Title of tour: All the subtleties of the surrounding area
Days / Nights: 9 days, 8 nights
Overnights: Dushanbe, Kalai Khum, Rushan, Jizew, Khorog
Day 1: Dushabe – Hissor – Dushanbe
The Hissor Fort Tajikistan has an interesting history that spans over the course of 2,000 years. The adjacent Hisor Town was once one of the main trading posts along the Great Silk Road between Termez and Kashgar until it was absorbed into the Khanate of Bukhara. Built on a hilltop between two mountains alongside the Khanaka River, the Hissor Fort was designed as a fortified royal residence. Throughout its thousand-year-old history, however, the Hissor Fort has been captured 21 times and destroyed several times by various invading armies and emperors. The Hissor Fort as it stands today was built to replace the 16th-century fort that was destroyed by the Red Army invasion. In the years since, the Hissor Fortress has been rebuilt, adapted and reconstructed. As a result, the fort as we know it today resembles precious little of the original formidable Hissor Fort that once towered over the valley. The night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum
Today we will continue our way going to Kalai Khum through Shuraba pass (2267 meters above sea level). It is also territory of the Pamir Mountains. These sites are famous because of investigations of following people as Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad. On the route you will see the border of Pyanj River. Pamir mountains is considered to be the mountains which touch the sky. Overnight is in home stay.
Day 3: Kalai Khum – Rushan
In the morning we will go to Rushan. It is about 10 km from Kalai Khum. This fortress was built in 3 century and in 2013 was restoration. Rushan is at the heart of quintessential Pamir country. A ribbon of inconsequential, potholed dirt track threads into town from the east and from the west, overflowing in parts from upland streams and so close to the Pyanj River at other junctures that an extra surge of floodwater looks likely to lift it away. The night is in a guest home.
Day 4: Rushan – Bartang Valley – Trek to Jizew
In the morning you will decent to the main road and then drive to Bartang valley. In 2015 Bartang valley has included in TOP 100 Green Destination on the planet. Today you will find it out. You will meet the really Bartang people who are still keeping their traditions for many years. This area consists of scenic forests, gravel roads, rocks, glaciers etc. You will drive from the Down Bartang to Upper Bartang along the river. The Bartang River flows into the Panj River which devise the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Already in the 1930ies the Russian explorer Pavel Luknizki had stated: „The one who has not been in Bartang valley has not been in the Pamirs at all”. Even the Pamiri themselves consider the Bartang valley as the maybe most prototypical region of their homeland. Night and dinner is in home stay.
Day 5: Jizew – Rushan – Khorog
We will leave early morning to arrange visas for Afghanistan in Khorog. It is surrounded by mountains all around. The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the way to Khorog you will meet Pamir locals. Among the Pamiris, there is a high amount of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. You will be notice it during our tour. Night is in a guesthouse.
Day 6: Khorog
Today we are going to explore the city Khorog. It is an administrative center of Gorno-Badakhshan region, and the only city in Pamir. In Khorog the Pamir highway branches out: the northern road goes along a deep mountain gorge straight to Murgab, and the southern one leads to the Vakhan corridor, the most picturesque part of the road, where historical monuments and picturesque villages have been preserved. Thus, Khorog is a touristic center of Pamir with all routes passing through it. In addition, there are Shokhdara and Ghund rivers flow into Pynnj. During our tour you can easily contact with Tajik families who live here. The Pamir Mountains are considered to be the highest ones where the people live, on the first place the Himalayas in Tibet.
Day 7: Khorog – Kalai Khum
The road goes through the most picturesque river valley and amazing gorges in the terrain, where one can stop for rest and shoot photos of the mountain and rivers. On the way you will see small villages and meet local people. Tajiks are by nature hard working, hospitable, and kind-hearted. This nation greatly respects its traditions and folklore. This trip is attractive for the lovers of exotics, those curious about the ethnic and cultural diversity and captivated by the beauty of wild nature. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Kalai Khum – Khoburubot – Dushanbe
In the morning we will return to Dushanbe passing mountain road. This way is maned Khoburubot Pass, the second name is Western Pamir Tract. You will observe also great river valley. We will meet locals on the way. Dinner is in the restaurant, night is in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
In the morning is transfer to airport.
02-04 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax – 1220 $
04 pax – 760 $
06 pax – 845 $
08 pax – 700 $
10 pax – 765 $
Single – 80 $
Half board – 120 $
Full board – 240 $
English speaking guide – 780 $ per group
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
Kalai Khum – Home stays
Rushan – Home stays
Jizew – Home stays
Khorog – “Lal” Guesthouse
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- GBAO permit
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide