Title of tour: Discover Tajikistan with Pamir
Sites to visit: Yashil Kul Lake, Bulunkul Lake, Langar, Murgab, Khorog, Kalai Khum, Khoburubot, Dushanbe, Norak
Day 1: Dushanbe - Khoburubot - Kalai Khum
The first day of exciting tour will take you to Kalai Khum village. The road goes via Khoburubot Pass, reaching 3 252 m on the famous Western Pamir Tract. On the way, you will see magnificent beauty of mountain rivers and long valleys. You will definitely capture charming moments on your camera. En route, there will be an opportunity to see local people, and even talk with them. Tajik people are very warm-hearted, hardworking and friendly by the nature. They always respect the traditions and customs of their ancestors. This tour will not provide only beautiful nature, but also make you experience the local culture and history. Night in a homestay, where you can experience the real life of villagers.
Day 2: Kalai Khum - Khorog
Carry on your tour among Pamir to a small town called Khorog. It is surrounded by massive mountains from all around. Khorog is located on the crossroads of three river, where Shokhdara River and Ghund River join to Pyanj River. En route, you will meet Pamir people, whose physical and cultural characteristic differs from Tajik people. Most of the Pamir people are with light skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. By the way, Pamir is the second populated mountainous area after Himalayas in Tibet. Probably mountain lifestyle of Pamiriis make them different from Tajiks in terms of culture and traditions. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Khorog - Murgab
In Pamir, there is popular saying that "visiting these areas without coming to Murgab does not mean visiting Pamir" Murgab is the heart of Pamir, therefore it is called the Roof of the World. On the way Murgab, there are many peaks above 6 000 meters. Most of the travelers associate the fantastic landscape of Murgab with the surface of the Moon. This comparison addresses the uniqueness and hardly reachable location of Murgab. The elevation and isolation of this place is similar to Arctic climate. The weather is often characterized by dry air, short and cool summers and almost snowless, harsh, and freezing winters. After arrival, stay in a guesthouse.
Day 4: Murgab - Yashil Kul Lake - Bulunkul Lake - Langar
There are many beautiful alpine lakes in Pamir. Today we will explore Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), which located at the altitude of 3 700 m in Murghab region. The Bulunkul Lake changes its color according to the sunlight: from violet to dark-blue. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake. Moreover, you will be lucky to see half-wild animal- yak. It has characteristics of cow and sheep. Local people use yaks for milk and meat, because they do not need much care as far as they live in the mountain terrain. In order to get to the lake, drive over Naizatash pass (4 137 m). In the afternoon, carry on to Langar and rest in a homestay.
Day 5: Langar - Khorog
In the morning, head back to Khorog following the Tajik-Afghan border. The snow-capped majestic mountains, eternal glaciers, silver blue rivers and vast valleys and endless deserts represent the heart of Asia, Pamir Mountains. It is obvious why these mountains called as "the Roof of the World". The average elevation of Pamir is between 3500 m and 4200 m. It is one of the high and rare place in the world; therefore, inhabitants of this place could preserve the real ethnic and cultural traditions. For centuries, Pamir people live in these areas were divided by the high mountains, which led to the development of difference in culture and languages, causing different dialects and enclaves. Night will be in guesthouse.
Day 6: Khorog - Kalai Khum
Today return to Kalai Khum, taking the same way. Due to the high mountains around, there is only one road goes to Kalai Khum. Together with breathtaking nature, travelling through these areas provides an opportunity to learn more about the developing of history, culture and life style of the mountain habitants. In the end, you will have better understanding of how the history of the human beings advanced to the modern civilization. En route, take a break at village to meet local people and have communication with them. Most of the settlements are on the both sides of the river. On other side, you will be able to see Afghan villages. You will spend a night in a homestay in Kalai Khum.
Day 7: Kalai Khum - Norak - Dushanbe
In the morning, start toward Dushanbe through Norak water reservoir. It will be the last day driving following the Tajik-Afghan border. You will still have time to enjoy the legendary Pamir Mountains. Today you will reach 2,267m at highest point, which is Shuraba Pass. Most of the world's famous explorers like Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar were impressed by these majestic mountains. So, nowadays, it is easy to travel in these areas. The natural define of the Afghan-Tajik border is River Pyanj. Most of the travelers associated Pamir Mountain with the ocean of blue and white mountains. Arrive to city and check in to a hotel.
Day 8: Dushanbe - Hissor - Dushanbe
Today will be full of cultural and historical sightseeing of Dushanbe and its surrounding. City tour consist of National library, White House, National State Seal, and House of Parliament and beautiful Rudake Park. Later you will walk to the largest National Flag of the world. The flag of Tajikistan reaches 165 m height, 30 m width and 60 m length. Before lunch, there will be an enjoyable excursion in Central Museum. Afternoon, you will drive about 40minutes from the city to visit Hissor fortress, dating back to VII-XVII centuries. During medieval ages, this place used to host the representatives of Bukhara Emirate here. Nowadays it includes citadel and fortified are of remains. Originally, it was protected with high strong walls and even has many holes for guns and barrels. Its location on the hill means that it was good for protection from external attacks. Archeological researches found the facts about a pool, a big garden and a busy market square with a caravan sarai and shops. All these were in the boundaries of the fort. Nowadays only two towers next to the main gate has preserved. Another remarkable sites are "Madrasa I Kuhna" mosque dating back to 16th-17th centuries, the mausoleum of "Mahdumi Azam" from16th century. However, these monuments were reconstructed recently. Drive back to the city and rest in a hotel.
Day 9: Dushanbe - Airport
After having breakfast at the hotel, drive to airport to another adventures.