Enjoy a 5-day trek in Tajikistan's Fann Mountains then cross the border to discover Uzbekistan's Silk Road cities
This trip is the perfect Central Asian cross border holiday, which combines trekking in Tajikistan's pristine Fann Mountains and exploring Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities and all in just 2 weeks. Flying into the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, we head to the north side of Tajikistan's Fann Mountains to begin our 5 day fully supported trek in the most picturesque section of the range, culminating in a visit to the crystal coloured Alaudin Lakes. With lakeside campsites, the trekking and camping is idyllic. We should also encounter the local Tajik shepherds, who spend the summer months grazing their flocks in the high and remote pastures of the Fann Mountains. After saying goodbye to our trek crew we take the interesting drive across the border into neighbouring Uzbekistan. Our Silk Road extravaganza begins in Samarkand, one of the pearls of the East, and the home to Tamerlane. Situated on an ancient trade route, with its turquoise blue domes, a visit here is essential for anyone interested in the romance of the Silk Road. We then head west to the holy citadel of Bukhara with its Ark fortress and beautiful surrounding mosques and madrassahs. Following the River Oxus west, we finally arrive in the ancient city of Khiva, which was home to the warring Khans of time past, from where we fly to our journey's end in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.