Tajikistan: The Pamir Highway
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The Pamir Highway is undoubtedly one of the world’s most stunning roads and yet few Westerners have ever travelled its length, lying as it does in a rarely visited and remote part of Central Asia.
Our journey begins in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, from where we head east to Kalai-Khumb to meet the Amu Darya River - the ancient Oxus - and follow it upstream alongside the Afghan border into the Wakhan Corridor. This narrow valley, which lies between the mighty Pamirs and the Hindu Kush, once formed a highly strategic buffer zone between the British and Russian empires during the era of ‘The Great Game’ in the 19th century and is today being eyed by China as a possible new trading route as part of their plans to regenerate the Silk Road. Continuing up to Murgab and Lake Karakul, we’ll take an adventurous route through the central Pamirs and the Bartang Valley, eventually finishing back in Dushanbe. In true Wild Frontiers style there will be ample time to explore on foot and meet with local Tajiks, who uniquely amongst the Central Asians share more of a linguistic and cultural link with Persia than with Turkey.
Combining some of the world’s most striking mountain scenery, homestays with the most hospitable locals and an ancient culture that hasn’t changed for thousands of years, this is very much a trip for the exploratory traveller.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DUSHANBE
DAY 2: IN DUSHANBE
DAY 3: DUSHANBE - KALAI-KHUMB
DAY 4: KALAI-KHUMB - KHOROG
DAY 5: IN KHOROG
DAY 6: KHOROG - ISHKASHIM - YAMG
DAY 7: YAMG - LANGAR
DAY 8: LANGAR - YASHIK KUL LAKE
DAY 9: YASHIK KUL LAKE - MURGAB
DAY 10: IN & AROUND MURGAB
DAY 11: MURGAB - KARAKUL
DAY 12: KARAKUL - BARTANG VALLEY
DAY 13: IN BARTANG VALLEY
DAY 14: BARTANG VALLEY - KALAI-KHUMB
DAY 15: KALAI-KHUMB - DUSHANBE
DAY 16: TOUR ENDS IN DUSHANBE