The Fan Mountains are an alpine area of outstanding beauty and character. For decades virtually unknown to the western world, the “Fanski Gori” ranked among the most popular mountain destinations in the Soviet Union – en par with the Caucasus and Pamir. Its lush alpine meadows, juniper forests and dozens of turquoise lakes embedded in an ocean of snow-capped peaks indeed make the area a paradise for hiking and alpinism.
The Fan Mountains are unique in terms of their microclimate too. Featuring extraordinarily stable weather and very low precipitation throughout the summer months, the area is among the safest alpine destinations worldwide in terms of reliably good weather. The best time for visiting is May-October for trekking and July-September for mountaineering.
The Allaudin lakes are located in the very heart of the Fan Mountains close to the highest peaks of the area. They are embedded into a unique landscape consisting of huge boulders (the result of a massive rockfall thousands of years ago) and a carpet of grasses, moss and flowers. The ice cold water is crystal clear and of a deep green colour. Allaudin lakes are a popular starting point for trekkers and climbers and arguably one of the most beautiful spots in the Zerafshan region. On a height of 2635 m the mounteneering camp "Vertikal-Alaudin" is located just 1,5 km away from the stunning lake Alaudins.
A good half-day walk over a high pass to the east of Allaudin and right at the foot Chimtarga lie the spectacular Kulikolon lakes. An assembly of twelve lakes and ponds of varying size, the area is particularly popular with shepherds grazing their flocks on the surrounding pastures and in the shadow of juniper trees. Despite of their high elevation, the Kulikolon lakes are relatively warm and it is possible to take a refreshing bath.