Style: Guided hiking/camping/wildlife watching
Location: Rushan, Ravmed
Distance: 40km / 24mi
Length: 3 nights of stay and 2 days of activities
$170 per person
Price includes: all meals are included from breakfast on the first day through lunch on the last day.
Wildlife watching (particularly Ibex), visiting Peak Patkhor and various glaciers, camping next to mountain streams, and walking in between towering peak and cliffs.
Hat, sunglasses, sun cream, backpack, water bottles and good hiking shoes.
Upper Ravmed Valley consists of towering cliffs, extraordinary mountain scenery, marvellous glaciers, and pristine glacial lakes. You will hike along a mountain stream and watch species of Ibex in the wild. The hike itself can be long and tiring, but the camping is especially rewarding. You will spend a night under the brilliant starry sky and the Milky Way galaxy. You will get to experience what’s it like living in a geographically remote village.
Elevation gain: 870m
Your day will begin from the village of Ravmed, where our rangers will then lead you towards Peak Patkhor. The trail mostly follows a riverbed. It will be a pleasant and long day of hiking. Our rangers will make multiple stops to watch for herds of Ibex. Our rangers will also prepare you a lunch along the way. At the end of the day, you will arrive in Udarif, where you can settle in for the night. The rangers will cook a tasty dinner and prepare a small campfire with firewood you collect along the hike. You will be sleeping in tents under the twinkling night sky.
Elevation gain: 326m
Elevation loss: 1020m
On the second day, you will have a short hike to reach a glacial lake. You are welcome to leave most of your belonging at the campsite to make the hike easier. When you reach the lake, if you are feeling adventurous, you may choose to take a quick bath in the pristine waters. Once you have seen the glacial lake and enjoyed the view of Peak Patkhor, you will head back to the village of Ravmed. Lunch will be available on the hike down. Dinner will be served in the homestays back in the village. If you wish, you can cook together with your host families.
- All meals are included from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks are also provided.
- Professional and knowledgeable guides will lead the hikes.
- Emergency equipment including a first-aid kit and satellite phone.
Meals: What To Expect
Most of our hikes include a variety of meals to nourish our bodies with enough carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We usually would 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 also usually ask if there are people with special diets and if you are one of those people we will take care of your diet.
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 would to bring. Summers are usually warm in central Tajikistan; however, if you were going up to higher altitude above 2500m / 8200 feet you would want to have warm sweater, and windproof jacket.
Where to meet us?
The tours listed under 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 travelling with their own cars. You can book these conservancy tours as an additional detour while visiting Tajikistan. The meeting point of conservancy tours are 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 the transportation.
Please refer to a map section of the tour information for directions to the starting point of the tour. If you are travelling with your own car, we can send you a 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 local from the nearby villages, of the respective conservancy. All guides are trained to offer first aid and always carry necessary first aid kit.