5-day tour along The Pamir Highway: Osh – Kara Kul – Murghab – Langar – Ishkashim – Khorog (Ref.: AKG0017-3)
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5-day tour along The Pamir Highway
Jumash organizes Dushanbe-Pamir-Osh-Bishkek tour 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 – Kara Kul – Murghab – Langar – Ishkashim – Khorog
- Tour category: Adventure Travel
- Duration: 5 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 (altitude 3900 m)
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. During the trip you will enjoy some of the most dramatic sceneries of the tour, with the lunar-like landscapes and bright blue lakes providing plenty of opportunities to take our breath away. 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 places 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 (mattresses and blankets on the floor) in a few rooms of a Pamiri House with shared bathroom facilities.
Overnight in a Home stay / Meals: 1 Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Kara Kul – Murghab (altitude 3650 m)
This small town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. This small town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. Francis Younghusband visited it in 1890 and wrote “It is a dreary, desolate spot… with a certain amount of grassy pasture and a few scrubby bushes by the river, but surrounded by barren hills, and bitterly cold. How these Russian soldiers can support existence there is a marvel…shut up in dreary quarters, with nothing whatever to do – week after week, month after month passing by in dull monotony….” Over a century later, nothing much has changed.
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 Guest house / Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Murghab – Langar (altitude 2882m)
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 a 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 (altitude 2665 m)
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 (altitude 2780 m)
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 Hotel or Guesthouse / Meals: 1 Lunch
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The price includes: Arrival and departure transfer, accommodation on twin share basis (Guest houses 2, home stays 2 ), meals as listed (4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 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 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, early checking for first night, english speaking guide service for whole tour (USD 200), 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||532,5 USD|
|3 pax||404 USD|
|4 pax||340 USD|
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