Fann Mountains

Kulikalon Trek

Duration 4 days
Distance 27 km
Max. altitude 3780 meters
Camping 2 nights
Homestay 1 night
Difficulty
Moderate
Price
From €330 $330 / person
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Discover the highlights of the Fann Mountains

The Kulikalon Trek is ideal as a short get-away from Dushanbe to see the highlights of the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan. The start point of the trek is the village of Artuch. After visiting Chukurak Lake, the trek first leads to the paradisiacal Kulikalon plateau. Kulikalon features several beautiful lakes and is ideally suited for camping. After spending the night in tents on the shore one of the Kulikalon lakes, the trek continues over a 3800 meter high pass to reach the marvellous Alauddin Lake. This lake is together with its surroundings one of the most impressive places in the Fann Mountains. The trek is not to be underestimated despite its relatively short length, as considerable height differences need to be overcome.

Highlights

Kulikalon Plateau
Alauddin Lake
Best of the Fann Mountains
Wild camping under the stars
Cross mountain passes up to 3800 meters high

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Elevation profile of the Kulikalon Loop Trek

Itinerary

The day-to-day itinerary gives a detailed overview of the hiking and highlights planned for each stage of the trek. The itinerary has been carefully tested and tried. Although it rarely happens, unforeseen circumstances can force us to make (minor) adaptations to the schedule, even during the trek. For example, weather and road conditions may change rapidly while trekking and make certain parts of the route less passable. Flexibility is indispensable when traveling and hiking through the rugged lands of Tajikistan.

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Day 1 – Dushanbe to Artuch

Departure from Dushanbe in the morning. Pick up from your desired location in Dushanbe. The drive to the start of the trek in Artuch takes about 5 hours. On the way you already get the first scenic views of the Fann mountains and the Zerafshan Valley. We arrive at the guest house in the afternoon. The final part of the day can be used for exploring the surroundings or relaxing in preparation for the next day.

Day 2 – Chukurak Lake and Kulikalon Plateau – 16 km

Setting off from Artuch (1750 m), the trail steadily ascends along the Urech river. You can experience the local village life in Tajik Mountains along the way. After hiking 7 km, the trail becomes more steep as we start hiking up to Chukurak Lake, where we have a lunch break. The brave can also take a refreshing swim in the lake. In the afternoon, we continue our hike to a mountain pass at 3100 meters from where a wide view opens over the Kulikalon plateau. The trail then drops down to the plateau at an altitude of 2850 meters. Several lakes are scattered across the Kulikalon plateau, which itself is enclosed between towering cliffs. Kulikalon is the name of the biggest lake and presents perfects camping spots along its shore. At the end of the day, we set up camp and prepare to spend the night under the stars.

Day 3 – Crossing of Alauddin Pass – 11 km

After packing our equipment, we set course to the foot of Alauddin Pass. The walk is first flat over the Kulikalon plateau along the shores of several smaller lakes, including Kulisiyoh, Bibijonat and Dushokha. Climbing up the Alauddin mountain pass is the most difficult part of the trek. The top of the pass is with 3780 meters the highest point. The pass offers great views of Kulikalon on one side. Towards the other side, Lake Alauddin appears as a small spot in the valley about 1000 vertical meters below. The descent to Alauddin Lake is easygoing. After coming all the way down, we set up camp to spend the night at the shore of the lake.

Day 4 – Return to Dushanbe

The morning can be used to explore Alauddin Lake and its surroundings. Alauddin Lake is one of the most impressive places in the Fann Mountains. Several other lakes with intense blue colors can be found in its direct surroundings. In the afternoon, we head back to Dushanbe, which takes about 4 hours by car.

Included in the price

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Private transport (pick-up/drop-off at your desired location in Dushanbe)
  • All nights and meals in the homestays
  • Food (breakfast, dinner and snacks)
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
  • First aid supplies and water purification tablets and filter
  • No permits needed (only tourist visa for Tajikistan)
  • Light-weight trekking tents and down sleeping bags can be rented at a small extra cost

Not included in the price

  • Porters/donkeys
  • Accommodation in Dushanbe before and after the trek

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