Donkey tour Fann mountains

For several years now, in the Camp Artuch, we have given the opportunity to get to know these amazing animals, and even with the local village flavor in addition, by offering tourists riding and tours on donkeys. There are several types of such excursions in Artuch – to Lake Kulikalon, which is located 8 km from the camp site, a one-day and five-day tour to Mutnye Lakes, which is a few kilometers from the Kulikalon Lakes. Their difference is only in programs and visits to different natural areas. In addition, donkeys are not inferior in performance to horses. Donkey riding is not at all boring, as many people think. On the contrary, this is how you can get acquainted with the true flavor of the local population, because the road will go through the local settlement. During the trip, you can enjoy the surrounding landscape and not rush the animals. After all, sometimes they want to pause for a minute, grab a bunch of fresh green grass or fulfill their natural needs.

  •  july – september
  •  4 -8 – 12 – 16 pax
  •  5 days
  •  Fann mountains, Camp Artuch
  •  USD – / Vans 


Day 1. Artuch village – Camp Artuch

Departure from Dushanbe or any other checkpoint. After arriving in the village of Artuch, our donkeys will be waiting for us. Today is the first day of riding on donkeys to the Artuch camp site. The road is good, it will take about 2 hours. The group members will have plenty of time to enjoy donkeyback riding. Arrival at the camp. Dinner. Accommodation in rooms.

Day 2. Artuch 2200m. – Kulikalon Lakes – Bibidzhanat Lake 2800m.

Start of the second day of the tour. Hike up along a good path to the Kulikalon lakes. Our route begins with an ascent along the waterfall and the Khodzharovat and Ruzirovat mountains. On the way up, during the day, there is an opportunity to admire the wonderful panorama of the majestic Kulikalon wall and the surrounding peaks over 4000m (Adamtash, Mirali, Rudaki, etc.). On the way – sightseeing of the Kulikalon Lakes (14 lakes in total) with the purest emerald-blue water. The like is obtained by a fish. The trail goes through a picturesque juniper forest. After lunch, a walk along the lakes of the Kulikalon depression. We will set up a camp on the shore of Lake Bibidzhanat and stay for the first night. Overnight in a tent.

Distance 10 km; 5:00; + 700m.

Day 3. Alaudin Pass 3860m. (1A) – Alaudin Lakes 2800m.

Today we have an early ascent, ahead of us is an ascent to the Alaudin pass of category 1A. Ascent to the Alauddin pass (3860 m) and descent to the Alauddin lakes. In some places you will need to walk, as the road is rocky and difficult to pass. (7km; 6h; + 960m; -1060m). During the long ascent, the panorama of the wall and the view of the Kulikalon lakes and the Dushaha lakes (the Eyes of Mary) are pleasing to the eye. On the saddle there is an impressive view of the Chapdara peak (5197m) and the Chapdara river valley. Far below, the bowls of the Alauddin Lakes are clearly visible, amazing in their water color from light blue to juicy ultramarine. Camp on the lake shore (2800 m). Overnight in a tent.

Distance 10 km; 1000 m

Day 4. Mutnye (Muddy) lakes 3490m.

Morning. After breakfast we continue our route to Mutnye lakes. During the day, there is a beautiful panorama of Kaznok, Zamok (5070 m), Energia (5105 m) and Chimtarga (5489 m) peaks. The harsh nature of the alpine zone of mountains, hanging glaciers and steep moraine ramparts. On the way there are rare birches and a small lake, nicknamed for its round shape – Lake Piala, those who wish can swim on the lakes, giant steps of a retreating glacier, polished rocks. Eagles can be seen circling high in the sky. The entire passage will take us no more than three to four hours, so we will spend the entire afternoon resting. The splendor of the landscape and the absence of vegetation create a mesmerizing picture. Overnight in a tent.

Distance: 7 km, set +800 m.

Day 5. Alauddin Lakes 3490m.

Morning. After breakfast we’ll leave the camp. Our return journey and descent to the Alauddin lakes await, then the Alauddin alpine camp. Lunch. Then we drive by car to the place where our route should end (checkpoint or Dushanbe).

* Accommodation (DBL) in Artuch cottages. * Guide
* Meals: Fullboard, 3 times a day * All entrance fees and ecology fees
* Transfers * Tents
* Donkeys
Excludes :  
* Alcoholic drinks * All personal expanses


Money exchange:

The money exchange can be reproduced upon arrival at local banks.

Boots – It is advisable to have quality leather rubberized trekking boots.


Pants – You need to have sturdy pants for everyday wear.

Synthetic T-shirts – 2-3 pieces.

Thermal underwear set.

Fleece jacket.

The jacket is membrane.

Socks – 5 pairs maximum.


Sun protection headdress.

Personal equipment:

Sleeping bag – with a comfort temperature of -2.


Backpack (70-80 liters).



Trekking poles.

A headlamp with a good battery.

UV protection sunglasses.

High protection sun cream (minimum spf 30).

Personal first aid kit.

Spoon, mug, bowl, knife (lungs).

Hygiene kit.