DUSHANBE Vakhan and Bartang DUSHANBE
Transfer from Dushanbe to Kalaikum through Kulob . Excellent views.
We will stop for photo opportunities. Visit of Hulbuk. Breathtaking landscape along the Panj River (Amu Darya). Across the river lies Afghanistan. We will drive along the river, having picnic in the pristine nature. Overnight in home stay in Kalaikum
Drive to Khorog along the Panj river. After Vanj valley, we will enter into the Pamir region. On the way, you will see many different villages. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana. Overnight in a traditional Pamiri house
Continue to Ishkashim. On the way stop for hot springs at Garm-e-Chasma. After that we reach the mouth of the Wakhan River valley. This is where the 19th century Great Game ended, between the Russian and British empires. From here, the road continues up along the north side of the river. There are amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right. We will stop along the way for a scenic picnic. Overnight in Guesthouse
Early morning drive along the Wakhan Corridor from Ishkashim to Langar. We will admire the Khakha Fortress, dating from the third century B C and rising from a platform of natural rock. Just 300m further on is the interesting Ismaili mazar (tomb) of Shah-i-Mardan Hazrati Ali. After that, we move to next Zoroastrian "Fortress of Fire Worshippers".
Further up the hillside are the hot springs at Bibi Fatima: dense minerals and very silty,
The water at Bibi Fatima is clear. There are several places of interest to stop. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries. At Yamg, visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara Kadam, who died in 1910. Near his house, there is a stone pillar with a hole in it, which he used to calculate a solar calendar. In the cool of the morning, we climb up above Langar village to see the petro glyphs. Overnight in home stay.