Discover the Pamirs in 8 days Dushanbe Kalai-Khumb Khorog Javshangoz Bulunkul Murghab - Osh Through Shokhdara Valley to Pamir Highway

Discover the Pamirs in 8 days
Dushanbe Kalai-Khumb Khorog Javshangoz Bulunkul Murghab - Osh
Through Shokhdara Valley to Pamir Highway

ITINERARY

Day 1. Dushanbe Kalai-Khumb (355km, 10-12 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 enjoying 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 Ali Hamadani in Kulyab.  Overnight in a home-stay in Kalai-Khumb town. 355km.

Meals: L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day - 780 m in Dushanbe, at end of the day - 1295m in Kalai- Khumb

Day 2. Kalai-khumb Khorog (250km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing KalaiKhumb (Darvaz) and heading to Khorog. On the way enjoying the Afghan villages along the Panj (Oxsus) River. Short stop in Rushan to see the ruins of Womar fortress (19th century CE). Overnight in a homestay/hotel in Khorog. 250km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day - 1295m in Kalai- Khumb, at end of the day 2100m in Khorog

Day 3. Khorog Jawshangoz (160km, 9-10 hours of driving)
Morning Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Historical Museum, City Park. Heading to Shokhdara valley (Valley of Kings). 2-3 hours trek to Durumkul lake. The lake and its surrounds have been identified by Bird Life International as a 380 km2 Important Bird Area (IBA). Visit Deruj Fortress (2nd-3rd centuries CE). Overnight in a homestay in Jawshangoz. 160km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day - 2100m in Khorog, at end of the day - 3500m in Jawshangoz

Day 4.  Jawshangoz Engels Peak base camp (0km)
Day hike towards the base camp of Engels (6507 m), North Face. Overnight in a homestay in Jawshangoz. 0km.

Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: the highest point of this day would be 4500m

Day 5. Jawshangoz Bulunkul (110km, 6-8 hours of driving)
Driving to Bulunkul via Maisara pass. Stop near the Turumtakul alpine lake (4202 m). After lunch in Bulunkul village, (the coldest place in Tajikistan), visit local secondary school and talk to the head teacher. In the evening drive to Yashilkul (Green Lake) to meet the sunset. Overnight in a homestay in Bulunkul. 110km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day3500m in Jawshangoz, the highest Maisara pass 4432m  and at end of the day 3737mBulunkul

Day 6. Bulunkul Murghab Karakul (275km, 10-12 hours of driving)
Departing Bulunkul and driving to Alichur for two hors yak ride possibility to observe the wildlife (in particular of Marco Polo sheep and Ibex). After lunch depart Alichur and driving to Karakul village via the highest point of the Pamir Highway, Ak-Baital pass (4655 m). On the way short stop in Murghab to see the local bazaar and souvenir shops. Next stop near the first Tsarist military post. In the evening hike along the Karakul (black) Lake. Overnight in a homestay in Karakul. 275km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day - 3737m Bulunkul, the highest pass Ak Baital 4655m and at end of the day Karakul 3930m

Day 7. Karakul Tajik/Kyrgyz border Sary-Mogol Lenins peak base camp (185km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Karakul in the early morning and driving to Osh. Crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan and driving to Sary-Mogol for a day hike towards the Lenin Peak base camp (7134 m).Overnight in a homestay in Sary-Mogol. 185 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day:  beginning of the  day - Karakul 3930m, and at end of the day - 3355m in Sary Mogol

Day 8. Sary-Mogol Osh (265km, 6-8 hours of driving)
Heading to Osh. After lunch Osh City Tour: Suleiman Too, Osh Bazaar and City Park. Overnight in a hotel in Osh. 265 km.

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day:  beginning of the  day - 3355m in Sary Mogol, and at end of the day -950m Osh
    
Total Distance: 1600 km
What you will see: Panj River and its gorges, along the Afghan border / Deruj Fortress (2nd-3rd centuries CE) / Engels peak base camp / Yashilkul, Durumkul and Karakul la kes / the Pamir plateau / Hulbuk Fortress / Nurek lake dam/Suleiman Too

What you will enjoy: historical places / Durumkul s, Yashikuls and Karakuls fantastic scenery/ beauty of Shohdaras landscape / possibility of seeing ducks and Indian goose (AnserIndicus) in their natural habitat / yak ride/ Pamiri hospitality /

Total price: 1 pax- $ 1396.1, 2 pax- $ 1713.6, 3 pax $ 2302.5, 4 pax- $ 2777
Trip Includes:
    Transport(4WD)
    Food and Accommodation
    Reliable Driver
    Yak ride in Alichur
    Entrance fees (Botanical garden, museum, hot spring, Tajik National park)
Tripdoes not include:
    Visa and GBAO permit
    Insurance
    Flights
    Guide
    All other expenses

Complementary:
-    A liter of drinking water (person/day)

Accommodation options:
1.    -Kalai-Khumb   - district center, 4* Karon Palace and MSDSP guesthouse,
2.    -Khorog             - Pamir Alibaba Hotel and Emerald Hotel, double room and single room
3.    -Jawshangoz      - guesthouse or homestay double room and twin room, share bathroom
4.    -Bulunkul          - homestay Sharob or some other guesthouses
5.    -Karakul            - homestay Erkin, Sadat, double room and twin room, share bathroom
6.    -Sary-Mogol      - guesthouses or yurts
7.    -Osh                   - Hotel Intourist and guesthouses