My name is Tamriz and I help tourists discover the most historic, beautiful and authentic places of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan for almost 10 years now. Below please find the Pamir trip I would advice any traveler to take from Dushanbe to Osh.
I would be delighted to be your driver/guide in this adventure.
- What you will see: Panj River and its gorges, along the Afghan border / the famous Wakhan valley /Ancient fortress Yamchun (III-I century BC) / Petroglyphs / Yashilkul fantastic scenery / the Pamir plateau
- What you will enjoy: historical places / bathing in hot springs / amazing scenery of the Afghan Hindu Kush / pamiri hospitality / Engels Meadow Trek / Yak Safari / lunar landscapes of the Eastern Pamirs / Lenin Base Camp Trek, glimpse at the life and culture of local people.
Day 1. Meeting with a driver at a hotel/guest-house in Dushanbe and heading to the Pamirs via Kulob. On the way stop in Vose to see Hulbuk fortress and the mausoleum of a poet and scholar of the 14th century, Khoja Mir Sayid Hamadani in Kulob. Overnight in a homestay in Kalai-Khumb town ($15-$18 USD ppp for dinner. bed and breakfast). Hiking possible to Karon archeological complex in Kalai Khum.
Driving hours: 6
Altitude: 1600 m
Day 2. Departing Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz) and heading to Khorog. On the way enjoying the Afghan villages along the Panj (Oxus) River. Afternoon Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Khorog Ismaili Center and Jamaatkhana, City Park. Overnight in a Pamiri traditional house in Khorog (special deal for my clients only $15 USD ppp for bed and breakfast). The traditional house is located near the river bank in a very peaceful and beautiful place. You will enjoy the sound of the glacial river and the beautiful nature. Almost all my tourists recall this place a a "peaceful heaven" :) If we get to Khorog on Friday evening, it will be possible to visit the Afghan market.
Driving hours: 7-8
Altitude: 2200 m
Day 3. Heading to the Tajik Wakhan. On the way visiting the ruins of Kah-Kaha and Yamchun fortresses, Bibi Fotima hot-spring, pre-Islamic shrines, Museum of Sufi Muboraki Vakhoni, astronomer and scholar of the 19th century. Overnight in a homestay ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast) in Hisor / Langar village. If we dont make it to Afghan market in Khorog then we will have a chance to visit it in Ishakshim part if we will be there by Saturday morning.
Driving hours: 3
Altitude: 2150 m
Day 4. Engels Meadows Trek. Highlights: breathtaking view of the Wakhan, both Tajik and Afghan, with Hindukush on the background, great view of immense Engels (6507 m) South Face. Overnight in a homestay ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast) in Hisor/Langar village.
Driving hours: 5 hours
Altitude: 2800 m
Day 5. Driving to Bulunkul settlement (coldest place in Tajikistan) via the Khargush pass (4344 m). 2-3 hike to the viewpoint of the pass (Panarama Ridge). After lunch at a homestay in Bulunkul, discover the village and the lakes. Continue driving to Alichur. Overnight in a homestay/yurt ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast) in Alichur.
Driving hours: 4.5 hours
Altitude: 3650 m
Day 6. Half day yak safari to observe the wildlife (in particular of sheep and ibex). In the evening drive to Murghab. Overnight in a homestay ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast) in Murghab.
Driving hours: 4
Altitude: 3600 m
Day 7. Discover the local bazaar. Driving to Karakul (‘black’ lake) via the highest point of the Pamir Highway, Ak-Baital pass (4655 m). In the afternoon hike along the lake or hike to one of the viewpoints of the lake. Short stop to hike along the Karakul
Driving hours: 3 hours
Altitude: 3975 m
Day 8. Depart Karakul and drive to Sary-Tash of Kyrgyzstan. If there are no clouds on the horizon you will enjoy the views of Lenin Peak (7134 m).
Driving hours: 4
Altitude: 3150 m
Day 9. Day hike to the base camp of Lenin Peak. In the evening drive to Osh. Overnight in a guest-house / hotel in Osh. End of tour.
Driving hours: 3 hours
Altitude: 960 m
All the details will be discussed and modified according to your preferences. Please feel free to contact me if you might have any questions.
Enjoy your adventure and best wishes,
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.