The tour description
Title of the tour: Adventure through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Type of tour: This tour begins in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan and end in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan via Wakhan valley, Osh city of Kyryzystan and Tienshan areas of Issyk Kul region.This tour is designed such that covers Tajikistan (Pamirs) and Kyrgyzstan (Tien Shyan) by jeep and with short stops and day treks in several places of Pamirs and Tien Shan mountains. This is a long trip across southern Central Asia. This travel is unique because the customers will experience both regions. It offers not only jeep travel but also trekking in Ala Archa of Bishkek, which is increasable. The detailed offers are written in descriptive form below.
Major Destinations: Dushanbe, Kalaikumb, Khorog, Ishkashim, Langar, Bulun Kul, Alichor, Murgab, Kara Kul, Alai valley, Osh, Arslonbab, Chychkan, Song Kul, Naryn, Yssyk Kul, Kara Kol city, Jety Oguz, Cholpon Ata, Bishkek and Alar-Archa national park.
Estimate Duration: 18 total days of travel, 8 days in Tajikistan the rest in Kyrgyzstan. More than half travel includes Kyrgyzstan.
Group size: unrestricted
Notice: Best season to visit is June to October.
Day 1 Dushanbe 4-7 hours
Dear friends, today you will arrive to Dushanbe International Airport in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe City. The Dushanbe International Airport is about 2 km from the city. Our guides and drivers will welcome you at arrival and together we drive to arraigned hotel or homestay. It is about 20 minutes of driving from the airport to the hotel. Depending on arrival and having little rest at hotel, the first day starts with city tour around Dushanbe. We start with a walk in center, main avenues to get a sense of post-soviet, semi modern, traditional Tajik society and infrastructure. Then we visit National Museum, which is four stare and tall building. The museum has historical, cultural, environmental, archeological, and mineralogical artifact. We will see the prototype of sleeping Buddha. Then, we proceed, a walk along the Rudaki Avenue where we will see president’s palace, world tallest flag, Ismail Somoni’s statue, 10th century Tajik leader. We will get a sense of nation building process after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Near the stature, there is a large national library decorated with famous Persian poets, classic writers, doctors, and scholars., This city less crowded, well-developed public transportation, and local choikhona’s, teahouses, prepares very nice traditional food, especial in lunch times. At evening times, the center is quite and you would often hear music from the Moscowsky restaurant, where you can have dinner. Today we overnight in Dushanbe, Hotel (BLD).
Day 2 Dushanbe – Kalaikumb 10 hours of jeep ride
Usually at this time of the year, June, July August, the temperature in south west Tajikistan is hot, +36 C. As we leave the capital towards the east, we get to see hills full of wheat plantation. We will drive along the railroad up to Dangara District. Over the pass, we will arrive at Nurek water reserve. When there is open sky, this place brings spectacular landscape.After the little drive, landscapes changes. We start seeing bushes and trees. As we pass through two tunnels, we will see cultivated land, wheat plantation, and barley plantations. We will start seeing mud brick local houses, electric grids and some villages. In the Dangara, we will see cattle breeders, cows, sheep and goats. Fields becomes greener and greener. Then, we rich ancient 10- century city Hulbuk. Note that, excursion must be quicker. Otherwise, we have long driver today until the destination. Then, we drive bit further. Before entering the Kulob city, we will stop before the city and buy fruits, local bread and some snack. Just leaving the city, we will stop for lunch in ordinary teahouse. Having lunch we maintain towards Shurabad pass, which is very dry and hot and little windy. At the top, we will stop at checkpoint. As we pass, the temperature becomes cooler. Finally, we will reach the famous, Oxus River and Afgan border. As we drove down closer to river, we will be introduced to the livelihood of Afgan people on the other site of the river. Usually at this time of the year, June, July August, the temperature in south west Tajikistan is hot, +36 C. As we leave the capital towards the east, we get to see hills full of wheat plantation. We will drive along the railroad up to Dangara District. Over the pass, we will arrive at Nurek water reserve. When there is open sky, this place brings spectacular landscape.After the little drive, landscapes changes. We start seeing bushes and trees. As we pass through two tunnels, we will see cultivated land, wheat plantation, and barley plantations. We will start seeing mud brick local houses, electric grids and some villages. In the Dangara, we will see cattle breeders, cows, sheep and goats. Fields becomes greener and greener. Then, we rich ancient 10- century city Hulbuk. Note that, excursion must be quicker. Otherwise, we have long driver today until the destination. Then, we drive bit further. Before entering the Kulob city, we will stop before the city and buy fruits, local bread and some snack. Just leaving the city, we will stop for lunch in ordinary teahouse. Having lunch we maintain towards Shurabad pass, which is very dry and hot and little windy. At the top, we will stop at checkpoint. As we pass, the temperature becomes cooler. Finally, we will reach the famous, Oxus River and Afgan border. As we drove down closer to river, we will be introduced to the livelihood of Afgan people on the other site of the river. Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 3 Kalaikumb – Khorog 241 km, 8 hours
Today, we leave Kalaikhumb town around 8:00 am. Today, we will be photographing more because live on the other side of the river becomes importance. Despite the dirt road conditions, which is still from Soviet times, the journey becomes interesting, especially around Vunch valley. We will reach the district, around midday. At 1:23 pm, we will reach the Kolot region and we will have a lunch, only place where people have their lunch. Having lunch and driving bit further will reach the territory of autonomous Pamir region at around 3:00 pm. First district is Rushan. On the way to left, we shall pass by the giant mouth of the Bartang valley. Along the Rushan valley, the Oxus river flows really fast. Then, we will reach Khorog city at 6:00 pm, the capital of Tajik Pamir region. It is a small town surrounded by mountains. We will visit luxurious restaurant and stay in Kivikase, Hotel (BLD)
Day 4 Khorog – Ishakshim km, 7 hours
Today, we get up early at 8:00 am, having breakfast we will have a walk in the city. We will walk along the main road and perhaps, visit market. At around 10:00 am, we will visit the local museum. Currently, it is being reconstructed. Unlike the museum in Dushanbe, this is different because of it depicts Pamir’s history, culture, lifestyle, economy and natural resources of Wakhi, Shugni, and Bartangi. After the museum, we will visit second world highest botanical garden, which was constructed the Soviet power. There will be find more than 2000 species of large and small plants. It is located over 3000 km above the sea level. There is a nice panorama of Khorog city. After the pleasant walk around the garden, about 30 minutes, we maintain towards the Ishkashim, souther direction. On the we pass by the hot spring called ‘Garm Chashma’ where we will have a lunch. It is about 40 km from Khorog. From the main road, it is 3 km far. Having a nice lunch, we drive about 60 km to Ishkashim district, a home of Wakhi people. Although the road condition is poor, we get to see nice views and began to see Wakhan corridor. We overnight in Ishkashim, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 5 Ishkashim – Langar Village 110 km, 6 hours
Today, we look forward visiting the Langar village and investigate the Wakhan calley. We leave at 8;00 am, as usual. We drove along the river Pyanj, which gets narrow as we drive. Afghanistan becomes closer and closer. We shall reach the Nomangut in 45 minutes. Before the seeing another Wakhi museum, we will stop at Kakha fortress just near the road.As we go, we will see so many villages. The temperature is much cooler here in this region. As we drive, we will get to see Wakhi people, live style, livelihood and children. As we drive, we will see the stunning Hindi Kush Mountains in the right site and Pamir Mountains in the left. Then we will arrive at Yamchun village around 12:30 pm. It is wonderful place, where we will have a bath in naturally created hot spring. Having a lunch in Yamchun or in Yamg, in Aidar’s guesthouse, we will drive further. At 5:30, we have reach the Langar. The begging of the Oxius River from valley in Afghanistan. Overall, your day be supported by legends, prehistoric Buddhists stupa and stunning valley Wakhan, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 6 Langar – Alichor Valley 170 km, 8 hours
Today, we will get up little earlier than usual due to the long drive. We leave at 8:30 am. We heading to Eastern Pamir, leaving behind Wakhan valley. As we leave Langar village, the habitat becomes more semi-desert. We will drive along the Pamir River, which comes from Zor Kul Lake, north leaving behind Afganistan. From now on, we will be going up. The elevation becomes higher as we go. At about 10: 50 am, we will arrive to KhaGush pass. There is a checkpoint.This pass is like going steady going through rocky desert hills. At 12:00, we will rich the top of the pass. Then, we pass by two small lakes before the Pamir Highway. After we will reach Alichor valley. Near the Pamir Highway, we will see Tuz Kul Lake, in fast valley of Alichor. As we reach the Pamir Highway, we will cover 130 km from Langar. From Pamir Highway, we turn to Bulunkul Lake, 16 km from the main river. Once we rich the Bulun kul lake, we will have lunch or picnic. We will enjoy the time here and rest little longer. Enjoy the landscapes for a while; then, we continue to artificial gasser through Akjar valley. Having seen the fountain, we maintain to Alichur village. After little while of driving we rich the Kara Kum summer pasture, where we shall overnight. Overnight in summer pasture among nomads. Feel the friendship, hospitality and snoring yaks, Yurt Stay (BLD).
