Driver & Car Pamir Highway Osh to Dushanbe, 7 Days
Day 1: Osh in Sary Mogol 255 km 3/4 hour peak in (7134 m)
Pick up from your hotel and we drive from Osh to Sary-Mogol. On the way we cross the Taldyk pass (3554 m) and enjoy the beautiful views - we can see a glimpse of in Peak, at 7134 m on the second highest mountain in Central Asia. We'll stop for lunch between them. As soon as we pass the village of Sary-Tash, the natural scenery of the Pamir-Alai region is impressive. Arrival in the village of Sary-Mogol, the village is located near the peak of in (7134 m). Night in the yurt stay in nomad village Tulpar Kul.
Day 2: Sary Mogol in Murghab visit lake Karakal 20 km 6/7 hours
Today we will start our trip to Murgab.Our first step On the high Pamir, we come out of the high mountains of the Pamir-Alai range, leaving behind us the crossroads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. This drive will see that we enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery of the trip, with lunar landscapes and bright blue lakes, providing many opportunities to take a breath. Kara-Kul means "black lake", but in spring, summer and autumn the water is almost always turquoise. Lake Karakul has spread its waters in the Markansu valley-one of the driest places in Central Asia. Surrounded by high mountains that block the moist air masses, the valley has less than 30 mm of precipitation per year, which is 3 times less than in the Karakorum desert. The temperature fluctuation is a common thing for desserts and in lake Karakul-just incredible town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. Younghusband visited it in 1890 and wrote "It is a dreary, desolate spot… with a certain amount of grassy pasture and a few scrubby bushes by the river, but surrounded by barren hills, and bitterly cold. How these Russian soldiers can support existence there is a marvel…shut up in dreary quarters, with nothing whatever to do - week after week, month after month passing by in dull monotony…." Over a century later, nothing much has changed. We anticipate arriving in Murghab in Lunch time. Murghab (3670 m) itself has few attractions, but it will serve as our base for a one night as we explore the area a little. The 7546 m – high Chinese peak of Muztag Ata is visible to the northeast of town, 135 km away in a direct line.
Day 3: Murghab to Langar visit Bulun Kul and Yashil Kul 276 km 5/6 hours
Today we will drive to Langar en route visit Bulun Kul and Yashil Kul. The most beautiful lakes of the Pamirs are Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), stretched on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level, are situated in the Murghab district. Today we will spend a night near them. The color of water in Bulunkul is a subtle inter-play of violet and dark-blue in the sunlight. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake. There is the opportunity to see yaks, a unique species of domestic animals, sharing features of cow and sheep, traditionally used as a beast of burden apart from giving milk and meat products.Then continue our drive to Langano via the Kargushi Pass (4344 meters). On this journey we leave behind the lush valleys of the M41 and enter to Wakhan Valley landscape that is rocky, mostly barren but nevertheless dramatic.
This is the Pamir Highway we have anticipated, with the route between Khorog and Osh completed in 1931 across a Tibetan-plateau style high altitude terrain.
Day 4: Langar to Ishkashim visit Yamg & Yamchun
Langar – Ishkashim a number of stops will be made throughout the day. Drive to Vrang a stroll through the village will bring you to a number of caves dug by Buddhists who inhabited the area at one time. In addition there are the remains of a number of fire – worshipping platforms and Buddha stuper. At Yamg, visit a quirky museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadam, a local Sufi scholar. After short driving you will be to see the Kakhka kala Fortress which dates from the 3rd C. Yamchun fortress or Zulkumor Fort is located on ridge overlooking the valley and river below. Further up the hillside there is the hot spring at Bibi Fatima. The water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. It is possible to take a natural stream bath in a rocky cave.
Your next stop will be at the Abrashim Fortress. It was built to guard this branch of the Silk Road from Chinese and Afghan Invaders. Afternoon you will arrive to Ishkashim the center of Wakhan valley, which stands at the mouth of wakhan River valley. This is where the 19th C Great Game ended; When Britan and Russian signed a treaty adding a strip of the Wakhan valley to Afghanistan to create a neutral buffer zone between their two empires. As you enter the Wakhan, there are amazing views of the Pamirs to the right and the Hindu Kush to the left.
Day 5: Ishkashim to Khorog
We will stop at Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the natural hot springs. We pass regional gem mines mentioned by in his descriptions of what he called the ‘Mt Shugnon region’. The most famous mine is Koh-i-Lal ruby mine which is visible from the road. Arrival to Khorog, we stay in relative luxury hotel tonight, having reached the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).
Day 6: Khorog to Kalaikhumb ( 250 km, 5/6 hours altitude 1345 mh.)
Today we set off in Kalaikhumb, driving through beautiful scenery and interesting villages en route.This area is a little more conservative, and we see many men with beards, and women wearing traditional dress. The road joins the river Pianj, which in turn forms the border with Afghanistan. The contrast across the river valley is telling, Tajikistan is undoubtedly a poor country, but in general the roads are sealed and buildings are connected with electricity. The situation barely 100m away is even starker, and it is as if the river represents not just a physical divide, but also a step back in time.
Day 7: Kalai-Khumb to Dushanbe,
After breakfast drive to Dushanbe the capital of Tajikistan. Until 1961 it was called Stalinabad. Autumn is considered by most to the best season of the year since there is warm, dry weather and a rich harvest of fruit, vegetables, cotton and other crops. The first impression of Dushanbe is of a relaxed, green and spacious city. The city centre retains the ambience intended by the original city planners in the 1920s - wide, tree-lined boulevards with elegant buildings painted in white and pastel colors. The tall trees (planted y years ago when the city was laid out) provide ample shade and make it cool and pleasant to walk around even during the hot summer. We will cross the Shurabad Pass (2200m high) It was a map of all historical places and sights of Tajikistan.
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Price for transportation services during above mentioned itinerary:
Price for one person: 1100USD
Price for two people, per person: 550 USD
Price for three people, per person:366USD
Price for Four people, per person: 275 USD
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