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Journey Ideas and Issues to Do in Iskanderkul, Tajikistan (2023 Information)


For those who’re planning a visit to Sarytag and Iskanderkul, Tajikistan, then this complete journey information will enable you plan all of the issues to do, the place to remain, find out how to get there and extra!

Often known as one of the crucial lovely of the ‘Stans in Central Asia, Tajikistan has slowly been cementing its place on the bucket record of adventurous travellers.

Whereas not as well-liked as its neighbours, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Tajikistan has a complete vary of worthy sights which are assured to make your jaw drop.

From the fabled Pamir Freeway alongside the Afghan border to the legendary Fann Mountains and even the bustling metropolis of Dushanbe, there’s loads to do on this pure wonderland.

Tajikistan is 97% mountainous, and has the best water reserves in Central Asian nations with greater than 1,000 rivers, 2,000 lakes and scores of glaciers.

No marvel it’s primarily lovers of nature and journey who flock right here!

Having travelled everywhere in the nation, from 2015 proper by means of to 2019, for my part, anyone planning a visit right here shouldn’t miss one of many bluest glacial lakes in Tajikistan, Iskanderkul.

Iskanderkul and the close by mountain village of Sarytag are an actual jewel on the earth of tourism.

Wherever else on the earth, these two locations would have 1000’s of vacationers visiting each single day.

However that is Tajikistan, and as such, there’s probability that when you go to you may be one of some individuals there.

Iskanderkul Lake Tajikistan
Stunning Iskanderkul Lake with its turquoise glacial water

Iskanderkul or Sarytag?

That can assist you along with your travels to this beautiful a part of the nation, I’ve put collectively this complete journey information to Iskanderkul, Tajikistan, with nearly every thing you would wish to know.

I’ll additionally point out the village of Sarytag, because it’s solely a brief distance previous Iskanderkul and effectively value a go to.

Iskanderkul Lake

Iskanderkul is the largest lake within the Fann Mountains.

Positioned within the north-west of Tajikistan, just a few hours from Dushanbe, it is without doubt one of the most lovely glacial lakes within the area.

On the north slope of Gissar Vary within the Fann Mountains, this triangle-shaped lake is at an altitude of two,195m and spans a whopping 3.4 sq. kilometres with a depth of 72 meters deep.

Even the Tajik president thinks so extremely of it, that he has a constructed himself vacation home there. 

The lake’s identify ‘Iskanderkul’ means “Lake of Alexander”, after the notorious Alexander the Nice.

(Iskander is Persian for Alexander, whereas Kul is Turkic for lake.)

Legend has it Alexander the Nice created the lake by damming the river with a view to annihilate a village which had opposed him.

Whether or not that’s true or not won’t ever be identified, however there may very well be a special story.

Scientists did uncover that after there was an earthquake within the space, and a rockslide blocked the Sarytag river.

Their idea is that water pooled and Iskanderkul Lake was created. However you’ll be able to consider what you need.

Immediately there are a few guesthouses you’ll be able to keep in proper by the lake, and there are many enjoyable actions in shut proximity.

Mountain Reflection Iskanderkul Lake
The layers of mountains reflecting in Iskanderkul Lake

Sarytag Village

If you wish to discover extra of this space don’t simply cease at Iskanderkul. Proceed up the Sarytag River gorge and you’ll attain the small village of Sarytag.

As you cross Iskanderkul lake, you observe the highway up the gorge, the place you may be greeted with extra vistas of excessive meadows and towering peaks.

It’s up right here the place the picturesque village of Sarytag is positioned.

READ MORE: Try my complete information to the Lakes Loop Hike within the Fann Mountains!

Sarytag was comparatively unknown to travellers till some trekkers found that it made a terrific base for expeditions into the Fann Mountains.

In the previous couple of years, it has began seeing maybe just some hundred individuals each season arrive to spend the evening, or head into the encompassing peaks.

Sarytag Village
View of Sarytag Village

The 12 Finest Issues to Do in Iskanderkul and Sarytag

Individuals say Iskanderkul and Sarytag are nice day journeys from Dushanbe, however I like to recommend you keep not less than one evening and benefit from the space.

