The Pamir Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the world, located in Central Asia. We invite you to a unique tour to cross the Pamir together and visit Tashkent, Samarkand, Dushanbe and many other less known, but no less beautiful places.
Tour starts and finish in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. There is international airport, most internatioal travelers dont need visa, country is open after Covid.
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Bishkek – Toktogul – Osh – Tashkent – Samarkand – Dushanbe – Kalai-Khumb – Khorosh – Yamchung – Mugrab – Osh – Naryn – Bishkek
1. Arrival in Bishkek
Arrival, check-in at the hotel, currency exchange, briefing and signing all necessary documents, receiving motorcycles
2. Bishkek – Toktogul, 250 km
After breakfast, we leave the city along the M41 highway. This part of the road runs 3/4 through the Tien Shan mountains. After passing the payment post, we begin to climb to the Too-Ashuu pass (3100m) and a narrow five-kilometer tunnel through it is waiting for us. Before climbing, it is highly recommended to dress warmly.
Lunch will take place in the Suusamyr valley after descending from Too Ashuu. The valley of the Suusamyr River is located at an altitude of more than 2000m. After it, we will have another snow-covered Alabel pass (3175m).
3. Toktogul – Osh, 420 km
We continue driving along the legendary Pamir Highway (M41) in the direction of Osh. After the Toktogul reservoir, the road goes along the Naryn River, on which there is a cascade of three hydroelectric power plants
Slowly descending from the mountains, we will find ourselves in the valley, it will become much warmer. In the valley, close to the very border with Uzbekistan, we will find ourselves in one of the most densely populated regions of Central Asia - the Ferghana Valley
4. Osh – Tashkent, 410 km
We leave Osh and cross the border with Uzbekistan. This will take several hours, there will be customs and passport control
There is a dense cluster of settlements in Uzbekistan: a lot of people, animals, cars, and heavy traffic. Tashkent is the largest city in Central Asia with a population of 2.5 million people. Traffic is quite chaotic.
We arrive at the hotel, check in, have dinner, walk around the city
5. Tashkent – Samarkand, 310 km
All day long we will drive on a four-lane autobahn. The north huge deserts and semi-deserts turn into fertile valleys, meeting mountains. The population of these places is also great. As in the Ferghana Valley, there is not a single free piece of land here.
Our purpose is to come to Samarkand safely and as soon as possible and devote half a day to this city. Samarkand is one of the oldest existing cities in the world, founded in the 8th century BC. Thus, Samarkand is the same age as Rome
Our hotel is in the very center of the city, the rest of the day we can devote to the main sights on Registan Square, it is within walking distance from the hotel. A couple of kilometers to the north there are the ruins of the ancient city of Afrosiab
After this wonderful excursion, we return to the hotel, where the hosts will cook a delicious pilaf for us
6. Samarkand, rest day
Today we enjoy this beautiful city with local guide.
7. Samarkand – Dushanbe, 300 km
After 30 km after leaving Samarkand, we cross the border with Tajikistan. All formalities will be completed, including customs and inspection. Then, the first part of the journey, before lunch, will go through a flat area. Then we will start climbing the mountains.
After lunch we will continue climbing up to almost 3000m, where we will pass through the Anzob tunnel about 5km long. After that, we will slowly descend along the gorge of the Varzob River to Dushanbe, having passed the first stage of acclimatization.
Arrival at the hotel, dinner
8. Dushanbe – Kalai-Khumb, 280/370 km
The old Pamir Highway from Dushanbe to Kalai Khumb runs to the northwest, through the village of Tavildara and the Khuborabad Pass (3200m). This road is mostly unpaved. The pass is beautiful, but difficult to pass in bad weather. We will find out the situation the day before in Dushanbe before choosing a further route
Alternative and longer route to Kalai-Khumba from Dushanbe goes through Kulyab. Here, most of the roads are of excellent quality. Only the last 40 km of the way pass in a narrow gorge along an unpaved road.
Arrival at the hotel, dinner in Ashkhan on the banks of the Khumb River.
9. Kalai-Khumb – Khorog, 240 km
On this day, we move along the Pyanj River gorge along the border with Afghanistan. On the way we will pass hundreds of picturesque mountain landscapes and picturesque villages. Climbing from 1300 meters in Kalai-Khumb to 2100 m in Khorog. This is the third stage of acclimatization
In Khorog we will make the final decision on our further route. Option 1: From Khorog directly across the Pamir plateau (northern road). Option 2: Moving further along the Pyanj River and the Afghan border (southern road).
The northern route is less interesting, this is the new Pamir Highway, passing through the high mountain plateau. The southern road along the Panj or the old road is preferable and interesting. However, the exit from the Wakhan Gorge through the Khargush Pass may be difficult to go through or it may be closed.
