Cycling tour along the Pamir Highway

  • Cycling tour along the Pamir Highway.I have a healthy respect for mountains and the Pamir Highway being the second-highest road in the world with several passes over 4,000 mt (13,000ft), the highest standing at a serious 4,655mt (15,272ft), deserved all my respect. I had never planned to cycle in the Pamir on my own but circumstances meant I ended up doing it solo, something I wasn’t fully happy about. (Blanka...)


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  • Included to tour price

    1. 1). Mini Van with racks, for bicycles;
    (Coach Mercedes from Dushanbe to Osh, ( parking fees, all necessary permissions fuel and taxes per the whole route) with basic English speaking driver in Tajikistan
    2. 1 cook;
    3. Tents for whole trip;
    4. Cooking equipment including gas;
    5. Accommodations in hotels and guest houses as listed above;
    6. Full board meals
    7. Visa support letter
    8. 2/3/4 Liter mineral water per person per day

    Excluded to tour price

    • GBAO permit
    • Bicycles
    • International flights
    • Domestic flight tickets
    • Any airport taxes
    • Travel Insurance
    • Drinks Alcohol
    • Gratitude

    Days Destination Meals Accommodations  
    1 Aarrival to Dushanbe Meeting and transfer  to Hotel BLD  Hotel Lotus  
    2 Drive to  Zigar BLD Tent camp  
    3 Zigar  to Kalaikum, BLD Tent camp  
    4 Kalaikum towards Vanch district (Pyanj Valley) BLD Tent camp  
    5  Vanch and Rushan valleys BLD Tent camp  
    6 To Khorog BLD Hotel Lal Inn  
    7 Khorog (Rest Day) BLD Hotel Lal Inn  
    8 Khorog to Wer BLD Tent camp  
    9 Wer to Jelandy BLD Guest house  
    10 Jelandy to Tuz Kul BLD Tent camp  
    11 Tuz Kul meer to Mamazair BLD Tent camp  
    12 Mamazair to Murgab BLD Hotel Pomir  
    13 Murgab to the Ak Baital BLD Tent camp  
    14  Ak-Baital Pass to Kara Kul BLD Tent camp  
    15  Kara Kul to Sary Tash via Kyzyl Art BLD Tent camp  
    16 Sary Tash – Gulcho BLD Tent camp  
    17 Gulcho via  Chyrchyk Pass to Osh BLD Hotel Sun Rise  
    18 Flight from Osh to Bishkek   Hotel Rich  
    19 Transfer to the Airport  
  • 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 and transfer to airport. Dushanbe 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. 

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    Accommodation: Hotel Lotus

    Day 2 – Dushanbe Zigar transfer

    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

    Day 3: Zigar to Kalaikum, Cycling distance: 70km

    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.  Accommodation: Camping

    Day 4: Kalaikum towards Vanch district (Pyanj Valley) Cycling distance: 80km

    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.  Accommodation: Camping

    Day 5: Vanch and Rushan valleys Cycling distance: 80km

    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. Accommodation: Camping

    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.Accommodation: Hotel Lal INN

    Day 7: Khorog (Rest Day) Cycling distance: 0km

    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. Accommodation: Hotel Lal INN

    Day 8: Khorog to Wer Cycling distance: 62km

    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. Accommodation: Camping

    Day 9: Wer to Jelandy Cycling distance: 60km

    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. Accommodation: Sanatorium

    Day 10: Jelandy to Tuz kul meer Cycling distance: 65km

    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.Accommodation: Camping

    Day 11: Tuz kul meer Mamazair Cycling distance: 65km

    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. Accommodation: Camping

    Day 12: Mamazair to Murgab Cycling distance: 68km

    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. Accommodation: Hotel Pamir

    Day 13: Murgab to the Ak Baital Cycling distance: 65km

    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.Accommodation: Camping

    Day 14: Ak-Baital Pass to Kara Kul Cycling distance: 65km

    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. Accommodation: Camping

    Day 15: Kara Kul to the Kyzyl Art Pass to Sary Tash, via the Alay Valley Cycling distance: 60km

    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 traditiona l yurts. We camp after passing the village of Sary TashAccommodation: Camping

    Day 16: Sary Tash to Gulcho, via Taldyk Pass Cycling distance: 60km

    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. Accommodation: Camping

    Day 17: Gulcho via Chyiyrchyk to Osh Cycling distance: 60km

    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.Accommodation: Hotel Sun Rise

    Day 18 Transfer to the airport departure to Bishkek

    Meeting at the airport Manas transfer to Hotel.  Accommodation: Hotel Rich

    Day 19 Transfer to the airport departure to homeland


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Our friendly team of experienced specialists, managers and guides are always ready to help you to organise tours on request in Tajikistan and throughout Central Asia. Tours offered can begin in Dushanbe, Bishkek or Tashkent or Almata. On our tours we give all our guests the opportunity to experience something completely different, your own adventure, and thereby giving you the tour you want at a price you can afford. We have a deep and long-standing bond with the amazing countries of Central Asia. We want, you to experience the beauty of the arched mosques and mudbrick minarets, as well as the fabulous bazaars piled with pomegranates and vivid handloomed carpets. And we want to introduce you to the amiable people who live among these treasures. We visit ruined forts from the days of the old Silk Road, and pass gem mines mentioned by Marco Polo. Our tours runs through the Pamir Highway, Pamir Mountains have long been known as ‘the roof of the world’, a region of utterly breathtaking scenery and home to a fascinating melange of cultures. This is an ‘Expedition’ trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded. The easiest way to overcome any problems is to be open-minded and bring with you “The Spirit of Adventure”! Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent trips, from luxury rail journeys to custom and private travel: “Pamir CENTRAL ASIA” team