When I discover a new place that I really like, I tell myself I’ll come back. There’s always more to discover. When I love a destination, I can’t escape the feeling that I’ve just scratched the surface. I need to come back. That’s definitely true of Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains.

Just a random peak out the window of a fast moving car on our way to the Fann Mountains

The Fann Mountains are smaller than and overshadowed by the great Pamir Range of Eastern Tajikistan but in some ways even more impressive. I love how you can walk through gentle leafy valleys and alongside pleasant cool streams while gazing up at dramatic jagged peaks. There aren’t many places in the world where such easy walking gets you so close to such spectacular scenery.

Iskanderkul Lake
Crunchy autumn walking
What a place for a guesthouse

We had only a few days, too little time for more than some day hikes, but the trekking and climbing possibilities intrigue me.

Yes, there are bears in Asia. Big ones.

Collecting firewood for winter
Sarytag, a pleasant little village only three hours from the capital city, Dushanbe

No matter how much time or money you have, coming back somewhere means there’s somewhere else in the world you’ll never see. The world is just that big. So, it means a lot that this gem hidden in Central Asia has me dreaming of returning.

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