Type of tour: This tour for those would like to travel only by VIP jeep and explore the Tajikistan. It does not offer intensive treks in high elevation but it offers slow discovery and adventure. Almost 20 days of tour offers across Tajikistan, which means you see all Tajikistan. The tour begins in Osh the capital of Kirghizstan continuing to north west Tajikistan close to Uzbekistan where the Fergana valley is situated. Then it continues down to the capital city Dushanbe having adventure in Zarevshan mountians. After it follows main Pamir Highways to Bartang, Vakhan and Eastern Pamirs where we visit the last corner village of Shaimak (borders with China and Afghanistan). Not but least we move to east north to Kara Kul Lake over high plateau. Then we finally arrive in Alai valley, it is stunning, returning to Osh city where the tour ends.
Major Destinations: Osh, Kudjand, Istarafshan, Panjekent, Dushanbe, Kulob, Kalaikumb, Gizev, Yemts, Bartang, Khorog, Ishkashim, Yamg, Langar, Alichor, Yashil Kul lake, Bulun Kul lake, Jarty Gumbez, Shaimak, Murgab, Kara Kul, Alai valley to Kyrgyzstan and Osh city.
Estimate Duration: 19 days, with short stops and rest times throughout the tour.
Group size: unrestricted
Notice: Best season to visit is May to October.
Day 1Osh – Khudjant
Pick – up at Osh airport early morning drive to Khudjant town (north of Tajikistan). You will see many different Kyrgyz villages, we will stop for lunch in Batken (Fergana area), then we will cross the pass Kizil Bel. With same name Check point passport control of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. After the check point we will long drive to Khudjant. On the way will see Kayrakum water reserves, it got beauty to it. Total 430 km - 9 hrs / drive and we overnight in Kudjan city, Fergana valley, Guesthouse (BLD).
You will spend a full day in Khojant. The day before we had a long drive. We call devote this day for relaxing. Visit of complex Cheik Massal ad-Din, bazar Panchshanbe, citadel of course but also walk along Lenin avenue or along Syr Darya to feel and observe the everyday life of the city. Take time for drinking café or tea. It seems that Grand Hotel Khujand is the best opportunity, Hotel(BLD).
Day 3Khudjant - Istrafshan
Visit Kok Gumbbez, Sair-i-Mazor complex, bazaar; observe carpenters and metalworkers but also walk in the labyrinth of the old city. Today we drive 1hour vis Istarafshan. In that case, we stay in the morning in Khujant, start for Istafshan on 11am, have a picnic on the top of Mugh Tappa and visit the old city and in the afternoon drive to Panjekent. After we visit old town and museum bazar. Overnight in Istarafshan, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 4 Istarafshan - Panjekent
Morning drive from Istarafshan to Panjekent via Varzob to valley. The valley is so beautiful valley. Further cross Anzob tunnel and drive to Iskender Kul Lake. On the way visit to Iskender Kul lake. Little walk to waterfall and having pik-nic than drive to Panjekent. You will visit Panjekent old town and Museum, visit bazar and stay in Panjekent, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 5Panjakent – Dushanbe
Drive to Dushanbe city, the capital of Tajikistan. Duration of ride is 6 hours in distance of 305 km. Dushanbe sightseeing. That followed visiting an informative Museum of National. After lunch we move to Bekzod National Museum. In the Morning we will explore Hissor village. On a wide mountain fringed plain. Including a 18th century fortress, Darvaza-i-Ark in the hillocks with an excellent view. In front of the fortress are two plain madrassas dating from the 16th century containing a small museum, nearby are the foundations of a caravanserai built in 1808. Will have lunch in a pleasant Chaikhana. Today we stay in Dushanbe city, Hotel(BLD).
Day 6Dushanbe – Kalai Kumb
Transfer from Dushanbe to Kalaikum through Kulob. Total jeep ride is 310 km, 10 hours. Excellent views. We will stop for photo shooting. Visit of Hulbuk. Breathtaking landscape along the Panj river (Amu Darya). Across the river lies Afghanistan. We will drive along the river, having picnic in the pristine nature and stay in Kalai Kumb, Guesthouse BLD).
Day 7Kalaikumb – Bartang (Yemts)
Drive to Yemts (Bartang Valley, which is close to Rushan) along the Panj river. After crossing Vanj valley we will enter into the Pamir region and meet the “Pamiri” population. On the way you will see many different villages. After Vanj valley we will enter into the Pamir region. On the way you will see many different villages. Total distance for today is 240km or 7 hours of jeep ride. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana around Rushon district of GBAO province of Tajikistan. Today we stay in the mouth of Bartang valley, Traditional Pamir House(BLD).
