Cycling tour along the Pamir Highway

  • Cycling tour along the Pamir Highway

    Cycling tour along the Pamir Highway on 19 days, is possibly the most thrilling bicycle tour section ever attempted. Travelling along the famous Parmir Highway, the second highest highway in the world running between Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Khorog in Tajikistan and winding its way through the Parmir Mountains, their 7,000m peaks earning this artery the title ‘roof of the world’. As we travel through remote communities scattered along the Highway. This journey through some of the most exquisite elevated landscapes in the world is more about following in the tracks of ancient traders and explorers than those of modern day tourists, with isolated communities that still see very few foreign visitors, and traditions that haven’t changed for generations. Cycling on the Pamir Highway is pretty daunting; definitely not too heavy. The road is remarkably well - about a quarter unpaved - but the height plays from Khorog tricks and daily distances of 60-80 km long. Good condition, not that of a top athlete, is a requirement; as well as the feel right at home on a mountain bike or sturdy randonneur. Above all, it is a flexible and fully adventures, necessary to enjoy this expedition-like trip.

    1. BOOKINGS AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS

    By booking with us and paying the nonrefundable deposit 50% of payment per customer for all trips, or full payment, acknowledge that you have confirmed and agree with to be bound by these booking conditions. Acceptance of your booking will be confirmed in writing to you a confirmation letter or email.

    2. Payment conditions:

    -          Payment of 50% upon group confirmation;

    -          Payment of 50% 30 days before group arrival;

    1. CANCELLATION BY YOU

     

    If you wish to cancel all or any part of your booking, notification of cancellation must be made to pCa in writing. The date of the cancellation is the date on which written notification is received by pCa. Days before departure Charge applicable as follows, per person:

    Cancellation Charges:

    - Cancellation prior 60 days of arrival – no charges;
    - Cancellation prior 30 days of arrival – 50% charge;
    - Cancellation prior 15 days of arrival – 100% charge;

  • Included to tour price:

    • Arrival and departure transfers in Dushanbe, Osh and Bishkek
    • Accommodations: 3 Stars Hotels in city, tents for camping
    • Full board meals as listed: 18 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 18 Dinners.
    • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
    • Support transportation by 4WD coach till 6 people in the group (Land Cruiser with roof rack for bicycles)
    • Support transportation by BUS more than 7 pax in the group. (Mercedes Benz)
    • Transportations with drivers, parking fees, all necessary permissions fuel and taxes, per the whole route
    • English speaking guide service for whole tour
    • Cook during the cycling tour ( 2 Cook will be included more than 7 pax in the group)
    • Cooking equipments, including gas, dishes and all necessary equipments
    • All equipments for camping, Tents and mattress
    • Clean water for whole tour.

    Excluded to tour price:

    • Bicycles and spare parts
    • Transportation of bicycles from Osh to Bishkek 210 USD
    • Supplement for single rooms per person  USD 173
    • Domestic flight tickets from Osh to Bishkek per person 43 USD
    • International flights
    • Any airport taxes
    • Travel Insurance                  
    • Alcohol drinks
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Any personal expenses
    • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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    Important – early arrival is not included.

    Some sightseeing places and excavations might be closed / not possible to visit due to local changes, reconstruction, roads condition, and security reasons. We do not guarantee all advised places will be covered, but we will try to do our best to cover them. Pricing is confidential & non commissionable.

  • Schedule of accommodations and meals during the tour.

    Days Destination Category Accommodations Meals  
     
    Day 1 Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. prepare our bikes and  shopping foods Jeeps/Bus Hotel Lotus/Atlas 3Stars B-L-D  
    Day 2 Drive to  Zigar Jeeps/Bus Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 3 Zigar  to Kalaikum, via the Khaburabot Pass Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 4 Kalaikum towards Vanch district (Pyanj Valley) Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 5  Vanch and Rushan valleys Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 6 To Khorog Cycling Hotel Lal 3Stars B-L-D  
    Day 7 Khorog (Rest Day)   Hotel Lal 3Stars B-L-D  
    Day 8 Khorog to Wer Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 9 Wer to Jelandy Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 10 Jelandy to Tuz Kul meer Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 11 Tuz Kul meer to Mamazair Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 12 Mamazair to Murgab Cycling Hotel Pomir B-L-D  
    Day 13 Murgab to the Ak Baital Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 14  Ak-Baital Pass to Kara Kul Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 15  Kara Kul to Sary Tash via Kyzyl Art Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 16 Sary Tash - Gulcho Cycling Tent Camp B-L-D  
    Day 17 Gulcho via  Chyrchyk Pass to Osh Cycling Hotel Sunrise B-L-D  
    Day 18 Osh. Rest day Jeeps/Bus Hotel Sunrise B-L-D  
    Day 19 flight from Osh to Bishkek. Transfer to the Airport Bus Hotel Rich    
  • Dates not fixed, we will organize this tour based on your request dates. Please contact us to request this tour.

