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Mountain Monarchs of Tajikistan

This tour consists of visiting four of our conservancies to watch wildlife, mainly mountain ungulates. Within 10 years after establishing conservancies achieved remarkable results in increasing the number of mountain ungulates in their protected areas. Today we are supporting these conservancies by organizing wildlife watching and learning tours. On this trip, you will enjoy trekking, camping, yak safari and a road-trip which goes along the famous Pamir Highway. You would be able to see Marco Polo Sheep, Siberian ibex, Markhors, and observe many species of raptor and singing birds.

per adult from

$3,807

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Duration

15 days

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • 13x Dinner
    • 13x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • Watching - scopes, Binoculars
    • Tents and cooking utensils
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    What's excluded :
    • Alcoholic bavarages
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Arrival in Dushanbe

    Stop At: Dushanbe, Dushanbe
    Upon your arrival, we will pick you up from the airport and we will take you directly to your guesthouse/hotel in Dushanbe. Our guide and the driver will be there to help. They will take you to the local market, various parks and museums Dushanbe offers. This day will also allow you to exchange money if you needed. You will have the opportunity to eat out at the local restaurants in Dushanbe before hitting the road the next day to your big adventure.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Atlas Hotel or Similar

    Day 2: Dushanbe to Shurobod

    Stop At: Anjirob-i bolo, Tajikistan
    On the second day, after having breakfast we will hit the road towards the southeast part of Tajikistan. We will be traveling roughly 4-5 hours with a toilet and coffee break in between. Around noon we will reach Shurabod and will have lunch in one of our Markhor conservancy families. In the afternoon, we will have a short hike to the top of the hills and as the sun sets behind the mountains we will observe Markhor moving down the slopes in front of us. In the evening we will return to our homestay family to have dinner and relax.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse

    Day 3: Shurobod to Khorog

    Stop At: Khorog, Khorog, Karotegin Province
    On the third day, we will have breakfast and hit the road towards a town called Khorog along the Pyanj River. We will have 8 hours of solid driving. We will break the whole drive into three sections, and we will be making stops for bathrooms, coffee, and lunch. We also stop by for you to have a look at the small Afghan villages across the river from us. Ideally, we should be arriving in the late afternoon to Khorog. Khorog is the administrative town of the GBAO / Pamir region. Here, we will see a stay in a traditional hotel, designed with Pamiri architecture. We will also have dinner at the hotel. We do not plan anything for the evening since we all are tired from a long drive.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Lal Hotel or similar

    Day 4: Khorog to Darshai

    Stop At: Darshai, Tajikistan
    On the fourth day, after having breakfast, we will drive up to the Botanical Gardens of Khorog. We will have a tour of the botanical garden, usually full of flowers, fruits, and a breathtaking view of the town of Khorog and as well as Gunt river, which goes through the heart of Khorog. After having the tour and taking our pictures, we will head down to the Ishkashim Valley. We will have 4-5 hours of driving mostly on a dirt road partly paved and arrive early in the afternoon. Our destination is the village of Darshai, and we will stay with a homestay family run by our conservancy. We will have lunch and coffee there, and after having a rest we will go on a short hike to discover old Shrines decorated with Ibex horns, we will also have a look at the beautiful apricot gardens surrounded by beautiful wheat fields and a sun thorn forests. We will have dinner with the host family and stay for the night here.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay

    Day 5: Trekking in Darshaidara

    Stop At: Darshai, Tajikistan
    On the fifth day, we will head out on the trail in Darshaidara. We will slowly make our way into the valley. This hike has some steep slopes and exposure but other than that we will be walking next to a mountain stream mostly. Of course, our guides are there to help you to cross the steep sessions of the hike. The idea today would be spotting an ibex in one of the hills. Our guides will carry spotting scoped and binoculars for you to enjoy flocks of ibex in nearby hills. You will also have a good view of Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush range and some stunning peaks. We will have lunch on-site and in the afternoon we will return to the village of Darshai. We will have a nice dinner and a relaxing evening. By this time we should be ideally acclimatizing to the altitude this altitude since we are gaining altitude slowly.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 6: Trekking in Darshaidara