There are fairly a number of issues to do in Iskanderkul and Sarytag. From strolling to five springs to visiting the Niagra Falls of the Fann Mountains, and naturally a number of mountaineering.

This space has a little bit one thing for everybody. Here’s a record of the most effective issues to do within the Iskanderkul and Sarytag space. 

Iskanderkul Waterfall

This waterfall is jokingly referred to as the Niagra Falls of the Fann Mountains and is a must-see on any record of what to do in Iskanderkul.

It’s 38m excessive and is fed by the Iskanderdarya river, flowing out of Iskanderkul lake.

It solely takes about 15-20 minutes to succeed in the waterfall alongside a rocky path, simply previous the bridge as you enter the tiny village at Iskanderkul.

It’s a forceful sight to see. Some persons are not that impressed by it, however I personally thought it was well worth the brief stroll on the market.

When you get to the waterfall there’s a metal platform the place you’ll be able to take take a look at the gushing water from above.

You can even climb a little bit greater to take a photograph of the waterfall and platform to get a perspective of simply how huge the falls are.

Waterfall
Niagara Falls of the Fann Mountains – Iskanderkul Waterfalls.

Snake Lake (Zmeinoe Lake)

Snake Lake is a man-made lake with, umm, quite a lot of snakes lurking round.

I stayed excessive and checked out it from a distance. No manner was I going close to the sting understanding there are quite a lot of snakes.

This lake is small however has its allure. The oblong-shaped lake has bushes rising on the far finish with reeds rising throughout the sting.

There was a few those who had arrange residence there, so not less than on our go to, we weren’t the one individuals round.

Attending to Snake Lake in Iskanderkul is straightforward, as you’ll be able to simply stroll there from the village. Simply observe the dusty highway up the hill. There are additionally indicators, and when you get misplaced, simply ask an area.

There’s a nice viewpoint up there of Iskanderkul Lake, which actually exhibits off simply how turquoise it’s. 

Snake Lake
View of Snake Lake. Many snakes are discovered right here.

Go to the 5 Springs 

I by no means obtained to the 5 Springs however it may be visited on the ‘Hat of Alexander’ hike, when mountaineering to Sarytag, or simply strolling across the lake.

To get to the 5 Springs you observe the highway that results in Sarytag.

If you get to the opposite facet of the lake you’ll come throughout the 5 Springs, near the president’s home.

It’s easy 5 springs that are nice for taking a dip in, and whose waters are stated to have therapeutic powers.

Take a Boat Journey on the Lake

In an effort to change into a whole lakeside resort city (don’t fear, they nonetheless have a protracted option to go), now you can go on a ship journey across the lake!

Seeing the encompassing peaks rise round Iskanderkul Lake from the water is a incredible factor to do.

You possibly can e book your boat journey for under 50 TJS per individual from the Turbaza Resort.

They’ve a ship that matches about 10 individuals and can take you out for about an hour or so.

Boat On Iskanderkul Lake
That is the boat you’ll go on for a pleasure journey on Iskanderkul Lake.

Hike round Iskanderkul Lake

There’s a observe that circles the lake and affords lovely views of the water and mountains the entire manner round.

You observe the highway to Sarytag and if you attain the tip of the lake you’ll get to a fork within the highway, close to the president’s home.

Take the left highway and you’ll cross over a bridge.

The trek continues from there on the left-hand facet. This can observe the lake round and pop you out on the highway that you just got here in by automotive.

From there observe the highway again in the direction of your lodging.

The hike is about 19km with an elevation achieve/lack of about 450m and will take you 8 hours.

Do take lunch, snacks, sunscreen, strolling poles (if wanted) and sufficient water for the day as there are not any retailers alongside the way in which.

Hiking Near River
There are such a lot of totally different hikes to do within the space.

Hike to Sarytag from Iskanderkul 

To get from Iskanderkul to Sarytag you could have two choices – hitch a journey, or you’ll be able to hike alongside the highway.

If you get to the fork within the highway previous the lake, keep on with the suitable (shorter highway) and you’ll attain Sarytag.

Alongside the way in which you’ll cross the presidential vacation house and the 5 Springs of wealth, well being, fertility and love earlier than passing by means of a cliff-walled canyon.

You slowly climb the highway as much as a excessive plateau the place you’ll spot farms with many cows. Ultimately, you’ll hit Sarytag village.

