Day 1 - Bishkek
Arrive in Bishkek, meeting at the airport the and transfer to your hotel.
Bishkek Kyrgyzstan’s capital is a modern city, originally founded in 1825 but developed extensively by the USSR and at that time named Frunze after a famous Bolshevik general. With over a million inhabitants it follows the typical Soviet city pattern of wide boulevards and drab apartment blocks, large squares and public parks and before Kyrgyz independence had a majority Russian population, although not now. Although not blessed with the interesting sights of other Central Asian cities, it does have a few things worth visiting – the impressive Ala-Too square, the History Museum and the Orthodox Church, a reminder that not all Russians left in 1991.
Day 2 - Bishkek - Cholpon Ata visit Burana Tower
After breakfast we go the Cholpon-Ata is the main resort town of Issyk-Kul region. The town's population is quite small: about 11 thousand people, but the presence of a large number of tourist sites distance here tens of thousands of tourists every year, especially in summer months.The city is located on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul is famous for its amazing beaches of white fine sand and incredibly clear water.
Sights of the town worthy of attention are the historical and cultural museum-reserve with collections dedicated to the history of the region, nomadic culture and the epic Manas, the Rappoport Avenue of poplar trees, which is 5 km long, and the monument of modern history - the cultural center Ruh Ordo atmosphere of which brings together five of the world religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Islam.
Day 3 – Cholpon Ata – Karakol
Today we will go the Karakol. This city a peaceful, low-rise town with backstreets full of Russian gingerbread cottages, shaded by rows of huge white poplars. Around the town are apple orchards, for which the area is famous. This is the administrative centre of Issyk-Köl province, and the best base for exploring the lakeshore, the Terskey Alatau and the central Tian Shan. It also has a verygood Sunday market.
Day 4 – Karakol-Naryn
The administrative center of Naryn region, the town of Naryn is located 186 km from the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The town's population is just over 35000 people.
The town, situated at the altitude of 2000 m, is the coldest town in Kyrgyzstan (in winter the temperature is below -40°C), but the ecology here is just awesome!
Through the city flows the great river Naryn, which is the longest and the most powerful river in the country. The town of Naryn is near the mountain range Naryn-Too, on the northern slope of which the reserve is created. It saves mountain landscapes and unique animal species that live here. Mountain deer Maral is among them.
Day 5 - Naryn – Tash Rabat 145km
Proceeding along a route that follows the old Silk Road through the Kyrgyz highlands toward the Chinese border, stop to enjoy a hike in the alpine scenery. Stop for an overnight at a yurt camp near Tash Rabat, a massive stone fortress and ancient caravanserai used by 15th century Silk Road merchants as a rest stop. There is some evidence that dates the original structure to the 10th century, when it is thought to have been a monastery for Christians who came here before the Mongolian invasion and the spread of Islam. Tash Rabat, situated at 3,500 meters, is the largest stone structure in Central Asia, and its architecture is similar to that of Samarkand. The fortress contains numerous underground passages, secret exits, and underground prisons.
Day 6 - Tash Rabat – Song-Kul
Song-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. Its area is 278 sq. km. It is situated in a valley between two mountain ranges at the altitude of 3016 m. The depth of Song-Kul reaches 14 m. The lake is inhabited by 10 species of fish, and on its shores you can see up to 70 species of birds, including waterfowl ones. The water of Song-Kul is unusually clean, and it should be noted that it can change its color, from sky blue on a clear day to purple on a cloudy day. The eastern part of the lake refers to Karatal-Zhapyryk National Wildlife Refuge. The surrounding landscape is essentially free of trees, the spacious meadows around the lake have been used as pastures (jailoo) since ancient times. Shepherds drive their cattle here during the summer months.
Day 7 - Song kul – Kazarman via Baetov
Kazarman village is located on east part of Jalal-Abad region, 157 km from the city of Jalal-Abad and 220 km from the city of Naryn, near the biggest river in Kyrgyzstan, Naryn River. The village is situated at an altitude of 1310 meters and a popular destination for travelers who want to visit Saimaluu Tash (a museum of petroglyphs).
Day 8 - Kazarman – Osh via Jalal - Abad
After breakfast we drive to Osh. Arrive in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second city which has 3000 years History. Transfer to your chosen accommodation
Day 9 - Osh – Tulpar Kul Pamir highway
we leave from Osh to Sary Mogol. En route we cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views - we may catch a glimpse of Peak in, at 7134m the second highest mountain in Central Asia.We will stop for a lunch in between. Once we pass the village of Sary Tash, the natural scenery of Pamir Alay range is spectacular. Arrival Tulpar Kul nomad village, and stay in yurt. The village is close to see in Peak (7134m). I can organize horse riding for your preferred
Day 10 – Tulpar Kul - Karakul lake – Murghab
Today we drive to Murghab on the road can visit to Karakul Lake, the highest lake in Central Asia, and at 3923 meters, too high to support any aquatic life. Kara kul means “black lake” but in spring, summer and autumn the water are almost always turquoise blue. At the northen end of the lake a track turns off west to geoglyphs and Saka graves (5000 – 3000 BC), located about 500m from the turnoff. 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, 110 km away in a direct line.
Day 11 - Murghab to Bulunkul - Alichur
After breakfast we drive via M41 to Bulunkul. 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. Arrival to Bulung kul village. The inhabitants have rarely seen Europeans and are friendly and hospitable. After exploring we drive back to Alichur for overnight
Day 12 - Alichur – Langar (Wakhan valley)
Today we will drive at Langar 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.
Day 13 – Langar to Ishkashim
Driving along wakhan valley 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 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 are the hot springs 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.
Driving along wakhan valley and visit detour to the nearby village of Namadguti to visit the Khahkha Fortress. This impressive structure rises from a naturally formed platform of rock and dates back to the Kushan era of the 3rd Century.
Day 14 - Ishkashim - Khorog
After breakfast we will drive via Wakhan valley to Khorog, along the road to our next stop at Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the waters. After exploring or taking a shower we will have a lunch than transfer to Khorog. Khorog The capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a highly strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and is one of the least developed parts of the country, with the Aga Khan Foundation contributing to the bulk of the local economy. It holds the distinction of being home the second highest botanical garden in the world, at 3900m.
Day 15 - Khorog - Kalaikhumb
We set off west towards Dushanbe, with some 260kms to cover before we reach our destination of Kalaikhumb. Although have another long day on the road, we are quickly distracted by the 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. More arrestingly,along the road we also see relics of Tajikistan’s bitter civil war of 1992-96,as tanks and armored vehicles lie decaying wherever they were left. Arriving in Kalaikhumb in the early evening.
Day 16 - Kalaikhumb-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 eighty years ago when the city was laid out) provide ample shade and make it cool and pleasant to walk around even during the hot
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Price for transportation services during above mentioned itinerary:
Price for one person: 1730 USD
Price for two people, per person: 865 USD
Price for three people, per person: 577 USD
Price for two people, per person: 433 USD
I can organize accommodations during the tour Hotel, Guest House and Home Stay, Yurt Stays, or rent a tent camping for your request. On my experience i have all telephone numbers of accommodation owners and can easily arrange a overnight stays for your option.
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