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All Tajikistan. The Kingdom of Pamir mountains

All Tajikistan. The Kingdom of Pamir mountains

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All Tajikistan. The Kingdom of Pamir mountains

Country: Tajikistan
Type of tour: cultural
Season: June - August
Duration: 15 days
The itinerary: Dushanbe - Hudjant - Pendjikent - Iskanderkul Lake - Margib - Dushanbe - Kalayhumb - Khorog - Yamg - Lyangar - Khargush pass - Murgab - Karakul Lake - Yashilkul Lake - Horog - Kalayhumb - Haburobad pass - Dushanbe

        Unforgettable and full of adventures journey is waiting for you in Pamir mountains, which occupy 93% of Tajikistan’s area. You will drive along mountain streamers, along life road – Pamir highway to the “world’s roof” – mountain Badakhshan; you will visit the most interesting places of Tajikistan: fertile oases of Khodjent, ancient towns: Istravshan – based by Persian king Kier, Pendjikent – Asian Pompey; you will walk to the mountain lakes of Fan mountains; you will see ancient buddhistic mortars and caves in Vrang, antique fortresses of fire-worshipers in a famous Vahan valley on Pyandj coasts; will swim in hot healing springs of Garm Chashma and Fatima Bibi; will see the peaks of Pamir and afghan Gyndikush covered with eternal snowl; yak herds pasturing of poor mountain pastures, mountain Bulunkul and Karakul Lakes; you will be acquainted with the culture, traditions and way of life of mountain Pamir people; will visit such places where were Alexander the Great, Persian king Kier, Venetian traveler Marko Polo.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Dushanbe. After rest excursion along the city.
Day 2 Flight to Hudjant. Overnight in guest house.
Day 3 Transfer to Pendjikent. Excursion. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 Transfer to Iskanderkul lake. Walking to Fan Niagara. Overnight in a traditional tajik house.
Day 5 Transfer to Dushanbe. After lunch excursion to Gissar fortress.
Day 6 Transfer to Kalayhumb. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 7 Transfer to Khorog. Overnight in a local hotel on the bank of Gunt river.
Day 8 Transfer to Yamg settlement, en route visiting the famous hot spring Garm Chashma.
Day 9 The brief excursion in Vakhan museum. Overnight in the house of the local people.
Day 10 Transfer through Khargush pass and picturesque Alichur valley to the Murgab settlement.
Day 11 One day excursion to the high mountain Karakul Lake.
Day 12 Transfer to Horog through the picturesque Yashilkul Lake. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13 Transfer to Kalayhumb.
Day 14 Transfer to Dushanbe through Haburobad pass.
Day 15 Flight home.
Day 1 Arrival in Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan. After rest excursion along the city: Independence square, Samany monument – the founder of Tajik government, Rudaki avenue, an ancient museum with interesting collection of ancient artifact which includes the ceramic figure (13 m) of Buddha in nirvana (VII c.)
Day 2 Flight to Hudjant (1 hour) – the second of its height town on Sirdarya river’s bank founded by Alexander Makedonskiy during his Asian campaign in IVth c. B.C. Excursion along the city: Maslikhitdin sheikh mausoleum and mosque (XIV-XIX cc.), an exotic oriental “Payshanbe” bazaar, a country estate of Urumkhodjayeva collective farm (tajik palace copy of Russian kings in Petergof. After lunch transfer to Istravshan – small city founded by Persian King Kier in VIth c. B.C. Excursion: Mug fortress, old city, bazaar, Kok – Gumbaz mosque-medrese (XVI c.) Overnight in guest house.
Day 3 Transfer to Pendjikent – an ancient sogdic town on Zeravshan river’s bank burnt by Arabs in VIIth century. Excursion: the Historical Museum named by Rudaki, ruins of the ancient Pendjikent (V-VII cc.) Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 Transfer to Iskanderkul lake the biggest and most beautiful lake in Fan mountains. Walking along the lake to Fan Niagara – 40 m. waterfall which runs out from the lake. Picnic on the lake. After lunch transfer to a picturesque mountain Margib settlement, situated down stream of Yagnob river, under the big cave range Zamin-Karor. Walking along exotic settlement, acquaintance with the local people’s way of life. Overnight in a traditional tajik house.
Day 5 Transfer to Dushanbe. A picturesque stream way firstly leads to the huge Pass along Zeravshan river and then to Anzob pass. A magnificent view of wonderful mountains opens from this Pass. Descent to Varzob pass and farther to Dushanbe. After lunch excursion to Gissar fortress – the residence of Gissar beks. Observing the fortress and historical museum situated in old medresse.
Day 6 Transfer to Kalayhumb (320 km. ~ 9 hours) through Kulyab – small settlement on Pamir high road. On the way – unforgettable mountain landscape. A picturesque mountain reservoir Nureck Hydroelectric Power Station, Kulyab mausoleum. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 7 Transfer to Khorog (260 km. 6 hours) – the centre of Mountain Badakhshan. A complicated road through mountain passes eases by bright impression from splendid views. Overnight in a local hotel on the bank of Gunt river. Excursion to high mountain Botanical garden, bazaar and historical museum.
Day 8 Transfer to Yamg settlement (150 km, 6 hours), en route visiting the famous hot spring Garm Chashma (40 km.), antique fortress of Kaahka and Yachmun fire-worshipers, a saint Fatima Bibi thermal spring. The introduction with local people’s way of life.
Day 9 The brief excursion in Vakhan museum – the pamiric Leonardo de Vinci, self-taught inventor, who made by hands musical instruments, paper, looms, stony sun calendar and etc. Transfer to Lyangar – a rather large mountain settlement of the junction of Vakhan and Pamir river. Here begins Pyandj river and the famous Vakhan “passage”. Walking along the picturesque settlement to the petroglyphs of ancient Ratm fortress. Overnight in the house of the local people.
Day 10 Transfer through Khargush pass (4344 m) and picturesque Alichur valley to the Murgab settlement (170 km, 6 hours). The valley is situated on 3000 m high and surrounded by snowy mountain tops. On the way the tourists can see yurts-local people’s dwelling, and also pasturing yaks. Murgab is a small settlement near Chinese border, the highest and further mountain regional centre of former USSR. From this place the tourists can observe the highest top of the Muztag – Ata region (7546m). Accommodation in private houses.
Day 11 One day excursion to the high mountain Karakul Lake. Transfer through the highest in CIS Ak-Baytal pass(4652 m) to the picturesque mountain Karakul Lake (135 km, 4 hours). The vast lake is surrounded from every side with mountains. Up to the end of June the snow and ice can be seen on its banks. At a good weather from here you can also see Lenin peak (7134 m). Lunch. Acquaintance with the local people’s way of life, walking along the lake. In the evening coming back to Murgab.
Day 12 Transfer to Horog through the picturesque Yashilkul Lake. On the way excursion in Shakhty cave with the only in Tajikistan wall paintings of mesolite’s cave-men, made by red ochre. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13 Transfer to Kalayhumb.
Day 14 Transfer to Dushanbe through Haburobad (3252 m) pass, “Tulip” rock and building Rogun Hydroelectric Power Station which is planning to be the most powerful Station in Central Asia with 325m. dam’s height – the highest in the world.
Day 15 Flight home.
Features tour
Duration, days 15
Countries
Tajikistan yes
Season
June yes
July yes
August yes

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