Reis over de befaamde Pamir Highway
Hoogtepunten van deze 19-daagse rondreis over de Pamir Highway:
– de indrukwekkende natuur gedurende de gehele reis
– het meemaken van de Pamir Highway; niet alleen de natuur maar ook het verschillende volkeren die langs de Higway leven en hun legendarische gastvrijheid
– een korte impressie van Kirgizië
– een unieke en veilige reiservaring in Afghanistan!
We hebben het TV-programma ‘De Gevaarlijkste Wegen ter Wereld’ in 2017 mogen helpen bij het uitvoeren van deze reis, d.w.z. in versnelde vorm. De beelden zijn uitgezonden op televisie in 2018 in terug te vinden op YouTube.
Deze reis is zonder meer pittig. Dat heeft te maken met de staat van de weg, op bepaalde stukken, de hoogte en de afstanden. Ook de omstandigheden onderweg (accommodaties, maaltijden) zijn adequaat maar niet luxe.
Anno 2019 is een visum nog steeds noodzakelijk voor een bezoek aan Tadjikistan. Echter u kunt dit zelf online aanvragen, m.b.v. door ons aangeleverde informatie over uw reisprogramma, en ontvangt het visum vervolgens binnen enkele uren of maximaal één-twee dagen.
Feitelijk is dit een programma dat Tadjikistan combineert met Kirgizië. Echter, omdat een reis over de Pamir Highway altijd zal starten of eindigen in Kirgizië (tenzij u een cirkel maakt in Tadjikistan) én omdat de kern van deze befaamde route door Tadjikistan loopt, beschouwen we het gemakshalve als een Tadjiekse reis.
Overigens heeft u voor Kirgizié geen visum nodig.
Day 1, Arrival in Bishkek, Kyrgystan
Transfer to Hotel. Sightseeing. Accommodation in a Bishkek Guest House. (breakfast only)
Day 2, Flight to Osh
Please note that there are international flights to and from Osh and you may choose to start or finish in Osh, skipping Bishkek.
Transfer to Hotel. Sightseeing. Accommodation in an Osh Guest House. (breakfast only)
Day 3, Osh – Peak Lenin Base Camp
Accommodation in a Camp/Guest House. (full board)
Day 4, Achik Tash Base Camp – Sari Tash
Accommodation in a homestay
Day 5, Sary Tash – Karakul (Tajikistan)
Setting off for Karakul, about 100km from Sari Tash, we take the Pamir ‘highway’, a road built in the 1930s in order to link the isolated communities with the rest of the world. Travelling up to the Kizil Art Pass (4336m) we will cross the border and pass through the gateway to the Pamir Plateau, or as Marco Polo called it – ‘The Roof of the World’.
Hidden deep in this expanse of arid landscape is the stunning Karakul Lake, a body of water created millions of years ago by a meteorite and noted as one of the most geologically fascinating places on earth. We’ll have the opportunity for a short walk along the lake to our homestay in Karakul village. The surrounding area offers some spectacular views, which are especially dramatic with the sun setting over the nearby snow-capped mountains. Accommodation in a homestay. (full board)
Day 6, Karakul – Murgab
Leaving Karakul Lake, the road takes us to the Muzkol Valley, and eventually up to the Ak Baital Pass (The White Horse Pass), which at 4,655 meters stands as the highest pass in the former USSR. Views of mountains and glaciers along the way are simply breathtaking. During the journey, we will take a detour to the Shor and Rankul Lakes, where we will stop for a picnic lunch.
Continuing on to Murgab, we will check into a small guesthouse. This quiet town (with the only bazaar of the High Pamir region) is still struggling with its development due to the nearby Russian border guards’ base being closed down, which was the last remaining Soviet influence in the region. The recent opening of the Chinese Qolma Pass, however, has slowly aided the town in its progression. Guesthouse. (full board)
Day 7, Murghab – Yashil Kul Lake
We will continue on to Yashil Kul Lake today and if the weather is clear enough, we’ll head up to the Shorbulak Observatory, from where you can see the Muztag Ata and Kongur Peaks, which are part of the Khun Lun Range.
Following the Alichur Plateau we will come to Yashil Kul Lake, where we will stay in the small hamlet of Bulunkul, either staying in yurts or a small guesthouse. The people living here are Kyrgyz pastoralists living in a harsh but hospitable environment. Our stay here will deepen our understanding of how people have adapted to live in such remote mountainous areas. Home/Yurt Stay. (full board)
Day 8, Yashil Kul Lake – Langa
Continuing south we will pass a number of other interesting salt lakes, before crossing the Khargush Pass, which brings us spectacular views of Afghanistan, with the ice-capped summit of the Wakhan Range ahead of us, and the Pamir River marking the border just a few miles away. There will be plenty of chances to stop for some dramatic photos of this unique view.
