Pamir Grand Tour in 16 Days Osh – Murghab – Wakhan – Khorog – Sarez Lake – Kalai-Khumb – Dushanbe

Pamir Grand Tour in 16 Days
Osh – Murghab – Wakhan – Khorog – Sarez Lake – Kalai-Khumb – Dushanbe

Through the Pamir Highway to Wakhan Corridor

Day 1. Osh – Tulparkul-lake (266km, 7-8 hours of driving including stops)
After flying into Osh, Kyrgyzstan, heading to Sary-Mogol, a village which offers the best views of Lenin Peak (7134 m).Half day hike towards the Lenin Peak base camp. Overnight in a homestay or yurt in Tulpar Lake. 266km
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 950m Osh. At end of the day – 3500m Tulpar Lake.

Day 2. Tulparkul-lake – Karakul lake – Murghab (316km, 10-12 hours of driving)
Driving towards the biggest lake in Tajikistan – Karakul via Bordeba-Kyzyl-Art, Kyrgyz-Tajik border check post. Hiking along the Karakul lake. In the afternoon continue driving to Murghab via the highest pass in former Soviet Union, Ak-Baital (4656m). Short stop near the first Tsarist Russian military base in the Pamirs. Murghab sightseeing: local bazaar and handicraft shops. Overnight in a home stay in Murghab. 316 km.
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 3500m Tulparkul lake, the highest point 4656 Ak-baital pass . At the end of the day – 3630 Murghab.

Day 3.
Option A. Day boating on Murghab River on the route Murghab-Madian valley: enjoying the Eastern Pamir landscape from a different prospective.
Option B. 8-10 hours trekking from Pshart valley to Madian valley. Overnight in a homestay/hotel in Murghab.
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the whole day: 3630m Murghab, Madian village 3500m

Day 4. Murghab – Bulunkul (145km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Driving to Alichur for a half-day yak safari to observe the rare wildlife (in particular of Marco-Polo sheep and Ibex).In the evening driving to Bulunkul settlement (the coldest place in Tajikistan) with a few stops on Sassykkul and Tuzkul lakes. Overnight in a homestay in Bulunkul settlement. 145km
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 3630m Murghab. At end of the day – 3737mBulunkul

Day 5. Bulunkul – Langar (130km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Bulunkul and driving to Langar, the first settlement in the Tajik Wakhan on our way along the Pamir River via Khargush Pass (4344 m). Short hike to Ratm fortress watch tower (wonderful view). Kind of isolated area with wild life. Overnight in a home stay in Langar. 130km.
Meals: B/Picnic/D        
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 3737m Bulunkul, the highest point 4344m Khargush Pass. At end of the day – 2800m Langar.

Day 6. Langar – Engels meadow trek (20km, 15 mins of driving)
Engels Meadow Trek. Highlights: great view of immense Engels (6507 m) South Face. Overnight in a homestay in Langar. 20km
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day: 2800m Langar, the highest point 4100m Engels Meadow Camp.

Day 7. Langar – Khorog (246km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Driving to Khorog. On the way visit the Museum of Sufi Muboraki Wakhoni, astronomer and scholar of the 19th century, ruins of Yamchun fortresses (3-1 centuries BCE), soak in Bibi-Fotima hot spring. Overnight in a homestay in Khorog. 246km
Meals: B/L or Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 2800m Langar, the highest point Yamchun fortress 3200m. At the end of the day – 2100m Khorog.

Day 8. Khorog – Jelondy (180km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Khorog and heading to Shokhdara (‘Valley of Kings’). Short stops at the pre-Islamic shrines. After lunch continue driving to Pamir Highway through Turumtakul lake(4202 m) and Maisara pass. Overnight in a guest-house in Jelondy village. 180km
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 2100m Khorog, the highest point Maysara  Pass 4936m. At the end of the day – 3500m Jelondy.

Day 9. Jelondy – Khorog (160km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Heading to Khorog. Afternoon Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Historical Museum and City Park. Overnight in a homestay in Khorog. 160 km.
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – Jelondy 3500m. At the end of the day – 2100m Khorog.

