Pamir Mountains

The Roof of the World is accessible to everyone

Welcome to Pamir!


  • Estimated budget

    form 1820 $

  • Trip Type

    Small & big group
  • Duration

    10 Days
  • Starting Location

    Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Final Destination

    Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Day 1: Dushanbe


Our guide will meet you in the airport and accompany to Serena Hotel. The entire day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit “Ismaili Center” in Dushanbe and the biggest National Tea House in the world “Kokhi Navruz”. After it we will walk in Rudaki park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. Then you will visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. To feel real life you should visit Asian bazar. It has colorful goods, fruits and vegetables. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people.
According to your desire, before dinner the evening pray can be performed in Ismaili Center in Dushanbe. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant where you try Tajik food. Overnight is in hotel.

Ismaili Center in Dushanbe

Mehrgon Bazaar in Dushanbe

Day 2: Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum (370 km, 8 hours)


Today we will drive to Kalai Khum. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. The highest point of the day is Shurabad pass (2 267 m) and after drive along Afghanistan border starts. This part will amaze you by its unique mountains – it is already Territory of Pamir Mountains. Over the centuries, the Pamirs have inspired the world’s greatest explorers – Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. And now you also have a chance to travel here.
You will stop in Yoged village for cup of tea with locals. Yoged is lonely Ismaili village in this area. Then you will drive along natural border – Pyanj River. Having visited the Pamirs, many travellers called this giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. Overnight in hotel or homestay

Nurek reservoir

Shurabad Passage

Day 3: Kalai Khum – Khorog (240 km, 7 hours)


In the morning we will visit Karon Old City (III b.c.) then drive to Khrorog. It is perhaps one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. It is surrounded by rocky mountains from all four sides.
The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the half part of the way we will see the first Ilsmaili villages in Rushan region. Today you will meet Pamir people. In the center of Rushan region we will visitmausoleum of Shoh Tolib, one of the Ismailia representative in Badakhshan before Union Soviet We will discuss with local Khalifa who will tell us about Shoh Tolib legends and then we will drive to Vamar Fortress. We start driving to Khorog again. Among the Pamiris, there is a high percentage of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. Dinner is in a restaurant.
Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.

Rushan district

Rushan district

Day 4: Khorog City Tour


Today we will spend full day in Khorog, capital of Badakhshan (Pamir) province. After breakfast we will visit Botanical Garden which is the second highest (2200m) garden in the world. We will drive down to visit City Park of Khorog, handicraft shop “De Pamiri” and Khorog Museum.
Lunch in Pamiri Traditional House (Saidaziz) with introduction including meet and great with AKDN officials. After lunch we will drive to Porshenev village is one of the closest to the administrative center of Khorogh, situated about 10 km from the city. The village is known for a sacred Ismaili spring named after Pir Shohnosir Khushrav. Nosir, as his is known, arrived in Badakhshan in the middle of the 11 century as an Ismaili missionary and died in the village of Yumgon in Afghan Badakhshan. Nosir is considered a great philosopher, poet and writer who played an important role in the development of Tajik Persian culture of the 11th century onward. After drive back to visit Campus of UCA Construction Site. We will visit Jamoatkhana in Khorog, evening pray can be performed. Dinner is in restaurant.
Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.

Khorog City

University of Central Asia (UCA)

Day 5: Khorog – Yamg (220 km, 6 hours)