This hike following the highway is 9.4km from the bridge in Iskanderkul, and will take you about 4.5 hours. There’s an elevation achieve/lack of 250m.

Hiking Along A River
You can simply spend a number of days exploring the realm by foot.

Hike the Hat of Alexander

When you’re driving into Iskanderkul Lake you will notice this iconic, knobbly-looking mountain throughout the opposite facet of the lake.

That is referred to as the Hat of Alexander, and you’ll hike up and round it when you’re feeling up for a problem.

The hike across the Hat of Alexander (2710m above sea stage) will take you about 3-4 hours and is 12km lengthy.

Stroll in the direction of Sarytag from Iskanderkul or in the direction of Iskanderkul from Sarytag, there’s a path that follows across the lake heading in the direction of the Hat of Alexander.

After 2.9km, you’ll attain a flip off to the left that may head up the mountain. Have lunch on the close by mountain Chulbui.

Undoubtedly ask your guesthouse for directions on find out how to get there, as they could have a map for you.

I do advocate getting the free app, Maps.me, as quite a lot of the paths are on this app. 

Mountain Iskanderkul Lake
They are saying this mountain is the Hat of Alexander the Nice.

Chook Watching

This space is without doubt one of the finest within the nation for recognizing wildlife. Half of the character reserve is recognized as an vital fowl space!

In case you are fortunate, you’ll be able to spot Himalayan snowcocks, saker falcons, yellow-billed choughs, wallcreepers and extra, so preserve an eye fixed out. 

Undoubtedly convey some binoculars with you when you’re into fowl watching.

Get Up for Dawn

Don’t miss getting up for dawn by the lake! It’s magical.

In case you are in Iskanderkul, you will notice the glassy water with the attractive mountains mirrored completely within the morning.

There’s a jetty on the lake as effectively that you could possibly combine it up along with your images.

In case you are staying at Sarytag, you may be sitting within the valley of the mountains, and seeing every mountain gentle up with the daylight is a superb scene.

Sunrise Iskanderkul Lake
Waking up for dawn is a should if you end up at Iskanderkul Lake.

Go on a Day Hike from Sarytag

From the city of Sarytag, you’ll be able to hike following the Sarytag River simply out of city.

If you get to a different river taking pictures off to the suitable up the valley, observe it. It’s referred to as Arch River.

This path will lead you as much as Maslihattepe. (12–14 km, 4 hours a method). In two hours you’ll attain a spot referred to as Hafzak.

It is a nice resting spot amongst a small area of good birchwood bushes. Proceed up and you’ll attain Maslihattepe.

A few years in the past, the oldest villagers would collect on this hill to debate essential points. Now it’s a place to hike and benefit from the view. 

Do a Multi-Day Hike within the Space

There are a lot of multi-day hikes to select from within the Iskanderkul and Sarytag space.

It simply relies on how a lot time you could have.

In case you are actually up for an journey you’ll be able to hyperlink Iskanderkul to the Lakes Loop Hike (which I did in 2019), or all the way in which to Haft Kul (the Seven Lakes).

There are many tenting spots alongside the way in which. You do want to hold every thing with you, as there are not any amenities or huts to remain in.

If you get to the Lakes space there’s a little retailer the place you will get a meal if you’d like.

Do be ready with water filtration units and your individual tent with sleeping gear.

You possibly can rent a donkey and porter if you’d like assist carrying your gear for an inexpensive worth, or you’ll be able to carry all of it your self. 

Listed here are some prompt routes it’s possible you’ll wish to take.

Iskanderkul to Haft Kul (Shing & Marguzor)

Prompt route:

Sarytag/Iskanderkul – Dukdon Move – Sarymat/Archamaidan Confluence – Munora Move – Tavasang Move – Kiogli Village – Marguzor (Lake #6)

Sarytag/Iskanderkul – Sarymat Move – Tavasang Move – Kiogli Village – Marguzor (Lake #6) 

Iskanderkul to Artuch Alplager Camp

Prompt route:

Sarytag/Iskanderkul – Dukdon Move (3810m) – Sarymat/Archamaidan River Confluence – Maloye Allo Lake  – Bolshoi Allo Lake – Chimtarga Move – Mutnyi Lake – Aluaddin Lakes – Aluaddin or Lauden Move – Kulikalon lakes – Artuch Alplager

Iskanderkul to Vertical Alauddin Camp

Prompt route:

Sarytag/Iskanderkul – Dukdon Move – Sarymat/Archamaidan River Confluence – Zimtut – Guitan Move – Chukurak Lakes – Kulikalon Lakes – Aluaddin or Lauden Move – Aluaddin Lakes – Vertical Alauddin

Please notice, I didn’t do these hikes so I have no idea the situation of the treks or any details about the routes.

