8-day tour Osh-Dushanbe: Osh – Karakul – Murghab – Langar – Ishkashim – Khorog – Rushan – the Gizev valley – Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe (Ref: AKG0017-2)
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8-day tour: Osh – Dushanbe (Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan)
Jumash organizes 8-day tour “Osh – Dushanbe” in collaboration with local professionals of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Jumash is a guide and interpreter in Kyrgyzstan, who speaks fluent Enlgish, French, German, Turkish, Tajik, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Russian languages. Besides, he has a basic knowledge of Chinese and Arabic languages. Jumash has been working as a tourist guide & driver for 4 years and during these years he worked with tourists from all over the world; as a result he has an extensive experience.
- Itinerary: Osh – Karakul – Murghab – Langar – Ishkashim – Khorog – Rushan – the Gizev valley – Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe
- Tour category: Adventure Travel
- Duration: 8 days
- Level of difficulty: This tour is suitable for both children and adults.
- Conditions: If you have some specific sicknesses you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments
- Countries or regions: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Day 1: Osh – Kara Kul
Today we will start our trip to Karakul. Our first step is the High Pamir, we depart the high mountains of the Pamir-Alay range, leaving behind us the cross roads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. En route we will cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views. Kara kul means “black lake” but in spring, summer and autumn the water is almost always turquoise blue. Karakul lake spread its waters in Markansu valley – one of the driest place in Central Asia. Fluctuation of temperatures is a usual thing for desserts and in Karakul lake they are just incredible. Tonight you will sleep on Asian style beddings.
Overnight in a Home stay / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Kara Kul – Murghab
This small town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. We will take the Pamir highway through the pass Ak Baytal (4,655 m), which is the second highest paved road in the world. We anticipate arriving in Murghab in Lunch time. Murghab (3670 m) itself has few attractions, but it will serve as our base for a one night as we explore the area a little. The 7546 m – high Chinese peak of Muztag Ata is visible to the northeast of town, 110 km away in a direct line.
Overnight in a Home stay / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Murghab – Langar
Today we will drive at Langar via the Kargushi Pass (4344 meters). On this journey we leave behind the lush valleys of the M41 and enter to Wakhan Valley 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.
Overnight in Home stay / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner
Wakhan Valley: The Wakhan Valley (also pronounced Vakhan) is a majestic alpine valley in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan and Tajikistan (the “Wakhan Corridor” refers to the part of the valley in Afghanistan). It is located in the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. Its upper reaches consist of two wide, hilly plains surrounded by alpine peaks, beginning near the Chinese border in one of the most remote regions of the world. Further down, where the Pamir and Wakhan rivers join to form the Pyanj River, the valley narrows, finally becoming a severe canyon with roaring river rapids at its end in Ishkashem. Its muddy rivers are fed by water from huge glaciers on some of the highest mountains on the planet, fantastic views of which are visible throughout the area.
Day 4: Langar – Ishkashim
We will drive along the Wakhan valley and visit Vrang; a stroll through the village will bring you to a number of caves dug by Buddhists who inhabited the area at one time. In addition there are the remains of a number of fire – worshipping platforms and Buddha stupa. At Yamg, visit a quirky museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadam, a local Sufi scholar.
Your next stop will be the Yamchun Fortress. It was built to guard this branch of the Silk Road from Chinese and Afghan Invaders. This is where the 19th century Great Game ended when the Great Britain and Russia signed a treaty adding a strip of the Wakhan valley to Afghanistan in order to create a neutral buffer zone between these two empires. As you enter the Wakhan, there are amazing views of the Pamir Mountains to the right and the Hindu Kush to the left. Yamchun fortress is located on the ridge overlooking the valley and river below. Further up the hillside there are hot springs at Bibi Fatima. The water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. It is possible to take a natural stream bath in a rocky cave.
Driving along the Wakhan valley; before arrival to Ishkashim 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. Afternoon you will arrive to Ishkashim the center of the Wakhan valley, which stands at the mouth of the Wakhan River valley.
