Wakhan Valley Expedition 16 days

Drive across dramatic landscapes, visit ancient sites, savour local cuisine. Join us for the trip of a lifetime through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Details

Day 1: Dushanbe

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

Accommodation:  Hostel
No food included

Day 2: Kala-i-Khum

As we start to follow the Afghan border with its dramatic cliffs and flowing river, we arrive in Kala-i-Khum, a small town on the river with some real character. An overnight stay here, ready for the next drive day.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 3/4: Khorog

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

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 5: Ishkashim

Visiting the town that was once the border crossing into Afghanistan. Continuing our drive following the Panj river.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 6: Langar

A short drive day. We will visit the ancient Yamchun Fortress, hot springs and a Buddhist complex.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 7: Murghab  

The remote town of Murghab is a real eye opener. En route we will visit the Langar petroglyphs following the Kargush pass. A basic homestay overnight ready for our border crossing the next day.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 8: Sary Tash

Today we’ll cross the land border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. As this can be unpredictable, the day has to be a bit flexible. We then experience our first drive in Kyrgyzstan. A simple homestay overnight and time to gasp at the stunning Pamir Mountains.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 9/10: 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 11: Kazarman/Naryn

A visit to the town of Kazarman en route to Naryn, from where the Silk Road heads south towards Western China. A long drive day, rewarded with stunning scenery.

Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast

Day 12: Kochkor

Today’s drive takes us to Kochkor, where you can explore the town, savour some local cuisine and take in the hustle-bustle of a Kyrgyz market.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 13/14: 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 15: Cholpon Ata

A drive around the enormous Issyk-Kul and then time to chill out in the evening on the shores of the second largest saline lake in the world.

Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast

Day 16: Bishkek   

En route to Bishkek we’ll visit the Konorchek Canyon, a stunning red sandstone gorge and the Burana Tower, a 9th century minaret. We aim to arrive in Bishkek with time to chill out before a group farewell dinner in the evening.

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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