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Driving times in Tajikistan (especially Pamir Hwy)?

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 9:54 pm
by Provodnik
Hello,

anyone knowing approximate driving times (when hiring a decent car with driver) for the follwong sections?

Dushanbe - Sarytag (near Iskenderkul lake, 140 km)
Dushanbe - Khalaikum (285 km)
Khalaikum - Khorog (240 km)
Khorog - Murgab (315 km)
Murgab - Karakul lake (115 km)
Karakul lake - Sarytash (100 km incl border TJ/KG)

Are these sections between Dushanbe and Sarytash feasible day-stages?


Provodnik

Re: Driving times in Tajikistan (especially Pamir Hwy)?

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 10:22 pm
by mazeno
easy riding, taking photos, once speeding for fun (ak baital-karakul section):
Dushanbe - Sarytag (near Iskenderkul lake, 140 km) - 1 day (leave dushanbe in early morning to avoid horrible afternoon traffic jam in anzob tunnel - most lorries start in the morning and reach the tunnel afternoon)
Dushanbe - Khalaikum (285 km) - 1,5 days (now it is not possible - the bridge on kingob river is down due to mudslides, alternatively: dushanbe-kulab-kalai khumb - 2 days)
Khalaikum - Khorog (240 km) - 1 day
Khorog - Murgab (315 km) - 1,5 days
Murgab - Karakul lake (115 km) - 0,5 day
Karakul lake - Sarytash (100 km incl border TJ/KG) - 0,5 day

these're my approx. times, not hired driver - i don't know if they are faster or slower.

Re: Driving times in Tajikistan (especially Pamir Hwy)?

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:12 am
by bremmo
I agree on what Mazeno recommends, but if you have the time, I suggest you take double the time because it's so freakin' beautiful there! I was under time pressure so couldn't stop/stay everywhere I wanted, but could easily spend a couple of weeks on the pamir highway