Pamir Highway: Osh to Khorog, 5 Days
1.Day. Osh - Tulparkul lake
In the morning leaving from Osh.In couple of hours the car will cross the Chygyrchik pass where you will see the first summer pasture of shepherds.The highest pass in KyrgyzstanTaldyk is 3600 high come next.After crossing Sary –tash village car will cross Sary –mogul village and next Tulparkullake. Tulparkul lake lies at the foot of in Peak, the highest peak in Pamir mountains at 7134 meters. The peak can be climbed through professional companies, but just getting to the yurt camp at the lake and hiking around gets you close to the peak in, the glacier, and the surrounding valleys. Spend a sunny day relaxing at this alpine lake and enjoying warm yak milk inside the comfortable yurts. The area offers activities for all types of travelers, whether trekking, horse riding in Pamirs, playing traditional Kyrgyz games or just enjoying traditional Kyrgyz hospitality
2.Day. Tulparkul lake - Karakul - Muragab
Next day the ride starts with a crossing Kyrgyz-tadjik border and rich Karakul lake. Karakul lake spread its waters in Markansu
valley - one of the most driest place in Central Asia. Surrounded by high mountains which block humid air masses the valley has less than 30 mm of precipitation a year which is 3 times less than in Karakoram desert. Fluctuation of temperatures is a usual thing for desserts and in Karakul lake they are just incredible.
3.Day. Murgab - Langar
They say in the Pamir: “to arrive here and do not see Murgab is like not visiting the Pamirs at all”. After all, by the Roof of the World, we mean Murgab. In the morning we will drive to this town. On the way you will drive over the highest Ak Baital pass (4 655 m). At the flat landscape of desolate Murgab there are dozens of peaks with absolute altitude over 6 000 meters above sea level. Often the landscape of Murghab is compared to the surface of the Moon by visitors, viewing the scene with outsiders’ eyes. Indeed, this comparison speaks to the unrepeatable experience of being in Murghab and the uniqueness of the place. The desolate and high-altitude climate of Murghab is almost Arctic. Dry air, short and cool summers and almost snowless, severe, freezing winters characterize the weather. Dinner and night is in a guesthouse.
4.Day. Langar - Ishakashim
Also known as Zamr-i-Atash-Parast or Kafir-Qala, Yamchun fortress is probably the most impressive and eldest monument in Wakhan built on the top of the cliff overlooking the valley. It is thought to have been a greatest defense fortification in the ancient wakhan. The fortress dated to 3-1 century BC and had thick stone walls and round watchtowers. According to local legend the fortress was built by kings-
brothers Qakhkaha and Zangibor. The fort played a key role on the great Silk Road leading from Pamir to Bactria, India, Iran and back controlling the traffic, cargo and security in the region.
5.Day. Ishkashim - Khorog
In the morning we will drive to Khorog. It is perhaps one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. It is surrounded by rocky mountains from all four sides. The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the way to Khorog you will meet Pamir people. A number of anthropological features set the Pamir people apart from the Tajik people. Among the Pamiris, there is a high percentage of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. Dinner is in a restaurant. Night is in a guesthouse.