Stay in the homes of the Pamiri natives, camp near centuries old caravanserais and explore the blue Alpine lakes on this Tajikistan trekking adventure.
Another year of this extraordinary Tajikistan trekking adventure. Of all the Greater Ranges on the Asian continent, the Pamir Mountains are probably the least known and the least visited of them all. They boast the world’s largest glacier outside the Polar regions, the 77km long Fedchenko Glacier, and harbour three mountains taller than 7000m.
The journey starts with a road trip on one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world, the Pamir Highway. You will cross rickety suspension bridges and pass deep gorges, all in the shadow of the mountain giants of the Pamir Mountains. You’ll stay in the friendly town of Khorog and visit the wide plains of the Shakhdara Valley on the way to Central Asia’s coldest inhabited place, Bulunkul, which is the trailhead of the trek taking you deeper into the range.
You will be traversing through the heart of the mountain range. Along the way, you will stay in the homes of the Pamiri natives, camp near centuries old caravanserais and explore the shores of shimmering blue Alpine lakes. To complete the traverse the team will scale a mountain pass that’s taller than Mont Blanc. Be prepared to be spoiled for life!
- Stay in the homes of the hospitable Pamiri people
- Camp on the shores of shimmering blue alpine lakes
- Scale a pass taller than any summit in the European Alps
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore the lesser-known Pamir Mountains.
- Scale a mountain pass that’s taller than Mont Blanc!
- Perfect for solo travellers.
15 August 2020
30 August 2019
14 August 2021
29 August 2021
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
The journey starts with a road trip on one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world, the Pamir Highway. You will cross rickety suspension bridges and pass deep gorges, all in the shadow of the mountain giants of the Pamir Mountains. You'll stay in the friendly town of Khorog and visit the wide plains of the Shakhdara Valley on the way to Central Asia's coldest inhabited place, Bulunkul, which is the trailhead of the trek taking you deeper into the range.
- All accommodation, including tents during the trek
- All meals except in Khorog and Dushanbe
- Experienced international trekking guide
- Local trekking crew
- Pack animals
- Any necessary visas and permits
- Flights to Tajikistan
- Entrance fees
This operator does not offer a uniform accommodation standard on their itineraries. The reality is that standards in Dushanbe cannot be compared to a homestay in an isolated valley in the Pamirs. They consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money spent will go into the pockets of the local community when deciding where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room when that is available. When you are in the Pamirs you’ll be staying in tents and in local homestays that sometimes only offer central communal areas to sleep in.
In Tajikistan, meals are sometimes included with the accommodation, and these are included in the price. This also applies to the meals produced by our high altitude cooks while we are trekking in the mountains. The food in Khorog and Dushanbe is not included in the price as we want people to have the freedom to choose their preferred restaurant.
Who is this trip for?
Our trekking trips are designed to be physically engaging and provide a level of challenge for most people. As a general guideline, we recommend that you have some prior experience walking with a 10-15kg day pack for up to 8 hours over 5 or more days through uneven & varied terrain (and weather); ranging from hard-packed earth, tussock grass, boulder fields, scree slopes, soft snow patches, and knee-deep rivers.
You will require a Tajikistan visa for this trip as well as a GBAO permit for the Badakhshan region where we will be traveling in.
Make an enquiry for further details and support to arrange this.
On this trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced international trekking guide plus an English speaking local guide. This allows for greater flexibility and means that there will always be someone on hand to help or assist you even if the other team leader is busy making arrangements.
The operator monitor the situation closely and listen very carefully to advice from the foreign office and from our friends in the areas they visit. Client’s safety is their primary concern. That the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
Specialists in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, this operator aims to add positive benefit to the areas visited by ensuring that whenever possible, the money goose directly to the people of the region. In their words “”small scale tourism might not change the world but every path starts with a single step’.
The founders met as travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of Pakistan and Afghanistan, lands that are often described as dangerous and inhospitable.
Working with small groups of a maximum of 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year.
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