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Pamir Highway Group Tour 2020

8 days Jeep Tour, Cross-border Tour, Adventure Tours

Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

Description

Pamir Highway Tour is a fascinating trip to Tajikistan where you will cross many high-mountain passes, winding serpentine roads, see monuments of the Islamic, Buddhist and unique Pamir cultures. Moreover, you will have around like-minded adventurers to share your impressions and experiences. The tour will start in the capital of Tajikistan where you will see the main sights of Dushanbe and its surroundings. After this informative entry, you will have a week of snow-capped mountains, as the height will be closer, you will have acclimatization to the air of the Pamir Mountains. You will see beautiful villages, wild flows of the River Pyandj, cross one of the highest passes – Ak- Baytal (4655 m) and learn a lot about the history of the Pamir tract once connected to the Great Silk Road and the Great Game. Pamir Highway Tour is not merely a walking trip. It is a choice of real adventurers. Check out the detailed tour program, select the appropriate date, and start preparing for a memorable expedition!

Itinerary

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.

Highlights

  • Fascinating landscape
  • Visiting fortresses
  • Swimming in hot springs.

Inclusions

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included
  • Full-board
  • Service of an English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary
  • Mineral water.

Exclusions

  • Hotel charges for additional services
  • Accommodation in Osh
  • Consular fees for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan tourist visas
  • GBAO permit
  • Personal travel insurance.

Price list

Starting price of tour: 993 USD

Departures

Departing Finishing Places Booking
Jun 01 2020, Mon Feb. 8, 2020 12 places left
Jun 12 2020, Fri June 19, 2020 11 places left

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Brief info

Tour code: JT003

Tour type: Group Tour, Multiday Tour

Duration: 8 days

Activity: Jeep Tour, Cross-border Tour, Adventure Tours

Destination: Pamir Highway

Route: Dushanbe Khorog Wakhan Valley Murghab Osh

Seasonality: April - November

Starting Point: Dushanbe

Ending Point: Osh

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