Day 1: Dushanbe to Kalaikhum, 5–6 hrs
Drive towards Kulob on A385 road. Enjoy the views of one of the world’s highest hydro power stations Nurek from a distance. Visit 11th-century Hulbuk Palace before Kulob. Head on to the Shurobod pass. After the pass, deep rocky valleys and gorgeous mountains open up. Drive along the Panj River with amazing mountain views and through numerous local villages. Arrival in Kalaikhum village. Dinner and overnight in a homestay nearby the river.
Day 2: Darvoz (Kalaikhum) to Khorog city, 5-6 hrs
Breakfast. Travel to Khorog city. The road continues along the Afghan border with picturesque scenery. The road widens up in the Vanj valley with gorgeous mountain views along the river. Arrival in Khorog city. Accommodation in a hotel. Afternoon, do evening hike in a Botanical Garden that has various plants and trees to explore.
Day 3: Khorog city - Ishkashim village - Yamchun fortress & hot springs - Langar, 5-6 hr
Breakfast. Drive to Yamg village in Wakhan valley. Visit fortress Khaaka on the way to Namadgut village right after leaving Ishkashim village. It is worth a 10 minutes stop. Take another detour on the way at Yamchun to admire the 12th century Yamchun Fortress rising from a platform of natural rock. Walk up to edge of the fort and you will have an amazing view of Wakhan valley. Further up the hillside, the hot springs of Bibi Fatima with its crystal water rich in minerals are located. Continue driving to Langar village for overnight.
Day 4: Langar village - Panorama Ridge trek ( 3-4 hrs) at Kargush pass – Bulunkul lake – Alichur village
Breakfast. Travel to Kargush pass, 2hrs. Road follows the river Pamir to Kargush checkpoint with the chance to admire the Big Pamir of Afghanistan with nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz caravans. Arrival at the Kargush pass and start the 3-4 hrs trek to Panorama Ridge at 4800 meters. While walking up, two small lakes behind you at the roadside open up to cheer you. View a snowy Afghan Wakhan and spot stunning mountain scenery of Great Pamir on the Afghan border at the top of Panorama Ridge and walk back to your car. Take another detour to see alpine lakes Bulunkul and Yashilkul with an overnight in one of the guesthouses at Bulunkul lake or drive directly to Alichur village right after the trek, 1 hr.
Day 5: Alichur village - Observatory hill - Murgab village - Karakul lake, 6-7 hr
Breakfast. We take a detour to Observatory hill. You will see a nice view of Muztak Ata peak of China on top of the hill if no clouds in the sky. Down the hill, there is a soviet truck full of skulls of sheep inside. Once upon a time, it was a hunting camp. Arrival in Murgab village and lunch in a local guesthouse or café. Travel goes on to Karakul lake with the highest pass Akbaital (4655 m) you will ever do in Tajikistan, 3hr. Take photos of glaciers on the pass. Arrival in Karakul lake. Overnight and dinner in a guesthouse.
Day 6: Karakul lake - Sarymogol village – base camp of Lenin Peak, 4–5 hrs
Breakfast. Drive to the checkpoint, 1hr. Cross the borders and head up to the base camp of Lenin Peak via Sarymogol village, 3 hrs. Arrival in the yurt camp at the base camp and lunch in a yurt. Explore the snowcapped Lenin Peak in Pamir mountain range by taking a day hike from your yurt camp to the Traveler’s pass at 4130 meters, 3 hrs. Enjoy the beauty of glaciers while walking up to the pass. Rest at the top of the Traveler’s pass to gaze at glaciers tumbling off the massive peak. Back to your yurts, 2 hrs. Overnight and dinner in a yurt.
Day 7: Base camp of Lenin Peak – Sarymogol village - Osh city, 4–5 hrs
Breakfast. Drive to Osh city with numerous Kyrgyz village and shepherd’s yurts scattered in mountain slopes, 5 hrs. Arrival and be accommodated in your hotel.