  • Day 1 – Dushanbe

    Arrive in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel.

    Today after some relax at the hotel, we will prepare our bikes and visit bazars for shopping foods and all arrangements for the Pamir cycling tour. 

    Dushanbe is a relatively modern town that rose to prominence during the Soviet era, when it was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and named Stalinabad. Its name means ‘Monday in the Tajik language, arising from the fact that this was the day that the market was held when Dushanbe was still a small and fairly insignificant village. The ousted Emir of Bukhara, fleeing from the Bolsheviks, stayed in Dushanbe and cooperated with Enver Pasha’s Basmachis until he had to leave the region. From Dushanbe, he fled to Afghanistan in 1921, the year the town was freed from the Basmachis as well. 

    Cycling distance: 0km        Accommodation: Hotel Lotus       Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 2 – Dushanbe Zigar transfer by bus.

    We set off east towards the Pamirs and take Kulob rout to Zigar, driving through beautiful scenery and interesting village’s en route. This area is a little more conservative, and we see many men with beards, and women wearing traditional dress. More arrestingly, along the road we also see relics of Tajikistan’s bitter civil war of 1992-96, as tanks and armored vehicles lie decaying wherever they were left.  

    Cycling distance: 0km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 3: Zigar to Kalaikum

    The cycling begins on the Obgard road fork just beyond Zigar village and is mostly gently uphill, for about 70km to the Kalaikumb town. This route passing along the Panj River traverses some of the most magnificent scenery in the Pamirs. The fortress that gave its name to Kala – i-Khum located on the left bank of the Khumbob river just above the confluence with the Panj, no longer stands.  

    Cycling distance: 70km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 4: Kalaikum towards Vanch district (Pyanj Valley) 

    From Kalaikum we head along the deep Pyanj gorge towards Vanch valley. Afghanistan is just a short distance away across the river. The road rises and falls as it finds its way along this steep rocky valley and we pass thorough small villages and apricot orchards. Overnight near by Baravni Tag small village, Vanch district. The Vanch valley is much broader and more fertile than the other valleys feeding the Panj, and – if less dramatic – offers pleasant scenario , especially at the top.  

    Cycling distance: 80km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 5: Vanch and Rushan valleys

    We continue our journey along the Pyanj valley passing through Vanch checkpoint and the Marble minefield. The gorge of Pyanj is narrower and steeper between Vanch and the Rushan valleys and passes within view of a number of Afghan villages and of the precipitous paths clinging to the cliff face on the Afghan side. From Vanch district we head along the deep Pyanj valley towards Rushan district, Besyad village (close to Dehrushan). Rushan, the district center (also known as Vomar), lies just below of the confluence of the Bartang with the Panj. 

    Cycling distance: 80km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 6: To Khorog Cycling distance: 80km

    Cycling through more superb scenery, alongside the river Panj which forms the border with Afghanistan. We stay in relative luxury tonight, having reached the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).  Khorog The capital of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast, Khorog is a small town that at various times has been under the control of the Russia, the Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan. The Russians built a fort here in the Soviet era, with Khorog being in a highly strategic location on the border with Afghanistan, but today it languishes and is one of the least developed parts of the country, with the Aga Khan Foundation contributing to the bulk of the local economy. It holds the distinction of being home the second highest botanical garden in the world, at 3900m.

    Cycling distance: 80km      Accommodation: Hotel Lal      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 7: Khorog (Rest Day)

    We have a rest day, opportunity to relax in the cafes, and little time to explore Khorog including the bazaar and the lovely Botanical Gardens which are perched high above the town, affording some great panoramic views. Overnight in home stay. 

    Cycling distance: 0km      Accommodation: Hotel Lal      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 8: Khorog to Wer 

    We set out on the Pamir Highway. A steady, but not too strenuous climb up the pretty Gunt valley. From the east of Khorog , the Pamir Highway follows the Gunt valley upstream as far as Sardem , where it follows to the Koi Tezek Pass and crosses the high Pamir plateau to Murghab and Osh. The Gunt carries little glacial residue and is almost always a pure turquoise colour. 