Day 8Bartng valley, Gizeive
Drive from Yemts to Geziev valley until the bridge (about 25 km). After crossing, the bridge will start hike up 3 hrs. to Geziev, the village is very nice, near small lake, have a lunch in local’s house, after lunch walk up to next village. There will see other beautiful lakes. Overnight in Gezeiv, 2900m, Homestay (BLD).
Day 9 Gizeive - Khorog
We want to spend a full day in Khorog for this reason we leaver early. The total distance of ride is 120 km or 3 hours. Having a bit of rest, we to walk at ease in central park, in botanical gardens, in the bazaar, a look at university campus, and so on. to have diner in the Shugnan restaurant of the city in Khorog, after we overnight in the town, Hotel (BLD).
Day 10 Khorog - Ishashim
Continue to Ishkashim. On the way stop for hot springs at Garm-e-Chasma. After that we reach the mouth of the Wakhan River valley. This is where the 19th century Great 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, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 11 Ishkashim - Yamg
Early morning drive along the Wakhan Corridor from Ishkashim to Yamg. We will admire the Khakha Fortress, dating from the third century B.C and rising from a platform of natural rock. Just 300m further on is the interesting Ismaili mazar (tomb) of Shah-i-Mardan Hazrati Ali. After that we move to next Zoroastrian ""Fortress of Fire Worshippers"". Further up the hillside are the hot springs at Bibi Fatima: minerals and very silty, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. There are several places of interest to stop. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries. At Yamg, visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara 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. At Yamg, morrning visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara 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. Traditional Pamir House(BLD).
Day 12 Yamg – Alichor village
Morningthere are several places of interest to stop. Total distance is 120 km or 8 hours of jeep ride Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries. In the cool of the morning we climb up above Langar village to see the petroglyphs. Drive from Yamg to Bulunkul lake & Yashil kul lak, over the Khargush pass (4344m), The terrain here is desolate but has a stark beauty to it. Landscapes of the both lakes Yashilkul and Bulunkul are magnificent. Visit of a geyser and an early Islamic mausoleum. Then Alichor Village, (Yak and sheep on the way) Overnight in the yurt with the nomadic herders in Jailoo Alichor, Yurt Stay (BLD).
Day 13 Alichor –Kenshiber (Eastern Tajikistan)
From Alichor we continue our trip on the Pamir Highway to Keng-Shiber summer pasture of 80km or 4 hours of jeep ride. The terrain here is desolate but grandiose. On the way Akbalik holy lake and to Bashgumbes village, 9km from the main road, you will see very old China's tomb. Overnight in the yurt in Keng -Shiber summer pasture, Yurt Stay(BLD).
Day 14 Kenshiber - Hot Springs – Kara Jylga pasture
In Morning drive from Keng-Shiber to Jarti Gumbez hot spring, take a swimming in the hot pool. Total distance od is 170 km or 5 hours of jeep ride. Kuban the administrator has recently open a new hot spring services. This is where we will rest. These areas are extremely dry and offer high elevation. It offers more nomad herder’s life. Than drive to Kok Jigit. Summer pasture, Yurt Stay(BLD).
Day 15 Kara Jylga pasture – Shaimak village
Today we dirver to the Ak- Suu region, which differs with its landscapes and stunning mountains and snake flown river Murgab. If the customers like this area we could stay one night but this program offers to visit Ak Suu region, Shaimak village. It is nearly in Afghan and Chinese border, the last and remotest village in Tajikistan. We will overnight in Shaimak village, (4130m), Homestay(BLD).
Day 16 Shaimak – Murgab
Today we drive to Murgab, the administrative town of Eastern Pamirs since the imperial town. It is larges district in GBAO with huge territory and population. On the way will see the Chinas site big mountain Muztak-Ata 7000m and various landscapes. The Chinese border will be 70 km far from us. In Murgab we overnight,Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 17 Murgab - Kara Kul
Early in the morning we drive to Kara Kul lake. Be prepare because increasable landscapes are waiting for you, especially the lake Kara Kul. The highest point of the journey is Akbaital pass (4655 m). The Kara kul lake is highest salted lake in Central Asia. After lunch we will have a walk around the lake, very quiet. Then we take it easy and enjoy the life in Kara Kul, Guesthouse(BLD).
Day 18 Kara Kul - Lenin Peak - Osh
Drive from Karakul lake to Sary Mogol village near the Lenin peak 7000m, view of the Alay range is so beautiful. We will have lunch in Sary Mogol village. Today we stay ‘see you later Tajikistan’ over the Kyzyl-Art Pass (4282m) to the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Look behind you here for a stunning panorama of the Pamir Alai range. After lunch we visit Osh, which is 4 hours of driving. The north Alai range and its colors are just too nice. We will enjoy the night in great silk road city of Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, Guesthouse(BLD).
Day 19 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 motherland.
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.