Hiking Iskanderkul Marguzor


Iskanderkul Lake – Dugdon Pass – Archamaydan river – Sarimat river – Tavasang Pass – Marguzor Lakes 


Day 1

Drive from Dushanbe or Khudjand, to the Iskanderkul Lake. Radial hiking to the waterfall and the Snake Lake. Overnight in the cottages of camping site “Iskanderkul”.


Day 2

From the Saritag village crossing along the Karakul and Dugdon rivers. Overnight.

Tent camp

Day 3

Approach under the Dugdon Pass. Overnight

Tent camp

Day 4

Crossing through the Dugdon Pass (3810m.) to the gorge of Archamaydan river. Overnight

Tent camp

Day 5

Vivid passage till the confluence of Archamaydan and Sarimat rivers.

Tent camp

Day 6

Approach under the Tavasang Pass. Overnight

Tent camp

Day 7

Crossing through the Tavasang Pass to the Marguzor Lakes (6th lake Marguzor). Overnight

Tent camp or homestay

Day 8

Drive to Khudjand or Dushanbe. Overnight



List of Highlights


Iskandar Kul lake



To the south of the main range is Lake Iskandarkul - 2.5km in

length, 1km wide, and about 72m deep, at an altitude of 2,255m.









Marguzor Lake, the largest lake of the "Seven Beauties", is 4.5km

in length, 45m in depth, and its water is a fine shade of blue. The

lake sits at 2,200m above sea level. Near the lake you can see

primitive people's drawings on limestone blocks. There are also

the remains of an ancient mine where it is easy to gather rare

and unusually-coloured stones.




Tour details

The Fan Mountains are a popular tourist destination situated in north-west Tajikistan. The Fan Mountains area is convenient for visiting. A paved road from Dushanbe going to the largest Pamir-Alai lake - lake Iskandarkul - leads to this place via the 3,372m Anzob Pass. Another paved road runs from Panjakent. One more road from Khujand runs through Istravshan (formerly Uroteppa) and the 3,351m Shahriston Pass. The Fan Mountains area road system includes both paved and unpaved roads.


The area is ideal for organizing hiking tours lasting several days. Going from one valley to another, from one beautiful lake to another no less stunning, via numerous rocky outcrops with occasional hanging glaciers, tourists can't help but recognize the fantastic environment through which they are travelling.
Among the most beautiful and interesting peaks (from a mountaineer's point of view) are Chapdara (5,050m), Bodkhona (5,138m), Zamok (5,070m), Maria (4,970m), Mirali (5,120m), and Zindon (4,800m). Both the good and the ordinary routes on the south and west sides of Chimtarga (5,487m), the highest peak of Fan Mountains, lead to its top.
Besides the high peaks and narrow valleys with their noisy streams, which are typical for the Fan Mountains, there are also about 30 clear lakes of a variety of colours.


The daily walking time amounted to 4 to 7 hours of actual walking time. For the hiking days you need a day pack in which you carry the essentials for a day (wind jacket, sweater, water bottle, camera, etc.) themselves. In preparation for this tour we recommend hiking and cross-country runs. Please consult your doctor before start / your doctor and check can be cardiovascular. 

In Tajikistan, we are all-terrain vehicles on the road. 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. Therefore, understanding and a willingness to adapt and to sacrifice comfort of all participants / interior are expected. Technically simple tent trekking, beautiful mix of active adventures and cultural highlights.




Tajikistan is in the dry subtropical zone. This is an extreme continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The temperatures reached in the summer months, up to 45 ° C. Between the lower and the higher regions of the country, there are large differences in temperature. The annual rainfall is relatively low so that steppe vegetation dominates



For this trip, you will require lightweight, breathable and warm clothing for the cool evenings and days of hiking and a sleeping bag, which should be proof to minus 5 ° C. For the walks, the usual hiking clothes recommends (including a windproof jacket, also surrounds the ankle, solid trekking shoes with good grip) and a backpack for packing the essentials for every day of hiking. Touring poles can when walking, especially with steep ascents and descents, can be very helpful.





Dates and number of participants

Duration 8 days

Number of participants 2-10

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



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





/aApproach under the Dugdon Pass. Overnight