Tajikistan: Trekking in the Pamir Mountains
Pamir is the most powerful mountain range in the world at the 7 000 m junction of the mountain ranges of Tian Shan, Hindu Kush, Karakorum and the Himalayas.
It is a land of a thousand glaciers, turquoise and emerald lakes, rapid streams and hot springs, which we will explore during our trekking trip. The Pamir Mountains are also famous for dramatic views over the high-altitude, desert plateau, and, of course, for the two cult routes: the contemporary Pamir Highway (the second highest international road in the world) and the historical thread of one of the routes of the Silk Road leading down the Wakhan Corridor.
While trekking across Pamir, far from civilization, we will pass pastoral settlements and their inhabitants. Tents will provide accommodation, although we will also get the chance to meet a traditional family of shepherds during a dinner and an overnight stay. To ensure travel comfort, most of our luggage will be carried by Tajik donkeys.
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Departure from Berlin in the early afternoon. Arrival in the morning to Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. From there we will have a few hours trip to the area near Lenin’s Peak (7134m above sea level). Rest and overnight in the mountains before the beginning of trekking.
Before we reach Tajikistan, we have two days trekking around Lenin’s Peak. In the company of hospitable Kyrgyz, we will see stunning landscapes around one of the easiest seven thousand meters high mountains.
We will go to the border with Tajikistan. We will cross the border on the Kizil Art pass. We will drive about 400 km. Due to the state of the road and to get used to the altitude the trip will take us almost all day. On the way, we will pass the high-mountain lake Kara Kul, which was created as a result of a meteorite impact, about 5 million years ago. We will get to Murghab, the highest located town in the former USSR, inhabited mainly by Kyrgyz people (3,612m above sea level). Murghab because of its isolation is said to have been “the last town in the Soviet Union” A rest in a charming guest house.
We continue our route through the Pamir Highway. By off-road vehicles, we will pass another 200km section of the highway. We reach the Koi Tezak pass, located at an altitude of 4272m above sea level. We will reach the famous sanatorium of Jelonda (3545m above sea level). Overnight in tents.
The beginning of trekking in the Pamir mountains. Meeting with a guide and donkeys’ herdsmen. We will start our journey from Jelonda to the mountain lake Turumtai. Overnight in tents.
From Turumtai Lake, we will head towards the Tokizbulok Pass to reach the next mountain lake, Kokbay. Overnight in tents.
From the Kokbay lake, we will continue our route along the Jawshangoz River to the village of Robot. Overnight in tents.
The fifth day of our Pamir trekking. We are heading to the highest point of our trip. Through the Rejik valley, we will go around the Vrang lake.
On this day we will have to reach the highest pass - Vrang - 5067m above sea level. During the trekking, we will see the range of the Hindukush which is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Vakhan corridor, Afghan villages and giant cones on the other side of the border Pianj river will be visible. We will cross the streams and pass summer pastoral settlements. An interesting fact is the diversity of the landscape - a narrow, dry, powdery valley from the south, while extensive and a little bit wetter valley on the other side of the pass. There are heaps of snow on the pass throughout the whole year. We will get to the village of Vnukut for the night.
The last day of our trekking. From the village of Vnukut, we continue along the Pamir Highway. We will reach the village of Vrang, located at the gates of the Vakhan Corridor. If the weather allows we will have the opportunity to look at the majestic Karl Marx Peak (6723m above sea level). Overnight in a guest house.
We will get back to Murghan by off-road vehicles. Overnight in a guest house.
Transfer from Tajikistan to Osh. An evening in an interesting border city.
We will devote the day to visiting Osh. It is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, after the capital of Bishkek and an important cultural and educational center. We spend a whole day in this multicultural city. In the morning, transfer to the airport.
We will go to Moscow with the morning flight. From there, we will reach Berlin.
• a return flight ticket with all airport charges
• care of an English-speaking guide
• care of the local mountain guide
• transfers and local 4x4 car trips by Pamir Highway
• donkeys carrying luggage during trekking, baggage carriers will carry the luggage during the crossing of the Vrang pass
• 6 nights with breakfast in a hotel and in houses in Pamir
• full board during trekking
• information materials and maps
• a compulsory insurance guarantee for the travel agency
• insurance of accident insurance and KL and luggage insurance
• a mandatory fee for the State Tourist Guarantee Fund (TFG) for each person
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• visas to Tajikistan + permission for the region of Pamir (price around 100 EUR)
• food except the breakfast in Osh
The place of departure is WARSAW or MOSCOW. In case you wish to travel from another destination or book flights on your own, please contact us for price quotation for this trip.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD:
During trekking (8 times) in own tents. In addition, in guesthouses and hotels. We provide breakfast in the cities. The rest at your own expense. Food prices in Tajikistan are relatively low.
Trekking with light luggage. Big luggages are transported by donkeys. However, it may happen that donkeys will not pass the highest pass Vrang (5067 m.n.p.m.), then local porters will be hired.
The highest point of the trip will be the area around the Vrang pass (about 5067 m above sea level). Before reaching this height, we will have three days of acclimatizing trekking behind. Most of the time we will move at an altitude of about 4000 meters. While trekking, there is no alternative way to pass the Vrang pass.
The average temperature in Tajikistan in August ranges from 23-30 degrees C. It can be hot, but August is the optimal time for trekking.
• The itinerary may change depending on the date of departure, weather and other factors.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl.