Pamir Highway Expedition 16 days

Adventure into the wilderness as we cross Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, negotiating the famous Pamir Highway. Homestays, local food, breathtaking vistas, bustling markets....too much to mention. It’s easier to just go!

Details

Day 1: Bishkek   

Today we’ll gather at midday in the lobby of the hostel, for a welcome meeting. You’ll then be free to do an afternoon city tour around Bishkek. Ready to leave early the following morning.

Accommodation: Hostel
No food included

Day 2: Cholpon Ata

En route to Cholpon Ata we will visit the Burana Tower, a 9th century minaret. Then on to Konorchek Canyon, a stunning red sandstone gorge. Time to chill out in the evening on the shores of the magnificent Issyk-Kul, the second largest saline lake in the world.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 3: Jeti Oghuz

Today we visit the famous Broken Heart Rock and check out an eagle hunting demonstration. Time to hike, explore or just relax.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 4: Kochkor

On today's drive we will visit Barskoon Waterfall and some unusual abandoned architecture as we skirt the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. A visit to Kochkor next, where you can explore the town, savour some local cuisine and take in the hustle-bustle of a Kyrgyz street market.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 5/6:  Song Kul

An engaging drive to climb up to Song-Kul in the morning. Here we’ll meet our Nomadic host family and stay with them for two days. Yurts are obligatory, as is eating collectively and being tucked up in bed by our hosts. An opportunity to go horse riding; watch Buzkashi, a traditional Kyrgyz sport (aka Goat Ball), or just be absorbed into the stunning scenery. A truly magical place!

Accommodation: Yurt
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Toktogul

A long drive day. We stay overnight in the town of Toktogul.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 8/9: Osh 

Free time to explore the town of Osh. Famous for its markets, endless food choice, trades and crafts. There’s even a 3-storey yurt to have a look at. You have a full day here, so immerse yourselves in Kyrgyz tradition and life.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 10: Karakul

Today we will cross the land border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. As this can be unpredictable the day has to be a bit flexible. We’ll then experience our first drive in Tajikistan. A simple homestay overnight, ready for more Pamir Highway the next day.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 11: Alichur

As we continue our drive through the moonscape terrain, we skirt the China border. Altitude today could reach over 4500m. It’s desolate and remote out on these sections of the Pamir Highway, but stunning!!!! A slow but rewarding drive day as we head further West, towards Khorog.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 12/13: Khorog

Welcome to the awesome market town of Khorog, for a two-night stay. The market is crazy, the location is picturesque, there’s lots to do and see. Free time to enjoy and indulge.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 14: Kala-i-Khum 

Following the Afghan border with its gigantic cliffs is a magical drive. We arrive in Kala-i-Khum a small town on the river with some real character. Overnight here, ready for the final drive day starting early in the morning.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 15/16: Dushanbe

Your last two nights will be spent in Dushanbe, time to relax and chill out in the city. After a free day, we will have a group farewell evening dinner.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner

In addition to the activities listed, there will be opportunities to try your hand at building a yurt, weaving, local crafts, cooking and many other interesting cultural experiences. All dependent on weather, availability, group size and so on. Prices and availability upon request.

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