Trekking in the Pamirs and adventure with a jeep, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
Type of tour:This tour is designed those who would like have combined tour such as more treks and less jeep ride. Thus, it offers mix package, first landscaping with car and acclimatizing to the climate. Then after Wakhan valley, we will hike in low land of Gunt valley. After we visit high lands of Eastern Pamris with pastoralist communities and hike in these area. After will visit Shaimak region, with different landscapes near Chinese and Afghan border. Then we it offers Alai Range, peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan. The tour starts from Dushanbe and ends in Osh, Kirgizstan.
Major Destinations:Dushanbe, Kalaikum, Khorog, Ishkashim, Langar, Bachor, Gunt Valley, Alichor, ZorKul area, Shaimak, Ak Suu region, Murgab, Kara Kul lake, and Lenin Peak, Osh city.
Estimate Duration:17 days of travel in total, 3day law land hiking, 4 days of hike around ZorKul area, the rest of the days include rest days and landscaping with jeep.
Group size: 1-7
Notice: The best season to visit is May to October
Day 1 Dushanbe - Kalaikum
Transfer from Dushanbe to Kalaikum through Kulob/ Excellent views on the way. We will stop for photos shooting. Visit of Hulbuk, 10the century Silk Road building. Breathtaking landscape along the Panj river (the famous Oxus river). Across the river lies Afghanistan. We will drive along the river, having picnic in the pristine nature. Overnight in homestay in Kalaikum, Gueshosue (BLD).
Day 2 Kalaikum -Khorog
Drive to Khorog, administrative center of GBAO region or the Tajik Pamir mountains. After Vanj valley we will enter into the Pamir region, geographically and administratively. On the way, you will see many different villages on both sides of the county, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana, local tea houses. Overnight in Khorog, Hotel(BLD).
Day 3 Khorog- Yamg
Continue to Ishkashim, administrative center in Wakhan valley. Here we enter various settlement of Wakhi. Ethnological, historically and cultural the social landscape is unique. 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 Yamg, Home stay (BLD).
Day 4 Yamg – Langar– Bachor
Early in the morning we drive along the Wakhanvalley from Ishkashim to Langar. We will admire the Khakha Fortress, dating from the third century BC and rising from a platform of natural rock. Just 300m further on is the interesting Ismailimazar (tomb) of Shah-i-MardanHazrati Ali. After that, we move to next Zoroastrian "Fortress of Fire Worshippers". Further up the hillside, there is the hot springs at Bibi Fatima: minerals and very salty, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal 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 MuabaraKadam, who died in 1910. Near his house, there is a stone pillar with a hole, in which he used to calculate a solar calendar. In the cool of the morning, we climb up above Langar village to see the petroglyphs. Drive from Langar to Bachor over the Khargush pass (4344m), thenKoitezek pass (4271m). These barren landscapes are beautiful. It is like typical western desert and canyons. After the pass will visit Jilandy hot spring, then drive to Bachor. It is a small village, far from town. Few people live in Bachor village. These communities live in incredible location or valley. They are settled farmers with few farming activities. The local people are very friendly and the lifestyle is incredibly simple and harmonious with nature. If there is a place to escape your technologically advanced world, it will certainly be Bachor. Overnight in Bachor village, Home stay(BLD).
Day 5 Gunt Valley Trek I(from 2800m to 3400m)
Not many people visit Gunt valley because the valley was not historically used a main path valley like Wakhan or Bartang. Nonetheless the people and nature has its own differenttaste of landscapes. Morning we start walking from Bachor to Chabdar. The valley is beautiful. The path is not too rough but smooth. It slowly goes up from 2000 meters up to 3000 of elevation. It is better to star trekking from Bachor because the village located in lower elevation. Thus, as we hike we will start acclimatizing. Overnight in tent, Tent (BLD).
Day 6 Gunt Valley Trek I (3400m to 3700m)
Morning start walking from Chabdar valley to MarjanayJailoo (summer pasture) along the Yashilkul lakes. As we trek up the landscape changes from law land to high land, where the collars of lands pace changes into deserting. However, it is beautiful and so silent. You will not hear any noise except natural sounds of wild life. Overnight in tent, Tent(BLD).
Day 7 Gunt Valley TrekI (3700m to 3800m)
Taday we walk from Yashilkul lake to Bulunkul lake, ride or even walk along both lakes. Visit some prehistoric stone circles, old caravan sarai, and an early Islamic mausoleum, then after picnic we will cross the Alichor river, then continue to Alichor village. You might be wondering why visit settled villages. Even though the landscape is beautiful or nature is nice, there is high domination of nature and wildness in the region. Therefore, despite, simple services network staying close to villages provides better management of tourisms for logistics. Overnight n Alichor village, Home stay (BLD).
Day 8 Alichor - Bashgumbez
From Alichor, small settled village of nomadic Kyrgyz, we continue our trip by jeep on Pamir Highway to Bashgumbez village. The terrain here is desolate but grandiose. But the valley is nice. There are many summer pastures where nomadic Kyrgyz graze their livestock. On the way, we will visit Akbalik holy lake or sacred lake. This is holly for the people living around the area. After we visit Bashgumbes village,9 km from the main road, where you will see very old China's tomb. Overnight in in Bash gumbez, Yurt stay (BLD).
Day 9 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek II
From Bashgumbez Village (3900m) to Akzoo lake, on the way will cross the pass KaraSeky (4500m), very beautiful view of the mountains. Yaks will carry luggage. On the way will see marmots and have a picnic. Overnight in yurt or tent. You will witness nomadic life and enjoy the hospitality in Kyrgyz nomads, Tent(BLD).
Day 10 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek II
Morning we will start trekking to Kengshiber (4100m),summer pasture. The valley is unique because it offers high land pasture and pastoral communities. On the way will see Yaks, sheep and typical Eastern Pamir’s nomadic lifestyle. View of the valley is wonderful and you will meet local peoples. This day we enjoy the nomadic hospitality, (4125m), Yurt Stay (BLD).
Day 11 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek II
Morning we start trekking to Zorkul lake through Belairyk valley, we will use the Yaks for the luggage, on the way we will cross the pass Bel-Airik, (5015m). We will see Marco Polo sheep along the way. This place is extremely high but it is worth to organize yak trek or trek to see the famous lake ZorKul, known as the Victoria lake. From the pass great view of the lake from the above. It is spectacular and we will organize tent here, Tent (BLD).
Day 12 ZorKul – CheshDobo Area Trek II
Morning we will start trekking to Kara-Jilga (4000m) summer pasture. This is where many local communities of farmers from Murgab and Kono Kurgan village come for (jailoo) summer pasture. These areas are highly protected by the ZorKul National. Today these areas are only place where Marco Polo (OvisPoli) sheep still live in freedom. It is lovely to see them. On the way we will see Kok-Jigit Lake. Overnight in nomad again, Yurt Stay(BLD).
Day 13 Kara Jylga - JartyGumbez
Today we will walk down to JartyGumbez hot spring camping site. Before visiting the spring, in morning we start trekking to Aiding Kol lake (4200m) very amazing views. Up in front we see Afghanistan, Big Pamirs. After lunch we go to Jarty-Gumbez hot springs will take a swim in Gartigumbez hot springs. We overnight in JartyGumbez in Kuban’s guesthouse with two pools of hot water. Special service in JaryGumbez is the natural hot spring after long days of walking. We rest and overnight in JartyGymbez, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 14 JartyGumbez - Shaimak village
Today we dirver to the Ak- Suu region, which differs with its landscapes and stunning mountains and snake flown river Murgab. If the customers like this area we could stay one night but this program offers to visit Ak Suu region, Shaimak village. It is nearly in Afghan and Chinese border, the last and remotest village in Tajikistan. We will overnight in Shaimak village, (4130m), Homestay(BLD).
Day 15 Shaimak – Murgab
Today we drive to Murgab, the administrative town of Eastern Pamirs since the imperial town. It is larges district in GBAO with huge territory and population. On the way will see the Chinas site big mountain Muztak-Ata 7000m and various landscapes. The Chinese border will be 70 km far from us. In Murgab we overnight,Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 16 Murgab - Kara Kul
Early in the morning we drive to Kara Kul lake. Be prepare because increasable landscapes are waiting for you, especially the lake Kara Kul. The highest point of the journey is Akbaital pass (4655 m). The Kara kul lake is highest salted lake in Central Asia. After lunch we will have a walk around the lake, very quiet. Then we take it easy and enjoy the life in Kara Kul, home stay (BLD).
Day 17 Kara Kul - Lenin Peak - Osh
Drive from Karakul lake to SaryMogol village near the Lenin peak 7000m, view of the Alay range is so beautiful. We will have lunch in SaryMogol village. Today we stay ‘see you later Tajikistan’ over the Kyzyl-Art Pass (4282m) to the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Look behind you here for a stunning panorama of the Pamir Alai range. After lunch we visit Osh, which is 4 hours of driving. The north Alai range and its colors are just too nice. We will enjoy the night in great silk road city of Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, Hotel(BLD).
Day 18 Good byePamirs, Tajikistan
We hope you had a wonderful time in the Pamirs. Today you will fly back to your country. We are always glad to have you back in the Pamirs again. Have a good flight back to motherland.
Items to bring with you
· Sleeping bag
· Silk sleeping bag
· Mattress Term-a-rest
· Rain gear
· Dawn jacket
· Water bottle
· trekking socks
· Sun hat
· Sun glasses
· Sun cream with high protection - lipstick
· Flashlight or headlamp
· Water purification
· Personal medical kit
· Solar panel
Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves protect you from the sun rays. At night it can be cold so a layered approach is best. Predicting temperatures is very hard but they could range between 5°C and + 25°C. Rainfall in the Pamirs at this time of year is not expected but dust storms are. Please take a waterproof layer just in case.
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