Once our passports have been checked through the Kargush army base, we will continue along the Pamir River, from both the High Pamir and the Wakhan Valley, Bartang is dotted with small villages and plots of land are carved out of the mountainsides to provide for the local farmers. Considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the western Pamirs, the valley is famous for its superb hiking, hospitable villages and local musicians. We will spend the night in Siponji village, historically used as a shelter from neighbouring Afghan slave traders. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 9, Langar – Ishkashim
After breakfast a short trek to famous Wakhan Corridor Petrogliphs. There are about 6000 petrogliphs from IV-III BC. Picnic lunch on the mountain with amassing view to Wakhan Corridor and Hindukush Range. Drive along the Panj River taking in the cultural change between the Kyrgyz and Pamiri people of the Pamirs.
We will have some stops along the way to look at the old castles that once guarded this branch of the Silk Road, including Yamchun Fort. These are all built quite high up so as to dominate the surrounding valley. This part of the Pamirs is also dotted with a variety of religious sites from Sufi shrines, Buddhist stupas and Zoroastrian Fire Temples. We’ll stay overnight in Yamg village, where you can take a short walk, visit the local shrine or simply relax. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 10, Ishkashim-Qalai Panja
Today we will drive to Qala Panja (135 kms) with short stops en route for photo sessions. A rough road built by the Soviets takes us into the Wakhan Corridor. There may be some river crossings to negotiate. Picnic lunch at Khandud. Accommodation in guesthouse. (full board)
Day 11, Ishkashim – Sarhad-e- Broghil
A big drive to the end of the road at Sarhad e-Broghil. With the valley barely 20km wide in places this road is rough and not for the fainthearted and there may be some river crossings to negotiate. The scenery however is truly magnificent and in addition the group will undoubtedly meet many of the local Wakhi and Kyrgyz people. The women are especially noticeable with their bright red scarves and beaded necklaces. Accommodation in a homestay (full board)
Day 12, Drive back to Qalai Panja
Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 13, Drive to Sulton Ishkashim
Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 14, Cross the Afghan-Tajik border and drive to Khorog
It should be a pretty smooth journey. Not far from Khorog are the Ruby Mines of Khu i Lal (where Badakhshani rubies were mined as far back as the 14th century).
Khorog is the administrative centre of the Pamir region, dramatically set deep in the valley at the confluence of the Panji and Gunt rivers and boxed in by the mountain peaks. There are a number of places to visit, from the Ethnographical Museum to the surprisingly well stocked Botanical Gardens (one of the highest in the world), and the town is the site of one of Central Asia’s few university campuses. Accommodation in a hotel. (full board)
Day 15, Khorog-Bartang Valley
Leaving Khorog behind us we head east and spend the day exploring in 4x4s and on foot the enchanting Bartang Valley. Very different from both the High Pamir and the Wakhan Valley, Bartang is dotted with small villages and plots of land are carved out of the mountainsides to provide for the local farmers.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the western Pamirs, the valley is famous for its superb hiking, hospitable villages and local musicians. We will spend the night in Siponji village, historically used as a shelter from neighbouring Afghan slave traders. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 16, Bartang Valley – Kalai-Khumb
This morning we’ll set out on foot, crossing the river and walking to the next village, where our drivers will meet us. We’ll continue by road to Kalai-Khumb, where we’ll spend the night. Today’s journey takes us so close to Afghani villages just across the river that you’ll be able to wave to each other. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (full board)
Day 17, Kalai-Khumb – Dushanbe
Today we will have a full day’s drive through canyons and farmland to Dushanbe, the capital city. Once we have checked into our hotel and freshened up, we will walk into town for dinner. Accommodation in a hotel. (breakfast & lunch included)
Day 18, Dushanbe
Today we will have all day to explore Tajikistan’s capital, see the sights and maybe pick up some souvenirs. Depending on opening hours, we will visit the impressive Museum of National Antiquities, which houses Asia’s largest statue of Buddha in nirvana (a mighty 13 metres), ancient weapons and portraits of Alexander the Great. Accommodation in a hotel. (breakfast included)
Day 19, Dushanbe, Transfer to Airport
Departure Home. (breakfast included)
De kosten van dit programma bedragen bij twee personen ………. per persoon. Voor andere groepsgroottes kunt u ons aanschrijven.
Inbegrepen in de aanbieding zijn:
– alle overnachtingen o.b.v. verblijf in tweepersoonskamers incl. ontbijt, in homestays en in hotels volgens programma
– alle transfers in de drie landen Tadjikistan per auto/minibus
– services van een Engelssprekende gids gedurende de gehele reis
– entreekaarten voor bezienswaardigheden en natuurparken volgens het programma
– alle lunches & diners (full board) waar aangegeven in het programma, m.u.v. in Bishkek, Osh en Dushanbe
Niet inbegrepen zijn de internationale vliegtickets en alle andere niet genoemde services. Tenslotte houden wij per boeking €15 in voor het GGTO Garantiefonds.
|Kirgizië, Tadjikistan, Pamirs, Afghanistan|