A terrific web site to take a look at is Going the Complete Hogg. They wrote a terrific put up on the routes. 

Hiking In Fann Mountains
Alesha made it to the highest of Alauddin Move.

Chill out by the Lake or within the Mountains

Whether or not you’re in Iskanderkul or in Sarytag, take a day to chill out and take within the village life.

Go for a stroll and meet locals or simply sit by the lake underneath a tree and skim a e book.

Both manner, simply take in your environment and the place you’re – it’s completely lovely.

Rocking Chair Iskanderkul Lake
Seize a e book and take some hours to chill out by Iskanderkul Lake

Iskanderkul Lake Journey Information

Now that all the most effective issues to do in Iskanderkul Lake and Sarytag, I wish to share with you another nice journey ideas for the realm.

From the place to remain to when to go and extra, right here’s my mini Iskanderkul, Tajikistan journey information.

Finest Time to Go to Iskanderkul

The very best time to go to Iskanderkul and Sargtag is from late Might till late September.

In case you are going over excessive mountain passes, exterior of that interval it’s doubtlessly snowbound and inaccessible. 

Iskanderkul Lake Reflection
Stunning reflections of the mountains on Iskanderkul Lake.

The place to Keep in Iskanderkul

There are a few guesthouses and lodging choices to take pleasure in in Iskanderkul and Sarytag.

Turbaza Resort

That is the place I stayed after I was in Iskanderkul. It’s a Soviet-looking lodging with loopy murals on every outer wall.

There’s a restaurant on website that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner for 50 TJS every meal.

To be sincere, the lunch and dinner are manner higher worth than breakfast.

There was no menu so ask what would be the meal on the time. The meals was okay however there usually are not many choices on the town.

There’s a good balcony space connected to the restaurant overlooking the lake. We had native dishes like plov. A twin-bed room with non-public toilet was 150 somoni per individual (USD$15).

The room was fundamental with a TV (no English channels), sizzling water and okay beds.

Towels and sheets had been offered, however test you could have sheets if you check-in.

Beds had been a little bit exhausting however that is widespread in Tajikistan. In case you have your individual tent, you’ll be able to pitch it right here.

For 50 TJS per individual, you may be proper on the lake and get up with a view.

The lodging additionally had a ship to exit on the lake. It was 50 TJS per individual for a journey.

Stroll previous the bridge and you will notice the signal for the lodging down the highway.

You will notice large white gates on the left. There’s a newer part and an older part.

We stayed within the newer part. They’re proper subsequent door to one another. The older part regarded very run down.

  • WhatsApp Quantity – (3479) 93 339 95 95

That is the managers WhatsApp quantity the place you’ll be able to e book your lodging. He doesn’t converse English so the messages could undergo a translator first.

Accommodation Iskanderkul Lake
The Soviet Wanting lodging on the shores of Iskanderkul Lake

Shezok Guesthouse

This lodging is close to the bridge above a store proper on the lake. Rooms are quite simple however clear with an outdoor bathroom.

There is no such thing as a heating so convey layers if you’re there within the shoulder seasons.

The woman working it’s beautiful however doesn’t converse any English, so do convey a translator e book or app when you don’t converse Russian or Farsi.

For the room solely it’s 60 TJS. If you want room and three meals it’s about 110 TJS per individual.

The lady might help you organise a carry again to Sarvoda when you’d like. 

You don’t must e book on-line as there are a number of choices across the lake. If one guesthouse is full transfer on to the subsequent.

Simply don’t have excessive expectations with the standard. It is vitally fundamental lodging.

Native Tajik social gathering goes could come to Iskanderkul for a weekend journey from Dushanbe. They normally keep at Turbaza Resort. 

