5 Days tour Along The Pamir Highway

5 Days tour Along The Pamir Highway
Itinerary

Day 1 - Osh to Kara Kul, (altitude 3900mh)

 Today we will start our trip to Karakul. Our first step the High Pamir, we depart the high mountains of the Pamir-Alay range, leaving behind us the cross roads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. En route we will cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views.This drive will see us enjoying some of the most dramatic scenery of the trip, with the lunar-like landscapes and bright blue lakes providing plenty of opportunities to take our breath away. Kara kul means “black lake” but in spring, summer and autumn the water are almost always turquoise blue. Karakul lake spread its waters in Markansu valley - one of the most driest place in Central Asia. Surrounded by high mountains which block humid air masses the valley has less than 30 mm of precipitation a year which is 3 times less than in Karakoram desert. Fluctuation of temperatures is a usual thing for desserts and in Karakul lake they are just incredible. Tonight you will sleep on Asian style bedding on the mattresses and blankets on the floor in a few rooms of a Pamiri House with shared bathroom facilities

Overnight at Home stay

Meals: (1 Lunch and Dinner)

 

Day 2 – Kara Kul to Murghab (altitude 3650 mh)

This small town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. Younghusband visited it in 1890 and wrote "It is a dreary, desolate spot… with a certain amount of grassy pasture and a few scrubby bushes by the river, but surrounded by barren hills, and bitterly cold. How these Russian soldiers can support existence there is a marvel…shut up in dreary quarters, with nothing whatever to do - week after week, month after month passing by in dull monotony…." Over a century later, nothing much has changed.

We anticipate arriving in Murghab in Lunch time. Murghab (3670 m) itself has few attractions, but it will serve as our base for a one night as we explore the area a little. The 7546 m – high Chinese peak of Muztag Ata is visible to the northeast of town, 110 km away in a direct line.

 Overnight in Guest house

Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

 

Day 3 – Murghab to Langar (altitude 2882mh)

 Today we will drive at Langar via the Kargushi Pass (4344 meters). On this journey we leave behind the lush valleys of the M41 and enter to Wakhan Valley landscape that is rocky, mostly barren but nevertheless dramatic.

This is the Pamir Highway we have anticipated, with the route between Khorog and Osh completed in 1931 across a Tibetan-plateau style high altitude terrain.

 Overnight in Home stay

Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

 

Wakhan Valley

The Wakhan Valley (also pronounced Vakhan) is a majestic alpine valley in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan and Tajikistan (the “Wakhan Corridor” refers to the part of the valley in Afghanistan). It is located in the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. Its upper reaches consist of two wide, hilly plains surrounded by alpine peaks, beginning near the Chinese border in one of the most remote regions of the world. Further down, where the Pamir and Wakhan rivers join to form the Pyanj River, the valley narrows, finally becoming a severe canyon with roaring river rapids at its end in Ishkashem. Its muddy rivers are fed by water from huge glaciers on some of the highest mountains on the planet, fantastic views of which are visible throughout the area.

 

Day 4 – Langar to Ishkashim (altitude 2665 mh)

Driving along wakhan valley and visit to Vrang a stroll through the village will bring you to
a number of caves dug by Buddhists who inhabited the area at one time. In addition there
the remains of a number of fire – worshipping platforms and Buddha stuper. At Yamg, visit
a quirky museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadam, a local Sufi scholar. Your next stop will be at the
Yamchun Fortress. It was built to guard this branch of the Silk Road from Chinese and
Afghan Invaders. This is where the 19th C Great Game ended; When Britan and Russian
signed a treaty adding a strip of the Wakhan valley to Afghanistan to create a neutral buffer
zone between their two empires. As you enter the Wakhan, there are amazing views of the
Pamirs to the right and the Hindu Kush to the left. Yamchun fortress is located on ridge
overlooking the valley and river below. Further up the hillside there are the hot springs at
Bibi Fatima. The water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. It is possible to take a natural stream
bath in a rocky cave.
Driving along wakhan valley before arrival to Ishkashim visit to the nearby village of
Namadguti to visit the Khahkha Fortress. This impressive structure rises from a naturally
formed platform of rock and dates back to the Kushan era of the 3rd Century. Afternoon
you will arrive to Ishkashim the center of Wakhan valley, which stands at the mouth of
wakhan River valley.

Overnight in Guest House

Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

 

 Day 5 – Ishkashim to Khorog (altitude 2780 mh)

 After breakfast we will drive via Wakhan valley to Khorog, along the road to our next stop at Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the waters.  After exploring or taking a shower we will have a lunch than transfer to Khorog.  Khorog The capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a highly strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and is one of the least developed parts of the country, with the Aga Khan Foundation contributing to the bulk of the local economy. It holds the distinction of being home the second highest botanical garden in the world, at 3900m.

 Overnight in Hotel or guesthouse Accommodation and dinner own arrangements.

Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch,)

 

Khorog town

The capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a highly strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and is one of the least developed parts of the country, with the Aga Khan Foundation contributing to the bulk of the local economy. It holds the distinction of being home the second highest botanical garden in the world, at 3900m.

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 Level of difficulty: This tour is suitable for both children and adults.

Conditions: If you have some specific sicknesses you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments

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Price for package tour in USD

   Price For double occupancy:

  •  
     One 4WD Jeep
    # of pax  :                     2           3            4
    Per Person in USD:   484     367        309
    Per Person/day:          97        73         62
     

 Inclusions:

  • ∣ Arrival and departure transfer
  • ∣ Accommodation on twin share basis (Guest houses 2, home stays 2 )
  • ∣ Meals as listed: 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners.
  • ∣ Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
  • ∣ All transfers according the program (price includes driver's per diem, road and parking fees, all necessary permissions fuel and taxes;) Experienced drivers, type of car:  (A/C Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero)
  • ∣  Mineral water (1L per day per person)
  • ∣  Ticket for Tajik National park and permit ion 
Number of days: 5
Covered regions:
Dushanbe
Pamir
Wakhan valley
Fann mountains
North
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Excluded: • International flights. • Supplement for single room. • Early checking for first night USD 50 per person. • English speaking guide service for whole tour USD 200. • Any airport taxes. • Travel Insurance. • GBAO permit. • Drinks (Alcohol) .
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