Pamir classic tour
About the trip
Pamir classic tour is one of the intensive tours of Pamir Highway. The Pamir plateau, which is around 800 km long, with altitudes ranging from 5-7,000m above sea level, is known as the highest region in Central Asia. On this tour, you will explore all major sights along Pamir highway and Wakhan Valley. You will see some of the most ancient fortresses in the region which guarded the silk road a long time ago. And also you will see and experience traditional Pamiri culture and hospitality. This tour can be an unforgettable journey for you.
Day 1 Dushanbe - Kalai khum
We start driver ng at 8 am in the morning. The road will go south Tajikistan until joining Panj River and then north to Darvoz region along the river. From the other side of the river will be Afghanistan, and you will see some Afghan villages on the road. First, we will drive to Kulob city where we will have lunch, and also we will visit an old fort from Samanids time. Then we will continue our drive to Kalai khum. We will make stops every 2 hours to rest from driving and at to take pics where you want. After we arrive to Kalai khum we will go to Romas homestay and stay there for the night.
Day 2 Kalai khum – Khorog
Today we will drive to the capital of Tajikistan Pamir - Khorog. The road today will be more difficult because of the bad road. But more interesting on Afghan side. We will see many villages and the first high mountains today. Our lunch will be in Rushan. In the morning we will visit the Karon archeological site in Darvoz and learn where polo game was born. We will arrive at Khorog in the evening. Night in a homestay. Evening walk in Khorog central park.
Day 3 Khorog – Ishkashim
Today we have a short drive. In the morning we will visit Khorog botanical gardens, see the first truck that drove the Pamir Highway and visit museum. After the lunch, we will drive to Ishkashim town. Dinner and night in Ishkashim Anis Guesthouse.
Day 4 Ishkashim - Langar
Today will be the most interesting day. We will drive along wakhan valley, high Hindu Kush mountains and ancient fortresses with shrines will be the highlights. Today we will visit mysterious wakhi shrines adorned with ibex and Marco Polo ship bones, Yamchun and Kaha Kaha forts, we will bath in Bibi Fatima hot springs, visit the Buddhist stupa and if time will allow hike to Abreshim forts from where a beautiful view of wakhan is available. Lunch on the road in a village home. Dinner and night in a homestay in Langar.
Day 5 Langar - Bulunkul
In the morning we will firstly hike to see Langar petroglyphs, and then we will drive over Khargush pass (4320m) and join Pamir Highway again. From there we will drive to Bulunkul village. Near Bulunkul there is a huge Yashilkul lake where we will also drive to see and take pictures. Bulunkul is the coldest place in Tajikistan during winter, only about 30 houses in the village and people look very old. Here people love vodka and you can try playing a vodka game here. Dinner and night in a homestay.
Day 6 Bulunkul - Murgab
Our driving today will go through high mountain deserts. We will drive back to the main road and continue on Pamir Highway. Near Alichur we will visit Sacred Akbalik lake with Crystal clear water and hundreds of fish. We can have lunch in Alichur and try this mountain fish. Later we will stop near the lonely mountain, climb to the top and take superb pictures of wide Alichur valley.
Later on the road, we will drive to nearby Ailak to visit local shepherds and see the real yurt where we will also try Yak yogurt. After the Ailak we will drive to Murgab l, go to homestay and rest the rest of the day. Dinner and night in a homestay.
Day 7 Murgab to Karakul.
In the morning it the weather will be ok we can see the high Mustagh Ata peak in China. Then we will visit Murgab bazar and take pictures with the statue of in. We will have lunch in Murgab and then drive to Karakul. Our drive today will take us over the highest mountain road pass in former the Soviet Union, Ak baital pass (4655m). When we reach Karakul we check in to our Yurt and walk to the Shire of the lake to enjoy the view. Dinner and night in a yurt.
Day 8 Karakul – Osh
On our last day we will cross the border into Kyrgyzstan, hopefully, there will be no traffic on the border. When leaving Karakul we will drive to the other side of the lake to take more pictures. And then drive to Kyzyl art border and pass. The no man land between the Tajik and Kyrgyzstan border here about 30 km. So we will literally be nowhere )) here. After crossing the Kyrgyzstan border the road gets better and landscape will also change as well as altitude. After passing sary Tash town we will drive 200 more km to Osh through two small mountain passes. We will arrive in Osh in the evening.
End of tour.