Day 10. Khorog – Barchidev (210km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Khorog and driving to Barchidiv village of the Bartang valley. Short stops to stretch the legs. Overnight in a homestay in Barchidev. 210 km.
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day 2100m Khorog, at the end of the day – 2900m Barchidev.

Day 11. Sarez lake.
Day trek to Sarez Lake. Camping.
Meals: B/Picnic/Picnic
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 2900m Barchidev, at the end of the day – 3263m Sarez Lake.

Day 12. Sarez lake.
Relax day: ‘Marinka’ and false-Osman fishing or boating. Camping.
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 3263m Sarez Lake.

Day 13. Sarez – Barchidev.
Trek back to Barchidev village via the same way. Overnight in a homestay in Barchidiv.
Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 3263m Sarez Lake, at the end of the day – 2900m Barchidev.

Day 14. Barchidev – Kalai-Khumb (340km, 10-12 hours of driving)
Departing Barchidiv and driving towards Dushanbe along the Panj (Oxsus) River. Enjoying the view of the Afghan villages. Overnight in a homestay in Kalai-Khumb.  340km
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 2900m Barchidev, at the end of the day – 1295m Kalai-Khumb.

Day 15. Kalai-Khumb – Dushanbe (355km, 10-12 hours of driving)
Heading to Dushanbe. Short stop to see the mausoleum of a poet and scholar of the 14th century Khoja Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani in Kulyab, Hulbuk fortress and at the viewpoint of Norak Lake Dam. Overnight in a guesthouse in Dushanbe. 355km
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day – 1295m Kalai Khumb, the highest point Shurobod pass 2126m, at the end of the day – 780m Dushanbe.

Day 16. Dushanbe (50km)
Dushanbe City Tour: Museum of Antiquities, National museum, local Bazaar and Ismaili Center. Overnight in a guesthouse. 50km
Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day; 780m Dushanbe.

Total Distance: 2398 km

What you will see: Panj River and its gorges, along the Afghan border / Beautiful Afghan Wakhan landscape /  The famous Wakhan valley /Ancient fortresses Kah-Kaa and Yamchun (III-I century BC) / Petroglyphs / Tulparkul, Karakul, Yashilkul, Sarez and Turumtakul lakes / the Pamir plateau / Hulbuk Fortress / Nurek lake dam

What you will enjoy: historical places / bathing in hot springs / Famous Wakhan corridor beauty/ amazing scenery of the Afghan Hindu-Kush / Engels meadow trek / Pamiri hospitality / Yashikul, Sarez, Karakul and Turumtakul fantastic scenery / possibility of seeing ducks and Indian goose (Anser Indicus) in their natural habitat

Total tour price: 1pax - $ 2407, 2 pax -$3287, 3pax –$4333, 4 pax –$5347

Trip price includes:
    Transport (4WD)
    Reliable Driver
    Fuel price for traveling to Osh from Khorog
    Food and Accommodation
    Entrance fees (hot springs, museums, Botanical Garden, Tajik National Park, Sarez Lake)
    Boating on Murgab River or Madian-Pshart Trek (guide and lunch)
    Yak Safari
    Sarez lake Trek
    Office charge including tax

Trip does not includes:
    Visa and GBAO permit
    Fishing or Boating on Sarez Lake
    Insurance
    Flights
    All other personal expenses

Complementary:
    A liter of drinking water day/person

Accommodation options:
1.     -Tulpar Lake      -yurt camp
2.     -Murghab           -Hotel Pamir or yurt
3.     -Murghab           -Hotel Pamir or yurt
4.    -Bulunkul           -homestay Sharob
5.     -Hissor               -guesthouse Davlatkhon
6.     -Hissor               -guesthouse Davlatkhon
7.     -Khorog              -Emerald Hotel
8.     -Jelondy             -Sanatorium
9.     -Khorog             -Emerald Hotel
10.    -Barchadev        -guesthouse
11.    -Sarez                -Lake camping
12.    -Sarez                -Lake camping
13.    -Barchadiv         -guesthouse
14.    -Kalai-Khumb    -MSDSP guesthouse
15.     -Dushanbe          -3* Meridian Hotel
16.     -Dushanbe          -3* Meridian Hotel