5 STAN tour

 

Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan

Day 1

Arrival to Ashgabat - capital of the Republic of Turkmenistan

Hotel

Day 2

one day in Ashgabat

Hotel

Day 3

Flight to Turkmenobad (Chardjoy)

Hotel

Day 4

Drive from Turkmenobad (TMN) to Bukhara (UZ)

Hotel

Day 5

 Bukhara

Hotel

Day 6

Today drive from Bukhara to Samarkand

Hotel

Day 7

 Samarkand

Hotel

Day 8

Drive from Samarkand to Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan

Hotel

Day 9

 Tashkent

Hotel

Day 10

Drive from Tashkent (UZ) to Khudjand (TJK)

Hotel

Day 11

Drive or flight from Khudjand to Dushanbe- the capital of Tajikistan

Hotel

Day 12

 Dushanbe

Hotel

Day 13

Drive from Dushanbe to Kalay-Khumb

Guesthouse

Day 14

Drive from Kalay-Khumb to Khorog (GBAO)

Hotel

Day 15

Khorog

Hotel

Day 16

Drive by PHW, Khorog to Murgab

Guesthouse

Day 17

Murgab – Sary-Tash (KGZ)

Yurt Stay

Day 18

Sary-Tash – Osh

Hotel

Day 19

 Osh

Hotel

Day 20

Morning flight from Osh to Bishkek

Hotel

Day 21

Bishkek

Hotel

Day 22

Drive from Bishkek (KGZ) to Almaty (KAZ)

Hotel

Day 23

Almaty

Hotel

Day 24

Departure

 

 

List of Highlights

Ahsgabat

Tolkuchka Oriental Bazaar, Museum of Carpets and Textiles, Turkmen Jewelry Studio

Turkmenobad

sightseeing

 Bukhara

Historic Centre of Bukhara" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lyab-i-Khauz Plaza, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kalon Mosque and Minaret, Ark Citadel, Zindan Prison, Ismael Samani Mausoleum

 Samarkad

Crossroads of Culture" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Registan, Shah-i-Zinde, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Uleg Bek Observatory, Gur-Emir Mausoleum     

 Tashkent

Square of Independence, the Navoi Theatre, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum, Barak-Khan Madrassah, Chorsu Bazaar

Khujand

Upon arrival city tour, Archeological excavations around the walls have uncovered artifacts from the 4th century BC. Continue with the Muslihiddin complex. 12th century leader and poet Muslihiddin Khudjandi is buried here in the Muslihiddin memorial complex and Panjshambe bazaar. 

Dushanbe

Sightseeing, visiting of Hissar Fortress 18 century, State Museum of Tajikistan, visiting of native Tajik Bazar, observing architectural legacy of Tajikistan, Central Square with monuments and main buildings.

Khorog

Sightseeing, local museum of ancient, Botanical Garden of Kgorog, hot spring Garmchashma, visiting of Afghan bazar in territory of Khorog, introducing to the life of local people.

Murgab

Sightseeing, visiting of local Bazar, introducing to the life of the local people

Osh

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 

Bishkek

Victory Park, Manas on the Horse Monument, National History Museum

Almaty

Tien-Shan Mountain Range, Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central Museum, Medeo Sports Complex, Museum of Musical Instruments, Green Baazar, Kazakh Musical Performance

 

 

 

 

Trip details

Study tour to the cultural highlights in cities such as from "1,001 Nights" and handicraft traditions of the Silk Road: visit of many different crafts. 

The Pamir Highway

The Pamir Mountain range is part of the Western Himalaya and features several peaks over 7000m. The terrain is diverse from towering peaks to high altitude desert plains and climate conditions can vary from +35C to -40C depending upon the time of year. The Pamir Highway follows paths forged long ago by the ancient Silk routes, when that precious commodity travelled from China to European and Arabian markets and traded goods returned in its stead. Legacies of those forgotten times can still be seen with cliff top fortresses and ancient caravanserais.

The highway winds over 2000km from Samarkand in Uzbekistan through Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) and the Pamir mountains to Osh in Kyrgyzstan and then on to Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) through the Tien Shan mountain range.

The peoples of Central Asia hold hospitality as a value of great importance and travellers are warmly welcomed whether the visit is planned or otherwise!

Khodjent is an ancient Central Asian city. It is also the second largest city inTajikistan, situated in the northern part of the country on the Sirdarya River in the Ferganskaya Valley. The city was founded by Alexander the Great about 2500 years ago. According to the Greek sources, in 329 B.C. on the Yaksart (today’s Sirdarya) River he founded a fortress that had to be frontier of his empire. Then thanks to its good geographical location, it was actively populated and turned into big for that time city, which was known as Alexandria Eskhata. Precise location of the ancient city was unknown till the middle of the 20th century, when the scientists acknowledged that Khodjent of the 4th century B.C. and Alexandria Eskhata are identical. The scientists made also an assumption that Alexandria Eskhata was based on the territory of the city center called Archaic Khodjent, which had already existed on the left bank of the Sirdarya when army of Alexander the Great came there.
In the Middle Age a boundary between Bukhara emirate and Kokand khanate passed over Khodjent. Thus for many decades Khodjent was an apple of discord between these states. At that time the Great Silk Roadwas flourishing and Khodjent, being located on the road from China to Europe, gained strategic significance as an important trade center. In 1866 it was joined to Russia and internal wars have stopped. Later there was formed Khodjent district amounting to the Uzbek SSR, but in 1929 this district and the city were handed over to the Tajik SSR. Since January, 9 1936 Khodjent used to be named Leninabad (in the name of V.I.Lenin). Under this name the city was till 1990, when its historical name Khodjent was restored.