Overnight in a Guest House / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Ishkashim – Khorog
After breakfast we will drive via Wakhan valley to Khorog, along the road to our next stop at Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the waters. After exploring or taking a shower we will have a lunch and then transfer to Khorog. Khorog is the capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, a small town that has been under the control of Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan several times. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a highly strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and it 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 a home to the second highest botanical garden in the world located at 3900m.
Overnight in a Home stay / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Day 6: Khorog – Rushan – trekking in the Gizev valley
Today we will head to Rushan village located in the Eastern part of Tajikistan, the administrative center of Rushan district of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous region. The village is located in the Pamirs, on the right Bank of the Pianj.
Arrival in Baghoo villaje located in Bartang valley. We will cross the river by a small bridge. Our trek begins on the river Bartang just beyond Bhagoo village. The hike is mostly gently uphill, for about 8 km to the upper of the three lakes. The first houses in Gizev are reached after about 6 km. The abundant vegetation, gnarled trees, lakes and ever-changing river – sometimes frothing with energy, sometimes limpid and blue – create a very special peaceful atmosphere, ideal for a short break without too much physical effort. This route passes through lakes and rivers, traverses some of the most magnificent sceneries in the Pamirs. We will again cross the river and drive to Rushan for overnight. From Baghoo village, after the trekking, we will leave for Rushan along the river Pianj, border with Afghanistan.
Overnight in a Home stay / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Picnic or lunch
Day 7: Rushan – Kalaikhumb
Today we set off in Kalaikhumb; we will drive through beautiful sceneries and interesting villages en route. This area is a little more conservative, and we will see men with beards and women wearing traditional dresses. The road joins the river Pianj, which in turn forms the border with Afghanistan. The contrast across the river valley is sharp. Tajikistan is undoubtedly a poor country, but in general the roads are sealed and the buildings are provided with electricity. The situation barely 100m away is even starker and it seems that the river represents not just a physical divide, but also a step back in time.
Overnight in a Guest House / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Day 8: Kalikhumb – Dushanbe
After breakfast we will drive to Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan. We will cross the Shurabad Pass (2200m high). On the road we will visit the ancient fortress Hulbuk dated by VIII century recently restored under the decree of the president. The local guide will tell you interesting stories about the life in the fortress and show you the outlines of the rooms, halls and harems of the local governor’s palace. In front of the fortress there is a big square where concerts are held on the occasion of holidays or during the visits of distinguished guests. Across the road from the fortress you can see the museum of local lore where, to speak frankly, because of restoration we will see only one a big banner on the wall. It was a map of all historical places and sights of Tajikistan.
Accommodation and dinner own arrangements / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Dushanbe city: Dushanbe is a relatively modern town that rose to prominence during the Soviet era, when it was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and named Stalinabad. Dushabe means “Monday” in the Tajik language, arising from the fact that the market was held on Mondays, when Dushanbe still was a small and fairly insignificant village. The ousted Emir of Bukhara, fleeing from the Bolsheviks, stayed in Dushanbe and cooperated with Enver Pasha’s Basmachis until he had to leave the region. From Dushanbe, he fled to Afghanistan in 1921, the year the town was freed from the Basmachis as well.
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The price includes: Arrival and departure transfer, accommodation on twin share basis (Guest houses 6, Hotel 1), meals as listed (7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners), entrance fees for sights listed as part of the itinerary, all transfers according the program (price includes driver’s per diem, road and parking fees, all necessary permissions fuel and taxes;) experienced drivers, type of car: (A/C Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol, Mitsubishi pajero), mineral water (1L per day per person), ticket for Tajik National park and permits.
The price does not include: International flights, supplement for accommodation in single rooms (USD 12), early checking for first night, english speaking guide service for whole tour (USD 308), any airport taxes, travel Insurance, GBAO permit, drinks, tips and gratuities, any personal expenses, any services not included in the above itinerary.
|Number of persons in the group|
Price (USD) per person
*indicated by the service provider in USD
|2 pax||944 USD|
|3 pax||729,5 USD|
|4 pax||623 USD|
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