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Tajikistan and Afghanistan Horse Trekking and Wildlife Spotting

You’ll fly into Dushanabe and head straight for the board town of Ishkishim.

Here you’ll prep for the next five days of self-sufficiency before making your way in to the Wakhan Corridor. With great views of Noshaq, Afghanistan’s highest peak, you’ll be following the footsteps of Hsuan Tsang and Marco Polo as you cross a section of the ancient silk route. Week one ends with four days of camping and trekking near Khandud. This is the perfect opportunity for spotting wildlife like the grey wolf, red fox, ibex, and Afghan urial. If you’re lucky you’ll even spot some Marco Polo sheep. Back in Tajikistan you’ll visit Kah-Kaha fortress, the Buddhist stupa at Vrang, the 3rd century fortress of Wakhani, and the sacred hot springs at Bibi Fatima Zahra. As you head into week three you’ll meet your horses at Zaval to ride the length of the Langar Valley to Chapdara Lake and then on to Zarojkul Lake. During these riding days you’ll have a chance to meet local shepherds and get an up close view of some yak. As you make your way out of the mountains at the end of the week, there’s a chance to take a dip in the Kawg Hot Springs.
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