Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Along the Pamir Highway

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Along the Pamir Highway

16 Days

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Along the Pamir Highway

16 Days Starting in Dushanbe and ending in Bishkek

Visiting:

Dushanbe

,

Kalaikhum

,

Rŭshan

,

Khorog

,

Eshkashem

,

Yamchun Fort.

,

Murghab

,

Sary-Tash

,

Osh

,

Chychkan

,

Song Kol Lake

,

Issyk Kul

,

Bishkek

Tour operator:

Undiscovered Destinations

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TPH

Group size:

4 - 12

Age range:

18-70

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

This 16 day Tajikstan and Kyrgystan tour is an amzing road trip, travelling along the famous Parmir Highway, the second highest highway in the world running between Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Khorog in Tajikistan. Winding its way through the Pamir Mountains, with their 7,000m peaks, earning this road the title of ‘roof of the world’. As we travel through remote communities scattered along the Highway and beyond, we stay in welcoming homestays, immersing ourselves in a cacophony of cultures, with each village speaking in a unique dialect.

Highlights

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    Phenomenal high mountain scenery of the Pamir range

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrival in Dushanbe

Location:

  Dushanbe


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Atlas or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Arrival in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan and transfer to your hotel, where a room will be available to check-in straight upon arrival for travellers arriving in the early hours of the day. The rest of the day is at leisure to either relax or start to explore this sublime city.

icon Day 2 : Dushanbe

Location:

  Dushanbe


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Atlas or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Drive to the nearby town of Hissar to visit the remains of the 18th century fort as well as two nearby madrassahs. Return to Dushanbe in the afternoon and visit the bazaar and the excellent Museum of National Antiquities.

icon Day 3 : Dushanbe – Kalaikhumb

Location:

  Kalaikhum


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Karon Palace or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we will cross the Shurabad Pass (2,200m) and visit Hulbuk ancient fortress 8th Century which has been recently restored. We continue towards the Pamirs and Kalaikhumb, driving through beautiful scenery and interesting villages en route. This area is a little more conservative, and we see many men with beards, and women wearing traditional dress.

icon Day 4 - 5 : Kalaikhumb – Rushan

Location:

  Rŭshan


Accommodation:

  Hostel, Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Day 4 overnight will be at a local homestay Rushan with shared facilities. Day 5 overnight at Lal Inn or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Hike in the Geisev valley – Khorog (Total approx. driving time: 1.5 hours; 120km; Trekking time with breaks: 6-7 hours) - After breakfast, travel to Rushan, the administrative centre of the Bartang district. We may have some time to explore upon arrival but we will explore in more depth tomorrow. On Day 5 we drive to the Bartang valley and cross the river to embark on a trek that begins on the river Bartang, just beyond Bhagoo village and is mostly gentle uphill for about 14km to the upper of the three lakes. The first houses in Geisev are reached after about 7km. We stop in the Geisev village for lunch and then continue to explore the Geisev valley. 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. Later we continue to Khorog alongside the River Panj which forms the border with Afghanistan.

icon Day 6 : Khorog

Location:

  Khorog


Accommodation Name:

  Lal Inn or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today we have a full day to explore Khorog, the capital of the GBAO region, including the bazaar and the lovely Botanical Gardens which are perched high above the town, affording some great panoramic views.

icon Day 7 : Khorog – Garm Chashma – Ishkashim

Location:

  Eshkashem


Accommodation:

  Hostel


Accommodation Name:

  Guesthouse Hanis


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


About 50kms along the road to our next stop, Ishkashim, we will stop at Garm Chasma 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, the most famous being the Koh-i-Lal ruby mine.

icon Day 8 : Ishkashim – Khahkha Fortress – Yamchun – Langar

Location:

  Yamchun Fort.


Accommodation:

  Hostel


Accommodation Name:

  Homestay Davlat


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Visit to the nearby village of Namadguti 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. There are a number of these ancient fortresses in the area, and we also 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 and where local women believe they can increase their fertility. Continuing on we then stop at the 4th Century Buddhist stupas at Vrang, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region.

icon Day 9 : Langar - Murghab

Location:

  Murghab


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Pamir


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Leave behind the lush valleys of the Wakhan Valley and enter a landscape that is rocky, mostly barren but nevertheless dramatic. This is the Pamir Highway we have anticipated, with the route between Khorog and Osh completed in 1931 across a Tibetan-plateau style high altitude terrain. Today we can also see some Neolithic rock art dating back some 8000 years in Shakhty cave. It is anticipated to arrive in Murghab in the early evening.

icon Day 10 : Murghab – Kara kul – Sary Tash

Location:

  Sary-Tash


Accommodation:

  Hostel


Accommodation Name:

