Discover the Pamirs in 12 Days with a trek to sarez lake

Discover the Pamirs in 12 Days
Dushanbe - KalaiKhumb Sarez Lake Khorog Wakhan Burunkul Khorog - Dushanbe
With a  trek to Sarez Lake

ITINERARY
Day 1. Dushanbe Kalai-Khumb (355km, 8-10 hours of driving including stops)
Picking-up from a hotel in Dushanbe and heading to Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz). On the way enjoying the view of Nurek Lake Dam and discovering 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.

(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 Jizev (225km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Departing Kalai-Khumb (Darvaz) and heading to Jizev of the Bartang valley. On the way enjoying the Afghan villages along the Panj (Oxsus) River. Short stop in Vomar to see the ruins of Womar fortress. 2-3 hours hiking uphill to Jizev village. Overnight in a homestay in Jizev. 225km
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(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 1295 Kalai-Khumb , at end of the day 2800m JIzev)

Day 3. Jizev Barchidev (120km, 6-8 hours of driving)
In the morning discovering the village and the lakes. Hiking down to the main road and driving to Barchidev village. Overnight in a homestay in Barchidiv. 120km.

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2800 Jizev , at end of the day 2900m Barchidev)

Day 4. Barchidev Sarez lake (0km)
Trekking to Sarez Lake (8-10 hours) which was formed in 1911, as a result of a great earthquake, when the Murghab River was blocked by a big landslide. Camping.

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2900m Barchidev, at end of the day 3263mSarez Lake)

Day 5. Sarez lake
Relax and trekking day. Camping.

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 3263m Sarez Lake, at end of the day 3263m Sarez Lake)

Day 6. Sarez lake Barchidev (0km)
Trekking back to Barchidev village. Overnight in a homestay.

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 3263m Sarez Lake, at end of the day 2900 Barchadev)

Day 7. Barchidev Khorog (220km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Heading to Khorog. Short stop in Porshinev at the monument of Nasir Khusraw, one of the great poets of Persian language and an important Muslim philosopher of the 10th century. Overnight in a hotel in Khorog. 220km.

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2900m Barchidev, at end of the day 2100m Khorog)

Day 8. Khorog Ishkashim (150km, 7-8 hours of driving)
Morning Khorog City Tour: Botanical Garden, City Park, and Historical Museum. After lunch driving to Ishkashim. 150km

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2100m Khorog, at end of the day 2500m Ishkashim)

Day 9. Ishkashim Langar/Hisor (135km, 6-8 hours of driving)
Departing Ishkashim and driving to the Wakhan Corridor. Visit 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. 2-3 hours trek on the route Zong-Langar to see the ruins of Abreshimkala (Silk fortress) and Langar petro glyphs. Overnight in a homestay in Hisor village. 135km

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2500m Ishkashim, at end of the day 2800mHissor)

Day 10. Hisor Jelondy (210km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Heading towards Murghab region, a very isolated and cold part of Tajikistan, through Khargush Pass (4344 m) and high mountains salty-lakes. Short detour to Bulunkul and Yashilkul lakes. Overnight in a guest-house in Jelondy village. 210km

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 2800m Hisor. The highest point - Khargush Pass 4344m. At end of the day 3500m Jelondi)

Day 11. Jelondy Kalai-Khumb (380km, 10-12 hours of driving)
Departing Jelondy and heading to Khorog. On the way short hike to the ruins of Zoroastrian fire temple in Boghev. After lunch driving to Kalai-Khumb. Overnight in a homestay in Kalai-Khumb. 380km

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 3500 Jelondi.. At end of the day 1295m Kalai Khumb)

Day 12. Kalai-Khumb Dushanbe (283km, 8-10 hours of driving)
Heading to Dushanbe via the Sagirdasht pass (3252 m). Short stop to stretch the legs at Goluboye Ozero (Blue Lake). Overnight in a guest-house in Dushanbe. 283km

(Altitudes above sea level during the day: in the beginning of the  day 1295m Kalai Khumb. The highest point Sagirdasht Pass 3252m. At end of the day 780m Dushanbe)


Total Distance: 2080 km.

What you will see: Pyanj River and its gorges along the Afghan border / The beautiful landscape of Wakhan /ruins of Kah-Kaha, Yamchun, Abreshimkala (Silk fortress), Vomar and Khulbuk Fortresses/ the picturesque village of Jizev /  Fantastic landscapes of Yashilkul and Sarez lakes / Pamir Plateau / Dam on Nurek Lake /

What you will Enjoy: historical places / Pamir hospitality / breathtaking landscape of Yashikul and Sarez lakes / the opportunity to see ducks and red-book Indian goose (Anser Indicus) in their natural habitat / Fishing for a marinka or osman / hot spring Jelondi and Bibi-Fatima/

Total price: 1 pax - $ 1638.7, 2 pax $ 1956, 3pax$2628.7, 4 pax- $3135.6.

Trip includes:
    Transport (4WD)
    Entrance tickets (Khorog Botanical garden, national park, museums and hot springs)
    Sarez lake Trek
    Tax and office fee
Trip does not include:
    Insurance
    Food and accommodation
    Fishing and boating on Sarez lake
    Visa/GBAO permit
    Guide
    All other personal expenses
Accommodation options:
1.    - Kalai-Khumb            - district center, 4* Karon Palace and MSDSP guesthouse,
2.    - Jizew                         - home stay or guesthouse LOLA
3.    - Barchadev                 - guesthouse or home stay
4.    - Sarez                         - camping in tents
5.    - Sarez                         - camping in tents
6.    - Barchadev                 - home stay or guesthouses
7.    - Khorog                      - 3* Pamir Alibaba Hotel and Emerald Hotel, homestays and hostels are available
8.    - Ishkashim                  - Guesthouse Anis double room and single room, hostels
9.    - Hissor                        - guesthouse, double rooms and twin rooms, share bathroom
10.     - Jelondi                      - sanatorium or guesthouses and home stays
11.    - Kalai-Khumb             - district center, 4* Karon Palace and MSDSP guesthouse,
12.    - Dushanbe                   - 3* Meridian Hotel or 3* Vatan Hotel, double room and single room