At a Glance
Basic wooden cabins in an incredible location on the shores of remote Iskanderkul Lake
The only option for spending a night amongst the beauty of the Hissar mountains
Fantastic location for hiking amongst the valleys and mountain passes, and around the shores of the vivid blue lake
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A mountainous country ideal for trekking, Tajikistan is best visited between July-September when the snows begin to clear leaving high mountain roads and hiking paths more accessible. It is best to avoid winters when temperatures plummet below 0°C and heavy snow may slow down or block road access. Tajikistan is the wettest of the Central Asia nations, with the average annual precipitation around 500-600mm and up to 1,500mm in the mountains.
To start planning your vacation to Iskanderkul Cottages
Perched on the shores of vivid blue Iskanderkul Lake, Iskanderkul Cottages are a collection of simple cabins with views of the pristine waters and the surrounding Hissar mountains.
The remote location of the spectacular Iskanderkul Lake, named after the great Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great, allows you to truly get off the beaten track and reinforces the feeling of adventure. However, as with any remote and scenic location, it does mean that infrastructure and accommodation is basic. Iskanderkul Cottages are a collection of wooden chalets situated right on the shores of the lake, with a communal dining hall and warm showers. Facilities are basic, with running water and flushing toilets, but this is the best option here by Iskanderkul and offers an incredible, unique experience to explore this secluded corner of western Tajikistan.
The cottages are basic wooden structures equipped with a small heater for the colder winter months. Private bathrooms have running water but no additional amenities.
There is a communal dining hall where you can prepare your own food.
The highlight of a visit to Lake Iskanderkul is trekking amongst the Hissar mountains and the stunning valleys of this remote alpine region of Tajikistan. A short hike from the campsite is the traditional village of Sarytag, the president’s lakeside Dacha and a beautiful waterfall. Nearby Snake Lake is also worth exploring.
Hike Sarytag Village
Enjoy a leisurely hike around the Sarytag village towards Dukdon pass, taking approximately 4 hours.
Trek to Alexander's Hat
Enjoy a leisurely three to four hour hike to Alexander's Hat, including a picnic lunch.
Trek to Snake Lake & Iskanderkul Waterfall
Trek round the reed-covered Snake Lake and then visit the gorgeous Iskanderkul waterfall.
Off The Beaten Track Silk Road Jeep Safari
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- The ultimate intrepid journey takes you to some of the most remote heartlands across 4 Stans
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Location & directions
Perched on the northern shore of Lake Iskanderkul, this remote alpine region can be reached in between 3 and 4 hours from Dushanbe, depending on road conditions. The drive takes you through stunning mountain passes and past rural villages, where life seems unchanged for hundreds of years.
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