Unique Cultural tour Dushanbe-Osh via Wakhan Valley
- Experience the culture of this land
- Private traditional music performance
- Traditional food cooking demonstration
- Ismaili center and Jamaatkhana tour
- Museum tour
- Traditional Instruments museum tour
- Overnight at Pamiri traditional house and knowing the philosophy behind it
- Overnight at a Kyrgyz yurt
- Drive over stunning highland landscapes. Stay with local people along the way and experience the Pamiri culture.
- Pass the famous Wakhan Valley, on the river-border with Afghanistan, stopping by local villages and markets as well as a mix of historic sites.
- Enjoy panoramic views while doing the short hikes on your tour.
- Altitude: passes at 2400 – 4700 m
Day 1) Dushanbe to Kalaikumb (360km-about 9.5 hours)
On the way enjoy beautiful scenery, villages,river Panj, cross the Shurabat Pass(3252). Sighseeing of Hulbuk fortress. Arrive in Kalaikhumb. Possible hike to Karon archeological complex. Overnight in Kalaikhumb homestay.
Day 2) Kalai Khumb-Khorog
Continue driving from Kalai Khumb to Yemts. Through amazing sky scrapped Pamir Mountains following the afgan trails on the other side of River Panj. You will enjoy breathtaking views of Vanj and Rushan valleys.The route passes through amazing twists and turns. The snow-capped mountains, crisscrossed by wild rivers and lakes. Arrive to Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Avtonomous Oblast(GBAO). Explore Khorog including the bazar and the lovely Batanical Gardens which are perched high above the town, affording some great panoramic view. You will also get a chance to visit Ismaili center and Jamaatkhana. Overnight in a traditional Pamiri house located on Gund river bank, very beautiful nature and peaceful place.
Day 3) Khorog-Ishkashim
About 50kms along the road to our next stop at Garmchashma hot springs for an(optional)dip in the waters.Visit detour to the nearby village of Namangut to visit the Khakha Fortress. From here we enter the Tajik half of the wakhan Valley (shared with Afghanistan)and pass regional gem mines mentioned by Marko Polo.The most famous mine is Koh-i-Lal ruby mine wich is visible from the road.Ishkashim itself the regional centre. Driving along the Wakhan valley and visit detour to the nearly village of Namadguti to visit the Khakha Fortress.This impressive structure rises from a naturally formed platform of rock and dates back to the Kushan era of the 3rd Century. There are a number of these ancient fortresses in the area and we also visit Yamchung fort, perhaps the most impressive of them. We take a break at the Bibi Fatima hot springs, named for the Prophet Muhammeds sister and where local women believe they can increase their fertility. Continuing on we then stop at the 4th Century Buddhist stupas at Vrang, reminders of the ancient piligrim caravans that passed through the region. stay in Langar.
Day 4) Langar-Bulunkul-Yashilkul-Murgab(7/8hours).
Today we get a chance to explore the amazing landscape of this area.We drive up to Bulunkul lake via the Kargushi Pass (4344meters).On this journey we leave behind the lush valleys of the Wakhan Valley and enter a landscape that is rochy,mostly barren but nevertheless dramatic.This is the Pamir Highway we have anticapated,with the route between Khorog and Osh completed in 1931 across a Tibetan-plateau style high altitude terrian.Arrive to Bulunkul visit to Yashil kul and drive to Murgab.On the way,cross high altitude pass Naizatash Pass (4137m) along the Pamir Highway.Visit Roch painting dated 8000-5000 BC at Shakhtycave. Overnight in Murgab.
Day 5) Murgab-Karakol.
Early morning drive to Kara Kul lake. The most dramatic scenery of the trip,with the Lunar-like landscapes and bright blue takes your breath away).Cross a high-altitude pass Ak-Baital pass (4655m),descend to Karakul. Climb to the peninsula of the lake to observe the most spectacular scenery of the lake which makes you to forget everything and admire the beauty. (3915m).Continue driving, cross the Kyzylart pass (4336m). Crossing border tajik to kyrgyz head to the Tulpar Kul lake. View of peak in is amazing, can have short walk on the beautiful landscape with the view of Peak Lenin. If you want, you can ride horses up to the hill to see the snow covered Peak. stay in a yurt.
Day 6) Drive to Osh (260km 4/5 hours). Cross two passes Taldyk 3600 m and Chyiyrchyk 2300 m. Possible to have a quick meal in nomadic kyrgyz family on the breathtaking top of Chyiyrchyk valley. Take pictures of landscapes and animals. Arrive early evening in Osh. Overnight in Osh.
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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.