Day 7 Alichor – Murgab 155km, 6 hours
Today, we will drive from Alichir to Murgab. The distance is not far away; we will be in Murgab by lunchtime. Being introduced to the land of nomads and the Eastern Pamir, we head on through the valley Alichor, 4100 meters high. Along the way, in about 30-45 minutes of driving we arrive at holly place Ak Balyk lake, crystal clear and sacred place. Quick look around and we continue to Caravan Sarai or Chine tum, which is 9 km from the main road near the Bash Gumbez village. After quick look, at about 3 hours of driving from the Alichor, we arrive to Shakty cave, which is 800 000 years old drawings. It belongs to Neolithic period. This place is about 180 meters high up high on the edge of the foothill. We will arrive in Murgab around 1;00 pm. Having lunch near the Market, we will stay at Ayperi or other guesthouse with Russian bathhouse, shower and conformable space. If there is time, we might visit market, Yak house handicrafts. We overnight in Murgab, Pamir Hotel (BLD).
Day 8 Murgab - Osh 420km, 9 hours
Today, we leave Murgab at 7;00 am. Drive north towards Osh through PH M41. We will arrive to the top of Abbatial pass at 9;30am. This is the highs pass in Pamir region exceeding over 4600 highs above the sea level. On the way, we have short stops and take pictures. After abbatial, the Muzkul valley begins, a dirt road. Remember that you are in highest lands of central Eurasia. We will arrive in Kara Kul, highest salt-lake in Central Asia, in 11: 00 am. Having a nice panorama landscapes views and short stops, if you prefer you might want to have lunch by the lake or at the homestays. The village is typical here. Later, we continue to Sary Tash village, KG, through Kyzyl Art pass. Then at 12: 30 am, we will reach the checkpoint, the last checkpoin in the territory of Tajikistan, 30. It will take us about 30 to 60 minutes at checkpoint. At 1: 30 pm, we arrive to Kyrgyz Check point. It might take 1/2 hours at the checkpoint. Then at 2: 25 pm we maintain to Sary Tash village which is about 25 km from the checkpoint. We leave to Osh at 3:00 having our lunch. Then we arrive in Osh, late evening. The will be smooth and best viewpoints are in Talkdyk pass, Ak Bosogo village, before Gulcha, top of the Chyirchyk pass. We will have dinner at Al Maida cafe. We will stay in “Eco House Hotel”. Hotel (BLD).
Day 9 Osh - Arslonbob 4 hours
Today, we should get up at 8:00 am as usual. Having a breakfast, we visit Suleiman- Too, sacred mountain, Museum and the Bazar. Having a quick look around the mountains and the museum in the cave, we go Bazar and change money, walk along the Aravansky Avenue and prepare for the Arslanbob. We will have lunch taste the Uigur Lagman (noodles with souse) at 3:00 pm or aearlier we leave to Arslanbob through Uzgen City. Here we see flat lands and agrarian communities. The road condition is very good but the temperature is hot. At 5: 00 pm, we arrive in Jalal- Abad district. Thus, we maintain to Bazar Korgon village, which is about 47 minutes of driving, having passed by the Kenesh village, we tern right to Arslonbob valley. After the Ayk village, you will see some villages on the way. The view around becomes beautiful. In Charbak villag, we turn into left and at about 7:00 we arrive to Arslonbob. Today, if arrive earlier, we can visit the first fountain, 2 km far from the town. This region known for its forests and Greek walnuts. During the Alexander, the Great, had visited this region and toke the seeds back home. This region offers high king and horse riding. Local people sell souvenirs and you will witness combination of market and nature. Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 10 Arslonbob – Chychkan 375 km, 10 hours
Today, we must have a breakfast at 8:00 am and start leaving to Chuchkan around 8:45 am. From now on, we will start to feel the nature of northern Kyrgyzstan. It is going to be a long jeep ride. At 1:30 am, we arrive to Tash Komur. This is a coal-mining place but locates far from the main road. The temperature of this time of the year is hot. At 2:00 pm, we leave to Chuchkan valley. On the way, you may stop for photos.At 6:00 pm, we arrive in Toktogul. The town named after the profound traditional singer called Toktogul. Besides, there is a Toktogul water reserve, which is nice and you may prefer to camp near the lake. After little drive, at 7:30 pm we will come to Chuchkan valley. Have a dinner in one of the restaurants, fresh fish, fried chicken, and beer. Overnight in a guesthouse, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 11 Chichkan - Song Kol lake - 310 km
Today, we will drive from Chuchkan to Son Kul Lake. This day is going to be promising in terms of landscapes, nomadic lifestyle, and many other new ideas. We get up at 6:45 am, breakfast at 7:00 am and we leave at 7:30 am. Chuchkan valley is incredible because a narrow and semi forest valley. There are so many beekeepers, horse keepers, summer pasture users. You see how people are selling honey on the road. In this area, three regions meet: Talas, Jalal Abad and Chyi. We will see many yurts on the way. At about 11; 30 am, we arrive in Su Samyr village, here we see Tian Shan range. Here the area becomes greener. We will see horses, sheep and goats. From this village we can go directly to Bishkek city through Too-Ashy pass 144 km. however, we maintain to Son kul through Kojomkul,and Kyssyl oi villages. From here to Song Kul it is about 150 km. Then we stop about at lunchtime in between Kokomkul and Kussul oi. This small pass is nice place for picnic. We leave at 2;25 to Bashkuugan village at 4:19 am, where we turn right up to 70 km until son kul. We drive through Kara Keche coal-mine and pass, 40 km. After the pass, we arrive in Son Kul. Visit yurts, shortstop and overnight or camp in yurt, Yurt Stay (BLD).