The place to Keep in Sarytag

The little village of Sarytag has numerous quaint homestays you’ll be able to select.

Once more, they’re fundamental, however have every thing you would wish for a snug keep right here.

Shahboz Guesthouse 

The preferred guesthouse in Sarytag, Shahboz Guesthouse is run by a beautiful household who can’t do sufficient that can assist you.

Their rooms vary from darkish and fundamental (on the bathroom block facet) to shiny and spacious (on the valley facet), however all are clear and are available in conventional Tajik type.

The meals the household makes is surprisingly respectable as effectively.

The views from the large balcony on the valley facet are beautiful, and the household is all too joyful to maintain offering copious quantities of tea so that you can sit and revel in.

A bonus of staying right here is that they’ve a sizzling water bathe and Western-style bathroom that the visitors can use.

If you first enter city, Shahboz Guesthouse is up on the left from the principle highway after you go over the bridge.

That is one place that it’s really useful to e book forward, as it’s the most well-liked guesthouse in Sarytag.

Lady Sarytag Village
The homeowners of the guesthouses are very useful and welcoming.

Dilovar’s Homestay

Dilovar’s Homestay is another choice for good locations to remain in Sarytag.

You possibly can benefit from the beautiful views of the mountains and stroll to the river from the guesthouse.

Dilovar speaks English so he might help you with any details about the realm.

Breakfast is included within the keep worth however lunch and dinner can be found at a further value.

We didn’t get the precise costs, however anticipate it to be between USD$15-20 for full room and board.

There are not any restaurant choices in Sarytag. The household farm their very own land so the greens are very contemporary.

I used to be instructed the beds usually are not essentially the most comfy however that is exhausting to keep away from as in Asia the beds are exhausting.

If you wish to e book right here, or different locations in Sarytag, get in contact with the blokes at ZTDA Tourism.

The place to Eat in Iskanderkul and Sarytag

I’ve dangerous information for you – the eating choices in Iskanderkul and Sarytag are slim.

That’s to not imply you’ll go hungry although, and the native homestays in Sarytag will present respectable breakfast and dinner included in your keep.

In case you are staying at Turbaza Resort in Iskanderkul they’ve a restaurant on website. 

Restaurant Iskanderkul Lake
Restaurant proper on the shores of Iskanderkul Lake.

The best way to Get to Iskanderkul and Sarytag

The drive into Iskanderkul itself is gorgeous. Irrespective of which manner you’re coming from, Iskanderkul can solely be accessed by the M34 freeway. 

You’ll come alongside the freeway from both south (Dushanbe course) or the north (Panjakent and Khujand course) and attain the turnoff to Iskanderkul and Sarytag highway.

This highway is unpaved and really windy and bumpy the entire option to Iskanderkul. From the freeway turnoff to the lake is 23km. 

You’ll journey up the gorge of the Iskander River getting glimpses of the upper, snow-covered mountains of the Fann Mountain Vary on both facet.

The canyon turns into extra dramatic as you get nearer to Iskanderkul Lake with breathtaking views alongside the river’s edge.

Transport from Dushanbe to Iskanderkul

Iskanderkul is positioned 134km from Dushanbe. There must be a number of shared taxis that depart from the cement manufacturing facility cease going to Iskanderkul every single day within the morning.

If they don’t seem to be going straight there, you will get a shared taxi to the junction of Iskanderkul, the place you will get a second shared taxi to get to the lake.

The shared taxis will solely depart when they’re full, so it’s possible you’ll be ready some time.

We advise you get there early within the morning (round 7am). Earlier the higher as that is when extra locals will probably be leaving.

If you would like the shared taxi to depart quick you’ll need to pay for the remainder of the seats.

In case you have a bunch, you’ll be able to work out a worth with the motive force. Do barter pretty.

Ask to be dropped off on the intersection of Iskanderkul Lake to have extra of an opportunity to get a automotive to Iskanderkul.

Between Dushanbe and Sarvoda you’ll undergo the Anzob Move and the Anzob Tunnel, also referred to as the ‘Tunnel of Demise’.

The Iranians are renovating the tunnel, so it shouldn’t be practically as scary in coming years, however when you had lengthy, darkish, moist tunnels, perhaps shut your eyes as you undergo it.