At present the city is a big industrial and culture center of Tajikistan. Modern Khodjent is cozy, green city with numerous parks and public gardens, historical and cultural memorials. Among main sightseeing is the renowned Panchshanbe market (translated from Tajik means "Thursday" – in old days there was brisk trade), one of the largest covered markets in Central Asia. Not far from the market is situated an architecture complex – a mosque and mausoleum of Muslikhiddin Sheikh. Unfortunately, the mausoleum is not intact: there are only several fragments of the building of the 11-12th centuries.

In the middle of the northern part of Khodjent, several decades meters from the Sirdarya River is situated a fortress of about 7-8th cc. B.C. The fortress occupied an area of 300x200m. and was surrounded by a strong wall. There were many armed attacks on the city and as result it was destroyed. In the early 18th century the fortress was partly reconstructed, and at present the Museum of archeology and fortification is situated on its territory.

In the eastward direction of Khodjent is located the Kayrakumskoe storage pool ("The Tajik sea"). Its name comes from the word "kayrakkum" meaning "stone desert". The "sea" is a result of stopping up the Sirdarya River by the130m long concrete dam of the Kayrakarumskaya hydroelectric power station. The storage pool is 65 km long and from 8 to 20 km wide. Mild climate, rarely beautiful nature and mirror-like surface of the storage pool create the necessary prerequisites for development of active tourism: speed-boating, fishing, tours to the places of archeological excavations. Several attractive health centers and vacation resorts with appropriate infrastructure (among them is "The Tajik sea" tourist base) are situated on the storage pool’s coast.

 

Pendjikent city is situated in the valley of the Zarafshan river, 68 km south-east ofSamarkand and 320 km south-west of Khodjikent. In the south-east outskirts of today’s Pendjikent are situated ruins of an ancient Sogd town of the same name, which is a unique monument of Central Asia culture. This town existed in 5-8th cc. B.C. and was called "Central Asian Pompeii". It is one of not many well studied ancient towns of Sogd.
Style and technique of Pendjikent culture is near to art of other ancient Central Asian towns Afrasiab, Varakhsha, Shakhristan as well as towns of Iran, Afghanistan and India. In Pendjikent was found great number of pottery and metal fabrics, several thousands of Arabian and Sogdian bronze and silver coins. Unique monuments of Sogd decorative art –wall drawings, mud and wooden sculptures were found here

Fan Mountains in Tajikistan, as varied as the colors and shapes of the mountains are so colorful are also the costumes of the people who live here experience the gigantic mountains.. crystal clear lakes, mighty glaciers and flowering meadows full openness grant the Tajiks, who regard every stranger as a friend, an insight into their rural life, their customs and habits Chusch. Omaded: Be welcome!In the cities you stay in hotels under its common in middle-class or best private hotels and family pensions with convenient features for us. Please compare the comfort and sanitation districts not with Western European standards. Along the way you will find some places simple conditions.



The trial stages between the visited cities are covered on well-maintained roads in a bus. In the cities you stay in hotels under its common in middle-class or best private hotels and family pensions with convenient features for us. Please compare the comfort and sanitation districts not with our Western European standards. Along the way you will find some places before simple conditions. Therefore, understanding and a willingness to adapt and to sacrifice comfort of all participants / inside-expected. Study tour to the cultural highlights in cities such as from "1,001 Nights" and handicraft traditions of the Silk Road: visit of many different crafts.

Climate

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan has a continental climate with large temperature differences between day and night. In the areas below 1,000 m, it is very hot and dry. In summer the temperature can reach 40 ° C to 45 C. The spring applies to many parts of the country as the best time, the temperature is usually pleasant and the vegetation is much to see, some visitors rave about the fall because of the harvest season. Rainfall can occur at any time.

At 7,500 m is one of the Central Asian Pamir to the highest mountain ranges in the world. Accordingly, the extreme continental climate here is very dry and rough. In August and September the temperatures during the day values ​​of 20-25 ° C, at night they can fall below 0 ° C. Even in summer, you have to expect not only in the Pamirs in strong sunlight, but also with light snowfall. In the lower elevations, and in Dushanbe, the thermometer can show up to 30-35 ° C.

 

Equipment

During the journey you hold are mainly in higher elevations and must guard against weather changes, wind and cold. The very different climatic conditions according to you need both light and warm, windproof and waterproof clothing. For the trek you need stable, solid trekking shoes with good grip. During the cross-country trips ranging from light sport shoes. For the nights in tents a good sleeping bag is required, which should be fit within the comfort range to -10 ° C. A down jacket makes any colder in the morning and evening hours, good services.

                            Dates and number of participants

Duration 24 days

Number of participants 1-20

Best season: from beginning of April till the end of October

 

Note:

Tour details can be changed according to your wishes. For more information please contact us:

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