Tour Highlights: Penjikent city, Komichora Pass, Seven Lakes, Tovasang Pass, Munora Pass, Pshtikul Lake, Dukdon Pass, Iskanderkul Lake
Difficulty: medium/high, Distance: 270 km by car, 108 km on foot
Interesting facts about the region: The lakes were created as a result of frequent earthquakes and mud slides. They are mostly filled with melted waters received from the glaciers in the upper reaches of the valley.
One of the seven lakes is named Hushyor (vigilant) because poi-sonous snakes are found in the area. Another interesting lake – Hazorchashma (one thousand springs) is fed by many springs and small streams. Birch trees grow around the lake, and it is said that the seeds of these trees were sown by the birds. During ancient times one of the branches of the Great Silk Road passed along this lake.
1 Day. Arrival in Penjikent. After ex-ploring the legacy of the ancient Soghdians in Penjikent, we drive to the guesthouse in Magian (55km, 2hs). Here you can take a rest and acclimatize. Dinner and overnight at the home stay.
2 Day. After a short visit to the fort “Inogbek” we start hiking towards the Komichora Pass (17km, 5hs). Overnight in tents near the kishlak Rognich.
3 Day. After breakfast we start climbing the Komichora Pass (3,300m), up to the 7th lake Hazorchashma (18km, 7hs). Overnight in tents by the lake.
4 Day. Today on the way to the guesthouse “Mijgon” in Padrud Village you can admire the beautiful gems of the Fann Mountains: the Marguzor Lakes*. Overnight at the guesthouse.
5 Day. Today we cross the Tovasang Pass (3,307m – 14km, 5.5hs). Overnight in tents in Sarimat.
6 Day. Today we go up to Munora Pass (3,520m – 14km, 7hs). Afterwards we descend to the Pshtikul Lake. You will marvel at the extraordinary panorama. Overnight in tents by the lake.
7 Day. Rest and relaxation day.
8 Day. Hike along the river up to Archamaydan meadows (12km, 5hs). Overnight in tents.
9 Day. Today we will cross the Dukdon Pass (3,812m – 16km, 6hs). We will set up our camp in a juniper grove. Overnight in tents.
10 Day. Descend down the river through the village of Karakul to the village of Saratoga (5km, 1.5hs). Overnight in the guesthouse “Dilovar”.
11 Day. Today we walk to the legendary Iskanderkul Lake (5km, 1.5hs), where our trip ends. Overnight in tents along the lake shores.
12 Day. Departure
The tour is through mountainous terrain. Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, rain gear are required. Good physical preparation.