Fan Mountains via the Pamirs
Type of tour: This tour is designed such that it allows a quick look at the Pamirs starting from Osh via the Allai valley. Having conducted jeep adventure we shall visit Zaravshan mountains where we have 3 days of trekking in the Fan Mountains. The tour ends in Dushanbe after having adventures in the Fan Mountains.
Major Destinations: Osh, Sary Mogol, Kara Kul, Murgab, Khorog, Kalaikumb, Dushanbe, Zimtut, Kali Kalon, Alaudin lake Vertikal alpinist camp – Marguzor, Iskendar Kul lake, back to Dushnabe.
Estimate Duration: 12 days in total, 9 days in of jeep tours from Osh to Dushanbe via Khorog and Murgab and drive north to Fan Mountains for 3 days of trekking and end the tour in Dushanbe.
Group size: unrestricted
Notice: Best season to visit these areas is May to October.
Day 1 Osh - Sary Mogol (Kyrgyzstan)
In the morning city tour in Osh, including Suleiman Too sacred mountain, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch in Osh and then depart on a scenic route over a few passes to the village Sary Mogol, from where you will have a stunning view of the Pamir Alay range with Peak Lenin (7,100m). Total drive is 5 hours to Sary Mogol village, overnight at the foothills of trance-Alai range, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 2 Kara Kul – Murghab (Tajikistan)
Pamir Guides will meet you at the Kyzyl Pass (4282m) the Tajik border post. The landscape and people completely changes we go higher into the Pamir. The terrain here becomes barren and rocky. Stop at Kara kul lake. Lunch. Drive north over Akbaital pass (4655). Today we drive 235 km in 5 hours. Highest point of the journey. On the way turn to Rang kul lake. Visit Rang kul lake and drive to Murghab, Hotel Pamirs (BLD).
Day 3 Murghab - Alichor - Langar
From Murghab we continue our trip on the way to Langar. The terrain here is desolate but grandiose. On the way we visit Shakhty rock paintings (4200). Three very similar figures are placed underneath the last animal. This representation has been compared to the so-called clavicorn figures of Paleolithic art. It dates from 8000-5000 B.C. Picnic. We pass via geysers and further on visit Bulunkul lake and Yashil kul lake, then drive to Langar over the Kargush Pass (4344). Total distance is 276 km over 8 hours with short stops. Today we drive through wild and superb scenery, drive the Wakhan Corridor from Murghab via Langar to Yamg. alongside the Pamir river which forms the border with Afghanistan, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 4 Langar - Ishakshim - Khorog
Drive towards the Wakhan corridor. Today we drive through wild and superb scenery a total distance of 260 km in 8 hours, alongside the Pianj river which forms the border with Afghanistan. There are a number of these ancient fortresses in the area, and we also visit Yamchun fort, perhaps the most impressive of them. We take a break at the Bibi Fatima hot springs, named for the Prophet Mohammed’s sister and where local women believe they can increase their fertility. Continuing on we then stop at the 4th Century Buddhist stupas at Vrang, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region. The name of the river will change. Visit Kah-Kaa and Yamchoon fortresses, Sufi Muborakqadam Museum and solar calendar. After Istohakhim a long drive to Garmchasma hot springs for an (optional) dip in the waters. From here, we enter the Tajik half of the Wakhan Valley (shared with Afghanistan) and pass regional gem mines mentioned by Marco Polo. Lunch or picnic along the way. In Khorog we stay in a relatively luxurious Hotel. Khorog is the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). Eventual visit of bazaar and Botanical Garden, one of the highest in the world, 2800 m. Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russians, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a strategic location on the border with Afghanistan. The Aga Khan Foundation contributes to the bulk of the local economy. Homestay (BLD).
Day 5 Khorog – Kalaikum
Drive to Kalaikum along the Panj river for 260 km in 7 hours with short stops for pictures. After Vanj valley we will finish the Pamir region. On the way you will see many different villages. Views of the valley are amazing. Lunch in a Chaikana. Overnight in Kalaikumb, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 6 Kalaikum – Kulob – Dushanbe
Transfer to Kulob excellent views to Dushanbe, 360 km, 9 hours of jeep ride. We will stop for photos shooting and a picnic. Visiting a small museum in Hulbuk before Kulob after that we continue to the town mausoleum of Sheikh Said- Hamadoni dating from the first Islam period. Transfer to Kalaikum. The breathtaking landscape along the Panj river (Amu Darya). Across the river: Afghanistan. We will drive along the river, having a picnic in the pristine nature, Hotel (BLD).
Day 7 Dushanbe - ZIMTUT
Moving toward Zimtut village in 207 km or a 6-hour ride. The road is very scenic, passing over Anzob pass (3373 m) (tunnel) and needs (with lunch stop). The accommodation in Zimtut, Homestay (BLD).
Day 8 ZIMTUT – Kuli Kalon
(Trekking day 1) Circular Walking tour around the lakes, to the Mutnoe lake (3400m) and to the highest peak of the Fan Mountains - Chimtarga (5489m) 5 hours of walk. The passage is easy across the Zurmech pass 3200m, and it takes about 3 hours. On the way you can see a small but extremely beautiful Piala lake with clear water. Night at the camping in Kuli kalon lake, Tent (BLD).
Day 9 Kuli kalon - Vetical alpinist camp
(Trekking day 2) From Kuli kalon to Chukurak lake crossing the Alaudin pass 3860 with 5 hours of walking. The camp sets up on the shore of Big Alaudin lake (2700 m) or on the territory of alpinist camps "Vertical"., Tent (BLD).
Day 10 Alaudin lake Vertikal alpinist camp - Marguzor
(Semi trekking day 3) From Marguzor to Sarorot drive, on the way we will see a beautiful valley. From Marguzor we continue towards Iskanderkul Lake (2195m) for 3 hours, Tent (BLD).
Day 11 Sarotok - Iskender kul - Dushanbe
Today we end our 165 km (6 hour) journey and move towards Dushanbe, with a stop at Iskanderkul Lake (2195m). Excursion to the waterfall (45m) and Snake Lake. Sailing outing on Iskanderkul Lake and accommodation in hotel BLD).
Day 12 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 back 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 protect will 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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