From Osh to Dushanbe in 6 days
Day 1 Osh- Murgab
After breakfast we’ll drive via Saritash to Murgab. Setting off for the Tajik Border today, we take the Pamir “Highway”, a road built by the Red Army in the 1930in order to link the isolated communities to the rest of the Soviet Union.. Travelling up to Kizil Art Pass(4180) we will cross the border and pass through the gateway to the Pamir Plateau, or as a called it ”The Roof of the World”. Hidden deep in this expanse of arid landscape is the stunning Karakul Lake, a body of water thought to have been created millions of years ago by meteorite and noted as one of the most geologically fascinating places on earth. We will have opportunity for a short walk along the lake. The surrounding area offers some spectacular views, which are especially dramatic with the sun setting over the nearby snow- capped mountains.
Continuing west we will pass a number of other interesting salt lakes before crossing the Khargush Pass, which brings us spectacular views of Afghanistan, with the ice – capped summitof the Wakhan Range ahead of us and the Pamir River marking the border just e few km away. There will be plenty of chances to stop for dramatic photos of this unique view. Once our passports have been checked at Khargush check point, we continue along the Pamir River, hopefully spotting one of the rare herds of Bactrian camels that still exist here on afghan site. With very little vegetation in the area the surrounding views of the mountains are even more spectacular. Soon we will reach Langar, the Last village of the Tajik Wakhan Corridor before the border of Afghanistan.
Today we start by taking an uphill hike to view the impressive collection of over 5000petroglyphs. We then take a drive along the Panj River. Drive towards the Wakhan corridor. There are several places of interest to stop. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th- 7th centuries. At Yamg, we visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic MuabaraKadam , who died in 1910. Near this house there is a stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar. On the road we will visit Kah-Kaa and Yamchun fortresses, further up the hillside are the hot spring at Bibi Fatima: dense and very salty minerals, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. Overnight and dinner is in guesthouse
Day 4Ishkashim- Khorog
Today we will drive along Tajik-Afgan border to Khorog. It is perhaps one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. It is surrounded by rocky mountains from all four sides. The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdarariver and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the way to Khorog you will meet Pamir people. A number of anthropological features set the Pamir people apart from the Tajik people. Among the Pamiris, there is a high percentage of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. On the way you will visit Garmchashma hot spring
Day 5 Khorog- Kalai Khumb
This morning we’ll continue to Kalai Khimb where we will spend the night. Today’s journey takes us so close to Afghani villages just across the river that you’ll be able to wave to each other
Day 6 Kalai Khumb- Dushanbe
Today we take a full day’s drive through the changing landscape of canyons and farmland to Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital city.
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