While waiting for our GBAO permits in Dushanbe, Jared and I got a bit restless. We decided to leave the city for a few days and explore the Fann mountain range just north of Dushanbe. We set off on a Friday morning and returned to the guesthouse early Monday hoping to get our permits.
The first day out was straight up the mountain and Jared was struggling a bit since he had been sick the previous days. We made it about 60km to an elevation of 2000 meters and found an amazing campsite right next to the crystal clear, glacier fed river and called it a day.
We relaxed under our tarp, watched TV and enjoyed not being in the sweltering heat of Dushanbe.
After a great nights sleep in the cool air of the mountains, we planned to go over the pass on the old road. We started up the dirt pass around 9am and were still climbing around noon.
The road slowly got worse and worse and at a few points the road resembled more of a small river than a road and at this point we decided to give up. We found a great little campsite on the side of the road just before the pass and decided to call it a day.
The weather was great and the views even better. We spent another afternoon relaxing and enjoying the fabulous Fann mountains.
The next day we made our way back down to a campsite we saw on our way up. Since the whole ride was downhill, we decided to do a hill repeat and get a good workout in. We rode back up to our first nights campsite and back down before we called it a day. Since it was now a lot warmer than previous days, we didn’t get as much TV time because the tent was too hot, but it was still nice, to be relaxing away from the city.
Early Monday morning we headed back to Dushanbe to hopefully get our permits, little did we know we would have more waiting to do.