Style: Hiking/camping/wildlife watching
Location: Rushan, Ravmed
Distance: 76.9km / 49mi
Length: 5 nights of stay and 4 days of activities
$290 per person backpacking option; donkeys are available for an additional $15 a day to carry luggage.
Includes: all meals are included from breakfast on the first day through lunch on the last day.
Price includes sliding rate scale:
1 person: $290 per person
2 people: $240 per person
3 people: $220 per person
4 people: $200 per person
Wildlife watching (particularly Ibex), visiting the base of Peak Patkhor, views of glaciers, and a bath in a glacial lake.
Hat, good hiking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm jacket/sweater, backpack, and water bottles
Throughout this hike, you will see and experience life in remote villages. Your hike will be in the remote valleys and you will have the chance to watch wildlife. At the end of each valley, you will see magnificent glaciers and pristine glacial lakes. The hike is long and requires physical strength from you. If you are struggling, especially breathing in the altitude, we will have alternative activities you may take part in. If you wish to continue hiking, we can provide a donkey to carry your pack for an additional cost. We want to make this hike the most memorable for you. At the end of the hike, you will stay with a host family and experience what is it like living in remote wilderness areas.
Elevation gain: 665m
On the first day, you will start from the village of Ravmed and have a long uphill battle along one of the most beautiful rivers in Rushan region. Throughout the hike, you will have multiple stops where you can observe wildlife (particularly species of Ibex). Lunch will be provided at one of the stops. You will finish the hike at the top of a hill, where you will set up camp for the night. Our rangers will prepare you dinner and, possibly, small campfire. You will also enjoy a brilliant show from the night sky and vivid Milky Way galaxy. You will sleep at the altitude of 3565masl.
Elevation gain: 468m
Elevation loss: 1133
On the second day, you will have a breakfast and then start hiking along the river. You are welcome to leave tents and backpacks at the base camp. At the end of the trail, you will come to an unnamed glacier and watch for herds of Ibex with the help of our rangers. You will then return to base camp, have lunch, and make your way back to the village. You will have dinner with a host family from the conservancy.
Elevation gain: 870m
You will start your day again from the village of Ravmed heading towards Peak Patkhor. Our rangers will lead you along a trail that follows a riverbed. You will make multiple stops along the way to snack and watch for the herds of Ibex. It will be a pleasant and long day of hiking. You will walk along streams and go through undisturbed wetlands. You will see many different kinds of birds. At the end of the day, you will arrive in Udarif and settle in for the night with dinner and sleeping in tents.
Elevation gain: 326m
Elevation loss: 1020m
On the fourth day, you will be leaving most of your belonging at the campsite and take a short, easy hike to a glacier and glacial lake. If you are feeling adventurous, you may choose to take a dip in the refreshing water of the glacial lake. Once you have seen the glacial lake and enjoyed the view of Peak Patkhor, you can start the hike back to the village of Ravmed. Dinner will be served in the homestays where you were staying in earlier.
- 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 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.
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
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.
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.