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.
In the morning, we drive to the village of Margheb in the Yaghnob Valley. The drive takes about 3.5 hours. The main road ends at Margheb. Deeper parts of the Yaghnob Valley are inaccessible by car most of the year. From Margheb we start the trek that will take us through the Yaghnob Valley for the next days. The first part of the hike goes through a narrow and uninhabited valley until we reach the village of Khisortob after a few hours hiking. In Khisortob, we spend the night in a homestay.
Today, we keep following the Yaghnob river upstream. The path is relatively easy and ascends gently throughout the day. Half-way, we reach the first Yaghnobi villages. Overnight is again in a homestay – this time in the village of Bedef (2550 m).
Today we hike through the heart of the Yaghnobi lands with many small villages along the way. The first part of the day continue through the Yaghnob Valley. Subsequently, we take a turn to the right and head into the Tagobikul Valley. In this valley, we pass along the last few Yaghnobi villages before finding ourselves alone in nature again. Dahana is the last (abandoned) village that we encounter. In the afternoon, we pitch our tents along the river close to Dahana.
After having left behind the last Yaghnobi villages, we continue up through the Tagobikul Valley. The trail through the Tagobikul Valley gets more and more difficult as we move up. We camp again next to the Tagobikul river to spend the night under the stars.
The fifth day is the toughest of the trek. From the camp site, we continue to climb higher up all the way to the Leila Pass. The pass is with 3900 meters the highest point of the trek. Early in the season, there may still be some snow on this mountain pass. From the top of the pass, we go down over the south flank to reach the Leilakul lakes at an altitude of 3400 meters. We set up camp on the shore of one of the lakes to spend the night.
Today we are only hiking down. From Leilakul, we descend through the the Ziddi valley towards the west. There are various nice viewpoints on the way and we also pass the Khoja Sanghok shrine – a source of mineral water. We are picked up on the road that leads to the village of Ziddi. The precise pick-up location may depend on the road conditions. From the village of Ziddi, we go by car back to Dushanbe. The drive takes approximately two hours. In Dushanbe, you are dropped off again at your desired location.
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