The Pamir Mountains have long been known as ‘The Roof of the World’, a region of utterly breathtaking scenery and home to a fascinating melange of cultures.
Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders and pilgrims and Victorian explorers in discovering a region largely isolated from the world beyond, a land where each village speaks its own different dialect and local traditions have been maintained for centuries.
Traveling the Legendary Pamir Highway
This trip starts from Osh biggest town of South Kyrgyzstan but quickly leave the modern world behind as you mind your way along difficult mountain roads and high passes.
In the shadow of some of the highest mountains on our planet, we will visit ruined forts from the days of the old Silk Road and pass gem mines mentioned by. Spending many nights in homestays in small communities. We are able to gain a great insight into what it means to live in this harsh but majestic region.
This trip ventures to a remote and enchanting land that has remained hidden to the rest of the world a land of towering peaks, beautiful lakes, turbulent rivers, and fascinating people.
Travel with us on one of the most amazing journeys you are ever likely to make.
Day1 Osh to Sary Mogol village. Visit Achik Tash(in peak7134m) 260km 6/7hour ride.
After Osh we will take Road M-41 and drive to Mountains site. On the way, we visit different villages then we will cross Taldyk pass 3554m and enjoy some beautiful views. Starting there amazing views open to the Pamir Trans Alai range. We will stop in Sary Tash village for lunch then continue to Achik Tash base camp where we can see more closely the Peak in and nice views. Next back to Sary Mogol village overnight in Guesthouse Abdumalik.
Day2 Saru Mogol to Karakul. 210km 7/hours of driving.
Today we cross the border to Tajikistan Eastern Pamir. Today we get a chance to explore the amazing landscape of this area. Border formalities are usually quite quick. Our first Pamir Highway high pass is the Kyzyl Art pass4282, having crossed to Tajikistan. we will stop for landscape views near Karakul Lake 3915m, a bright blue lake providing plenty of opportunities to take our breath away. Then we descend to Karakul Lake, the highest lake in Central Asia. we will overnight in homestay. All meals BLD included.
Day3 Karakul to Murghab 130km 4/5hours of ride
We depart today to Murghab the center of East Pamir. This small town bestrides the Murghab river at an altitude of 3600m Younghusband visited it in 1890 and wrote “it is a dreary desolate spot…with a certain amount of grassy pasture and a few scrubby bushes by the river but surrounded by barren hills and bitterly cold. How Russian soldiers can support existence there is a marvel shut-up in dreary quarters with nothing whatsoever to do week after week, month after month passing by in dull monotony. Over a century later nothing much has changed. The road up Murghab, however, is spectacular a pass through high altitude Akbaital 4655m which is the highest section of road in the former Soviet Union. We anticipate arriving in Murghab at lunchtime. Murghab itself has few attractions. The 7546m high Chinese peak of Mustak Ata is visible to the northeast of town. We overnight in a homestay.
Day4 Murghab to Jartygumbez 120 km 4/5hours of drive
Today we will drive via inside of mountains on the way stop for Meteorite Crater and drive up to observatory there is a nice view of mountains. We will visit the Shakhty rock paintings at 4200m. They are very similar to figures placed underneath the last animal, this representation has been compared to the so-called clavicorn figures of Paleolithic art it dates back to 8000-5000B.C. Accommodations in Gartygumbez hot spring Kuban homestay. We will take hot spring pool swimming overnight.
Day5 Jartygumbez to Bulungkul 148km 5/6hours drive with a stop
We depart today to Bulungkul village. On the way we will visit Bashgumbez there we will see very old China’s tomb. We will head back to the main road to Pamir Highway on the way we will stop for Akbalyk Holy Lake. We reach Alichor village 3800m here we will have lunch after we continue to the Yashil Kul 3700m and Bulugkul 3745m lakes both are spectacularly beautiful. Overnight in Bulungkul homestay.
Day6 Bulungkul to Langar 152km 6/7hours of drive
We will drive up to Khargush pass 4300m direction. The terrain here is desolate but has a stark beauty to it. After crossing the pass we head down to Pamir valley met by the beautiful scenery of the mountains. We will drive down to Wakhan corridor and today we will visit walking up to Langar petroglifs 500m up. Overnight in Langar in Nigina homestay.
Day7 Langar to Khorog 245km 8/9hours of a drive with stops
Today we have to start earlier with so many places to visit. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliffside pitted with caves, stands a Buddist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries. Further, at Yamg village, we visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Mubarak Kadam, who died in 1910. Near his house, there is a stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar after we continue up to hillside are the hot springs at Bibi Fatima minerals and very silty taking hot spring swimming drive down. On the way, we will stop for the interesting Ismaili Mazar (tomb)of Shahi Mardan Hazrati Ali after which we continue to Khakha fortress dating from the third century B.C and rising from a platform of natural rock. Then a scenic picnic after which we will drive along Panj river to Garm chashma hot spring. Then we reach the Administrative Center of GBAO Khorog.overnight in Guesthouse.
Day8 Khorog to Bartang Jizev valley 80km 3hours of drive
Today we will cross the Bartang River bridge to the beautiful and famous Jizev valley 5/km of easy walking to explore. Overnight in Gulsha homestay.
Day9 Today ealyer wolking down to our driver he will meet us we continue our trip to Kalaikum 215km 7/8hours of drive
We will drive following the Panj River. On the way we will visit different villages with nice views. In Kalot at a tea house, we have lunch after we keep driving to Kalai kulm. Overnight in Roma homestay
Day10 Kalai kum to Dushanbe 360km 8/9hours of drive
Today we driving to the Capital of Tajikistan Dushanbe. Dushanbe is a relatively modern town that rose to prominence during the Soviet era when it was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socilalist Republic and named Stalinabad. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language arising from the fact that this was the day that the market wad held when Dushanbe was still a small and fairly insignificant village. The ousted Emir of Bukhara fled from the Bolsheviks and hid in Dyshanbe cooperating with Enver Pasha Basmachis until he had to leave the region.He then fled to Afganistan in 1921.The year the town was freed from the Basmachisvas well. Other sites of the Panj River are Afgan villages. Overnight in Dyshanbe in Guesthouse.
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