Views Before Entering Tunnel
The views earlier than coming into “The Tunnel of Demise” if you’re coming from Dushanbe.

Transport from Sarvoda to Iskanderkul

A shared taxi from Dushanbe to Sarvoda is 50-80 TJS per individual. If you get to Sarvoda requested to be dropped off on the Sarvoda Markets.

That is the place the automobiles depart to go to Iskanderkul. From Sarvoda, you will get a shared taxi to Iskanderkul for about 250-300 TJS for the automotive or 50 TJS for a seat.

Through the week it isn’t widespread for shared taxis to be going from Sarvoda to Iskanderkul however through the weekend there may be extra of an opportunity.

In case you are a bunch, I’d counsel hiring the entire automotive and going as quickly as you get to Sarvoda.

However do barter the worth as you may be quoted an costly vacationer worth. As for a solo traveller this worth will in all probability be too costly.

If you cannot discover a journey, stroll to the intersection of the Freeway and switch off to Iskanderkul.

It must be a few 30-minute stroll from Sarvoda. From there you’ll be able to flag down a automotive going in the direction of Iskanderkul.

The value will probably be 50 TJS per individual. 

Transport from Panjakent

From Panjakent, if you’re fortunate it’s possible you’ll discover a journey throughout to Iskanderkul or Sarytag. However don’t rely on this.

Your only option is to get to a shared taxi to Sarvoda. Look to be paying from 50 TJS per individual.

From Sarvoda there could also be automobiles going, if not stroll to the intersection that goes to Iskanderkul and get a journey from there.

In case your automotive is happening to Dushanbe ask them to drop you off on the intersection.

Road Into Iskanderkul Lake
That is the views coming into Iskanderkul Lake. Undoubtedly cease for a photograph.

The place to go after Iskanderkul and Sarytag

When you’ve completed exploring Iskanderkul and Sarytag, there are a selection of different cool locations in Tajikistan you’ll be able to go.

Panjakent 

Panjakent (additionally referred to as Penjikent) is positioned within the northwest of the nation close to the Uzbekistan border.

Chances are you’ll come to this city to cross the border into Uzbekistan and proceed on to discover Samarkand.

This border is now open to foreigners as of 2018 and may be simply crossed. 

You possibly can simply spend a complete day exploring Panjakent as there are some things on the town to take a look at.

The native bazaar is buzzing within the morning, and you’ll go to the positioning of Historical Panjakent. This historical website is the oldest in Central Asia.

The ruins are positioned on a excessive plateau above the present metropolis. 

It’s a great place for sundown and has a pleasant view of immediately’s Panjakent.

Being near Samarkand (throughout the border), the Fann Mountains and the Fergana Valley, it is without doubt one of the most visited areas within the nation by travellers and a perfect base for trekking.

From Panjakent, do take a look at the Lake Loop Hike and Seven Lakes (Haft Kul).

People Overlooking Panjakent
Associates having fun with the views over Panjakent at sundown

Khujand

Khujand is positioned within the far north of the nation on the west facet close to the border of Kyrgyzstan.

Khujand is Tajikistan’s second-largest metropolis and located on each side of the Syr Darya River on the mouth of the Fergana Valley.

The town is without doubt one of the most historical within the area, because it was based 2300 years in the past.

Khujand has a vibrant historical past, being at totally different instances underneath the rule of Persian, Arab, Mongol and different empires. This metropolis has seen rather a lot.

It was as soon as the farthest northern cities of Alexander the Nice’s empire (round 329 BC) and was a part of the Khanate of Kokand earlier than being annexed by the Russian Empire in 1868.

Sadly, most of those invaders demolished the town, and because of this few historical treasures stay.

You possibly can go to the museum and be taught extra about this historical past or simply go for a stroll within the park the place you will notice family and friends hanging out having fun with every others firm.

You will get a pleasant view overlooking the town on the medieval citadel close to the river within the centre of city.

In case you are crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan this will probably be your last city in Tajikistan. 

Mosque Khujand
A girl strolling along with her little one at sundown previous the native mosque in Khujand.

Dushanbe

Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan and you will have already been right here when you flew into the nation.

In case you have come from the opposite course then this metropolis could also be your subsequent vacation spot. 