    Stop At: Darshai, Tajikistan
    After the morning observation of Ibexes, we will head back to Darshai village. In the village, a hearty dinner will be waiting for us. After dinner, we will drive to Bibi Fatima hot spring and bath in its hot water full of minerals.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay

    Day 7: Darshai to Alichur

    Stop At: Alichur, Alichur, Gorno-Badakhshan Province
    On our 7th day, after having breakfast, we will drive toward the town called Alichur through Khargush pass. It is going to be a daylong pretty much all day long. We will break the day into multiple sections, for coffee breaks, toilet breaks, and a lunch. Towards the evening we will reach the town of Alichur and the town is located in the foothills of Alichur range with the elevation of 4000m/13123feet. It is a high plateau and in the evening temperature usually drops down and can be quite chilly compare to other places we have been so far. We will settle down for the next four days with our conservancy homestay in Alichur.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay

    Day 8: Alichur high plateau wildlife

    Stop At: Alichur, Alichur, Gorno-Badakhshan Province
    The next two days will include two activities, Yak Safari and watching Marco Polo sheep and the ibex. Yak Safari is a daylong tour, where you will have a trip and get to ride yaks in the mountains. Yaks are slow animals but they can go high, and they are quite hardy animals. Ideally, you will be visiting one of the shepherd families up in the mountains and get to see what’s it like being a shepherd in a remote high plateau. You will be served fresh yogurt and other milk products and will have lunch with the Shepherd family.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay

    Day 9: Alichur high plateau wildlife

    Stop At: Alichur, Alichur, Gorno-Badakhshan Province
    On this day you will hike to one of the valleys of Burgut conservancy to observe Marco Polo Sheep and an ibex. We will wake up very early in the morning and drive to one of the valleys where we take our positions and wait for the Marco Polo sheep to come for forage in the morning. We will observe this incredible mountain ungulate from a distance as close as 500m depending on the season. In the evening we will come back to the village and have dinner.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay

    Day 10: Alichur to Khorog

    Stop At: Khorog, Khorog, Karotegin Province
    On the tenth day, we will have breakfast in Alichur and then start driving back to Khorog. We will be driving roughly 6 hours through the Gunt valley, and it is spectacular mountain scenery quite different from the drive to Alichur via Ishlashim.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Lal or similar

    Day 11: Khorog to Darvaz

    Stop At: Zigar, Tajikistan
    We will drive to Darvoz today taking the same Pamir highway from Khorog. The drive will take about 8 hours and we will be making several stops along the road at the bird hotspots to find more bird species. We will drive to a local conservancy camp where we will settle for next 3 days.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Conservancy camp

    Day 12: Darvoz Conservancy

    Stop At: Zigar, Tajikistan
    Our main objective here will be to see different age groups of Markhor goats. In the morning we will hike to one of the gorges of Hazratishoh mountain range to observe Markhors. Closer to the evening we will patrol the high ridges of mountains within the conservancy to locates Markhors sleeping place, in order to be able to get closer to them the next morning.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 13: Darvoz Conservancy

    Stop At: Zigar, Tajikistan
    Today we will wake up very early in the morning and start hiking before the sun rises. This will give us an opportunity to be present at observation points closer to the Markhors before they come for foraging. The rangers of the conservancy will be helping us with all the logistics and in locating the animal. As usuall we will return to the camp before darkness.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Conservancy camp

    Day 14: Darvoz - Dushanbe

    Stop At: Dushanbe, Dushanbe
    On the 14th day, you will start driving to Dushanbe after having breakfast. Ideally, we should be back in Dushanbe early in the afternoon. You will have time to relax before dinner. We will have a final meal in Dushanbe, which will be the end of the two weeklong tours.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Atlas hotel or similar

    Day 15: Departure

    Stop At: Dushanbe, Dushanbe
    Transfer to the Airport early in the morning
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Dushanbe Airport, Dushanbe Tajikistan
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 11/26/2020 - 11/26/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    11/27/2021 - 10/20/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by ANCOT

Activity ID: V-238121P2

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