    Cycling distance: 62km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 9: Wer to Jelandy

    We continue up the Gunt valley to the sanatorium at the tiny settlement of Jelandy. Here there’s the chance to bathe in the geo-thermal pools and enjoy unlimited hot showers. 

    Cycling distance: 62km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 10: Jelandy to Tuz kul meer

    Continuing our climb up through the valley, the landscape becomes ever wilder and more desolate. A long climb on gravel tracks takes us over the Koi Tezek pass (4,200m) and from the pass we descend onto the empty Pamir plateau, a Tibet-like region of snow-capped peaks and eerie turquoise lakes.

    Cycling distance: 65km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 11: Tuz kul meer Mamazair 

    We cycle on across the Pamir plateau passing eerie turquoise lakes and ride through the tiny settlement of Alichur. Mostly on flat terrain, our journey continues through a wide-open landscape of dry rocky mountains. Twenty kilometers further from Alichur there is a huge rock in the middle of the Alichur plain – known as “Chatyr Tash” (‘Tent rock’) on top of which there are graves. 

    Cycling distance: 65km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 12: Mamazair to Murgab

    Threading our way through the mountains we reach the small town of Murgab, not far from the Chinese border. Here we are able to stay in friendly home stay and stock up on supplies in the small bazaar. Murghab (3670 m) itself has few attractions, but it will serve as our base for the night as we explore the area a little. The 7546 m – high Chinese peak of Mustag Ata is visible to the northeast of town. The Eastern Pamirs have been populated by nomadic ethnic Kyrgyz since the 17th century. The traditional architecture is beautifully represented buy yurts, mobile habitations made of felt on an ingenious wooden frame, with the interior decoration bearing witness to the wealth and skills of the owners. Felt and wool serve as the basis for handicrafts. Precise stones, including rubies and emeralds, are also found in the area, and these are sometimes used in local handicrafts. 

    Cycling distance: 68km      Accommodation: Hotel Pomir      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 13: Murgab to the Ak Baital

    Heading to the foot of Ak Baital pass from Murgab, we set out across a flat desert of dry mountains. At times the border zone between Tajikistan and China is only a few hundred meters away.

    Cycling distance: 65km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 14: Ak-Baital Pass to Kara Kul 

    We start the day climbing to the summit of the 4,655m of the Ak Baital Pass, which is the highest section of road in the former Soviet Union. We descend to Karakul Lake, the highest lake in Central Asia, and at 3915 meters, too high to support any aquatic life. Although it’s a steep climb in the thin air, it is not desperately long as we are starting from around 4,000m. A very rough descent from the pass brings us out into the remote valley leading to the lake side settlement at Kara Kul. Formed by a meteorite some 10 million years ago the lake at Kara Kul is hauntingly beautiful place and one of the highlights of the trip. 

    Cycling distance: 65km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 15: Kara Kul to the Kyzyl Art Pass to Sary Tash, via the Alay Valley 

    We continue round the lake before summiting high pass is the Kyzyl Art Pass (4282 metres), which essentially forms the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Border formalities take place shortly after crossing the pass, wi th 20kms of ‘no man’s land’ to cross. A very rough descent takes us into the wide Alay valley, with spectacular views of the 7,000m summits of Koh-I-Samani and Koh-I-Garmo. Heading down the wide grassy Alay valley, studded with the traditional yurts of Kyrgyz nomads after crossing the check post on the Kyrgyz side at Bor dobo.. Across the valley are spectacular views of the 7,000m summits of Pik Lenin. The Alay valley is a favorite spot for Krygyz nomads and the grasslands are studded with their traditional yurts. We camp after passing the village of Sary Tash.

    Cycling distance: 60km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 16: Sary Tash to Gulcho, via Taldyk Pass 

    From Sary Tash we have a strenuous climb up the double-headed Taldyk Pass (3,600m), before a spectacularly dusty descent leads us into the pretty Gulcho village. 

    Cycling distance: 60km      Accommodation: Tent camp      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 17: Gulcho via Chyiyrchyk to Osh 

    We continue at a relaxed pace to the foot of pretty Chyrchyk pass. We climb the Chyrchyk pass (2,600m), the final pass of the trip and are rewarded with a 60km racing descent into Osh.

    Cycling distance: 60km      Accommodation: Hotel Sun Rise      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 18 Transfer to the airport departure to Bishkek

    Meeting at the airport Manas transfer to Hotel.  

    Cycling distance: 60km      Accommodation: Hotel Rich      Meals: (B-L-D)

    Day 19 Transfer to the airport departure to homeland

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