Following the Dinosaur trails in Tajikistan .
Day 1. Welcome to Tajikistan, wake up & breakfast at 8:30, driving towards Shirkent gorge, through Hissar region, driving 1,40hr, starting hiking towards the footprint of dinosaurs, hiking along the channel stream, lunch at the local farm on the way to tase their home made cottage cheese, honey, fresh fruits. Maximum hiking4/5 hours, return to Dushanbe. B,L&D. After dinner check local night scene.
Shirkent Valley- Dinosaurs Footprints.
Shirkent Valley has been established a nature Reserve in 1991, followed by the discovery of rare three sites of dinosaur footprints from various eras containing more than 400 trails. The first location of these giant, ancient reptiles is located in one of the right bank of Shirkent River, slightly above a village with the same name. Two lines of pterodactyle footprints are seen here on the surface of erinaceous limestone. The legnth of the footprints is 0,5m on the average, the width up to 30cm, and the step legnth about 75cm. Since there are no footprints known elsewhere like those in Shirkent, the animal that left them was placed in a new species of dinosaurs which is a suborder of Therapoda and was given the name Macropodosaurs Gravis. The second group of dinosaurs footprints is approximatly 5km from the mouth of Shirkent river, near the watershed on ita left side. The third group of footprints is near Pashmi Kuna village and has the footprints of only Tridactylous, but it was a real gient. The legnth of its feet exceed 70cm, the width 60cm, and the depth of ground depression under its footprints is up to 10cm.
Day 2 Dushanbe towards south Nurek (soviet town)
Driving towards Nurek, 1 hr drive, the road is paved, getting to the junctions of the town, where you have the beautiful views of the Vakhsh river, getting towards the outskirt of town where small village is located, start hiking along the Nurek lake getting towards Wakhsh river hike along the river, the trail is very pleasant for hiking, lunch next to the Nurek lake, after lunch hike further towards Nurek waterfall, the waterfall is so massive that entire town get its , taking photos getting towards the town, sightseeing around town, in the town, there are lot of soviets monuments which is symbolizing the Greatest of the Soviet Union. After sightseeing getting back to Dushanbe, B,L&D.
Day 3 Dushanbe-Iskandarkul (Alexander lake).
Breakfast at 07:30, leaving Dushanbe towards, Anzob pass (3372m) for some stunning views on the way. Drive further down towards Iskandarkul, check in to the shallets which is located next to the lake, rest and boat trip around the lake. Dinner in the Iskandakul, overnight in the Shallets of Iskanderkul. B,L&D
Day 4 Iskandarkul- Saratoq (above Iskanderkul)-Dushanbe.
Wake up early in the morning, having breakfast, short hiking for the snake lake and massive waterfall called Niagara maximum 1 hr, hike towards holly spring which is next to the presedential datcha, it will take more than 2/3 hours,after short drive to Saratoq exploration of it’s spectacular surroundings. Lunch after lunch drive back to Dushanbe via Tunnel to or via pass if the anzob pass is open, check in the hotel, (early check out), airport catch the evening flight back. B,L & D.
Iskanderkul (Alexander the Great lake).
Little known & rarely visited Fann mountains form part of the Pamir Range tucked away in the northwest Tajikistan. The majestic, biggest lake called Lake Alexander, Iskanderkul is located at altitude of 2200mtrs. It is a pure gem of surrounding snowy peaks reflecting in calm mirrored surface. You may have difficulty to describe its color, from green to turquoise, blue to dark-purple, it changes together with the season time of the day.
We will take a 5 hrs hike to the waterfall, Snake Lake, looking out at the president’s dacha on the other side of the lake, passing the village of Sarytaq and Kaznok valley, we get familiarized with local life style and customs. There are plenty of springs nearby, most popular local wildlife are marmots
Level: Easy, available for beginners. Trail gets a little steep by the end of it.
Activities: trekking up to 5hr a day, sightseeing.
Duration: extended according to your preferences.
See yah at Iskandarkul!