Arrival at the hotel, dinner at the hotel restaurant
10. Khorog – Yamchung (Murgab northern road), 180/315 km
According to the main plan, we will continue moving along the Pyanj River to the south to the village of Ishkashim. The traffic will become less heavy, as the main cargo flow now goes along the northern route, only local transport travels south
The Ishkashim-Langar part runs along the picturesque Wakhan corridor. The quality of the road is good - old asphalt and flat ground sometimes. On the way, we will visit the Yamchung fortress, picturesque villages, and breathtaking panoramic landscapes of the Wakhan Valley. Above Yamchung, to the left of the road, there are Fatima Bibi hot springs, where we plan an overnight stay.
Arrival at the guest house, swimming in the springs, home dinner at the guest house.
11. Yamchung – Mugrab, 275 km
Despite the small mileage, the day will be very long and hard. We must leave early. We continue to move along the Pyanj. On the way we will have only one settlement Langar, where we will try to buy fuel and have lunch. However, this may not happen, so we carry food and fuel supplies with us.
From Langar to Murghab there is a steep climb and the pass - Khargush (4344m). From here we turn sharply to the north and enter the Pamir plateau. Before entering the northern highway there will be a bad unpaved road and then broken asphalt
Another Naizatash pass (4137 m). Daily climb from 2500 to 3600 meters, you need to be prepared for bad weather, difficult roads, mountain sickness and other "charms" of our exciting journey.
In the afternoon the road promises to be better than in the morning. Murghab was considered the highest mountain district center in the USSR, the height of the village is about 3800m above sea level, we spend the night at this height
12. Murgab – Osh, 415 km
Again, early breakfast and departure. Next, a special part of 150 km awaits us at an altitude of 4000m with overcoming the Ak-Baital pass (4655m), the highest in the USSR, which is the highest point of our route
Descending from it, we will bypass the largest Karakul Lake in Tajikistan (3900m), which is 100m higher than Titicaca. Here is the small village of Karakul
The Tajik checkpoint is located in front of the Kyzyl Art pass (4300m). Further 20 km «no man's land» and the pass itself. It is not the highest, but one of the most difficult passes, especially in bad weather.
The border post of Kyrgyzstan is located 20 km below the town of Bordoba. Immediately after the pass, we will go down to the valley of the Kyzyl Suu River, look back at the Pamir wall. In clear weather, this is one of the best views on the route.
Late lunch after 200 km in the village of Sary Tash. Refueling. And we again climb the mountains, this is the Tien Shan with the Taldyk pass (3600m), after which the fertile Ferghana Valley and the city of Osh will stretch before us.
Arrival at the hotel, dinner at the hotel restaurant.
13. Osh. Rest day
We will stop for rest in one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. After breakfast - free time, because we must tidy up the equipment and ammunition before the next difficult day.
The main attraction of Osh is Osh itself, a city that is 3000 years old. Suleiman Mountain is within walking distance from the hotel, from where you can see the surroundings. For lunch, you need to try the famous Osh pilaf made from the famous Uzgen rice
14. Osh – Naryn, 465 km
Again, we have a very early breakfast and departure. This day must begin before dawn. The first 100 km to Jalal-Abad we will drive along the edge of the Ferghana Valley. The population here is the highest, very heavy traffic, lots of settlements and all kinds of animals on the roads
Further from the Kugart river there is a winding ascent, smoothly turning into a special part and overcoming the Kaldamo pass (3000 m). Various surprises are possible here, to which we are already accustomed in the mountains
Lunch in the village of Kazarman, 250 km after the start, samsa and tea, unlikely we will have something more. After Kazarman, we will climb again Toguz Toro (2800m). From above, there is an excellent view of the serpentine, do not miss it. Camels can be seen along the way.
From the village of Ak Tal, we will be able to move along the asphalt (if the bridge over the Naryn is open), if the bridge is destroyed, then there are still 110 km of gravel roads ahead. Therefore, it is extremely important not to waste time in order to arrive in Naryn before darkness.
Naryn region is the largest region in the country, and its population is only 5% of the total. The territory of the region is the highest mountainous part of Kyrgyzstan.
Late arrival at the hotel, dinner at the hotel restaurant.
15. Naryn – Bishkek, 345 km
Now we can already say that the hardest part is behind us. A winding, new, paved road lies ahead of us. There may be a strong desire to drive fast, BUT we can stumble on roadworks, as well as stray cattle and standing vehicles on the roadway, especially dangerous on blind turns. In addition, this is a real “hunting farm” of the local police, no one canceled the radars.
Lunch after 200 km in the town of Kochkor cafe "Retro Coffee Bar". It is a tourist hub where many journeys around the country begin. After, on our way there will be a large, artificial pond Orto Tokoy, this reservoir is filled with the waters of the Chu River and serves to irrigate the land.
Arrival at the hotel, return of motorcycles, packing of luggage. Dinner at a city restaurant