Tajikistan and 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 largerly isolated from the World beyond,a land where each village speaks its own different dialect and local traditions have been maintained for centuries.
Traveling in the legendary Pamir Highway
This trip starts in the Tajik capital Dushanbe but quickly leave the modern world behind as you wind your way along difficult mountain roads and high passes,in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on our planet.we vizit ruined forts from the days of the old Silk Road,and pass gem mines mentioned by Marco Polo.spending many nights in home stays 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 , turbulent rivers and fascinating people.
Travel with us on one of the most amazing journeys you are ever likely to make.
Day1 Dushanbe- Kalaykum 360km 9/10hours driving
We set off east towards the Pamirs and Kalaikum.driving through beautiful scenery and interest villages en route.this area is a little more conservative,and we see many men with beards and women wearing traditional dress.we cross the Shurabod pass 2200m arriving Kalaikum in the early evening.overnight in homestay.meals BLD
from Kalaikum we leave to Khorog the Khorogh is administrative center of G.B.A.O (Gorno Badakhshan Aoutonomous Oblast) on the way we will meet different vilages and nice landscapes of Pamir.on the way stop for lunch.we reach Khorogh stay in guesthouse.sightseeng to Central Park.overnight meals BLD
Khorogh to Langar 290km
Continue via Ishkashim to Langar.on the way stop for hot spring at Garm Chashma.after that we reach the mouth of the Wakhan River valley.this is where the 19th centure Gfeat Game ended.between the Russian and British empires.from here the road continues up along the north side of the river.there are amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right.we will stop along the way for a scenic picnic.we will admire the Khakha fortress.dating from the third centure B.C and rising from a platform of natural rock just 300m.futher on is interesting Ismaili mazar(tomb) of Shahi Mardan Hazrati Ali.after that we move to next Zoroastrian Fortress of Fire Worshipper.futher up the hillside are the hot spring at Bibi Fatima.minerals and very silty.the water at hot spring is crystal clear.at Yamg vizitreconstructed home of Sufi mystic Mubarak Kadam.who died in 1910.near his house there is stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar.drive from Yamg to Langar.there are several places of interest to stop.above the village of Vrang on a cliffside pitted with caves stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th 7th centuries.overnight in houmstay.meals BLD
drive up to Khargush pass 4300m.vizit Yashilkul 3700m and Bulungkul3730m
from Alichur we continue our trip on the Panir Highway to Kengshiber summer pasture.the terrain here is desolated but grandiose.on the way Akbalik holy lake and to Bashgumbez village there we will see very old Chinas tomb.on the way will stop for vizit Shakhty rock paintings 4200m. three very similar figures are placed underneath the last animal.this representation has been compared to the so called clavicorn figures of Paleolithic art.it dates 8000-5000B.reach Murghab have a lunch.stay in Filura homestay.this afternoon free time.meals BLD
Today we will cross the highest pass Akbaital pass4655m drive to Karakul lake 3914m.130km.The highest salted lake in Central Asia.north over Akbaital pass4655m.Karakul to highestpoint of the journey.nomadic Kyrgyz herders inhabit this region.our final Pamir Highway high passis the Kyzylart pass4280m.which essentially forms the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.border formalities take place shortly after crossing the pass.with 20km of no man’s land to cross.be warned.at Sary tash will turn to the west and continue to drive through stunning mountain scenery to the Alai mountain valley.On route we will cross the Taldyk pass 3554m. and enjoy some beautiful viwes.Osh is ancient various sources date it back around 2500years. and legend abound over who founded it.including Alexsander the Great and King Solomon.on the edge of the Fergana Valley it is home to both Uzbek and Kyrgyz people.with its position on the border giving rise to an extremely lively market.one of the most interesting in Central Asia.the rock known as Solomon’s Throne is an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims.and a 15th century mosque on the top has now been reconstfucted.with exellent viwes of the surrounding countryside.overnight in Eco house. meals BLD
We have three options in our itinerary according to tourists possibilities and desire.
1.Start from Osh and finish in Dushanbe.
2.Start from Dushanbe and finish in Dushanbe.
3.Start from Osh and Finish in Osh.
Or change the itinerary program number of days etc.