Name of the tour: Wonders of Tajikistan
Length of itinerary: 6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Kyrgyz border – Karakul Lake – Murgab
Your Tajik driver will meet you at the border and transfer to Murgab to start your Wonders of Tajikistan Tour. The road runs over mountains and high passes. On the way you will drive over Taldik pass, which is 3615 meters high and boasts unforgettable views. Right on the highway of the Pamir Tract is situated the light-blue lake of Karakul which is 3, 815 meters high, the name of which can be translated from Tajik as “The Black Lake”. Karakul is the highest large mountain lake of the world, excluding those in Tibet and Titicaca. After making photo of the lake we will continue driving to Murgab. They say in the Pamir: “to arrive here and do not see Murgab is like not visiting the Pamirs at all”. After all, by the Roof of the World, we mean Murgab. On the way you will drive over the highest Ak Baital pass which is 4 655 m high. Often the landscape of Murghab is compared to the surface of the Moon by visitors, viewing the scene with outsiders’ eyes. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the guesthouse where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Murgab – Khorog
On the second day we will start our tour with driving to Khorog along Pamir Highway, known as M41 Pamir Tract. It is the second highest mountain road after highway of Tibet. The road lies over mountains and passes on the elevations of more than 4 000 meters above sea level. On the way you will drive over Koitezak pass that is 4 271 m high. The almost inaccessible landscape and the rocky mountains of this corner of the world have given safe haven to a unique diversity of wildlife. Amongst the most common species of wild mammals are Turkestan rat, tiger-cat, grizzly bear, badger, stoat, fox, grey and red wolves. Pamirs provides a large and thriving population of Marco Polo sheep, the largest sheep in the world, with all year round and a strong population of the highly endangered snow leopard. Today’s night will be in the guesthouse.
Day 3: Khorog – Kalai Khum
After having breakfast, you will transfer to Kalai Khum village. This area consists of high rocky mountains over 6 000 meters and only 1 road was possible to be built. Passing though the Pamirs, the tourists have the rare opportunity to not only marvel the beauty of virgin environment, but also know more about the ethnography, history and everyday life of mountain dwellers and with this imagine how the history of humanity evolved as in the story of creation. On the way we will stop in small villages to communicate with local people and to see their life. Human settlements are located on both sides of the river in narrow mountain valleys. On the other side of the river you will see Afgan stony villages and gardens. Night will be spent in a homestay.
Day 4: Kalai Khum – Norak – Dushanbe
Today the tour starts with a driving to Dushanbe. We will finish drive along Afghanistan border. The highest point of the day is Shuraba pass which is 2 267 meters above the sea level. This part will amaze you by its unique mountains – it is Territory of Pamir Mountains. Over the centuries, the Pamirs have inspired the world’s greatest explorers – Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. And now you also have an opportunity to travel here. You will drive along natural border – Pyanj River. Having visited the Pamirs, many travellers called this giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 5: Dushanbe
This whole day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of all, we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. Then we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. Then you will visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. To feel real life, you should visit Asian bazar. It has colorful goods, fruits and vegetables, clothes and of course souvenirs. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people. At the end of the tour your transfer will take you to the hotel.
Day 6: Flight
Today in the morning you will be transferred to the airport. This is the end of your tour in amazing Tajikistan.
02-04 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10- pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 070 $
04 pax – 620 $
06 pax – 700 $
08 pax – 565 $
10 pax – 620 $
Single – 55 $
Half board – 75 $
Full board – 150 $
English speaking guide – 720 $ per group
Murgab – “Pamir” Guesthouse
Khorog – “Lal” Guesthouse
Kalai Khum – Homestays
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- GBAO permit
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide