Wild Life Safari and Trekking tours (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan)

Day1/ Dushanbe – Zighar camp

Transfer from Dushanbe to Zigar through Kulob city. There are excellent views on the way. We will stop for photos shooting on the way. We will have a short stop at Hulbuk, 10th century silk-road city. 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 homestay in Zigar, meals (LD)

Day 2/ Wildlife Observation Day,

Today, we will organize wildlife observation around Zughar, searching for Marhur. Marhur is a unique wild goat. There will be little hiking and lunch in the wild area. Overnight in same home stay, Meals (BLD)

Day 3/ Zighar camp – Khorog

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. It is nice to observe how people live on the other side of Oxus River (Afghanistan). Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana. Overnight in a traditional Pamiri house, Meals (BLD)

Day 4/ Khorog – Ishkashim

Today, we continue from Khorog to Ishkashim. On the way stop for hot springs at Garm-e-Chasma. After, we will reach the mouth of the Wakhan 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, Meals (BLD)

Day 5/ Ishkashim – Langar

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, we move to next Zoroastrian "Fortress of Fire Worshippers". Further up the hillside are 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 Muabara Kadam, who died in 1910. Near his house, there is a stone pillar with a hole, which he used to calculate a solar calendar. In the cool of the morning, we climb up above Langar village to see the petroglyphs. Overnight in home stay, Meals (BLD)

Day 6/ Langar – Bulun Kul Lake

Drive from Langar to Bulun Kul Lake over the Khargush pass (4344m). On the way, we will visit Yashil Kul Lake to Bulunkul Lake. As we leave the Langar (law land) the landscape transforms into high land desert. Here we will enter the area of Eastern Pamir, commonly associated with nomadic herders, pasture users, and nice semi-arid mountains. There is great sense of place and hospitality. In these region, is not crowded and there are few people live in these areas. Overnight in yurt in Bulunkul village near the lake. Meals (BLD)

Day 7/ Bulun kul – Bash gumbez village

Drive from Bulunkul to Bash Gumbez, village with little number of people. There are recently settled people. Here people practice yak keeping and pastoral life. On the way, visit a geyser, than we continue our trip on the Pamir Highway to Alichur, a small town where we will have a fish and lunch. The terrain here is desolate but has a stark beauty to it. On the way to Bashgumbes village, 9km from the main road, you will see very old China's tomb. The valley of Alichor is nice. Accommodation in a home stay. Meals (BLD)

Day 8/ Trekking from Bashgumbez – Ak Zoo lake

We start hiking from Bashgumbez Village (3900m) to Akzoo lake, on the way will cross the pass Kara - Seky ( 4500m), very beautiful view of the mountains. Donkey or Yaks will carry luggage. On the way will see marmots and other wild animals. Ak Zoo Lake is nice small lake with two or three farmers living along the lake. This little lake provides large number of fish. Overnight in yurt or tent. You will see really nomadic Kyrgyz Meals (BLD)

Day 9, 10/ Trekking from Ak zoo Keng Shiber

Morning start trekking from Ak Zoo Lake to Keng shiber. The way is relative short. Keng shiber is extremely nice valley with few nomadic herders. Here we can sense the wind and silence of Eastern Pamirs. We will have a lunch on the way, either outdoors or in a yurt. Over night in yurt nomadic. Meals (BLD)

Day 9, 10/ Trekking from Keng Shiber to Zor Kul lake.

Early morning we start trekking to Bel ayrik (4200m) summer pasture, on the way will see Yaks, sheep. View of the valley is wonderful and you will meet local peoples. Even though the landscape is beautiful, it is very important to visit people and herders because there is high domination of nature in the Pamirs. Visiting herders or farmers is important because keeps connected to the outside world. The Eastern Pamirs is so wild. Overnight in yurt or tent, Meals (BLD)

Day 11/ Trekking from Keng shiber – Zor Kul lake

Today, we start trekking to Zor kul lake through Belairyk valley (4200m), 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 and other wild animals. From the pass great view of the lake. It is just fantastic. We will have glimpse of towering mountains. Overnight in tent, Meals (BLD)

Day 12/ Trekking Zor kul Lake – Kara jilga

Morning we will start trekking to Kara-Jilga (4000m) summer pasture, on the way we will see Kok-Jigit Lake. These regions are nice for trekking because it is not too tough. It very easy going trekking, from hills to hill and little ups and downs. We will have lunch and picnics outdoors. There is no special restaurant or anything closer to these regions. These regions are far from centers. Overnight in Yurt. Meals (BLD)

Day 13/ Trekking from Kara jilga – Aydin kul lake

Today, early in the morning we start trekking to Aiding Kol lake (4200m) very amazing views. Aiding Kol lake is nice lake around Chesh Dobo area of Eastern Pamirs. After lunch, we go to Jarty-Gumbez hot springs. Jarti Gumbez is holly place with the ruins of old cemeteries. Many people, locals, consider this region sacred and people come here with worshiping purposes. There is nice hot spring. Every winter hunters from all round the work come here in order to chase their trophy animals. There is extremely nice guesthouse with a pool. Today we will finish with treks for this tour. Overnight in nomadic Kyrgyz yurt (4130m), Meals (BLD)

Day 14/Jarty gumbez – Shaymak

Drive from Jarti Gumbez to Shaimak. It is not too far driving but the journey is going to be nice. The hills, mountains, and landscapes are incredible. On the way, we visit to nomadic herder for cup of tea and enjoy the hospitality of Eastern Pamirs. There are many valleys and herders migrate from season to season to graze their livestock. Overnight in Home stay, Meals (BLD)

Day 15/Shaimak – Murghab

Drive from Shaimak to Murgab, on the way will see Mustak- Ata peak in Chinese site of the border. Shaimak to Murgab is straight dirt road along the river Aksu and Murgab. It is fanatic to stop along the river and enjoy the time by the river in plain valleys. Overnight in homestay. Meals (BLD)

Day 16/ Murghab – Kara kul

Drive north over Akbaital pass (4655). Highest point of the journey. From here it is a long descent to Karakul village (3914) the highest salted lake in Central Asia. Little walk around lake. Jeep drive is nice here because the road is good and the landscape is promising. Overnight in homestay. Meals (BLD)

Day 17/Kara kul – Osh

Today is the last day of our tour. We have to get up earl and drive to Osh. We will pass by 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, which in Kyrgyzstan. Alai valley is extremely nice. Overnight in best guesthouse In Osh. Meals (BLD)

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