One of the truly best combination tours in
Central Asia comprises the fascinating contrast between the Tajik urban
culture of old Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, both over 2500
years old, and trekking in the unspoilt natural environment of the Fann
mountains in Tajikistan, where the way of life has not changed much
over the centuries.
From Penjikent at the Uzbek/Tajik border near Samarkand a jeep brings
you up to Alaudin alpine camp, a 150km drive East. The panorama is
breathtaking, overlooking Lake Alaudinskie with its perfectly smooth
surface and its backdrop of glistening eternal snow on the over 5000m
high peaks, you have come a long way from civilization. Nature pure.
This is Lake Country. Fingers are pointed in all directions to indicate
the major lake sides. What a choice there is for trekking routes.
Time to settle in and explore the environment. The river flows into the
small Lake Pjala, with crystal clear waters. There are pastures,
meadows, juniper trees, rock boulders covered with emerald moss. A
donkey drinks from a small pool and cows are grazing while Tajik
shepherds with their sheep dogs whistle a shrill tone and a distinct
melody to call their goat herds back home, to be counted before they
are to spend the night in an enclosure. ...read more