Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan:
Briefly about the tour
During this tour you would get acquainted with the historical and archeological sites of the Pamirs and Tajikistan. You would enjoy the beautiful scenery with river Oxus that makes the boundary line between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the photogenic places with shrines, signs as well as the beautiful mountain scenery of the Pamirs. Additionally you would observe the preserved culture, tradition and the life style of the Tajik and Pamirian people in the remote villages of the Pamirs in Wakhan Valley. Special dinner with the cultural show would be organized in Khorog city (the administrative center of Gorno Badakhshan Province). In Eastern Pamir you would have the opportunity to meet the Kyrgiz ethnic people living there from ancient time. See more about the tour in the itinerary below:
Day 1: Arrival in Dushanbe. Meeting and welcoming the guests in airport. Transfer to hotel. Resting. Overnight in Hotel. Acclimatization day.
Day 2: After breakfast visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and Museum of Atiquities. After lunch driving to country side to Hissar district to see the Hissar Fortress (18th c) is located 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress there are two Madrasahs (18th and 19th cc) and one mausoleum of 16th century. Coming back to Dushanbe, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Departure to the Pamirs via Tawildara and Khaburabad pass (3252m) or via Kulyab region. When we pass over Khaburabad to Kalaikhum the scenery and the people change again. The people here are Pamiris with their own languages and varied culture and traditions. The culture and Traditions in Pamirs differs as you go further and further and you can observe the preserved culture and style of living. Kalaikhum is located on the Panj River, a major tributary of the famous Amu Darya (Oxus) River. If we take the road via Kulyab before lunch we will arrive Vose where the “vanished” medieval capital Hulbuk. We will visit Museum and the ruin of citadel. Accommodation in Hotel Karon Palace in Kalaikhum.
Day 4: Driving from Kalaikhum to Khorog. The road will follow near Panj River. Khorog is the administrative centre of the Pamir region, dramatically set deep in the valley at the confluence of the Panj and Ghunt rivers and boxed in by the mountain peaks. Special dinner with cultural show comprising of Pamir music composition, songs and dancing would be organized. Accommodation in Homestay Lalmo. B/L/D.
Day 5: The next day after breakfast visiting the Ethnographical Museum, Botanical Garden (one of the highest in the world) and the construction site of one of Central Asia University’s campuses (unique university of its kind that is specifically developed for the mountain regions by the Aga Khan IV the leader of Ismaili Shia Muslims of the World, and its campuses are spread in tree countries, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan). Accommodation in hotel. B/L/D.
Day 6: Khorog - Ishkashim: Not far from Khorog (45 km) there is the famous Mineral Hot Spring-Garm Chashma and Ruby Mines of Khui Lal (where Badakhshani rubies were mined as early as 14th century). The road to Ishkashim is smooth journey. Ishkashim is a small town at the mouth of the Wakhan corridor, where the 19th century Great Game ended. Continuing up northwards we will see amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right; a number of peaks in view are above 6,000m. If we are lucky and we arrive to Ishkashim on Saturday, we will be able to visit the Cross-border Tajik-Afghan market on the Afghan side. There is no need to obtain Afghan visa for this visit. Guesthouse. B/L/D.
Day 7: Ishkashim to Langar. On the way we will visit the Kah-Kaha in Namadgut one of the oldest fortress on the Silk Road, museum of a local scholar, theologian, poet and traveler Sufi Muborak-Kadami Vakhani, who died in 1910. There is a stone pillar with a hole near his house, which he used to calculate a solar calendar. His house is decorated with inscriptions and decorations made by the scholar. On the way we will visit Buddhist Stupa in Vrang, sacred hot springs of Bibi Fatima Zahra, ruins of Yamchun fortress (IV-III B.C.) that once guarded Pamir branch of the Great Silk Road. Home stay. B/L/D.
Day 8: Langar – Bulunkul: After breakfast we will leave the spectacular views of Afghanistan, with the ice-capped summit of the Wakhan Range, and the Pamir River and will cross Khargushi pass. We will arrive to Bulun Kul and Yashil Kul Lakes, where we will stay in a small hamlet of Bulunkul. The people living here are Pamiris, Tajiks and Kyrgyz nomads living in a harsh but hospitable environment. Here we will deepen our understanding of how people have adapted to a life in such remote mountainous areas. We will reach Bulunkul. If there would be possible we can be accommodated in Yurt. Evening walks around Bulunkul village. Exploring the people of Bulunkul village who are Tajiks and Kyrgyz. Mostly they are yak keepers. Overnight in Homestay. B/L/D.
Day 9: Yashil-Kul-Murgab-Karakul. On the way we will visit an old color paintings in grot Shakhty and if the weather is clear enough, we will head up to the Shorbulak Observatory, from where we can see the Muztag Ata and Kongur Peaks, which are part of the Khun Lun Range (located in China). Murgab is a quiet town with an only bazaar of the High Pamir region where Kyrgyz’s and Tajiks live. We will pay a visit to handicraft shop in “Yak House”: The views of mountains and glaciers along the way this day are simply breath-taking as the road takes us to the Ak Baital Pass (The White Horse Pass 4655m). This is the highest pass in the former USSR. This is indeed the “The Roof of the World” and the hidden site in this expanse of arid landscape is the stunning Karakul Lake, created millions of years ago by a meteorite and noted as one of the most geologically fascinating places on earth. We will have an opportunity for a short walk along the lake. The surrounding area offers some spectacular views, which are especially dramatic with the sun setting over the nearby snow-capped mountains. Overnight in jurt/Home stay. B/L/D.
Day 10: Karakul – Base Camp. So slowly you are leaving Tajikistan. The Tajik border is high up in the mountains. Afterwards, you will cross the Kysil-Art-Pass (4336 m) to Sarytash in Kyrgyzstan, from there it is not far to the base camp of Peak Lenin (3600 m). The Camp is located in the large Pamiro-Alai Valley, where the alpinist camp Atschik Tash is located. You will stay in one of the Basecamps there and stay in comfortable large rooms. Overnight in comfortable Base camp tent or jurt.
Day 11: Base camp Lager – Osh. Driving from Karakul to Osh. Arrival in Osh, Accommodating in Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: After breakfast. City tour in Osh. Visiting sacred mountain Sulaiman-Too, visiting bazar. Having lunch in café and driving to Arslanbob village. Arrival and vising the waterfalls, walnut forest and around. Accommodation in guesthouse.
Day 13: Arslanbob village – Sarychelek Nature reserve. Through the Fergana valley to drive to Sarychelek Nature reserve with it famous lake. Very splendid site with photogenic landscape. Walking around, taking pictures and enjoying the view. Overnight in tent.
Day 14: Nature reserve – Suusamyr valley. We will return to the main road and move along the Naryn river. Then we cross the small pass and descend to Toktogul reservoir, the largest artificial lake in Kyrgyzstan. Arrival in Toctogul and overnight in homestay.
Day 15: After breakfast we will drive through the valley with the stunning views – stops for pictures along the way. Arrrival to Bishkek. Evening walk in Bishkek. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Transfer to airport. Flight home.