Few if any drives on earth rival the dramatic landscapes — or the adrenalin rush — of Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Join us on an adventure like no other across the Roof of the World, shadowing the Afghan border, meeting with Kyrgyz nomads, and following in the footsteps of thousands of years of pilgrims, warriors, and merchants.
SCHEDULED TRIP DATE:
27 July 2018 – 6 August 2018
17 August 2018 – 27 August 2018
Day 1: Osh
Fly from Bishkek to Osh. Arriving at Osh Airport you will be met by your guide and and transfer to a charming local guesthouse. You will have the remaining part of the day to rest at the guesthouse or to take a walk around the city, which has 3,000 years of history.
Day 2: Sary Mogol (240km, 6 hours)
From Osh you will drive to Sary Mogol and stay in nomads’ yurts on the shore of Tulparkol Lake. This is an unrivalled opportunity to experience nomadic lifestyle, and across the water you can see Lenin Peak (7,134m).
Accommodation: Yurt stay
Day 3: Murghab (270km, 7 hours)
Today you will cross the border from Kyrgyzstan into Tajikistan at the Kyzyl Art checkpoint. The landscapes on the Murghab Plateau are stark, quite barren, but you’ll stop along the way at picturesque Karakul (the saltiest lake in Tajikistan) and will drive over the Ak Baital mountain pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world.
Accomodation: 2* Hotel
Day 4 Bulunkul (90km, 3 hours)
After breakfast you will take a short walk Murghab’s local bazaar, where all manner of goods are on sale in Murghab. You’ll then continue your journey towards Bulunkul (the sixth coldest place one earth), on the way visiting Ak-Balik (Holy Lake) and Yashikul and Bulunkul Lakes.
Day 5: Langar (190km, 6 hours)
This morning you’ll start early and will head into the Wakhan Corridor by crossing the Khargush Pass. In Langar, where you will overnight, you can walk around the village, stopping to see ancient shrines which reflect the local fusion of Islamic and Zoroastrian beliefs. You might also want to hike uphill to view the impressive collection of over 6,000 petroglyphs and to gaze in awe at the panorama of the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Day 6: Ishkashim (150km, 6 hours)
Today you will drive through the Wakhan Corridor to Ishkahsim, a small town which is divided between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. En route you will visit Vrang to see a Buddhist Stupa (a reminder that Buddhism once flourished in the Wakhan), the museum of Sufi mystic, astronomer, and musician Mubarak Kadamm and his solar calendar in Yamg. There will be two additional stops, one at the Yamchun Fortress (all which is left of the Kushan Empire) and the other at the Bibi Fatima hot spring, which is very famous amongst the locals.
Day 7: Khorog (140km, 5 hours)
Drive along the banks of the Amu Darya (Oxus River), the physical border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, to Khorog, the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO). Khorog is a lively town with a young, engaging population. You can visit the bustling bazaar or the botanical gardens, which are the second highest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: 2* Hotel.
Day 8 Jisev (100km, 4 hours)
To experience the real tradition of the Pamiri people you will drive into the Bartang Valley where one of the most remote and wild villages in the Pamir is located. It will be a shaky but very scenic ride along Bartang River, with plenty of chances for photo stops along the way.
Day 9: Kalai Khumb (180km, 6 hours)
Kalai Khumb — also known as Darvaz, “the gateway” — is the last destination in the Pamir. Afghanistan is remarkably close as you drive along, and you’ll be able to see quite clearly the Afghan villages across the river.
Day 10: Dushanbe (370km, 8-9 hours)
The final drive is a long but generally fairly comfortable 370 km to Dushanbe. There will be plenty of stops to stretch your legs. You will take the southern road via Kulob (where you’ll stop for lunch) and will pass the impressive Nurek Reservoir and dam. Your reward for the challenging journey is good accommodation — the Atlas Hotel — which is decorated in traditional Tajik style. Your farewell dinner will be at a delicious Tajik restaurant.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 11: Dushanbe
After breakfast, you will be transfered to Dushanbe Airport. Bon voyage!