Tour type: Auto - Jeep
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Best Season: May - October
Altitude: passes at 2400 - 4700 m
Requirements: Trekking shoes, waterproof & warm clothes, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
Overnight stay: yurt, guesthouses, hotels
DESCRIPTION: Stunning highland landscapes, alpine lakes, remote villages cut off electricity and the great history of “Great Game” make Tajikistan the most attractive place in Central Asia. Explore this country if you are seeking unforgettable adventure.
ITINERARY: Osh city – Sarymogol – Lenin Peak base camp - Karakгl lake – Murgab – Alichur – Wakhan valley – Ishkashim – Khorog city – Darvoz (Kalaikhum) district – Dushanbe city
Day1. Osh – Sarymogol village – Tulparkol lake, 5 – 6 hr
Breakfast. Drive to Sarymogol village, 4hr. A nice valley opens up when you reach Taldyck pass (3600 meter) with green pastures and yaks grazing around. Arrival in Sarymogol village and cross the bridge to get to yurt camp at Tulparkol lake (3500 m) next to the base camp of Lenin Peak, 1hr. Enjoy the beauty of snowcapped mountains of Lenin Peak (7134 m). Walk around the lake. Overnight & dinner in yurt.
Day2. Tulparkol lake – border crossings – Karakul lake, 5 – 6 hr
Early breakfast. Take 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. Lunch in a yurt. Drive to the check point, 2hr. Cross the borders and travel to Karakul lake, 2 hrs. Totally different landscape opens up confirming that it is Tajikistant. Be accommodated in a guesthouse. Short walk in the village.
Day3. Karakul lake - Murgab village – Observatory hill – Alichur village, 6-7 hr
Travel goes on to Murgab via the highest pass Akbaital (4655 m) you will ever do in Tajikistan, 3hr. Take photos of glaciers on the pass. Lunch in Murgab village. Head on to Alichur village. We take a detour to Observatory hill. You will see nice view of Muztak Ata peak of China on top of the hill if no clouds on 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. Back to the main road and drive to Alichur village. Overnight and dinner in a guesthouse.
Day4. Bulungkul lake – Kargush pass – Wakhan corridor - Yamg village, 5-6 hr
Breakfast. Take a detour to visit Bulunkul and the Yashylkul lakes with nice hot springs. Drive back to the main road and head up to the Kargush pass (4 344m). After the pass, drive down to Afghanistan border for another check point to check your GBAO permit. Road follows the river Pamir all the way to Wakhan corridor with the chance to admire the Big Pamir of Afghanistan with nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz caravans. Great rugged Hindu Kush mountain ranges welcome you right before entering Wakhan valley. Overnight and dinner in a friendly home stay in Yamg village.
Day5. Yamg village – Yamchun fortress - Ishkashim village – Khorog city, 5-6 hr
Breakfast. Right after you leave your guesthouse, we do a detour on the way 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 amazing view of Wakhan valley. Further up the hillside are located the hot springs of Bibi Fatima, with its crystal waters rich in minerals. Another fortress Khaaka comes up along the way at Namadgut village when you get closer to Ishkashim village. It is worth a 10 minutes stop. Continue to driving to Khorog city. Afternoon, visit the interesting Regional Museum and Central Park of Khorog city. Evening hike in a Botanical Garden that has various plants and trees to explore. Dinner at a cafe. Night in a hotel.
Day6. Khorog to Darvaz, 5–6 hr
Breakfast. Travel to Darvoz district. Gorgeous road goes along the river up to the Vanj valley where road widens up. Road continues along the Afghan border up to Kalaikhum village with picturesque scenery. Arrival in Kalaikhum village and be accommodated in a guesthouse.
Day 7. Kalaikhum to Dushanbe, 5–6 hr
After breakfast driving to Dushanbe along the Pang river with amazing views and traveling through numerous local villages. Deep rocky valleys and gorgeous mountains accompany you up to the Shurobod pass before Kulab village. Lunch in a Chaikana (local cafes). Visit 11th century Hulbuk Palace on the way and enjoy the views of world’s highest hydro power station Nurek in a distance. Arrival in Dushanbe. Accommodation in your hotel.
Trekking options: you can add following day trekkings to this trip. Then the price given will change slightly. We have GPS or KML of all trekkings if you would like to do without guide.
1) Camel riding at Rangkul lake outside Murgab village. https://indy-guide.com/en/listings/4833-pamir-highway-camel-riding-at-rangkul-lake
2) Panorama ridge trek near at Kargush pass near. https://indy-guide.com/en/listings/4812-hiking-to-the-panorama-ridge-on-pamir-highway
3) Day trek from Pshart to Madyan valley outside Murgab village. https://indy-guide.com/en/listings/4832-pamir-highway-trekking-from-pshart-to-madyan-valley
4) Day trek to Engels Peak in Wakhan valley.https://indy-guide.com/en/listings/4828-pamir-highway-trekking-to-engels-peak-in-wakhan-valley
5) Trekking in Jiseu valley in Bartang. https://indy-guide.com/en/listings/4821-bartang-valley-hiking-in-jiseu-valley-on-pamir-highway