Classic Pamir Highway Tour, Dushanbe to Osh - 9 days
Take a ride on the second highest international highway in the world, which crosses the north-western tip of the Himalayas through the Autonomous Region in the east of the country and shares borders with Afghanistan and China. It is considered one of the toughest passes in the world and you are going to try and conquer it. The mountains and sheer cliffs will loom above the car as you wound your way deeper and deeper into the wilderness and away from civilization. Soon, all you will have for the company will be the raging river that dictates the roads every move, the mountains, the deeply rutted road and a trail of dust behind you. Small villages will appear sporadically along the road and every time you will blast through kids, who will come out waving and shouting at you with big grins on their faces. Probably the closest you will ever get to being a celebrity. And surely the superb mountains views all the way are guaranteed.
Approximate total distance - 1800 km
Max altitude - 4650 m
Duration - 8 nights / 9 days
Meal Plan - All included
Transportation - Comfortable 4x4 Jeeps or 4WD Vans
Accommodation: 2 nights Guesthouses / 1 night Yurt stay / 5 nights homestays
Day 1: Dushanbe - Kalai Khumb
We will start our journey from Dushanbe. Departing in the morning we will cross the Shurabad Pass (2200m) and visit Hulbuk ancient fortress 8th Century which has been recently restored. We continue towards the Pamirs and make our way to Kalai Khumb, driving through beautiful scenery and interesting villages en route. This area is a little more conservative, and we see many men with beards, and women wearing traditional dress. We will arrive in Kalai khumb (360km) in the early evening. Overnight in a guesthouse in Dashtak village near Kalai Khumb. LD
Day 2: Kalai Khumb - Khorog
This morning we will set out to Khorog, the biggest city in Pamirs. We will drive along the Afghan-Tajik border for 260 km with the views of Afghan villages across the river. Before leaving Darvaz region we will also visit Karon archeological site - an ancient town with polo field. BLD
Day 3: Khorog - Garmchashma
Khorog is the administrative centre of the Pamir region, dramatically set deep in the valley at the confluence of the Panj and Ghund rivers and boxed in by the mountain peaks. There are a number of places to visit, from the Ethnographical Museum to the surprisingly well stocked Botanical Gardens (one of the highest in the world), and the town is the site of one of Central Asia’s few university campuses after which we will drive to the famous Garmchashma Hotspring, where we will take bath in the evening and stay overnight.
Day 4: Garmchashma - Yamg Wakhan
Today we will head to Wakhan Valley. The road to Yamg village is mostly tarmacked, so it should be a pretty smooth journey. We’ll make a stop for lunch in Ishkashim and continue further the valley with stops along the way and have a look at the old castles, shrines that once guarded this branch of the Silk Road, including Yamchun Fort. We’ll stay overnight in Yamg village at a gusthouse. BLD
Day 5: Yamg - Langar
Today we start with the visit of a local museum in Yamg village and continue on along the Wakhan valley stopping off at a 4th Century Buddhist stupas at Vrang, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region. Overnight in a homestay in Langar village. BLD
Day 6: Langar - Alichur
After a hike to see some of the 6000 petroglphs, we gain a unique view of Afghanistan before crossing the Khargush Pass and arriving at Yashik Kul Lake. Having lunch in the nearby village we then drive back to join M41 and continue Alichur village. Overnight in Yurts. BLD
Day 7: Alichur - Karakul
We set off in the morning towards Murgab stopping off at some lakes. Having lunch in Murgab then we continue to Karakul lake and village. On the way, we cross the Ak Baital Pass at 4655m and continue on to the stunning Karakul Lake, with a walk along the shores to our homestay. BLD
Day 8: Karakul - Yurt camp near MT in Peak
Continuing on the Pamir Highway we will sett off for the Kyrgyz border today. We will cross the border and change cars on Kyrgyz side after which we will go over Kizil art pass (4336m) and continue to Yurt camp near Sary Mogul village in Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in Yurts. BLD
Day 9: Yurt camp - Osh
In the morning we drive to Osh 4 hrs, on arrival, we will have the opportunity to explore some of its sights, including Solomon’s Throne – the rock that looms over the city and is an important Muslim pilgrimage site. This Silk Road town is so old it celebrated its 3000th birthday a number of years ago. It is a place steeped in history and claims to have the best bazaar in all Central Asia – something we will check out. B
Price breakdown, per person:
1 person - 2013$
2 people - 1226$
3 people - 1000$
4 people - 930$
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.