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Posted on Aug 17, 2019, 41 views
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As you might already know the driving on Pamir Highway is not easy specifically the Wakhan Cor...
Last week, I did a tour from Dushanbe to Osh, using Kubanych's services. I would like to give some feedback here. I booked the tour here in Indyguide about three months ago. The tour was designed for 11 days and should cost $ 95 per day per person. After booking the tour, Kubanych contacted me that he could not offer me the tour as I travel alone. Unfortunately, no fellow travelers could be found until my start date and so I had to pay a little bit more. That was fine for me, but I would recommend Kubanych for the future to note in the offer that this price does not apply to a single person. The communication up to my trip then ran smoothly and easily via Whatsapp. The first day I was picked up by one of Kubanych's drivers (Joma) at my hostel in Dushanbe and the journey began. Actually, I was the only traveler so on the first day we drove to Qal'ai Khumb, where we had a very nice homestay and ended the evening together with our host. The next day, Joma told me that Kubanych's route is very boring and suggested that we drive across the Wakhan Valley but also shorten the trip about three days. He explained me that he would charge $ 0.55 per kilometer for the extra distance (200km) but would pay me back $ 20 a day that we would shorten. Overall, I should pay $ 50 more. After some discussions, which were very cumbersome due to Joma's very limited knowledge of English, I agreed, although I could see on all maps, that the route through the Wakhan Valley was not 200km extra (even with all the trips to the hot springs etc.). I wanted to be polite and not bargain for money and enjoy my journey. The tour of the Wakhan Valley was well worth it, as it is incredibly scenic and has many hot springs, forts and temples. Also, the Pamir Highway itself provides insights into beautiful landscapes, such as. Bulunkul, Yashikul and Karakul Lake. The nights were all well organized and always with very nice and hospitable families, who took care of everything. Also the food was with one exception always very delicious and good. The driver was very good in his role as driver. He drove very safe and solid on the sometimes very bad roads and stopped whenever it was desired for a quick photo stop. At the same time I have to say that he is rather less suitable as a tour guide for English-speaking guests, since his English is really only very basic. He could indeed the most important words like lunch or dinner or for example "Welcome to Murghab". In addition, the communication was unfortunately very difficult, to hardly possible. Any questions about the visited places could hardly or not at all be answered due to the communication problem, which I find very sad, since I was promised in the offer of Kubanych expressly an English-speaking tour guide. This unfortunately resulted in another problem that opened at the end of our tour. After I had an upset stomach on the penultimate day and I was not so good in combination with the altitude, I wanted to drive directly to Osh and omit Sary-Moghul. That was no problem for Joma and we actually drove straight to Osh. When I arrived there I asked if I would get some money back, for the non-driven route to Sary-Moghul and the last day, since he would have to pay neither for gasoline nor for my accommodation and food. Again, he could understand me very difficult and let me translate about a staff member of the hostel that it is indeed my fault because of my illness. So I turned to Kubanych because I would like to have at least a part back. I understand that it was my own fault, but I did not want to pay extra for 200km that we did not drive at all. In addition, I had to pay for all entries during the trip, although these were also included according to the offer. Kubanych was very cooperative and friendly and said that Joma would come over and pay me back for the trip to Sary-Moghul (about $ 35). After a few hours, Joma also came and gave me the money in tajik som. It was the equivalent of a little less. After my request, he answered only very rude and gave me to understand that he has no dollars, although he had received the day before, even my full costs in dollars. Overall, the organization and the tour itself was really nice. I would recommend anyone a tour with Kubanych. Only in advance costs & exact route should be discussed very well. And unless you speak Russian, you should insist on a driver who can speak English well to learn more about the landscape and culture. For example, Joma once showed me a path that, according to his statements, should lead to petroglyphs. After searching for petroglyphs everywhere, I found an old temple in the rock. I think Joma has not been around with too many guests yet. Enjoy your trips with Kubanych :)