12-day tour: Osh – Dushanbe via the Pamir | Itinerary: Bishkek – Chychkan – Osh – Karakul – Murgab – Lake Bulunkul – Langar – Yamchun – Ishkashim – Khorog – Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe (Ref: AKG0016-2)
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12-day tour: Osh – Dushanbe via the Pamir (Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan)
“12-day tour: Osh – Dushanbe via the Pamir” is organized by Amin within a local Travel & Transport agency and in collaboration with local professionals.
Itinerary: Bishkek – Chychkan – Osh – Karakul – Murgab – Lake Bulunkul – Langar – Yamchun – Ishkashim – Khorog – Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe
Day 1: Bishkek – Chychkan
We will stay at a very beautiful tourist complex located on a river bank.
Day 2: Chychkan – Uzgen – Osh
On the way to Osh you will see many wonderful places: the Toktogul reservoir, the historical complex of Uzgen Minaret and many others.
Day 3: Osh
Osh is an ancient city (3000 years old). At the airport you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will take you to the hotel. Then you will have an opportunity to see the sights of Osh, including Jaima-bazaar – one of the largest markets in Central Asia, Suleiman Too – the sacred mountain for local Muslims, also known as Solomon’s Throne and the cave museum. Here we can offer you a variety of options: a food tour, visit to the bazaar, organization of a trip to Kyrgyz-Ata National Park (which is only 40 km from the city where you can see the typical Kyrgyz nomadic lifestyle).
Day 4: Osh – Karakul
From the early morning we will start our 210 km trip towards the Kyrgyz-Tajik border with a view of Lenin Peak (7,134 m) that dominates over the area. The end of the Kyrgyz section will be on the Kyzyl-Art Pass (4,280 m), which forms the border with Tajikistan. Border formalities may take some time and afterwards we will see the shore of Karakul Lake located at the altitude of 3915 meters. Karakul was created as a result of an earthquake, tectonic activity and melting glaciers and it is considered to be the largest lake among the nearly 800 ancient lakes of the Pamirs. On the shore of the lake there are several mysterious stone circles. The overnight stay will be in a local guesthouse.
Day 5: Karakul – Murghab
Trip to Murghab (135 km) through the Ak-Baytal Pass (4 655 m), the highest road section in the former USSR. Murgab is the center of the highest mountain region in the CIS, bordering China. Here the terrain becomes barren and rocky. This region is the dwelling place of ethnic Kyrgyz. Murgab is located in a valley at an altitude of about 3000 m above sea level and surrounded by high peaks. At this point you can see the peak of Muztag Ata – the highest mountain in the Pamirs (7546 m). The night sky has the best view of the Milky Way ever-imaginable. Overnight and dinner in a local guesthouse (Kyrgyz and Tajik cuisine).
Day 6: Murgab – Lake Bulunkul – Langar
Today will be a long day since we continue our trip towards Bulunkul Lake and by the end of the day you will arrive at the Vahan Valley. The way to the Bulunkul Lake goes through the picturesque Alichur Valley. The village of Bulunkul is a small settlement on the banks of Bulunkul and Yashilkul lakes and consists of only a few families. Lunch with a local family after one-hour trek to the shore of Lake Yashilkul. Return to the main road to reach Langar (126 km) through the Khargush Pass 4,344 m. When we enter Wakhan corridor, there will be amazing views to the Pamirs on the right and to the Hindu-Kush on the left. As we will be driving by the Afghan border you will have a chance to see the Afghan settlements. The view is severe and deserted. Overnight in a guest house in Wakhan.
Day 7: Langar – Yamchun
It will be mostly culturally explorative day as we will climb the mountain to see petroglyphs carved into the rock depicting mountain goats, caravans, horsemen with banners and the symbol of the Ismaili hand. Then we will head to the Wrang, where the Buddhist complex dating back to the 4th-7th centuries is located. In Yamchun we stop at the Yamchun’s Follower’s Fort. Further on the mountainside there are Bibi-Fatima hot springs. The crystal clear water is full of minerals and very salty, in a rocky cave you can take a natural steam bath. Overnight stay with a local family.
Day 8: Yamchun – Ishkashim – Khorog
After breakfast, we will head towards Ishkashim, which stands at the mouth of the Vakhan-river. It is a historical place where in the 19th century the British and Russian Empires signed an agreement on adding a strip of the Wakhan valley to Afghanistan and creating a neutral buffer zone between these two empires. We continue our way towards Khorog (130 km) – the center of Gorny Badakhshan. On the way we will see hot springs.
Day 9: Khorog
Khorog is a town located on a gorge. You will have a chance to walk through the town and visit the botanical garden, which contains collections of plants harvested during the USSR. If this day falls on Saturday morning you will also visit the Afghan market and buy traditional Afghan hats and scarves. In case if you are not tired, we may visit a small historical museum. Overnight in a guest house.
Day 10: Khorog – Kalaykhimb
A day-long trip (240 km) to Kalayhun – a small village on the Pamir Highway; our way will go along the Afghan border, where we can stop on the way to make memorable photos of Afghans. Arrival at the guest house and rest.
Day 11: Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe
Today’s trip will be accompanied by beautiful changing landscapes of Tajikistan.
Day 12: Dushanbe
We will spend this day in Dushanbe: visit to Rudaki Square, Ismail Somoni Monument and Friendship Palace. Anyone who is interested in archeology may visit the Museum of National Antiquities. The exhibits of this museum are mainly from pre-Islamic civilizations of Tajikistan (Greek / Bactrian, Buddhist, Hindu and Zoroastrian). The central element is a 14-meter reclining Buddha in Nirvana. After the tragic destruction of the Bamiyan statues in Afghanistan, this is the largest preserved Buddha statue in Central Asia. In case we have some extra time, we may visit two beautiful madrasas of the 18th / 19th centuries, one of them nowadays is a fine ethnographic museum. Overnight stay in a hotel.
“12-day tour: Osh – Dushanbe via the Pamir”
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