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.
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 lodge in the afternoon. The final part of the day can be used for exploring the surroundings or relaxing in preparation for the next day. The nicest option is to go to Chukurak Lake. The hike to visit this picturesque place takes about two hours. The brave can even take a refreshing swim in the lake.
Setting off from the guest house (2150 m), the trail steadily ascends along the Urech river. After a steep climb with a vertical ascent of 700 meters in total, we reach the large Kulikalon plateau at an altitude of 2850 meters. Several lakes are scattered across the plateau, which itself is enclosed between towering cliffs. Kulikalon is the name of the biggest lake and presents perfects camping spots along its shores. The plateau offers great opportunities for short hikes for those who still have energy to go exploring in the afternoon. At the end of the day, we set up camp and prepare to spend the night under the stars.
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.
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.
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