Description

During this tour you would get acquainted with the historical and archeological sites of the Pamirs and Tajikistan. You would enjoy the beautiful scenery with river Oxus that makes the boundary line between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the photogenic places with shrines, signs as well as the beautiful mountain scenery of the Pamirs. And last but not the least you would observe the preserved culture, tradition and the life style of the Tajik and Pamirian people in the remote villages of the Pamirs in Bartang Valley and Wakhan. During the tour there would be 1-day hikings (for aclimatization) (i) in Poi Mazor village to the Fedchenko Glacier direction, (ii) hiking to and from Gizev village with one day stay in Gizev enjoying the lakes in the village, (iii) 1-day hiking in Langar village (Wakhan valley) to the petroglyphs sites (over 6000 petroglyphs) and good view of the Marks and Engels peaks and (iv) 5-day trekking from Yashilkul lake to Bardara village.



Briefly about the tour

Tour code: PETT-CT02
Tour type: Combined tour
Duration: 21 days
Group size: 1 - 15 pax
Seasonality: May - October
Difficulty: 7/10
Highlights: Bartang valley, Lakes (Uchkul, Yashilkul, Chapdarkul, Bulunkul), Fedchenko glacier view, Wakhan corridor, Afghan market (on Saturdays only), museums, historical places, hot springs, etc.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dushanbe
Meeting and welcoming the guests in airport. Transfer to hotel. Evening walks across Dushanbe. B/L/D.
Day 2: Dushanbe
Visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and Museum of Antiquities. Excursion to Hissar Fortress, the Kohna Madrassah museum and nearby Seminary. Lunch at a local restaurant in Hissar. Driving back to Dushanbe. Overnight in Hotel in Dushanbe. B/L/D.
Day 3: Departure to the Pamirs
Departure to the Pamirs via Tawildara and Khaburabad pass (3252 m) or via Kulyab region. When we pass over Khaburabad to Kalaikhum the scenery and the people change again. The people here are Pamiris with their own languages. Kalaikhum is located on the Panj River, a major tributary of the famous Amu Darya (Oxus) River. Accommodation in a private guesthouse. In Kalaikhum. B/L/D.
Day 4: Driving from Kalai khumb to Poimazor
From Kalaikhumb we leave for Poi Mazar through Vanj valley with some 180 km of terrain ahead of us, and the promise of some spectacular scenery along the way. The road joins the river Panj, which in turn forms the border with Afghanistan. The contrast across the river valley is telling, Tajikistan is undoubtedly a poor country, but in general the roads are sealed and buildings are connected with electricity. The situation barely 100m away is even starker, and it is as if the river represents not just a physical divide, but also a step back in time. The valley of the Vanj is wide and green. We will explore this remote small village and the way of living and culture of people. Overnight in Home stay. (BLD)
Day 5: Trekking to Geological Society and Bears glacier
Trekking from Poi Mazar to Geological Society and Bears glacier (about 5 hours of moderate walking). This trek starts from the end of the road Poi-Mazar Bolo towards the Geological Society Glacier. This road actually continues half-way up till the destroyed bridge. There are the Geological Society Glacier (15 km) on the left and Bears Glaciers to the right side of Banj River. These glaciers are small parts of famous Fedchenko glacier. The Fedchenko Glacier, more than 70 km in length, is one of the longest glaciers on earth (outside of the Arctic). Topographical features are therefore characterized by sharp and pin-pointed peaks rising above a plateau of flat and round forms sculptured by glacial and fluvial action. We will do a pleasant walking along the left bank of the river up towards Garmodara River. After 4hours of gentle walking we will stop to take a rest and have picnic. After picnic an easy descent down, true of the road gets to the Poi-Mazar Bolo where will stay for overnight in local home stay. Meals: (BLD)
Day 6: Driving to Gizew
Moving (with car) to Gisev. Gisev village is one of the ecological villages in the Pamirs that still has neither vehicle road not electrical cabling. Some houses use solar energy or small generators. The entire valley has only about 15 houses. This valley has many small beautiful lakes, different varieties of birds and herbs and few groves and is very popular for tourists. We will cross the Bartang river through wooden bridge. Further we begin the trek to Gisev village (7 km). Homestay. B/L/D.
Day 7: Gisew
A full day here allows for a thorough exploration of the area. Renowned for its beautiful and clear lakes, the area is incredibly scenic and is a good place to sample the traditional Pamiri way of life. We will have short walks up to some of the higher lakes. Bartang folklore music. Homestay. B/L/D.
Day 8: Gisew - Khorog
We will descent to the main road and drive to Khorog. The road will follow near Panj River. Khorog is the administrative centre of the Pamir region, dramatically set deep in the valley at the confluence of the Panj and Ghunt rivers and boxed in by the mountain peaks. Accommodation in hotel. B/L/D.
Day 9: Khorog
