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My name is Cholpon. I grew up in a small town of Naryn in the south-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. From the early ages my passion was to travel and discover new places. I enjoyed showing around to my friends and teachers who came from abroad to teach English. Further I entered the University to study linguistics but to connect my life with tourism it was not enough. Therefore I went through special courses of guiding by local mentors in Bishkek who run tourist agencies. This is how I got involved into this world of adventures and new experiences.
Tour 4: Deep in the Pamir Highway
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum – Khorog – Langar – Yashil Kul Lake – Bulunkul Lake – Murgab – Kyzyl Art border
Day 1: Dushanbe
Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and accompany capital city Dushanbe. Enjoyable city tour will show you architectural monuments like National library, White House, National State Seal, and House of Parliament and beautiful Rudake Park. Then you can enjoy walking to the largest National Flag of the world., which reaches 165 m in height, 30 m in width and 60 m in length. Before lunch, there will be detailed to a travelling in Central Museum. Here you can learn more facts about Tajikistan history and culture. It will be followed by the Gurminj Museum of traditional instruments. Later visit Asian Bazaar, where you can find different kind of things and melt in the liveliest atmosphere of the bazaar. This day will gain knowledge about the countyr. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum
In the morning, your tour will start with a drive to the countryside to Kalai Khum village through Norak water reservoir, the largest in Tajikistan. Because of its size, it is known as a “Tajik Sea”. Today you will reach 2,267m at highest point, which is Shuraba Pass before the travel along Afghan border. From here you will enjoy the legendary Pamir Mountains. You cannot stop admiring the massive and as the same time glorious view of the mountains. The world’s most famous travelers like Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar also were impressed by these majestic mountains. The natural define of the Afghan-Tajik border is River Pyanj. Most of the explorers and travelers associated Pamir Mountain with the ocean of blue and white mountains. You will stay at family homestay Kalai Khum. It helps to get a better idea of rural life.
Day 3: Kalai Khum – Khorog
In the morning, the most enjoyable part of the tour awaits you. Travel to town Khorog, which is the smallest city in Tajikistan surrounded by massive mountains all around. Khorog is located on the confluence of three river, where Shokhdara river and Ghund river join to Pyanj River. On the way, you will have a chance to meet Pamir people, who are the ancient inhabitants of these mountains. The anthropological characteristics of Pamiris differ from Tajik people. Most of the Pamir people are with light skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. By the way, Pamir is the second populated mountainous area after Himalayas in Tibet. Probably, the highland lifestyle of the Pamiris make them different from Tajik peoples. Night in a guesthouse.
Day 4: Khorog
The whole day will be spent in Khorog. Botanical Garden will be the first site to discover during your tours in Tajikistan. The rivers rounded the town and makes very good environment for gardening of the area to help travelers rest well. At the altitude of 2320m, on the east of the city, there is perfectly cared Pamir Botanical Garden. In this green garden there unique plants from all over the world. The achievement of the garden is to adopt plants to the local climate conditions. Next, you will enjoy the city park, local handicraft shops and museum. Moreover, the vibrant local bazar will be best place for local experience: friendly local farmers, bargaining of buyers and the smell of fresh fruits. Night in a guesthouse.
Day 5: Khorog – Langar
Today’s way will be interesting and enjoyable during your tour. You will go along the Tajik-Afghan border to Langar villag, which is situated in the middle of the Central Asia. Famous Pamir mountains symbolize celestial, snow-capped mountains, eternal glaciers, silver blue rivers and vast valleys, endless deserts in Tajikistan. It is obvious why our ancestors called these majestic mountains as “the Roof of the World”. The average elevation of Pamir is between 3500 m and 4200 m. it is one of the rare place in the world, where inhabitants of this place could preserve the real ethnic and cultural traditions and not all travelers can bear it. For centuries, people live in this areas were divided by the high mountains, which led to the development of difference in culture and languages. Night will be in homestay.
Day 6: Langar
The entire day is devoted to a tour to explore Langar village. After breakfast, you will have short hike around Langar. Here you can also visit some ancient paintings on the rocks and climb to see the Hindu Kuch Mountain Range, popular in Tajikistan. After you will travel in Abreshim Qala (Silk fort) and the shrine of Shoh Qambari Oftob. Moreover, you will learn more about Wakhi people, who live in Langar. You will have dinner and night in a homestay.
Day 7: Langar – Yashil Kul Lake – Bulunkul Lake – Murgab
Today is the most exotic part of the trip. Tajikistan boasts with beautiful alpine lakes in Pamir: Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), which located at the altitude of 3 700 m in Murghab region which you will visit during the tour today. The Bulunkul Lake magically change its color depending on the sunlight: from violet to dark-blue. Surprisingly there some kind of fish found in the lake. Moreover, you will see half-wild animals like yak. It is one kind of animal, which has characteristics of cow and sheep. Local people use yaks for milk and meat, because they do not need much care as far as they live in the mountain terrain. In order to get to the lake, we overcome the Khargush pass (4 344 m). Dinner and night in a guesthouse.
Day 8: Kyzyl Art border
After breakfast drive to the Kyrgyz border and continue your adventurous trip travelling further.
02-04 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 375 $
04 pax – 830 $
06 pax – 940 $
08 pax – 770 $
10 pax – 850 $
Single – 60 $
Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 50 $
Half board – 105 $
Full board – 210 $
English speaking guide – 1010 $ per group
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
Kalai Khum – Home stays
Khorog – “Lal” Guesthouse
Langar – Home stays
Murgab – “Pamir” Guesthouse
- Entrances fees
- Mineral water
Tour does not include:
- Full board meal
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide