)
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sleeping mat
- Water bottles or Camelback (2x 1 litre)
- Water purification tablets
- Sun hat
- Camera (optional)
- Repair kit (optional)
- Ski or trekking poles (recommended)
- Headlamp or torch + spare batteries
- Playing cards, games, books, for the evenings
- Toiletries – including toilet tissue (bio-degradable preferably)
- Antibacterial handwash
- Small towel
- Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin (talk to doctor)
- Throat losenges
- Sunscreen (SPF 15+) & Lip balm with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
- Diahrea medicine
- Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
Points to remember
The pack that the porters/donkeys carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds) including your sleeping bag & mat
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, waterproof trousers and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
At the end of each day you will generally camp next to a lake or river where you can wash yourself and your clothes providing that you bring with you bio-degradable soap.
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents
and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
Visas can be obtained direct from the Tajik Embassy. As well as your passport, 2 passport photographs and application form, you will need to submit your trip itinerary, flight information, together with a letter of invitation from our local agent – which we will supply. You may prefer to use a visa processing
agency such as travcor.com who will charge around £40 for their services.
You should contact your local GP or travel clinic to check for any recommended vaccinations for your trip and to make sure that you are up-to-date on any routine courses or boosters recommended in the UK. At the time of writing there are no vaccination requirements for entry into Tajikistan. If you have any questions do contact us. We want you to have an enjoyable and trouble-free time.
We require you to have full personal insurance including medical cover. Many UK companies might not be willing to cover the area of this trek. The following provide personal medical cover for the trek for its members: Austrian Alpine Club: www.aacuk.org.uk Membership is very useful, convenient and not expensive. Please ask if you wish to have further information. We are happy to discuss al aspects of the trip with you.
FOOD AND DRINK:
The standard of hygiene is good however it is possible that you will suffer from mild stomach upsets due to change of diet and water. Please take a small supply of water purification tablets. Each evening your water bottle will be filled with boiled and/or sterilised water ready for the next day. However, you may
wish to fill your bottle from streams / springs during the day. Some springs have pure water; your trek leader will tell you which; but generally you will need to sterilise this water. In the hotel bottled water is available. It is wise not even to brush your teeth with the tap water.
The standard treatment for a mild stomach upset is Imodium, or possibly Lomotil. Sachets of Dioralyte are an excellent aid to rehydration when suffering or recovering from diarrhoea. It is the dehydrating effect of Diarrhoea that is so debilitating, far more than any other effect.
It is, of course, far more satisfactory to exercise common sense and rigorous personal hygiene so as to prevent picking up a gastric complaint in the first place. Carry antiseptic handwash in your daypack.
Here are some general pointers to maintaining good health:
- DON’T trust ice cubes.
- DON’T expect alcohol to sterilise water, some organisms thrive in alcohol. Bottled beer and bottled soft
- drinks are generally safe.
- DON’T risk unboiled milk.
- DON’T risk ice cream.
- DON’T eat salad vegetables, except at major hotels and eating places.
- DO eat cooked foods and fruit that you can peel yourself.
- DO drink tea or coffee
- DO sterilise your drinking water.
Nothing prepares you for mountain walking as does mountain walking itself. Please study the detailed itinerary and see the altitude gains and compare these with what you are used to. You are being unfair to yourself, the rest of the group and the staff, if you start the trek saying to yourself “I can do that” if it turns out that you can not because you are not used to hill-walking. On several days on this holiday you will be walking for about the same amount of time as most of us spend per day at our (all too often sedentary) jobs.
Your legs should be prepared for this before you go. Every bit as important as the ability of your legs to cope with the walking is the ability of your mind to adapt to unusual situations. A trek can be physically demanding at times, and some days on the trail can be exacting. The route in general is within the capabilities of any normally healthy and fit individual used to hill walking. However, it is best to get in shape before you go: jogging in the park, using stairs not lifts, swimming, games and exercises that expand the lungs and toughens the feet and legs. The best exercise for trekking is hill walking, starting with short easy walks.
Central Asia can come as a shock on your first visit. You should try to avoid the regrettable tendency to compare things with what you have at home or what you would find elsewhere.
The weather can be 30+oC in the cities. Mountain weather is variable. In the valleys it is possible for daytime temperatures to rise to 30oC. At night, especially at the highest campsites, you may experience slight frosts. Rain (and even snowfall on the passes) could be encountered at any time although this is
generally a dry time of year.
EWP treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe. Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation. If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.