Seven lakes of Tajikistan

Seven lakes in the fann mountains

The Tajik Seven Lakes are located in the Shing Valley which stands south of Panjakent, at the western edge of the Fann Mountains. The lakes were formed after an earthquake that created landslides and therefore a series of dams across the valley. There is a legend saying that the formation is related to 7 beautiful but lovelorn daughters transforming into the water to be at one with their tears. 7 Lakes is also known as Haftkul and Marguzor Lakes is a collection of sparkling beauties are known for their amazing blue waters and surrounding mountain scenery. Seven Lakes has remained one of Tajikistan’s best-kept secrets, receiving relatively few visitors each year.

Nezhigon

Nezhigon normally the first lake that you will meet on the way. It is the lowest lake 1640 meters above sea level. It’s name in Tajik means “Eyelashes”. It is a mystery where the name comes from, although some suggest its gently curved shape may be the reason. 

It differs from others by its range of vibrant colors: depending on the lighting and season, the water can be turquoise, blue, or even purple. This is due to the water’s high mineral (sodium and calcium) content. In summer, the water is quite warm and visitors can plunge into this bewitching lake. 

Soya Lake

Soya is located at an altitude of 1,701 meters and occupies an area of 0.1 square kilometers. Soya lake offers a striking scene back down towards Nezhigon. The lake is named after the Tajik word for “shadow” because the lake is settled between high cliffs, it is in shade almost all day. Alike Nezhigon, the water in Soya Lake varies color depending on the weather and time of day. The lake  

Gushoor

Gushor lake is located 400 meters from Soya, located at an altitude of 1,771 meters and has an area of 0.23 square km. Gushor Lake is enclosed by cliffs and once housed poisonous snakes, which explains the origin of the lake’s name.

Nofin

Nofin Lake lies 400 meters further from Gushor lake the route along the serpentine is a full km. Nofin is highly extended with more than 2.5 km long but only about 200 meters wide. The lake’s lies at an altitude of 1,820 meters and its area are 0.48 square km. The lake’s name means “umbilical cord”, due to Nofin being the central one of seven lakes and very long, like an umbilical cord.

Khurdak

The smallest lake of the seven Khurdak lakes means “baby. It occupies an area of only 0.025 square km, located 1.5 km from Lake Nofin, and lies at an altitude of 1,870 meters. The distance from Nofin Lake to Khurdak Lake is 1.5 km, and along the way, you can see the village of Padrut. There used to be a small hydroelectric power station at Khurdak Lake that provided electricity to Padrut and surrounding houses.

Marguzor

Marguzor is the largest and perhaps the most impressive one of the Seven Lakes. It lies at a height of 2,140 meters. Marguzor Lake is 2.7 meters long, with an area of 1.16 square km and a maximum depth of 45 meters. The majestic mountains in the background create a magnificent creates a beautiful reflection on the lake.

Hazorchashma

Hazorchashma lake the highest of the seven is located at around 2,400 meters above sea level. It has a maximum length of 2 km and an area of 0.92 square km. The name Hazorchashma (or Azorchashma) means “a thousand springs” – the lake is filled by the waters of two rivers and many streams and springs. Hazorchashma is the last lake in the gorge of the Shing River and the road ends here and behind there are no further settlements and you will only the wildlife of the Fan Mountains.

How to get to 7 lakes

You can get to the lake from Penjikend town, 40 kilometers. and from Samarkand, Uzbekistan (100km, 2.5hrs) or Dushanbe (260km, 5hrs). While the lakes all lie along a 14- kilometer span, if you plan to stop at each lake (highly recommended) plan to spend a minimum of 3 hours on this drive, and 5-6 hours if you wish to take your time and make the most of the fact that you’ve likely traveled a very long distance to reach this place.

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Page updated 11.10.2020

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