Arrival to the capital of the Republic of Tajikistan - Dushanbe.
Afternoon city tour and visit of Gissar fortress, 25 km to the West
Drive to the Kalay-Khumb, through Tavildara Valley and Khaburabat pass
Drive along Panj river, Tajik-Afghan border to the center of GBAO – Khorog city.
From Khorog drive to Yamg village in the middle parts of Wakhan valley.
From Yamg drive to Lyangar, visit of the most important historical places in Wakhan valley.
Drive to Murgab city, center of Tajik Eastern Pamir (Pamir High Plateau)
Full day in Murgab and around
Drive by Pamir High Way (PHW) to Khorog
Drive to Kalay-Khumb
Today drive to Dushanbe through Kulob, Dangara and Norak lake, South road
Drive through Anzob pass to the lake Iskander-Kul (purl of Fan mountains)
Drive along Zeravshan valley, to Penjikent city, visit excavations of old city (Asian Pompeii)
Drive to Khudjand over Shahristan pass and Istaravshan (Kiripolis) city.
Flight to Dushanbe (possible continue the tour to Uzbekistan)
List of highlights
Sightseeing, visiting of Hissar preserve and Fortress 18 century, State Museum of Tajikistan, visiting of native Tajik Bazar, observing architectural legacy of Tajikistan, Central Square with monuments and main streets
Sightseeing, local museum of ancient, Botanical Garden of Kgorog, hot spring Garmchashma
Quirky museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadam, a local Sufi scholar, theologian, poet and traveler, hot spring Bibi Fatima, ruins of The Kah-Kaha Fortress (or Kah-Kaha) is named after a legendary epic hero, a king of dark-skinned fire-worshippers. Remains of this 4th century A.D clay fortress on its rocky peak can be seen on the bank of the Panj River where it is joined by a group of tributaries from Afghanistan, Yamchun fortress. At the end of the first millennium B.C. construction of strong fortresses began in the West Pamirs due to the threat of military attacks by neighbors.
Wakhan corridor, view of Hindu Kush range, Petroglyphs (carved rock drawings) represents a distinct group of ancient monuments. The Pamirs, with more than 50 sites, is the richest area for rock drawings in Tajikistan. Visiting of traditional Pamir house
Sightseeing, visiting of local Bazar, introducing to the life of the local people
Archeological excavations aroundthe walls have uncovered artifacts from the 4th centuryBC. Continue with the Muslihiddin complex. 12th century leader and poet Muslihiddin Khudjandi is buried here in the Muslihiddin memorial complex and Panjshambe bazaar.
Ruins of old Penjikent (Asian Pompei), Muhammad Bashoro mausoleum, Site of the ancient settlement of Sarazm, incuded by UNESCO "Wold Historical Heritage"
In Dushanbe, Khujand and Khorog you stay in a hotel in the intermediate category, in the Pamirs in typical home stays. The private home stays are comfortable but basic accommodation with one or more bedrooms, which are carpeted. You sleep on a mattress on a platform or on the floor. The Homestays offer little comfort and come with clean, but very basic sanitation provided that are usually outside the house. Accommodation in a single room is possible only in Dushanbe and Khorog.
For unforeseen organizational or weather-related problems (such as heavy snowfall, roads blocked by landslides, etc.) on this trip a reserve day is scheduled. There may be changes to the itinerary or the failure of individual program points. Tolerance and community spirit are required for this tour.
The Pamir Highway
The Pamir Mountain range is part of the Western Himalaya and features several peaks over 7000m. The terrain is diverse from towering peaks to high altitude desert plains and climate conditions can vary from +35C to -40C depending upon the time of year. The Pamir Highway follows paths forged long ago by the ancient Silk routes, when that precious commodity travelled from China to European and Arabian markets and traded goods returned in its stead. Legacies of those forgotten times can still be seen with cliff top fortresses and ancient caravanserais.
The highway winds over 2000km from Samarkand in Uzbekistan through Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) and the Pamir mountains to Osh in Kyrgyzstan and then on to Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) through the Tien Shan mountain range.
The peoples of Central Asia hold hospitality as a value of great importance and travellers are warmly welcomed whether the visit is planned or otherwise!
The Climate in Tajikistan is continental with sharp variations in daily and seasonal temperatures, featuring high-intensity solar radiation, aridity, clear skies and an uneven distribution of precipitation between the seasons. The ruggedness of the terrain plays an importation role in the distribution of heat and moisture. Rainfall and air temperature differ drastically depending on the elevation and location of mountains. In Central Tajikistan, at altitudes of 1,500-2,000m, the annual rainfall is 1,800mm, while in the south of the country, at altitudes of 300 -500m it drops to 200mm. In the East-Pamirs. at 4,000m altitude, the average is only 60mm. There are about 275 sunny days per year.
The air temperature also varies between the different altitudes and areas. The winter in Shahrituz (in the south) could be as warm as 20°C, while in the Pamirs in the Bulunkul Lake area it may be as low as -63°C. The weather at altitudes below 1,000m is generally characterized by a higher average air temperature and relatively low rainfall.
The average annual rainfall at altitudes 1,200 -3,200m is 560-650mm.
The average annual temperature is +5.4°C.
From June to October, dust storms are frequent. Dust remains in the air for several days at a time, and only heavy rains allow the dust to settle.
During the journey you hold are mainly in higher elevations and must guard against weather changes, wind and cold. The very different climatic conditions according to you need both light and warm, windproof and waterproof clothing. For the trek you need stable, solid trekking shoes with good grip. During the cross-country trips ranging from light sport shoes. For the nights in tents a good sleeping bag is required, which should be fit within the comfort range to -10 ° C. A down jacket makes any colder in the morning and evening hours, good services.
Dates and number of participants
Duration 15 days
Number of participants 1-20
Best season: from beginning of May till the end of September