Style: Camping and Hiking
Difficulty: Level 3-4
Location: Darvoz region, Tajikistan
Distance: 33km / 20mi
Elevation gain: 2278m / 7473 feet
1 person: $340 per person
2 people: $208 per person
3 people: $190 per person
4 people: $190 per person
5 people: $180 per person
6 people: $172 per person
Wildlife watching (particularly mountain goats – Bukhara Markhor and Siberian Ibex), camping next to a lake, stargazing, and breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers.
sun cream, sunglasses, sandals, good hiking shoes, warm jacket and hiking sticks.
Experience the stunning wilderness areas of the Darvoz region on this three-day hike. Throughout the three days you will visit high alpine lakes and walk through undisturbed open meadows. You will see some of the highest peaks (4573 m / 15003 feet) in the region. Due to this region’s abundant wildlife, you will likely have the chance to observe Ibex, brown bear, and wild boar. Join us to experience the amazing wildlife, creeks, glaciers, and glacial lakes of Darvoz!
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.
Elevation gain: 1200m / 3937 feet
Distance: 10km / 6.2 mi
Our driver will pick you from the hunting camp and take you to the trailhead. The first day of the hike starts out next to a mountain stream and continues along the stream to the campsite. The elevation builds up as you gain distance. You will have multiple stops along the way. Rest stops will include snacks, lunch, and wildlife watching for Ibex. When you reach the camping spot, you will have the evening to set up camp and rest. The rangers will prepare a delicious dinner and campfire for you. If you stay up late, you will get to see of the vivid Milky Way and a shooting stars. Some guests have even chosen to sleep outside of their tent to have the full view of the stars.
Elevation gain: 1078m / 3536 feet
Distance: 6km / 3.7 mi
Elevation loss: 1365m / 4478 feet
Distance: 8km / 4.9 mi
On the second day, you will have breakfast and then make your way uphill to the glaciers. This hike is rather short but steep. You will feel the elevation gain as you make your way up to the glaciers. We are here to help you. We will move at slow pace and take our time. At end of the trail, you will see ancient glaciers, a newly created and unnamed lake from a glacial melt-off, and the highest peaks of the region (Peak Kuhifrush 4573m). You may also see herds of Ibex grazing on nearby hills. After eating lunch and some relaxing time, you will make your way back to the camp. As this assent is steep, we will walk slowly. When we reach the campsite, our guides will pack up the camping gear and move you to a slightly lower elevation next to a mountain stream. Here you will settle for the night, enjoying another dinner and campfire.
Elevation loss: 913m / 2995mi
Distance: 8km / 4.9 mi
On the last day, you will have breakfast and then make your way back to the trailhead. It will take 5-6 hours, hiking mostly downhill. On the way down, you will have a spectacular view of the Afghan Mountains. At the end of the hike, our driver will pick you up from the trailhead and will take you back to the hunting camp. You can spend remainder of the day relaxing in the camp. You may check out the beautiful garden and beehives at the hunting camp.
• Meals. From the time of meeting at the conservancy till your departure
• Local English speaking guides and rangers
• Cooking utensils and dishes during the trek
• A tent for camping
• Animal porters – donkeys/horses
• Accommodation – 2 nights in the village homestay
Meals: What To Expect
Most of our hikes include a variety of meals to nourish our bodies with enough carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Guides and rangers usually prepare pasta, rice, different soups, beans, and, etc. They also carry fresh vegetables and can easily accommodate vegetarians.
Additionally, they have snacks such as dried fruits; fresh fruits, chocolate bars and each break will include hot coffee and tea.
What’s Not Included?
• Clothes, raingear, and footwear
• Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
• Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
What Gear To Bring
• Water bottles
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Warm clothing
• Hiking poles
What Clothes To Bring
Depending on the season we will email you what kind of gear you should bring. Summers are usually warm in the towns and villages in Tajikistan; however, if you are going up to higher altitude above 2500m / 8200 feet you will need to have a warm sweater and windproof jacket.
Where to meet us?
The tours listed under the conservancy tours category are designed for travelers who are arranging most of their travels by themselves throughout their journey in Tajikistan, this may be travelers who are already in Tajikistan, expats or visitors who are traveling with their own cars. You can book these conservancy tours as an additional detour while visiting Tajikistan. The meeting point of conservancy tours is the starting point of the respective tour which is usually a village. You will get to the starting point – a respective village by yourself. Let us know if you need help with transportation.
Please refer to a map section of the tour information for directions to the starting point of the tour. If you are traveling with your own car, we can send you detailed guidance on how to get to the starting point of the tour. Once in the conservancy, local guides and rangers will take care of the rest.
Most of our conservancies have camps within their territories which are used for overnight by rangers and tourists. If the trip includes camping, conservancies will provide tents only. If you don’t have sleeping bags and mattresses, you should tell us and book additionally, so we could deliver them to the conservancy before your tour starts. Other equipment, like primus for cooking, and utensils will be provided by the respective conservancy in the tour.
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 locals from the nearby villages, of the respective conservancy. All guides are trained to offer first aid and always carry the necessary first aid kit.