  Ethnic Kyrgyz House


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast we head for Karakul (135km), one of our highlights on the way. We cross several high altitude passes, including Ak-Baital Pass (4,655 metres) which is the highest section of road in the former Soviet Union. We descend to Karakul Lake and then cross our final Pamir Highway high pass, the Kyzyl Art (4,282 metres), which essentially forms the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Karakul Lake is the highest lake in Central Asia, and at 3,915 metres, too high to support any aquatic life. Karakul means “black lake” but in spring, summer and autumn the water is almost always turquoise blue. At the northern end of the lake a track turns off west to geoglyphs and Saka graves (5000– 3000 BC), located about 500m from the turnoff. Continue to the following village of Sary Tash for the night.

icon Day 11 : Sary Tash – Osh

Location:

  Osh


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Sunrise or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


We depart the high mountains of the Pamir Alay range, leaving behind us the crossroads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. The drive offers a contrast as we encounter lush farmlands and small villages on this side of the mountains, instead of the stark high-altitude plateau of Tajikistan. En route we cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views - if we're lucky we may even catch a glimpse of Peak Lenin, at 7134m the second highest mountain in Central Asia. We expect to arrive in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's oldest city in the afternoon, with time to explore.

icon Day 12 : Osh – Chichkan

Location:

  Chychkan


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Osmon or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today we drive to the Suusamyr Valley along the picturesque mountain Osh highway to the Chichkan gorge. Time permitting, we take a walk in the area and meet the local shepherds who still adhere to age old traditions

icon Day 13 : Chichkan - Song Kol Lake

Location:

  Song Kol Lake


Accommodation:

  Camp


Accommodation Name:

  Yurt stay with 4 – 5 beds in one yurt


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today takes us to stunning Song Kol Lake. The lake itself is 3,016m above sea level and is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world.

icon Day 14 : Song Kol – Cholpon Ata - Lake Issyk Kul

Location:

  Issyk Kul


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Altyn Bulak or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Travel to Cholpon Ata on the north side of Issyk-Kul Lake to the largest and most beautiful lake in Central Asia. There is an optional opportunity to visit the open-air museum of Stone Inscriptions in Cholpon Ata. Most of the drawings date from several thousand years B.C. up until the 12th Century A.D.

icon Day 15 : Cholpon Ata – Bishkek

Location:

  Bishkek


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Silk Road Lodge or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Drive to Bishkek and explore the capital, visiting the enchanting Ala-Too Square and the History Museum among other sites. In the afternoon, time is at leisure for you to relax, visit further the city and do some shopping in the local workshops.

icon Day 16 : Departure from Bishkek

Location:

  Bishkek


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Half Board

    As described in the itinerary

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    International Travel

Check out our Q&As

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No. Visa and GBAO permit (e-visa is available for Tajikistan for most nationalities) required.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes.

Are flights included in this tour?

No. International flights are extra.

Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

Not in every place. Whereit is available it may be of poor quality.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No. Minimum age is 18.

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Yes. We strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations.

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Yes.

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes.

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes. Visa and GBAO permit (e-visa is available for Tajikistan for most nationalities) required.

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes.

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes.

    Company Instant Book

    Yes

    What is the maximum group size?

    Maximum of 12 people.

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No.

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes.

    I’m a single traveller – will I feel out of place?

    In a word, no. We get a good mix of single travellers and couples on our group tours.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We are happy to allocate a twin room to two single same-sex travellers. If there is no one else to travel

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, sorry this is not possible.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We offer fully transferable group tour deposits (excluding any flight payments which are always non-refundable). You can change your group tour booking up to 10 weeks before departure and not lose your deposit – we will put your deposit towards any new group booking as long as you travel within 2 years of the original departure date.

    Can I alter the tour?

    On our scheduled departures this isn’t possible, simply due to the fact that you’ll be travelling with other people. However, if you like the look of one of our advertised trips but want to tweak it slightly, then we can offer tailor made itineraries just for you, to accommodate your specific requirements.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    There are no hard and fast rules about what type of people travel on Undiscovered Destinations’ group tours – we attract people from all ages, nationalities and walks of life. What you are likely to find though is that travellers share a similar outlook about travel. We tend to attract people with a curiosity about the lesser visited corners of our planet.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    We have been going since 2004.

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    Up to 71 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 70 days before tour starts: 40% of tour cost.

    At 34 days before tour starts: 60% of tour cost.

    At 20 days before tour starts: 80% of tour cost.

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Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Along the Pamir Highway

16 Days Starting in Dushanbe and ending in Bishkek

Visiting:

Dushanbe

,

Kalaikhum

,

Rŭshan

,

Khorog

,

Eshkashem

,

Yamchun Fort.

,

Murghab

,

Sary-Tash

,

Osh

,

Chychkan

,

Song Kol Lake

,

Issyk Kul

,

Bishkek

Tour operator:

Undiscovered Destinations

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TPH

Group size:

4 - 12

Age range:

18-70

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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