Join YPT along the Pamir Highway from China through Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan!
Following on from our Karakoram Highway Tour, YPT will also be heading along the Pamir Highway into Tajikistan. In the same style as the Karakoram Highway tour, we will cross the border from China into Kyrgyzstan before we embark along the Pamir Highway. Love mountains? This is the tour for you!
The tour starts in the Chinese city of Kashgar. Closer to Damascus then to Beijing, this city has quite a different charm to it than its bigger counterparts in the East. We’ll have a full day of exploring before we head for the border.
Across the border, we head for the tiny town of Sary Tash, in Kyrgyzstan. Here we’ll explore our favourite named mountain – Lenin Peak.
In the days that follow, we’ll enter Tajikistan and drive for days along the Pamir Highway. Incredible landscapes, old Soviet bus stops, lost Lenin monuments, it’s all there! At night, we will stay in distinctive local towns across the Pamir. The tour will take the Wakhan Corridor route meaning we get the possibility to glance at the other side of the river and experience local life in Afghanistan. A rare opportunity which also shows the stark contrast between both countries.
We will end the trip in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, where we see the modern side of the country.
As always there are discounts for return Pioneers and a combo price for doing our Karakoram and Pamir Highway Combo.
Morning arrival in Kashgar. We head out to the famous livestock moment where the local Uygurs are trading goats, camels, horses and anything else with four legs they can get their hands on!
Lunch of Xinjiang noodles.
Browse the bustling Grand Bazaar, which depending on how you measure it, is the biggest in Asia.
Check out Kashgar’s old town, or what’s left of it, to get a glimpse into what life in the area used to be like before heading out to the very lively night markets with a great array of street food.
Overnight in Kashgar
Monday 15 October – Kashgar – Irkeshtam Pass – Sary-Tash
Early rise to leave for the China / Kyrgyzstan border at Irkeshtam. Like any border in this part of the world, it’s always going to be memorable! Very few foreign tourists cross this border but your YPT guide is experienced in dealing with the border formalities!
After the border, we meet our guide and driver for the Pamir Highway. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Since we never know how long border formalities take, we take it easy on the first day but we will be in stunning surroundings with great photo opportunities
Drive to Sary-Tash
The true YPT mountain is, of course, Lenin Peak (7134m). We’ll explore the surroundings (depending on the weather) of Lenin Peak before we head back to the small town of Sary-Tash.
Overnight in Sary-Tash
Tuesday 16 October – Sary-Tash – Karakul Lake – Murghab
Rise and shine for the border crossing into Tajikistan.
After the formalities, we will pass by Karakul Lake through the most dramatic scenery of the trip.
Pass by Ak-Baital Pass (4644m), the highest section of road in the former Soviet-Union.
Arrival in Murghab
Go for a walking tour of the town before taking a photo at the Lenin statue and checking out the local bazaar
Overnight in Murghab
Wednesday 17 October – Murghab – Langar
We’ll continue our drive along the Pamir Highway on a section of the road completed in 1931.
Along the way to Langar, we’ll stop at Yashil Kul (green lake) and Bulung Kul
Continue through the Khargush Pass (4344m)
Enter the Wakhan area. To the left, you’ll see the Hindu Kush, to the right the Pamirs. The Wakhan area was created as a buffer between the Russian and British empire in the 19th Century. These days it’s still part of Afghanistan and one of the most isolated regions in the world.
Overnight in a homestay in Langar
Thursday 18 October – Langar – Ishkashim
Drive to Vrang and see caves dug by Buddhists who used to live here
Continue our drive along to Yang through more stunning scenery
Visit the quirky museum of Sufi Muborak-Kadam, a local Sufi teacher
Check out Kakhala Kala Fortress and Abrashim Fortress before taking a bath at the Bibi Fatima Hot Springs (extra charge)
Arrival in Ishkashim. This is the centre of the Wakhan Valley, where the 119th-century Great Game ended and a peace treaty was signed between the Russian and the British Empires.
Small detour to the local village of Namadguti for the Khahkha Fortress.
Overnight in Ishkashim
Friday 19 October – Ishkashim – Khorog
Another day of driving along the Wakhan Corridor.
Stop at the Garmasma Hot Springs for an (optional) dip of hot water
Arrival in Khorog where we’ll go to see the Soviet era fort. Khorog used to be of very strategic importance to the USSR and today it’s one of the poorest areas of Tajikistan. The town is famous for the world’s second highest botanical gardens at 3900m.
Overnight in Khorog
Saturday 20 October – Khorog – Kalaikhumb
Drive to Kalaikhumb, a very conservative area where we’ll see traditional small villages.
Watch local life in Afghanistan across the Pianj river, where we’ll see the stark contrast between life in the two countries
Overnight in Kalaikhumb
Sunday 21 October – Kalaikhumb – Dushanbe
As we near the end of the Pamir Highway we pay a quick visit to the Hulbuk Fortress before we head down to Dushanbe
To celebrate our arrival we will have an end of tour dinner and celebratory drinks as we see what makes for a night out in Dushanbe
Overnight in Dushanbe
Monday 22 October – Dushanbe
We head out after breakfast for a city tour of Dushanbe taking in the National Museum and Victory Tank Monument
Check out local life in the Botanical Gardens and Victory Park
Head to Rudaki Street, Central Park and Somoni Monument before we go for tea at the world’s largest tea house!
– Transport to Kashgbar and out from Dushanbe
– Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Chinese visas if needed (YPT can offer visa support)
– Single Supplement (€300)
– Food & drinks not mentioned in the inclusions
– Tips for the local guides
– Personal expenses
– Pamir Highway Permit (GBAO – around $20)
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.