The legendary Pamir Highway is here! Summer is the perfect time to explore the stunning raw outdoors of the Pamir mountain range and it’s people. There are few places more off the beaten path than Central Asia and this is a great way to combine these countries. A balanced and very affordable Expedition, where we’ll use our time efficiently to experience the nature and the culture in the Pamirs. All of it with the best possible company of new lifelong friendships you’ll create.
PLEASE NOTE: The land border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is currently closed. It looks like it will reopen in the Spring, but should it remain closed, we have a second Itinerary in place that will cover part of the Pamir Highway and reach Dushanbe and Tajikistan via Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan.
Day 1: Osh – Tulparkul
In the morning, we will drive to Tulparkul lake and cross two passes, Taldyk and Chyirchyk. These passes are surrounded by shepherd’s yurts, and we’ll see some small lakes at Tulparkul. From here, we can also see Lenin Peak, which is 7134m high and covered in snow. We will sleep in a traditional yurt camp in Tulparkul.
Day 2: Tulparkul – Karakul
We will reach the highest part of the Pamir Highway today and come across Karakul Lake. Located at an altitude of 3914m, its name is translated as “The Black Lake”. The Pamir Highway is several hundred meters away from the lake’s shores, and we can enjoy a view of the lake for 40km. We’ll pass through the village of Karakul, which has a unique and severe landscape.
Day 3: Karakul-Murgab
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Murgab and stop at Akbaital pass, the highest pass in Tajikistan, which is 4655m above sea level. We’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: Murgab to Langar
On the way to Bulunkul, we’ll cross the Khargush pass, which is 4283m high. We’ll stop at some beautiful places to enjoy the scenery and also stop at the lakes of Bulunkul and Yashilkul. We’ll spend the night in a traditional homestay in Langar.
Day 5: Langar to Ishakshim & Khorog
In the morning, we’ll drive from Langar to Ishkashim and visit historical places like the Yamchun fortress, Bibi Fatima hot spring, and Solo calendar in Yamg village. We’ll also stop at the Kakh-Khaha fortress and Garm Chashma hot spring, which is located at 2325m above sea level and has been known since the Silk Road era. We’ll stay in Khorog and see the different Pamiri people who speak a different language than Farsi.
Day 6: Khorog to Kalaikumb
We’ll drive to Kalaikumb along the Panj River and see many different villages on the other side of the river. The Jiziew valley is a part of the Bartang valley and looks amazing. Kalai-Khumb is the first district in Pamir if you come from the Dushanbe side.
Day 7: Kalaikumb to Dushanbe
We’ll drive from KalaiKhumb to Dushanbe and see the Khulbuk Caravan Saray. This place was very popular between merchants during ancient times, as it is located on the road of the old Silk Road, and people used to stop here and take a rest.
Day 8: Fly out
Today, we’ll fly out of the country after an unforgettable journey through the beautiful landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Day 1: Osh to Tulparkul
Rise early and hit the road towards Tulparkul Lake. Along the way, cross two breathtaking passes – Taldyk, the highest in Kyrgyzstan at 3615m, and Chyirchyk Pass, surrounded by cozy shepherd’s yurts at 2408m. Arrive at Tulparkul Lake, where you’ll marvel at the snow-capped Lenin Peak rising majestically in the distance. Settle in for the night at a cozy yurt camp in Tulpar Kul.
Day 2: Karakul to Murgab
Wake up to a stunning view of the lake and head towards the border with Tajikistan. As you cross the border, the scenery changes dramatically, and you’ll feel a sense of excitement and wonder. Your journey takes you to Murgab, with stops along the way to take in the sheer beauty of the landscape, including a visit to the largest lake in Tajikistan – the Karakul Lake. You’ll also stop at the Akbaital Pass, the highest pass in Tajikistan, standing tall at 4655m above sea level. Spend the night in a charming guesthouse.
Day 3: Murgab to Osh Today, delve into the history of the region with a visit to Asaf ibn Burhia, Babur’s house atop Sulayman Mountain, and the 16th-century mosque Rabat Abdulahan. Be sure to take in the stunning views that surround these historic sites.
Day 4: Osh to Khujand, Fergana Valley
Embark on a new adventure as you head to the lively Fergana Valley. This region is known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and stunning scenery. You’ll make your way to Khujand, an ancient city with a rich history.
Day 5: Khujand to Iskanderkul
After a good night’s rest, it’s time to hit the road again! Take in the stunning views as you journey to Iskanderkul, a lake surrounded by towering peaks and rugged terrain.
Day 6: Iskanderkul to Dushanbe
Spend the morning exploring the stunning natural beauty around Iskanderkul before making your way to Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan. You’ll be awestruck by the grand architecture, bustling bazaars, and friendly locals.
Day 7: Dushanbe
Dushanbe is a mesmerizing city with the weirdest landmarks and the best place to dive in the modern Tajik culture. We’ll spend our last day exploring the city’s many attractions, from bizarre palace Malls to its vast monumental parks.
Day 8: Fly out
On the final day of your trip, bid farewell to the region and fly out, taking with you memories of a lifetime!
HotelsShared rooms in 3star-4star hotels when available.
TransportPrivate van, or 4WD and driver.
Entrance FeesAll entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.
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