Dushanbe is a buzzing metropolis now, with beautiful metropolis parks, fascinating museums and galleries, and many good eating places and bars to take pleasure in.

The brand new bazaar is fascinating, and it serves as a terrific place to top off on provides (and wifi) earlier than heading off to extra distant components of Tajikistan, such because the Pamir Freeway.

Enjoyable reality, do you know Dushanbe means “Monday” within the Persian language?

The town was constructed on the positioning of a Monday market, which is the way it obtained its identify.

Dushanbe View From Park
Dushanbe is a metropolis which you can simply hand around in for a day or two.

Packing Listing

What to convey to Iskanderkul Lake and Sarytag? Effectively this all relies on what you’re doing.

In case you are mountaineering, you’ll need some mountaineering gear. You’re up excessive within the mountains so one minute it could be sunny and sizzling, the subsequent minute it may very well be raining and chilly. You by no means know.

A very powerful factor to convey with you is sweet high quality, gentle mountaineering garments and heat gear which you can layer correctly.

As they are saying, “Costume for the hour, not for the day”.

We personally use and advocate the model Kathmandu, as they provide top quality and technical clothes for all circumstances.

  • Good mountaineering boots – Goretex is waterproof and light-weight. Be sure you have worn them in earlier than going mountaineering although.
  • Trekking poles – These had been very helpful because the terrain may be rocky and steep. (You possibly can hire them from Go to Alay)
  • Two t-shirts – One for trekking through the day, and one for carrying at evening.
  • Trekking pants – that is to guard you from the solar and bushes. 
  • One light-weight fleece or packable down jacket.
  • One light-weight waterproof/windproof shell jacket.
  • Thermal prime and pants – We advocate merino wool. Nice for the night and the evening for sleeping.
  • Water purification tablets or SteriPEN
  • Three pairs of socks – One for trekking, one for carrying at evening, and a spare pair in case your trekking ones get too moist. You’ll actually wish to take care of your ft on this trek!
  • Sandals to put on round camp.
  • Any remedy you want, in addition to bandages in case you get blisters or minimize your self. In case you have a journey first help package preserve it with you. Don’t overlook diarrhoea
  • A 1L water bottle, ideally with a large mouth for filling up out of rivers and streams. I like to recommend one other litre bottle as days may be very heat.
  • Headlamp or torch.
  • A good digicam to take a number of pictures!
  • Transportable battery pack to maintain your telephone/digicam charged. Electrical energy is uncommon and by photo voltaic and generator.
  • Carry further snacks for power alongside the way in which – protein bars, nuts
  • Sunscreen – the solar is powerful
  • Lip balm with solar safety
  • Hat and sun shades
  • Towel, cleaning soap, moist wipes (biodegradable ones) and anti-bacterial gel
  • Silk liner – particularly when you aren’t utilizing your individual sleeping bag.
  • A ‘Buff’ bandana
  • Headphones – For those who love music to maintain you motivated whereas mountaineering
  • Espresso – if you’re a espresso lover convey your individual espresso as solely tea is offered.
Mountain Reflections Iskanderkul Lake
Taking a look at this reflection of the mountains in Iskanderkul Lake doesn’t get previous.

Desirous about Doing a Tour?

If you wish to go to Iskanderkul as a part of a tour, there are fairly a number of choices.

One in all them is to hitch our legendary NOMADasaurus Tajikistan tour, which spends one evening in Sarytag as a part of the 16-day itinerary.

For those who don’t wish to be part of a full group tour, however would fairly simply e book a number of days in Iskanderkul as a part of an organised journey, one other good possibility is to take a look at Pamir and Mountains Journey.

Our group in 2019 organised the Lakes Loop Hike with these guys and easy metropolis excursions round Dushanbe.

Our driver, Jamshed, had a tremendous van and it was 4×4. You might be able to be part of an already set tour or when you’ve got a bunch, you’ll be able to organise a tour for yourselves.

DISCLAIMER: This publication is made potential by the help of the American Individuals by means of the US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) Competitiveness, Commerce, and Jobs Exercise in Central Asia. The contents of this publication are the only accountability of NOMADasaurus and don’t essentially replicate the views of USAID or the US Authorities.

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