Style: Hiking / Camping
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Location: Muminobod, Shuroobod
Driving distance: 500km / 310mi
Tour length: 3 days
1 person – 480$ per person
2 people – 297$ per person
3 people – 250$ per person
4 people – 240$ per person
5 people – 230$ per person
6 people – 215$ per person
Price includes: All meals | Transportation from and to Dushanbe | An English speaking guide | Conservancy rangers services | Camping equipment – tents, utensils, stove, etc. | All accommodation
WHY IS IT BETTER TO BOOK WITH ANCOT?
- All the tours listed here have been developed exclusively by ANCOT
- Tours listed are built upon many years of experience in wildlife conservation and management
- The pricing policy is established on the priority conservation needs and long-term sustainability of tourism
- If you are looking for a tour in Tajikistan, book it with professionals, from whom you can learn so much, what you will probably never learn and experience by booking with regular commercial tour operators
- You may find similar tours at cheaper prices. However, you will not benefit wildlife conservation by using a cheaper way
Beautiful mountain landscape views, Wildlife, Staying in the conservancy family house, Camping on the Shakha viewpoint
The hike starts from the western side of the Hazratishoh mountain range, not far from Muminobod town. The hike goes through a wildlife conservancy territory where the rangers will help you see some of the local wildlife as well. The views of unique eroded mountains make this trail especially interesting. The trip is perfect for a weekend escape from Dushanbe.
Day 1: Dushanbe – Muminobod. Drive & Hike
Day 2: Muminobod – Kisht. Hike
Day 3: Kisht – Dushanbe. Drive
Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan (ANCOT) supports the conservation of wildlife in areas managed by people from the local communities. These organizations – being it local NGOs or small family businesses – are rooted in the local communities and aim at providing benefits to the whole populations of the areas where they are active. Through the revenues generated from tourism, we motivate these local communities to protect their natural recourses and wildlife. Thus participating in this tour you are contributing to the conservation of endangered wildlife species and their habitats in Tajikistan.
Day 1: Dushanbe to Muminobod
Driving distance: 260km/161.5 mi
We start the tour from Dushanbe, where we pick you up from your place early in the morning and drive down to south Tajikistan. We will pass Kulob town and drive north towards Muminobod. After 40 km we will reach a point on the slope of the Hazratishoh mountain range where we start our hike. We shall start by climbing to the ridge from where we will hike to a rangers hut called Shakha. The climb to the ridge will take between an hour or two depending on your fitness. Our guides will adapt to your pace. After reaching the ridge we will be hiking mostly straight on the ridge. Here we will enjoy exceptional views of the lower Hazratishoh mountain range and Emom-Askar Peak. Later in the evening, the rangers will help us see some of the wildlife of the area such as Markhor goats. We will sleep in tents tonight.
Day 2: Shakha – Kisht
Elevation Loss: 1350m/4430feet
Hiking Distance: 12km/7.5 mi
Today’s hike is very easy with only a few steep hills to climb, and mostly descending down to the Panj River on the other side of the mountain range. Your guide will lead the hike through red rock formations, canyons, pistachios forests on red hills, and multiple river crossings until you reach the Kisht village. You will enjoy many beautiful views today, not only that of landscapes but also many birds that are found in the area. In all our tours we use binoculars and try to introduce our travelers to the beautiful wildlife of the places we travel to. Tonight we will sleep in the local home of the conservancy family.
Day 3: Kisht – Dushanbe
Driving distance: 260km/161mi
We will enjoy a traditional breakfast in the morning. Today we will drive about 6 hours making several stops en-route before reaching Dushanbe, such as a rangers viewpoint in Shuroobod, Hamadoni mausoleum in Kulob, and the Norak sea viewpoint.
- All meals
- Professional and knowledgeable guides will lead the tour.
- Transportation from and to Dushanbe, including transfers from and to the airport
- Conservancy rangers services
- Camping equipment – tents, utensils, stove, etc.
- Other equipment such as camera traps, watching scopes, etc. if outlined in the itinerary
- All accommodation – Hotels, Guesthouses, and homestays
Meals: What To Expect
During the hikes: Most of our hikes include a variety of meals to nourish our bodies with enough carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. We usually have pasta, rice, sausages, cheese, oatmeal, canned lentils and beans, sugar, and bread. We also carry fresh vegetables and can easily accommodate vegetarians.
Additionally, we have snacks such as dried fruits, fresh fruits, chocolate bars, and each break will include hot coffee and tea. We can accommodate people with special dietary needs.
In guesthouses, home-stays, and restaurants (Tajik cuisine):
Tajik cuisine offers a large variety of fruit, meat, and soup dishes. The most popular among them are dishes such as Oshi palov, Kurutob, Shurbo, Laghmon and snacks like Sambusa and Mantu. The national drink is green tea, respectively. Traditional Tajik meal begins with small dishes of dried fruits, jams, and halva, followed by soup and meat, and finished with plov. Tea accompanies every meal and is often served between meals. Besides traditional dishes, most restaurants serve Russian borsh and popular Shashlyks.
Shurbo: boiled meat on the bone with chickpeas, red and green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Laghmon: the same with homemade noodles
Oshi Palov: a rice dish made with shredded yellow turnip or carrot and pieces of meat, all fried together in vegetable oil or mutton fat.
Shashlyks: chunks or minced meat on a skewer cooked over an open fire. Vegetarian versions are often available.
What’s Not Included?
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Any other expenses of a personal nature
- Tips (Always optional)
What Gear To Bring
- Personal soap/shampoo
- Personal medicines (especially against diarrhea, altitude sickness, and car sickness), most of the passes on the road are above 3500m
- High protection Sun-screen
- Sun hat
- Strong hiking shoes
- Plastic bottle for water and water purification tablets, if you intend to hike in remote areas
- Camera (Including spare batteries. You won’t believe how many pictures you will be taking and if you don’t have a proper camera you’d wish you had one)
- Trekking poles, if there is trekking involved
- Gifts (People in most of the villages in Tajikistan are among the poorest in the world, however, they will share their last crust with you to offer hospitality. Therefore it will be nice of you to bring gifts like toys and books for the children, winter clothes or cosmetics and chocolates for women and man)
What Clothes To Bring
We will email you what kind of gear to bring depending on the season. Summers are usually warm in central Tajikistan; however, if you are going up to higher altitudes (above 2500m/8200ft) you will need warmer clothing, including a sweater and windproof jacket
Due to its mountainous nature, geographical remoteness, and deteriorated roads, traveling in most parts of Tajikistan involves a lot of driving, especially to the Pamir region. We use services of experienced drivers, who have been driving at least 5 years on such road conditions. In most cases, we use 4wheel drive SUV like the Nissan Patrol and Toyota Land Cruisers. For bigger groups, we may use 4WD Vans. We’ve found that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey, and therefore we always make sure that your ride is comfortable with reliable transportation.
Your safety is our top priority. Only trained guides and experienced rangers will accompany you during your hike. All of our rangers and guides are local from the nearby villages, of the respective conservancy. All guides are trained to offer first aid and always carry the necessary first aid kit.
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