Today we will drive along Tajik-Afgan border to Yamg village. Situated in in the heart of Asia, the Pamirs are a corner of sky-scraping, snow-capped, majestic mountains, transparent clear blue waters of lakes and rivers, wide valleys and bone-dry deserts. For hundreds of years, people have called these highest mountains of the world as “the Roof of the World”. Today you will understand why. The land of Pamirs is located at elevations from 3 500 to 4 200 meters abovesea level.
Pamirs is perhaps one the few areas in Central Asia where ancient ethnic and cultural peculiarities of the Pamir people exist. Over the years, communities were isolated from each other by impassable mountain ranges, and developed into separate enclaves with different dialects and sometimes distinct or different languages. In the way is excursion to Garmchashma.
Then we keep driving along the Wakhan Coridor from Ishkashim to Yamg. (There is possibility to visit Afghan Market by Sunday in Ishkashim). We will admire the Qah - Qaha Fortress, dating from the third century B.C and rising from the platform of natural rock . Just 300m further on is the interesting Ismaili Mazar (tomb) of Shohi Mardan Hazrati Ali. After that we move to next Zoroastrain “Fortress of Fire Worshippers”.
Dinner with a family. Night is in home stay.

Ishkashim

Kah Kah Fortress

Day 6: Yamg – Yashil Kul Lake – Bulunkul Lake (170 km, 6 hours)


After breakfast we will drive up to the hot spring at Bibi Fatima: dense minerals and very salty, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. At Yamg, visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Mubarak Kadami Wakhoni, who died in 1910. Near this house there is stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar. There are several places of interest to stop. Above the village of Vrang, on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th- 7th centuries. In the cool of the morning we climb up above Langar village to see petro glyphs.
The stone pictures began from north settlement of Langar and drawn until south slopes of Shohdara range. The main part concentrated in the valley of the river Hangar-daryo (the right an flow of the river Panj on a 2700-3500mm above the feet of sea level) The quantity of the pictures are about 600 of mountain goats and other it is represented wild animals scene of hunting, horsemen, different forms of tamgi, signs circles, portrayed rubabsect, pictures are dated in different periods, epoch of bronze 1 thus B.C. Kushan-Efyalit period until appearing of Muslim religions, 11-12 century. The sanctuary of Shoh Qambary Oftob is situated on the territory of the settlement of Langar among population are many legends about Saint Shoh Qambari Oftob.
The most beautiful lakes of the Pamirs are Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), stretched on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level, are situated in the Murghab district. Today we will spend a night near them. The color of water in Bulunkul is a subtle inter-play of violet and darkblue in the sunlight. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake. There is the opportunity to see yaks, a unique species of domestic animals, sharing features of cow and sheep, traditionally used as a beast of burden apart from giving milk and meat products. On the way to the lake you will drive over Khargush pass (4 344 m).
Dinner and night is in a home stay.

Source "Bibi Fatima"

Bulunkul Lake

Day 7: Bulunkul – Khorog (180 km, 5 hours)


In the morning we will drive to Khorog along Pamir Highway, known as M41 Pamir Tract. It is considered the second highest mountain road after highway of Tibet. The road lies over mountains and passes on the elevations of more than 4 000 meters above sea level. On the way you will drive over Koitezak pass (4 271 m). On the bottom of Koitezak there is situated Jelondy Hot Spring Sanatorium. Have a swim and rest in Jelondy. Further down the Ghund valley, situated in Imam Dargah, is the mazar (Shrine) of Imam Boqir, the fourth Ismaili Imam and descendant of the family of the holy prophet. Arabic text written on the granite walls of this small square structure tells a story connected to this place, a sacred spring of crystal water flows behind the shrine. The Ghund valley of Shugnan district follows the Ghund River deep into the Pamirs. 15 km to Khorogh, on a high peak in Boghef village sits the Shohi Viloyat fortress, often called Kefir-Qala, or "fortress of infidels." The fire temple of this complex is circular, open roof structures with a quadrate alter in the center. According to some historical sources, the form of this temple is symbolic of Earth and Heaven. Though it is not preserved as well as Kefir-Qala, a temple of similar form is situated in Rivak village about 13th km from Boghef.
The almost inaccessible landscape and the rocky mountains of this corner of the world have given safe haven to a unique diversity of wildlife. Amongst the most common species of wild mammals are Turkestan rat, tiger-cat, grizzly bear, badger, stoat, fox, grey and red wolves. Pamirs provides a large and thriving population of Marco Polo sheep, the largest sheep in the world, with all year round and a strong population of the highly endangered snow leopard.
Dinner is in a restaurant. Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.

