DISCOVER THE PAMIRS IN 9 DAYS DUSHANBE-KHOROG-MURGHAB-KARAKUL-OSH THROUGH WAKHAN CORRIDOR. From July 11-20

       
Discover the Pamirs in 7 Days
Dushanbe Khorog Wakhan-Murghab Karakul - Osh

Through Wakhan Corridor

ITINERARY
Day 1. Dushanbe Kalai-Khumb. (355km 8-10 hours of driving including stops)
Meeting with a driver at a hotel/guest-house in Dushanbe and heading to the Pamirs via Kulyab. On the way enjoy the view of Nurek lake dam and discover Hulbuk fortress in Vose and the mausoleum of a poet and scholar of the 14th century, Khoja Mir Sayid Hamadani in Kulyab. Overnight in a home-stay in Kalai-Khumb town. 355km

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of  day 780 in Dushanbe, highest point 2126 m on Shurobod pass,  end of day 1295m in Kalai-khumb

Day 2. Kalai-Khumb Khorog. (250km 8-10 hours of driving, the road is not so good)
Departing Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz) and heading to Khorog. Short stop in Porshinev at the monument of NasirKhusraw, one of the great poets of Persian language and an important Muslim philosopher. Overnight in a homestay in Khorog. 250 km.

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of  day 1295m in Kalaikhumb, ,  end of day 2100m in Khorog

Day 3. Khorog    Wakhan Corridor/Hissor. (266km 10-12 hours of driving)
Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Historical Museum, City Park and Visit Tourism Information Center. After heading to Ishkashim. On the way short stop to soak in Garm-Chashma hot spring and watch from distance Kuhi Lal, ruby mines. Driving to Wakhan Corridor. Visiting the ruins of Kah-Kaha and Yamchun fortresses, Bibi Fotima hot-spring, pre-Islamic shrines, Museum of Sufi Muboraki Wakhoni, astronomer and scholar of the 19th century and trekking to Langar petro glyphs. Overnight in a homestay in Hisor village. 266 km

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of  day 2100m in Khorog, highest point Yamchun 3200m,  end of day Langar 2800m

Day 4. Hissor Bulunkul lake Murghab. (275km 10-12 hours of driving)  
Driving to Bulunkul (coldest place in Tajikistan) along Pamir River via Khargush Pass (4344 m). 2-3 hours hike to the pass viewpoint (Panarama Ridge) for the great view of the whole Wakhan valley, both Tajik and Afghan. Drive to Yashilkul (Green) lake to enjoy the beauty of the lake. Driving to Alichur through Sasykul and Tuzkul lakes, to observe and see beautiful landscape. In the afternoon continue driving to Murghab. Overnight in a homestay/hotel in Murgab. 275km.

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of day Langar 2800m, highest point 4344 m on Khargush pass,  end of day 3630m in Murgab.

Day 5. Murghab Modian. Day boating on Murghab River on the route Murghab-Madian valley: enjoying the Eastern Pamir landscape from a different prospective. In the evening driving back to Murghab. Overnight in a homestay/hotel in Murghab. 0 km
Altitude above sea level during the day: beginning of the day 3630m Murghab, in the end of day 3500m Modian.

Day 6. Murghab Karakul village. (210km 8-9 hours of driving)
Departing Murghab and driving to Rangkul and Shorkul lakes. Good chance to see the rare Indian goose (AnserI1ndicus).In the afternoon heading towards the biggest lake in Tajikistan Karakul (Black lake). Continue driving to Karakul village via the highest point of the Pamir Highway, Ak-Baital pass (4656 m). Short stop near the fist Tsarist Russian military base in the Pamirs.In the afternoon hiking along the Karakul lake. Overnight in a homestay or yurt in Karakul village. 210km

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of day 3630m in Murgab highest point 4656m on Ak-Baital pass,  end of day 3930m in Karakul.

Day 7. Karakul Sary Tash Osh (294km 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Karakul and heading to Sary-Tash of Kyrgyzstan. On the way short stop to see the Karaart geoglyphs (8th-3rd century BC).After discovering the village of Sary-Tash. If there are no clouds on the horizon enjoying the view of Lenin Peak (7134m). Afternoon drive to Osh. 294km

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of  day 3930m in Karakul highest point 3589m on Taldik  pass,  end of day 950m in Osh.

What you will see: Panj River and its gorges, along the Afghan border / The famous Wakhan valley /Ancient fortresses Kah-Kaa (III century BC-VII century) and Yamchun (III-I century BC) / Petroglyphs / Yashilkul, Bulunkul and Karakuls fantastic sceneries / the Pamir plateau
What you will enjoy: historical places / bathing in hot springs / amazing scenery of the Afghan Hindu-Kush / Pamiri hospitality / Boating in Murghab River/ to see Indian goose (Anser Indicus)

Note:
1)    Possibility additionally to arrange one more day trekking and one night stay in Jizev, Bartang valley.
2)    One more day trekking to Engels Peak meadow camp.  

Total distance: 1650km.

Total price for; 1 pax 1265USD, 2 pax 1444USD, 3 pax 1631.2USD, 4 pax 1830USD

Price includes:
    Transport (4x4), including fuel
    Reliable driver per diems
    Entrance fees (hot springs, Khorog Museum, Botanical Garden and National Park)
    Boating on Murgab River
    Office charge including tax    

Price does not include:
    Visa and GBAO permit
    Food and accommodation
    Yak Safari
    Insurance
    Flights
    Guide service
    All other personal expenses

Accommodation options:

1.    Dushanbe -        - 3* Meridian Hotel or 3* Vatan Hotel, double room and single room
2.    Kalai-Khumb     - district center, 4* Karon Palace and MSDSP guesthouse
3.    Khorog               - Pamir Alibaba Hotel and Emerald Hotel, double room and single room
4.    Hissor                 - guesthouse, double room and twin room, share bathroom
5.    Murghab           - hotel Pamir and some other guesthouses
6.    Karakul              - guesthouse, double room and twin room, share bathroom
7.    Osh                     - Hotel Intourist and guesthouses