Type of tour: 12 days of tour starts from Osh Kyrgyzstan via Pamirs to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. This tour is designed for those who would like travel by jeep starting from Osh, Kyrgyzstan, making the Pamirs and ending in Dushanbe and with some hikes in special areas. It includes half a day hike around Zor Kul area, a day hike in the mouth of the Bartang valley. In addition, this tour counts Alai valley, Peak Lenin, Kara Kul lake, Rang Kul, Nomadic life in Kenshiber area and both great Wakhan valley. Moreover, you get to see Yashil Kul lake, Bulun Kul lake and hike in the western end of the Bartang valley.
Major Destinations: Osh, Alai Valley, Sar Mogol, Kara Kul, Rang Kul, Murgab, Kenshiber, Alichor, Bulung Kul, Yashil Kul, Langar, Yamg, Ishkashim, Khorog, west end of Bartang valley, Kalaikum and Dushanbe.
Estimate Duration: 11 day tour total, a day hiking in Zor Kul area, a day hiking in western end of Bartang valley and the rest involves landscaping with jeep.
Group size: unrestricted
Notice: June to October is the best season to implement this tour.
Day 1 Osh - Trance-Alai Range (Kygryzstan )
We will welcome you in Osh, ancient city in southern Kyrgyzstan. Early morning, we driver via beautiful Alay Valley. Over the Taldyk Pass (3615m) for an unforgettable adventure. Stop on the way for lunch. Our destination is Sary Mogul (3000 m) village at the foothill of the Trance Alai range. From here the natural scenery of Pamir Alay range is spectacular. We could see the Lenin Pik (7134m) from Sary Mogol village, Homestay (BLD).
Day 2 Sary Mogol village - Kara Kul Lake (Tajikistan)
Drive Sary Mogol to Kara kul lake, highest salty lake in the whole Central Asia. It is located in Eastern Pamris plateau. We drive overland border Bor Dobo. After the 55km no man’s land between Kyrgyzstans - Tajikistan, we cross at the Kyzyl Pass (4282m) the Tajik border post. The landscape and people completely changed as we go higher into the Pamir. The terrain here is becoming barren and rocky. Nomadic Kyrgyz herders inhabit this region. We stay in Kara Kul lake, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 3 Kara Kul – Rang Kul – Murgab Town
We continue our journey in high semi-arid plateau of Eastern Pamirs. Thus we drive north over Akbaital pass (4655). Highest point of the journey. From here, it is a long descent to Rang Kul and Murgab. On the way turn left to the valley Rang kul in order visit Rang Kul Lake. We will have a picnic in Rang Kul lake after we drive to Murghab, Pamir Hotel (BLD).
Day 4 Murgab – Kenshiber Summer pasture
From Murghab we continue our trip on the way to Keng-Shiber summer pasture. The terrain here is desolate but grandiose on the way visit Shakhty rock paintings (4200). 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 (8000-5000 B.C.) further visit Jarty Gumbez hot spring take a swim and drive to Kengshiber. It is summer pasture and today we stay with nomadic herders, Yurt Stay (BLD).
Day 5 Half a day hike – Alichor village
Today we going to have daily hike to see the Zor Kul lake and Afghanistan. Hike from Keng-Shiber to Belairik valley (5 hours) till pass Belairik (5000m), from the pass will see Zorkul lake, and Afghanistan. We will enjoy the scenery and the nature is beautiful. After the hike we drive to Alichur valley, Yurt stay(BLD).
Day 6Alichor – Langar - Yamg
Today is the last day of our journey in high plateau of Eastern Pamirs. Early in the morning we drive the Wakhan corridor, a long valley of juncture between Afghanistan and Tajikistan making the border. On the way we visit Alichor village, Bulunkul lake and Yashil kul lake. After we leave the high land and drop down to lowlands. Thus we drive to Langar village over the pass Kargush (4344). On the seeing several lakes & way visit Ratm Fort. We will experience Wakhi lifestyle in Langar,Our Wakhan experience continues. We drive from Langar to Yamg village. The Wakhan valley is full of villages of ethnic diversity. Thus we visit Sufi Muborakqadam Museum and solar calendar. Continuing on we then stop at the 4th Century Buddhist stupas at Vrang, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region. There are a number of these ancient fortresses in the area, and we visit Yamchun fort, perhaps the most impressive of them. We take a break at the Bibi Fatima hot springs, named for the Prophet Mohammed’s sister. We stay in Yamg, Homestay (BLD).
Day 7Yamg village - Ishakshim - Khorog
Drive towards the end of Great Wakhan valley. We visit detour to the nearby village of Namadgut to visit the Khahkha Fortress. This impressive structure rises from a naturally formed platform of rock and dates back to the Kushan era of the 3rd Century. We will stop at Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the waters. From here, we enter the Tajik half of the Wakhan Valley (shared with Afghanistan) and pass regional gem mines mentioned by Marco Polo. Khorog The capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and is one of the least developed parts of the country, with the Aga Khan Foundation contributing to the bulk of the local economy. It holds the distinction of being home the second highest botanical garden in the world. Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 8Khorog – Geizev (Bartang Valley)
From Khorog we leave for Emts through Bartang valley with some 180 of terrain ahead of us, and the promise of some spectacular scenery along the way. The contrast across the Bartang river valley is telling, Tajikistan is undoubtedly a poor country, but in general, the roads are sealed, and it is as if the river represents not just a physical divide, but also a step back in time. Arrival in Geisev village in Bartang valley. This day the trek begins on the river Bartang just beyond Bhagoo village, across one of the bridges. The hike is mostly gently uphill, for about 8km to the upper of three lakes. The first houses in Geisev are reached after about 5km. The abundant vegetation, the gnarled trees, the lakes and the ever-changing river - sometimes frothing with energy, sometimes limpid and blue - create a very special peaceful atmosphere, exploration of environment will be done this day. This rout passing lakes, and the rivers traversing some of the most magnificent scenery in the Pamirs, Homestay (BLD).
Day 9 Gizeiv – Kalaikum
Today we drive to Kalaikum along the Panj river. After Vanj valley we will finish the Pamir region and the diverse Pamirs ends here. Moreover, we will end the Tajik zone where another cultural difference continues. On the way you will see many different villages. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana (traditional tea house). We will stay in Kalaikumb, Guesthouse(BLD).
Day 10 Khalikum – Kulob - Dushanbe
Transfer to Kulob, excellent views along the way. We will stop for photos shooting and a picnic. Visiting a small museum in Hulbuk before Kulob after that continue to the town mausoleum of Sheikh Said- Hamadoni dating from the first Islam period. The breathtaking landscape along the Panj river (Oxus River). Across the river lies Afghanistan. We will drive along the river, having picnic in the pristine nature and we arrive in Dushanbe, Hotel (BLD).
Day 11 Good bye Pamirs, Tajikistan
We hope you had a wonderful time in the Pamirs. Today you will fly back to your country. We are always glad to have you back in the Pamirs again. Have a good flight back to homeland.
Items to bring with you
· Sleeping bag
· Silk sleeping bag
· Mattress Term-a-rest
· Rain gear
· Dawn jacket
· Water bottle
· trekking socks
· Sun hat
· Sun glasses
· Sun cream with high protection - lipstick
· Flashlight or headlamp
· Water purification
· Personal medical kit
· Solar panel
Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves protect you from the sun rays. At night it can be cold so a layered approach is best. Predicting temperatures is very hard but they could range between 5°C and + 25°C. Rainfall in the Pamirs at this time of year is not expected but dust storms are. Please take a waterproof layer just in case.