Marco Polo

Pamir tract

Day 8: Khorog – Kalai Khum (240 km, 7 hours)


The road from Khorog to Kalai Khum is the same as you had before. This area consists of high rocky mountains over 6 000 meters and only 1 road was possible to be built.
Passing though the Pamirs, the tourists have the rare opportunity to not only marvel the beauty of virgin environment, but also know more about the ethnography, history and everyday life of mountain dwellers and with this imagine how the history of humanity evolved as in the story of creation.
On the way we will stop in small villages to communicate with local people and to see their life.
Human settlements are located on both sides of the river in narrow mountain valleys. On theother side of the river you will see Afgan stony villages and gardens.
Night is in hotel or homestay.

Road to Kalai Hum

Afghan village

Day 9: Kalai Khum – Khoburubot – Dushanbe (290 km, 7 hours)


In the morning we will drive to Dushanbe via another mountain road. You will drive over high Khoburubot Pass (3 252) known as Western Pamir Tract. The road goes through the most picturesque river valley and amazing gorges in the terrain, where one can stop for rest and shoot photos of the mountain and rivers. On the way you will see small villages and meet local people.
Tajiks are by nature hard working, hospitable, and kind-hearted. This nation greatly respects its traditions and folklore. This trip is attractive for the lovers of exotics, those curious about the ethnic and cultural diversity and captivated by the beauty of wild nature. Dinner will be in a restaurant.
Night is in hotel.

Khobarubot Pass

Tavildara

Day 10: Dushanbe – Iskandarkul Lake – Dushanbe (280 km, 6 hours)


Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes over Anzob pass (3 372 m) with amazing panorama views. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. Also we will hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall.
Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. After having the rest near the lake we will drive back to Dushanbe.
Dinner will be at 8 p.m. Night is in hotel.

Iskandarkul Lake

The beginning of the waterfall

Day 11: Dushanbe – Airport


In the morning is transfer to airport.

10 Days Route Map

Transport: Toyota 4Runner or Land Cruiser

Our offers


3 star hotel in Dushanbe

Price per person:
02 pax – 1820$
04 pax – 1642$ (2 cars)
06 pax – 1283$ (2 cars)
08 pax – 1329$ (3 cars)
10 pax – 1356$ (4 cars)
12 pax – 1224$ (4 cars)
Single supplement – 90$

Early check-in – 30$
Single early check-in – 45$

4 star hotel in Dushanbe and Kalai Khum

Price per person:
02 pax – 1884$
04 pax – 1706$ (2 cars)
06 pax – 1348$ (2 cars)
08 pax – 1393$ (3 cars)
10 pax – 1420$ (4 cars)
12 pax – 1288$ (4 cars)
Single supplement – 190$

Early check-in – 70$
Single early check-in – 120$
Folklore music in Dushanbe – 250$ per group
Folklore show in Khorog – 200$ per group
Folklore show in Yamg – 100$ per group

Service includes:

- Transport
- Full board
- Accommodation:
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3* / “Taj Palace” Hotel 4*
Kalai Khum – “Darvoz” Guesthouse / Karon Palace Hotel 4*/ Khorog – “Lal” Hotel 3*
Yamg – Home stays
Bulunkul – Home stays
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour

Service does not include:

- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa
- International flights

Please, note:

In the mountain regions of Tajikistan you spend nights in real home stays of local people. These houses were not built for tourists. Usually they have 3-4 rooms. The owners put thick mattresses instead of beds. One house consists of 3-4 rooms, price includes 3-4 tourists in 1 room. Single supplement is valid only for hotels and guesthouses. If you want to be alone in home stay’s room – you must pay for all 4 beds (1 bed cost 15$). Village houses have a toilet and shower in the garden. For big groups we include several home stays.