Along the Pamir Highway

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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Ends Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Dushanbe Explore the palaces and museums of Central Asia's leastvisited capital.
  • Wakhan Corridor Drive through the Wakhan Corridor and spot Afghan villages across the Panj River
  • Ak Baital Pass Cross the highest pass of formerUSSR on the drive along the Pamir Highway
  • Song Kul Lake Walk through Kyrgyzstan's lush summer pastures and stay in a yurt on the shores of the beautiful Song Kul Lake.
Start in Dushanbe and end in Almaty, the trip Along The Pamir Highway is a guided explorer tour that takes 19 days. You will be traveling through Almaty and Dushanbe in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Along The Pamir Highway is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

5 - Excellent
Based on 294 reviews
  • Timothy
  • On Jun 10 2020
5 - Excellent
Timothy's review for another Explore tour
“This is a full-on tour covering vast distances. I think I would have liked another couple of days in Turkey to see more of Istanbul & maybe one day of complete relaxation on the Med coast to give everyone including guide & driver a break.”
  • Martin
  • On Oct 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Martin's review for another Explore tour
“Very enjoyable trip with excellent guide.We had some slow and some faster walkers and she judged the pace well and start times were good - usually 9.30I would have liked the walks to be longer in some cases as I think on this type of trip you would expect to be out for 6-7 hours.”
  • Helen
  • On Feb 13 2020
4 - Very Good
Helen's review for another Explore tour
“I enjoyed the trip although was disappointed that we didn't see the Terraced fields in Northern Vietna. Doing Tai Chi at sunrise on the boat in Halong Bay was magical - a real highlight. Also the cycle ride at Hot An was a fund way to cover a slightly longer distance and see the local crafts. A really good trip and I'm pleased I experienced it.”
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  • Day 1 : Trip starts in Dushanbe. Explore the Tajik capital on a walking tour of the city
  • Day 2 : Set off on the Pamir Highway in 4WDs. Spot Afghan villages across the Panj River
  • Day 3 : Continue the drive alongside the Panj River to Khorog, the heart of the Pamiri region
  • Day 4 : Venture into the Wakhan Corridor and take a dip in the Garmchashma hot springs
  • Day 5 : Continue along the Wakhan Valley, visiting the impressive 3rd century Khahkha Fortress
  • Day 6 : Free day in Hissor with the option for a walk up to petroglyphs and along Engels Meadow
  • Day 7 : Climb higher into the Pamirs, crossing the Kargushi Pass and driving alongside mountain lakes
  • Day 8 : Drive across the high plateau and cross the highest pass in former USSR on the way to Karakul
  • Day 9 : Cross Kyzyl Art Pass, spotting Lenin's Peak. Then descend to the Kyrgyz city of Osh
  • Day 10 : Explore this ancient trading city at the Kyrgyz end of the M-41 - the Pamir Highway
  • Day 11 : Full day's drive through the wilds of Kyrgyzstan, passing Toktogul Resevoir to Suusamyr Valley
  • Day 12 : Two-day walk through the Kyrgyz meadows and summer pastures
  • Day 13 : Day two of the walk: cross Jalydyz Karagai Pass and hike down to the shores of Song Kul Lake
  • Day 14 : Drive to Lake Issy Kul and stay in a traditional yurt overlooking the lake
  • Day 15 : Explore Fairytale Canyon on foot and walk into Jety-Oguz Valley. Stay in a farmer’s guesthouse
  • Day 16 : Visit the churches and mosques of Karakol before returning to the guesthouse for a folklore show
  • Day 17 : Cross the border into Kazakhstan walk the along the rim of Charyn Canyon
  • Day 18 : Spend time discovering the cosmopolitan city of Almaty
  • Day 19 : Trip ends in Almaty
  • 18 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • Hotel Atlas (1 night)
  • Hotel Karon Palace (1 night)
  • Hotel Zafar (1 night)
  • Hanis Guesthouse (1 night)
  • Davlathon Guesthouse (2 nights)
  • Pamir Hotel (1 night)
  • Erkin Guesthouse Karakul (1 night)
  • Sunrise Hotel (2 nights)
  • Baytur Resort (1 night)
  • Avaz Yurt Camp Kilemche (1 night)
  • Novinomad Yurt Camp Song Kul Lake (1 night)
  • Tosor Yurt Camp (1 night)
  • Reina Kench Guesthouse (2 nights)
  • Kazzhol Hotel (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • 4WD
  • Any international flights to Dushanbe and from Almaty are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Along the Pamir Highway tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Along the Pamir Highway tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Along the Pamir Highway tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Along the Pamir Highway tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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