Highway in the Pamirs | Dushanbe - Osh
DRIVE THE PAMIR HIGHWAY (WITH A HALF-DAY IN AFGHANISTAN) THROUGH THE WAKHAN CORRIDOR Start Number of travelers: 3
Vehicle provided: 4 x 4 (Toyota Land Cruiser / Toyota Rav4) 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 / peaceful Afghanistan
Day 1: Meeting at the airport. Dushanbe City Tour: downtown, Ismaili Center, Gurminj Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments, Museum of Antiquities. In the afternoon heading to Kalai-Khumb. Short stop to see the Khulbuk Fortress in Kulyab. Overnight in a guest-house in Kalai-Khumb town ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast).
Day 2: Driving to Khorog along the Panj River (Oxsus) with great views of Afghan villages. Afternoon Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Khorog Historical Museum, University of Central Asia Campus, City Park, Visitor Information Center. Overnight in a homestay in Khorog ($15 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast).
Day 3: In the morning applying for Afghan visa and getting it before lunch time (In Sha Allah). In the afternoon driving to Ishkashim. Overnight in a guest-house in Ishkashim.
Day 4: In the morning heading to the Tajik-Afghan border checkpost and crossing into Afghanistan. Half-day discovering SultanIshkashim town. After lunch crossing into Tajikistan where I will meet you and we will continue driving to the Wakhan. On the way visit ruins of Yamchun fortress, pre-Islamic shrines, Bibi-Fatima hot spring, and Sufi Muborak Museum. Overnight in a homestay in Langar ($15-$18 USD ppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast).
Day 5: Driving to Bulunkul settlement (considered one of the coldest place on Earth) via the Khargush pass (4344 m). 2-3 hike to the viewpoint of the pass. In the afternoon discover the village and the lakes. In the evening heading to Murghab. Overnight in a homestay in Murghab ($15-$18 USD pppp for a bed, dinner and breakfast).
Day 6: Depart Murghab and drive to Kyrgyzstan. Short hike along the Karakul (‘Black’) lake. Overnight in a guest-house in Sary-Tash.
Day 7: Half day hike towards the base camp of in Peak (7034 m). In the evening drive to Osh. Farewell dinner. Overnight in a guesthouse in Osh.