13 DAYS TO DISCOVER CENTRAL ASIA THROUGH THE PAMIR HIGHWAY

13 Days to discover Central Asia      
                                                             

Tashkent - Samarkand - Dushanbe - Wakhan Corridor - Osh 



Through the Pamir Highway and Wakhan Corridor 


                                          


Day 1. Arrival to Tashkent Airport. Meeting with the company representative. City tour: Hast Imam Square with its madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi (XVI century) and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. The world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman - Ottoman has been preserved here. Ottoman Quran is the primary source of Islam holy book that was written in the middle of VII century. After lunch visit Chorsu Bazaar. Overnight in a hotel in Tashkent.


Meals: B/L/D/                                                                                                     
Altitudes above sea level during all day: 455m Tashkent                                                  
                                                                                                                                                        
Day 2. Transfer to the airport. Fly to Bukhara. Meeting with the company representative at the airport. Bukhara City Tour: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma-i Ayub Mausoleum, Ark Citadel (5th century AD), Poi-Kalyan (XII-XVI) and Lyabi-Khauz (XVI-XVII) Ensembles. Overnight in a hotel in Bukhara.


Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 455m Tashkent. At end of the day – 230m Bukhara                                                                                     

Day 3. Depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand. On the way visit Imam al-Bukhari Memorial Museum, which is located in a modern building, near Samanid’s Mausoleum; Registan Square - a real gem located in the very heart of the ancient city of Samarkand; Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV century); Bibi-Khanym Mosque; Observatory of Ulugbek; Shakhi Zinda Necropolis. Overnight in a hotel in Samarkand.

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 230m Bukhara. At end of the day – 705m Samarkand

Day 4. Depart Samarkand and drive to Sarazm (Penjikent) Uzbek-Tajik border check-post. Cross into Tajikistan. Meet with a Tajik Guide and drivers. Drive to Dushanbe. Overnight in a guest-house in Dushanbe. 290 km

Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 705m Samarkand. The highest point 910m Sarazm. At end of the day – 780m Dushanbe

Day 5. Half day Dushanbe City Tour: Museum of Antiquities, Ismaili Center, Gurminj Museum of Traditional Musical Instruments. In the afternoon head to the Pamirs. On the way enjoy the view of Nurek lake dam and discover Hulbuk fortress and the mausoleum of a poet and scholar of the 14th century, Khoja Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani in Kulyab. Overnight in a homestay in Kalai-Khumb town. 405 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 780m Dushanbe. The highest point 2126m Shurobod. At end of the day –1295m Kalai-Khumb

Day 6. Depart Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz) and head to Khorog. On the way enjoy the Afghan villages along the Panj (Oxsus) River. Overnight in a homestay in Khorog. 250 km

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

Day 7. Half day Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, Historical Museum, City Park, Visitor Information Center. After lunch depart Khorog and drive to Ishkashim. Overnight in a guest-house in Ishkashim. 150 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 2100m Khorog. At end of the day –2600m Ishkashim

Day 8. Drive to the Wakhan Corridor. Visit the ruins of Kah-Kaha and Yamchun fortresses, Bibi Fotima hot-spring, pre-Islamic shrines, Museum of Sufi Muboraki Vakhoni, astronomer and scholar of the 19th century. 2-3 hours trek on the route Zong-Langar to see the ruins of Abreshimkala (‘Silk fortress’) and Langar petroglyphs. Overnight in a homestay in Langar village. 135 km

Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 2600m Ishkashim. The highest point ~2900m Zong - Langar trek route. At end of the day –2800m Langar

Day 9. Drive to Bulunkul (the 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. In the evening drive to Yashilkul (‘Green’) lake to meet the sunset. Overnight in a home-stay in Bulunkul settlement. 130 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 2800m Langar. At end of the day –3737m Bulunkul

Day 10. Depart Bulunkul and head to Rangkul village through the Rangkul and Shorkul lakes. Good chance to observe the rare Indian goose (Anser Indicus) in its natural habitat. In the afternoon walk around the village. Overnight in a homestay in Rangkul. 210 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 3737m Bulunkul. At end of the day –3781m Rangkul

Day 11. Depart Rangkul village and head to Sary-Tash of Kyrgyzstan. On the way short stop to walk along the Karakul lake. Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan. If there are no clouds on the horizon enjoy the view of Lenin Peak (7134m) Sary-Tash. Overnight in a homestay in Sary-Tash. 265 km

Meals: B/Picnic/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 3781m Rangkul.The highest point 4656m Ak-Baital pass. At end of the day –3153m Sary-Tash

Day 12. Drive to Osh. Check-in in a guest-house. After lunch Osh City Tour: Sulaiman Too, Osh Bazaar, and City Park. Overnight in a guest-house in Osh. 190 km

Meals: B/L/D
Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the day – 3153m Sary-Tash. At end of the day –950m Osh

Day 13. Transfer to the Osh Airport. Fly to Bishkek. 20 km                                                                                                                                                                                


Total tour price for 2 persons:
3773.2 USD $1886.2 person, 145.1 USD per person/day
                  

Trip Includes:
     
     Transport/Transfer
     Flight Tashkent-Bukhara
     Food and accommodation
     Entrance tickets (all museums, hot springs, Botanical Garden and Tajik National Park)
     Guide (for Uzbekistan part)
     Office charge including tax

Trip does not includes:
     Visa (Tajik and Uzbek) and GBAO permit
     Insurance
     Flight Osh -Bishkek
     International flights
     All other personal expenses

Complementary:
      A liter of drinking water person/day

Accommodation options:
1.      -Tashkent, 3* Hotels or equivalent guesthouses
2.      -Bukhara, 3* Hotels or equivalent guesthouses
3.      -Samarkand, 3* Hotels or equivalent guesthouses
4.      -Dushanbe, 3* Meridian Hotel or 3* Vatan Hotel, double room and single room
5.      -Kalai-Khumb, district center, 4* Karon Palace and MSDSP guesthouse,
6.      -Khorog, Pamir Alibaba Hotel and Emerald Hotel, double room and single room
7.      -Ishkashim, ANIS guesthouse
8.      -Hissor, Davlatkon guesthouse, double room and twin room, share bathroom
9.      -Bulunkul, Sharob guesthouse or any other guesthouses
10.    -Rangkul, Erkin guesthouse or any other homestays
11.    -Sary-Tash, Mirbek or Berdish guesthouse
12.    -Osh, Hotel Intourist, guesthouse TES or any other guesthouses