Day 12 Song Kul to south of Issyk Kul lake - 290 km
Today, we get up at 8:00. Having breakfast, we will have a nice walk around the lake. We can take it easy today because southern shore is not far. You may prepfer short hiking up hills, 2 hours or horse ride. We leave at 10:00 am leave. We will drive on a dirt road until the main road 12:30 pm. From the main road, we shall drive on a smooth road 50 km. We shall arrive in Kochkor town, where we will have a lunch. After having a nice Lunch at Retro café in Kochkor, we leave at 3: 45 pm to Issyk Kul Lake. Before the lake there are going be Orto Tokoi water reserve. About this reserve: it was constructed from 1950-60s, contains 500, 000 cbm water and irrigates almost all Chyi region. Then after little while we get to see the Issuk Kul lake. Before sunset, we arrive to Koja Sai village. Overnight in Russian guesthouse, Homestay (BLD).
Day 13 Kara Kol city via Jety Oguz valley 170 km
From Koja Sai we drive to Kara Kol city. We leave at 9:00 am. Having nice Russian breakfast, amulets with honey and green tea with varenie, we will ride along the southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. Right after the 30 minutes, we will stop and walk around the lake. At 11;30 am, we will arrive at Skazka, Canyon. This place is incredible. We will be in this place for until 12;30 pm. At this moment, you are free to do trekking, walking, site observing. At 12;30 pm, we leave to Kara Kol. On the way, we stop at Kysul Too village, and have a nice lunch in Ak Batta restaurant. After the lunch, we will visit Jeti-Oguz valley, where will see nice formulation of landscapes. Before sunset, around 5:00 pm, we arrive in Korakol city, where we will rest in hotels or guesthouse, Hotel (BLD).
Day 14 Kara Kol - Cholpon Ata 163 km
Today, we drive from Kara Ko to Cholpon Ata. We leave at 9;00 am. Drive near the northern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul. On the way, there so many valley like Ananevo, Semenovka and Gregervka. In these entire valleys, there you find services like yurt stay, place to eat and sleep. At 12; 30 pm, we arrive to Gregorevka valley. It is 40 km long valley up to the top. We will walk up along the valley. If you want, you may stay here. Local people give horses for rent, 100 KG soms per minute. We will eat lunch near the river, where they serve fish. It costs 1000 soms per kg. In this valley, we can organize so many outdoor activities like 1 or 2 days of horse ride and camping. After lunch, drive about hour to Cholpon Ata city. Overnight in Cholpon Ata, Guesthouse (BLD).
Day 15 Cholpon Ata – Bishkek city 321 km
Early in the morning, drive to Tamchy village, 35 km, which is not far from Choplon Ata. In Tamchy, CBT of Kyrgyzstan organize festival every year. Here will see traditional games, songs, and dancing. Afterwards, leave to Bishkek, through Tokmok city (was The most industrialized city in KG). On the way, we will visit Buran tower, remains from 10-century town Balasagyn. Once it was a center of Islamic and economical center in Central Asia, during the Karakhanid period, Hotel (BLD).
Day 16 Ala Archa Park Bishkek 46 km
Just before your departure, there are going be hiking in Kygryzstan’s one the beautiful natural parks, Ala Archa. We will drive up to Manas Avenue, through Chon Aryk. Then, in about 2 hours, we will arrive in Ala Archa. This place is incredible. There are two choices; ease walk along the lake to the right and little longer hike to left. It is about 4 hours of hiking. We will stop once we reach the waterfall, we stop and have picnic and we will return Bishkek by late evening, Hotel (BLD).
Day 17 A city Tour around Bishkek
Today, we will get up at 8:00 am, breakfast 8:30 am. We will start our city tour from 9:00 am. We shall start from the center, Frunze house, National Museum of Kyrgyzstan, and Ala-Too Square. We will visit and see Manas’s statue, Lenin’s stature, Soviet Buildings, and Osh Bazar, traditional market. Then, we will have a lunch, in any place you prefer. Since it is a city, we will choose where to eat and where to go. Having a great dinner, together with the drivers and guide, we will see you off to the Airport, Manas International.
Day 18 Good bye
We hope you had a wonderful time in the Pamirs. Today you will fly back to your country. We are always glad to have you back in the Pamirs again. Have a good flight back to motherland.
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