During Iskanderkul Lake Tour you will enjoy the genuinely beautiful landscapes where snow-capped Hissar mountains are touching the sky. You will cross the high-mountain pass Anzob only in one day, see the legendary Lake Iskanderkul, ice lake Zmeinoe, 38-m high waterfall and taste the Tajik dishes in a cozy guest house. There is a big luggage of impressions waiting for you. Memories of this short trip will remain for a long time. Do not miss your chance to put the next tick in your travel list.
Short tour to Iskanderkul Lake descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
The Iskanderkul Lake (which means ‘the Lake of Alexander the Great’) is one of the most picturesque high-altitude lakes in the former Soviet Union – and easily one of the most famous natural landmarks in Tajikistan. Perched on the slopes of the mighty Gissar mountain range near the village of Sarytag in the Fann Mountains, this unusual triangular lake is seemingly picture-perfect with brilliant turquoise water providing a contrast against the surrounding red-tinged hills speckled with copper and iron oxide.
Bordered by pretty pebbles, the lake has its own makeshift beach where you can sunbathe and relax with a picnic after your drive through the mountains. Located at an altitude of over two thousand meters, the lake is not particularly good for swimming though – filled with crisp water from the mountains, it is very chilly even in the height of summer.
Other activities on and around Iskanderkul Lake include boat trips and hiking, including the trail that leads to the nearby Zmeinoe Lake, also known as Snake Lake. While the dark green water of this smaller lake is much warmer than that of Iskanderkul’s, swimming is still not recommended because of the abundance of snakes that are attracted to its warm temperature. Fortunately, the views from the hilltop are well worth the climb regardless.
Do not miss the Iskanderkul Waterfall located further up the hill, lovingly dubbed the ‘Fann Niagara’ by Tajik locals – and when you are here, it will be easy to see why. The impressive 43-meter waterfall can be reached with an easy five-kilometer hike. While the waterfall itself is not that picturesque, the sheer power of the plunging water is certainly something to marvel at.
Iskanderkul Lake is easily visited on a weekend escape from the main city of Dushanbe. It is a much quieter alternative to the busy tourist attractions of the Tajik capital with some of the most stunning scenery to be found in northern Tajikistan. If you take the road to Iskanderkul from Dushanbe (highway M34), then make sure to stop at the viewpoint before you reach the lake for the most photogenic views of the freshwater lake and the surrounding canyons.
Located at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level, Sarytag Village has some truly magnificent scenery, from snow-covered mountain peaks and beautiful subalpine meadows with a backdrop of the dramatic Mount Sarytag. Homestays in Sarytag Village are a popular way to experience the authenticity of the region. You can stay with Tajik locals in their own home, usually on a mattress on the floor in a private room. However, for those who prefer not to rough it, a guest house does exist during the summer months which requires advanced booking.
Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe (130 +130 km, 3+3 hrs)
Our guide and driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel in Dushanbe. Transfer to Iskanderkul Lake, known as a lake of Alexander the Great. The area of the lake is 340 ha. According to the legend, the Iskanderkul Lake was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great's path to India passed by this lake. Lunch at traditional homestay "Dilovar". Exploration the surroundings of the lake: five springs, Zmeinoe lake (Snake lake), walking to 38m high waterfall which is called “Fan Niagara“. Return to Dushanbe in the afternoon. End of the tour.
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