Horseback in Pamir Allai and the Pamirs of Tajikistan
Horse riding in the Pamir Allay and the Pamirs of Tajikistan
Type of tour: This tour offers horse ride in Alay valley of Kyrgyzstan and the rest of the tour is done by jeep in the Pamirs, Tajikistan. This tour offers Shaimak area, which borders with Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. It is the last village and remotest area of Tajikistan. In addition, the tour begins in Osh (the second city in Kyrgyzstan) and end in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Major Destinations: Osh, SaryMogol, Kara Kul, Murgab, Shaimak, JartyGumbez, BulunKul, YashilKul, Wakhan valley, Ishkashim, Khorog, Kalaikym and Ishkashim.
Estimate Duration:14 days of total tour, 2 days of horse ride in Alay valley, the rest of the days involving landscape by jeep 4x4 WD.
Group size: unrestricted
Notice: Best season to visit June to September.
Day 1 Osh-SaryMogul (Kyrgyzstan)
Today we drive from Osh to Sary Moogul village, via beautiful Alay ranges and over the Taldyk Pass (3615m). We will stop for a lunch in between. Once we pass the village of SaryTash, the natural scenery of Pamir Alay range is spectacular. You could even seen a close distance the Lenin Peak (7134m). Today we have to acclimatize to the altitude and enjoy the Sary Mogul village, Home stay (BLD).
Day 2 Horse Ride in SaryMogul – Lenin peak
Today is going to be a promising day and we begin slowly. A horse ride from Sary Mogul to the base camp of the Lenin Peak range (AchikTash). These open valleys are beautiful. The valley where the base camp is located called Tuiuk valley, at the foothills the trance Alay Range. There are many nomadic herders living in the plains below the Lenin peak. We will overnight in a yurt camp, (BLD).
Day 3 Horse RideLenin peak – Kashka Su
A horse ride from Lenin peak to Kashka Suu, little drive from Kashka Suu to Sary mogul. Today is our last day before we visit Tajikistan. You may drink Kyrgyz traditional beverage, fermented horse milk. A local nomads a subsidizes for alcohol. After enjoying the landscape and the day in Alay valley, we overnight back in Sary Mogul, Home stay (BLD).
Day 4 Sary Mogul – Kara Kul (Tajikistan)
Today we slowly start driving from Sary-Mogul to Karkul lake, the Pamir Mountains. We will reach the Kyrgyz border Bor - Dobo. There is a 20km no man’s land in between the Kyrgyz and Tajik borders. After we cross the Kyzyl Pass (4282m), the Tajik border post, the landscape will be completely changed. As we go higher into the Pamirs, the terrain will become barren and rocky. Nomadic Kyrgyz herders inhabit this region. Spend the night in very friendly home stay in Karakul by the lake. the same afternoon visit to the lake to have a short relaxing walk. overnihgt in a home stay (BLD).
Day 5 Kara kul – Murghab (3600m)
Drive north over Akbaital pass (4655). Highest point of the journey and the scenery is spectacular over the pass. On the way will see very several old ruins of Pamir Post, which used to be the first Russian military bases during the Imperial times of the late 19th century. There will be long jeep rive from here until Rang Kul lake. We will have a short walk around lake of Shor Kul. Many wild birds fly around the lake Shor Kul such as gulls, geese, and others. Then, leave for Murghab, which is 60 km away. We stay in Murgab, Hotel Pamirs (BLD).
Day 6 Murghab - Shaymak (4000m)
Today we will have a short city tour in Murgab and we will visit the stature of Lenin. We can even see the ruins a Soviet airport located at over 3500 meters. This historical city tour get a grasp of Soviet Modernization of Pamir mountains and learn more about the history. Then, we will drive from Murghab to Shaimak, a village in the corner of Eastern Tajikistan. On the way will see the Mustak - Akata peak at 7000m situated in Chinese territory. We stay in Shaimak village, Homestay (BLD).
Day 7 Shaiymak - Sheshtobo - Jartygumbez, (4100m)
Drive from Shaimak to Jarty - Gumbez via Toktomush. Toktomush is another small village. The scenery of Toktomush area is like the Wild West. The terrain here is desolate but has a stark beauty to it. On the way we will see stop for a some yurts with the nomadic herders, yaks, goats and sheep. We will stop for short break in order to have some tea with local people. The final destination today is the hot springs in Jarty - Gumbez. We will enjoy the natural hot tub Jacuzzi. Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 8 Jartygumbez – Bulunkul lake (3800m)
The terrain here is desolate but has a stark beauty to it. On the way to Bashgubes village, 9km from the main road, you will see a very old Chinas tomb. Alichor valley an extremely beautiful pastoral valley. Once we reach the Bulunkul and Yashilkul Lakes, we will have a walk around. The landscape of the both of the lakes and the mountains are amazing. After we visit a geyser and an early Islamic mausoleum. We overnight in BulunKul village, Home stay (BLD).
Day 9 Bulunkul – Langar (2500m)
Early in the morning, we drive to the Wakhan Corridor from Bulunkul to Langar over the Kargush pass (4344). Today we leave Eastern Pamir and look forward to seeing the lowland of Western Pamirs. Here the scenery will completely change as we drive down through the Kargush pass to lower elevations. Western Pamirs offer a unique social, cultural and environmental habitat. Here we will reach the mouth of the giant Wakhan valley, which serves as the Tajik- Afghan border. On the other side lies the Hindukush Mountains in Afghanistan. We will stay in Langar Village, the first village of Wakhan valley. Here we will see the source of the Oxus river, the valley of five rivers up from Langar village, Home stay (BLD).
Day 10 Langar – Yamchun- Ishkashim (2400)
Today we will start exploring the Wakhan valley. There are several places of interest. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th to the 7th centuries. At Yamg, we visit the reconstructed house as the Sufi mystic Muabarak Kadam, who died in 1910. Near his house, there is a stone pillar with a hole, in which he used to calculate a solar calendar. After that we move to the next Zoroastrian "Fortress of the Fire Worshipers" Further up the hillside are the hot springs Bibi Fatima fully as minerals, yes crystal clear. On top of Yamchun 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 continue to Ishkashim, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 11 IshkashimKhorog(2400)
Today we look forward to driving to Khorog, the historical capital of GBAO region. It will take us about 5 hours. On the way stop at the hot spring as Garm-e-Chasma. We say good bye to the Wakhan valley, 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 and Afghanistan. We will stop along the way for a scenic picnic and stay in Khorog. Hotel (BLD).
Day 12 Khorog – Khalaikum (1400m)
We are coming to the end our wonderful journey in the Pamir Mountains. There will be a long drive from Khorog to Khalikum. On the way you will see many different villages. On the other side of the famous the Oxus Panj River, we will see Afghan communities and villages. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana (tea house). We will stay in Kalaikum, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 13 Kalikum – Dushanbe (500m)
Transfer from Kalaikum to Dushanbe through Kulob. Excellent views. We will stop for photo shooting. We will also visit of Hulbuk, a 10th century silk road fort. This fort was renovated. In addition, once we enter the Dushanbe area, again we enter to the land of Tajiks (Persians). Breathtaking landscape along the Panj river (Amu Darya). We will drive along the river and have a picnic in the pristine nature, we will arrive in Dushanbe late evening, Hotel (BLD).
Day 14 Good bye Pamirs, 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 to your home country.
Items to bring with you
Sleeping bag & Liner sheet
Down jacket & Windbreaker
Sun cream with high protection - lipstick
Flashlight or headlamp
Water purification tablet of water filter
Personal medical kit
Camera & extra battery for the camera.
Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In the daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves will protect you from the sun's 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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