Open seats: Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, around May 1st

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Open seats: Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, around May 1st

Postby Leanna » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:03 pm

Hi,
we are 2 travellers (Italian/German, both 30) planning to do the Pamir from Dushanbe via Khorog and the Wakhan valley to Osh, renting a 4x4 with driver. We plan about 7 days for the total trip. We will be in Dushanbe around the 25th of April and would start planning things better from there, to then leave a couple of days later around the 1st of May but we are flexible with dates.
We are already in touch with another traveller from the US who would potentially join, and are planning to meet up in Dushanbe at some point between the 25th and 30th of April to take it from there. If anyone else is interested please let us know, sharing in 4 would be perfect. You can also reach us on Whatsapp (+491749856815) or Instagram (@_beautyandtheeast)
Lea & Luca
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Re: From Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, end of April

Postby Leanna » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:34 pm

Update: We got a quote from the tour agency/guy recommended by Caravanistan, Khudik, which would cost 1300$ for 7 days. (Plus 680$ for an English speaking guide but we would prefer not to take that.) Shared in 4 that would be 325$ per person, plus 20$ per night for a homestay usually including dinner and breakfast if I'm right. So 7 days/7 nights Dushanbe-Osh would be around 465$ per person pretty much all included. I copy the description of the program here, somehow documents are not attachable.

Day 1: Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum (370 km, 8 hours, 1260m)
Today we will drive to Kalai Khum village. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. The highest point of the day is Shuraba 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 drive along natural border – Pyanj River. Having visited the Pamirs, many travellers called this giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. This night you will spend in a home stay to see the way of local people’s life.


Day 2: Kalai Khum – Khorog (240 km, 6-7 h, 2120 m)
In the morning we will 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 way to Khorog you will meet Pamir people. A number of anthropological features set the Pamir people apart from the Tajik people. 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. Night is in a guesthouse.


Day 3: Khorog – Ishkashim (120 km, 4 hours, 2500 m)
Today we will drive along Tajik-Afgan border to Ishkashim. 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 above sea 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. We will visit Garmchashma hot spring. If you like it you can swim in hot warter. Dinner and night is in a home stay.

Day 4: Ishkashim – Yamg – Langar (140 km, 5 hours, 2800m)
Drive towards the Wakhan corridor. On the road we will visit Kah-Kaa and Yamchun fortresses, further up the hillside are the hot spring at Bibi Fatima: dense and very salty minerals, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear. 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. At Yamg , we visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara Kadam , who died in 1910. Near this house there is stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar. In the cool of the morning we climb up above Langar village to see petroglyphs. Overnight in homestay.


Day 5: Langar – Bulunkul & Yashilkul Lakes - Alichur (180 km, 5-6 hours, 3700 m)
In the cool of the morning we climb up above Langar village to see petroglyphs. On the way to the lake you will drive over Khargush pass (4 344 m). 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. Color of water in Bulunkul is a subtle inter-play of violet and dark-blue 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. After that we will drive to Alichur. Dinner and night is in a yurt stay.

Day 6: Alichur – Karakul Lake (260 km, 5-6 hours, 3900m)
Right on the highway of the Pamir Tract is situated the light-blue lake of Karakul (3, 815 m), the name of which can be translated as “The Black Lake”. On the way to the lake you will drive over the highest Ak Baital pass (4 655 m). Karakul is the highest large mountain lake of the world, excluding those in Tibet and Titicaca. The lake is situated in a meteorite crater and surrounded by swampy and wet meadows and bogs with a rich flora and fauna and several endemic species. Flooding, melting permafrost and buried ice sheets shape the landscape with small hillocks and a large variety of small creeks and water courses between 3 500 and 4 000 m. The rich plant cover is grazed by wild and domestic ungulates. Dinner and night is in a home stay.


Day 7: Karakul Lake – Osh(277 km, 5-6 hours, 900m)
Today we will drive to Kyrgy border and then to Osh city. The road will go along amazing mountains and high passes. On the way you will drive over a high mountain pass – Taldik. It is 3 615 meters high! You will never forget the amazing views of the road and mountains around it. With 93% of mountains in Kyrgyzstan, nomadic life in remote places – our country is a real paradise for people that are in love with mountains and unusual cultures. The route takes you along roads that wind along incredible gorges. During the day be prepared for amazing views of the impressive mountains and gorges. Night is in a hotel.

Price:
Transport – 1305$ (including fuel and driver expenses)

English speaking guide – 680$ per group

Do you need our help with accommodation?

Kalai Khum, Homestay
20 $ per person / 1 night

Khorog, “Lal” Guesthouse
single – 50 $ per person / 1 night
twin – 45$ per person / 1 night

Or: Homestay – 20$ per person

Ishkashim, “Hanis” Guesthouse
twin – 20 $ per person / 1 night

Langar, Homestay
20 $ per person / 1 night

Alichur, Yurt stay
20 $ per person / 1 night

Karakul, Homestay
20 $ per person / 1 night

Osh, “Sun Rise” 3*:
single – 50 $ per person / 1 night
twin – 30 $ per person / 1 night

Or: Homestay – 20$ per person
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Re: From Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, end of April

Postby Doss » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:56 pm

Hi all,

Ive spent the last few days in Bishkek with a pair who'd just done the same route and they said homestays were quite cheap - $6-$7 per night - so maybe accomodation wont be as much as anticipated.

Cheers,
Doss
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Re: From Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, end of April

Postby bwv812 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:47 pm

$20 may be a bit high, but $6-7 is quite low, at least if you're expecting food. Things are pretty expensive up there, so I don't really begrudge the prices.
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Re: Open seats: Dushanbe via Wakhan to Osh, around May 1st

Postby Leanna » Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:40 pm

Update: we're full :)
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