Visit, to the Ethnographical Museum, Botanical Garden (one of the highest in the world) and the construction site of one of Central Asia University’s campuses (unique university of its kind that is specifically developed for the mountain regions by the Aga Khan IV the leader of Ismaili Shia Muslims of the World, and its campuses are spread in tree countries, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan). Accommodation in hotel. B/L/D.
Day 10: Khorog - Ishkashim
Not far from Khorog (45 km) there is the famous Mineral Hot Spring-Garm Chashma and Ruby Mines of Khu i Lal (where Badakhshani rubies were mined as early as 14th century). The road to Ishkashim is smooth journey. Ishkashim is a small town at the mouth of the Wakhan corridor, where the 19th century Great Game ended. Continuing up northwards we will see amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right; a number of peaks in view are above 6,000m. If we are lucky and we arrive to Ishkashim on Saturday, we will be able to visit the Crosse border Tajik-Afghan market on the Afghan side. There is no need to obtain Afghan visa for this visit. Guesthouse. B/L/D.
Day 11: Ishkashim to Langar
On the way we will visit the Kah-Kaha in Namadgut one of the oldest fortress on the Silk Road, museum a local scholar, theologian, poet and traveler Sufi Muborak-Kadami Vakhani, who died in 1910. There is a stone pillar with a hole near his house, which he used to calculate a solar calendar. His house is decorated with inscriptions and decorations made by the scholar. On the way we will visit Buddhist Stupa in Vrang, sacred hot springs of Bibi Fatima Zahra, ruins of Yamchun fortress (IV-III B.C.) that once guarded Pamir branch of the Great Silk Road. Home stay. B/L/D.
Day 12: Langar
Langar is situated on the crossroad of the Wakhan Corridor with Pamir and Wakhan rivers where the Great Game took place (reached by Capt John Wood in 1838). Visit to sacred place Shoh Kambari Oftob in the middle of village and hiking to the famous Vakhan Collection of (3200m) petroglyphs. There are about 6,000 petroglyphs showing different scenes of the life of Ancient people of Pamirs. Homestay. B/L/D.
Day 13: Langar -Yashilkul Lake
After breakfast we will leave the spectacular views of Afghanistan, with the ice-capped summit of the Wakhan Range, and the Pamir River and will cross Khargushi pass. We will arrive to Bulun Kul and Yashil Kul Lakes, where we will stay in a small hamlet of Bulunkul. The people living here are Pamiris, Tajiks and Kyrgyz nomads living in a harsh but hospitable environment. Here we will deepen our understanding of how people have adapted to a life in such remote mountainous areas. We will walk around the ruins of a caravanserai and solar calendar on the north side of Lake Yashil Kul. Homestay. B/L/D.
Day 14: Trek (start point): Yshilkul -> Qarghizshabar
Start of the Trek from Yshilkul Lake to Qarghizshabar (name of the pasture). (Luggage on animal-drawn transport). Laying tents. Overnight in tents.
Day 15: Trek: Qarghizshabar -> Chapdarkul lake
Trekking from Qarghizshabar to Chapdarkul lake. In this day we will enjoy the majestic lake of Chapadarkul with possibility to see yaks around. Laying tents and accommodation. Overnight in tents.
Day 16: Trek: Chapdarkul lake to Uchkul lake
Trekking from Chapdarkul lake to «Uchkul (means three Lakes)». In this day we will enjoy the three lakes which are all called Uchkul. We will pass through the pastures and will be meeting one of the Sheperd who called Zaurbek who is doing this job for 25 years. He comes to the pasture with his family. He will make us tea and will feed us with yogurt that make in the pasture. Accommodation and overnight in tents.
Day 17: Trek: Uchkul to Miyonail
Trekking from Uchkul through the pass to Miyonail (name of the pasture). This day we will go through the pass with glacier and enjoy the Glacier with the mountains that is fascinating. Laying tents. Accommodation in tents.
Day 18: Trek (end point): Miyonail to Bardara village
Trekking from Miyonail to Bardara village. End of the trek. Arival in Bardara at the evening. Resting. Overnight in Homestay.
Day 19: Driving from Bardara to Kalaikhumb
Drive From Bardara to Kalaikhumb. Enjoying the Bartang valley. Accommodation in a hotel or guest houses. Resting.
Day 20: Trip to Dushanbe
Trip to Dushanbe. Overnight in Hotel in Dushanbe.
Day 21: Drop-off at the airport
Drop-off at the airport. Flight home.

Prices:

1 pax $ 4407
2 pax $ 5172
3 pax $ 5936
4 pax $ 6701

Inclusions:

  • Transport (4x4 car, Landcruiser)
  • Airport pick-up & transfer
  • Driver's food and accommodation
  • Meals and water
  • Accommodation (including hotel in Dushanbe)
  • Guide service
  • Donkeys and porters services
  • National Park tax

Exclusions :

Below services are not included in the tour package, because most of tourists obtain visa and permit themselves via online system (evisa.tj). Also some tourists prefer their own facilities, though we have renting services as well.

  • Renting sleeping bags & tents
  • GBAO permit
  • Tajik visa | Invitation Letter
  • Entrance tickets to museums and hot springs

While booking a tour, please mention from exclusions services you want.


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