OSH - BOTKEN-KHUJAND-PENJIKENT-ISKANDARKUL-DUSHANBE-KHOROG-WAKHAN CORRIDOR-MURGAB-OSH
THROUGH THE PAMIR HIGHWAY AND WAKHAN CORRIDOR
What you will see: Panjakent old city, Sarazm site, Panj River and its gorges, along the Afghan border / The famous Wakhan valley /Ancient fortresses Kah-Kaa (III century BC-VII century) and Yamchun (III-I century BC) / Petroglyphs / Yashilkul and Iskandarkul fantastic scenery / the Pamir plateau
What you will enjoy: historical places / bathing in hot springs / amazing scenery of the Afghan Hindu-Kush / Tajik hospitality /Yak ride to observe the rare wildlife
Day 1. July 14, 2019. Depart Osh drive to Kyrgys-Tajik border check point through Botken. Then drive Khojand, having lunch there. Visit Paishanbe bazar in Khudjand Mausoleum of Sheik Muslihiddin, Mosque + citadel. 377km.
Day 2. In the morning Drive to Istrafshan (former Ura Tube) visit Kok Gumbaz and Mug Teppa fortress in Istrafshan. Leaving Istrafshan and head to Panjakent and then to Sarazm site. Come back to Panjikent and visit Abuabdullo Rudaki museum. 295km.
Day 3. Drive to Iskandarkul lake. On the way visit Panjrud and see the mausoleum of Abuabdullo Rudaki - founder of Persian-Tajik literature. If you reach Saratog earlier, go for trekking around and to mountains.164 km.
Day 4. Drive to Dushanbe. Have a lunch in famous khonai (Tea House) Rohat, Tajik National meals including plov. After lunch drive to Hissor Fortress and the come back to Dushanbe for City Tour: Museum of Antiquities, Ismaili Center and National Museum of Tajikistan. In the evening walking in Dushanbe Rudaki street – to see monument to Ismoili Somoni, founder of first Tajik state and some other places. 230km
Day 5. Head to the Pamirs. On the way enjoy the view of Nurek lake dam and discover Hulbuk fortress and the mausoleum of a poet and scholar of the 14th century, Khoja Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani in Kulyab.355 km
Day 6. Depart Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz) and head to Khorog. On the way enjoy the Afghan villages along the Panj (Oxsus) River. Also visit Womar fort in Rushan and monument of Nosiri Khusrav in Porshinev. 250 km
Day 7. Half day Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Historical Museum, City Park and Visitor Tourism Information Center. After lunch depart Khorog and drive to Ishkashim. On the way visit Hot Springs of Garm Chasma. 160 km.
Day 8. Drive to the Wakhan Corridor. Visit 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. Trekking to Buddhist stupa in Vrang. 2-3 hours trek on the route Zong-Langar to see the ruins of Abreshimkala (‘Silk fortress’) and Langar petroglyphs. 135 km
Day 9. Drive to Bulunkul (the coldest place in Tajikistan) along Pamir River via Khargush Pass (4344 m). 2-3 hours hike to the pass viewpoint (Panarama Ridge) for the great view of the whole Wakhan valley, both Tajik and Afghan. In the evening drive to Yashilkul (‘Green’) lake to meet the sunset. 130 km
Day 10. Depart Bulunkul and head to Rangkul village through the Rangkul and Shokul lakes. Good chance to observe the rare Indian goose (Anser Indicus) in its natural habitat. In the afternoon walk around the village. 210 km
Day 11. Depart Rangkul village and head to Sary-Tash of Kyrgyzstan. On the way short stop to walk along the Karakul lake. Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan. If there are no clouds on the horizon enjoy the view of in Peak (7134m) Sary-Tash. 265 km
Day 12. July 25, 2019. Drive to Osh. Check-in in a guest-house. After lunch Osh City Tour: Sulaiman Too, Osh Bazaar and City Park. Farewell dinner. 190 km.
Total 2761 km.
Total price for;
1 pax -1912.4USD, 161.84USD person/day
2 pax – 2025USD, 84.4USD person/day
3 pax – 2321.2, 64.5USD person/day
4 pax – 2445.4USD, 51USD person/day
- Transport 4WD
- Entrance tickets (all museums, hot springs, Botanical Garden and Tajik National Park)
- Office charge including tax
Price does not includes:
- Visa and GBAO permit
- Food and Accommodation
- Guide service
- International flights
- All other personal expenses
Note: In tour program can be included the following: one day trek to Jizev, one day trek to Peak Engels Meadow, one day de tour to Afghan Ishkashim or Shugnan, visit of Tajik/Afghan border market only on Saturdays in Kalai Khumb or in Vanj or in Khorog