Arrive in Dushanbe. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in to the hotel. Depending on your arrival, you will have city tour after breakfast. You can visit the national museum of antiquities, Rudaki Park, bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we have a long drive (380 km, 8-10 hours), but the condition of the road is good. We start earlier in order to have enough time for photo stops. The road lies through the city of Kulob and along Afghanistan border. Lunch in Kulob. Drive along the river Panj to Kalai-Khumb. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Today you drive along the Panj river, shorter distance (240 km, 6-8 hours), but the road condition is bumpy.
You will see Afghanistan from the right side across the river. You will reach Khorog in the evening so you will be dropped to your hotel. Dinner is held in a famous restaurant called Shugnan. Overnight in the hotel.
You will start the day with a visit to the Botanic Garden and museum. After, head to a famous mineral hot spring Garm-Chashma. Depart to Ishkashim, a small town at the mouth of the Wakhan corridor, where the 19th century Great Game ended. Continue up the north side of the river with amazing views of the Pamir on your left and the Hindu Kush on the ride sides; a number of peaks in view are above 6,000 m. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Road conditions: the first half from Khorog to Ishkashim is a poor dirt road, the second part is paved. 6km ramp to Garm-Chashma has a bad ground.
Drive from Ishkashim to Langar. On the way, visit Kah-Kaha, one of the old fortresses on the Silk Road. Then, continue to the ruins of Yamchun Fortress (4-3rd centuries B.C.), sacred hot springs of Bibi Fatima Zahra, the Museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadami Vakhani, a local Sufi scholar, theologian, poet and traveller, who died in 1910. There is a stone pillar with a hole near his house that he used to calculate a solar calendar and a building with inscriptions and decorations. We will also visit Buddhist Stupa. Homestay overnight.
Road conditions: All day you will drive on the paved and smooth road, only descent and ascent to the Yamchun fortress lies across a bad dirt road.
Start the day with a trip to petroglyphs. There are more than 600 rock carvings made by prehistoric people. Continue to Khargush, source of Amu Darya River, via Khargush Pass (4344 m) and Nazay-Tash Pass (4137 m). Arrive in Murgab. Homestay overnight*.
*It might be difficult to fall asleep on the height of 3600meters due to the lack of oxygen and dry air.
Road conditions: the first half of the way will be a dirt road, the second half, on the turn towards Khorog, there will be a bad sinuous paving.
t 7:00 am transfer to the Karakul Lake. The road to the Karakul Lake lies through the Ak-Baital (White Horse) Pass, the highest pass (4655 m) in the former USSR. People call it “The Roof of the World”. After stopover at the Karakul Lake, the largest lake in Tajikistan (3800 m), drive to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) via Kyzylart and Taldyk Passes. Arrive at border check point. The border checkpoints are located 9 km far from each other; Tajik and Kyrgyz drivers will interchange. Head to Osh (230 km, 3-4 hours). Transfer to your hotel/place in Osh. End of the tour.
Road conditions: From Murghab to Sary-Tash, the road will lie through a decent pavement, and only the high-mountain passes of Ak-Baytal and Kyzyl-Art have bad roads (approximately 50 km), and from Sary-Tash to Osh, the road is paved.