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Tajikistan Explorer

This 18 day overland tour journeys from Bishkek to Dushanbe through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Supplier Tour ID: JTP1/226826
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Finishes: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Bishkek
  • Toktugal Lake
  • Osh
  • Tulpar Kol Lake
  • Karakul Lake
  • Murghab
  • Langar
  • Ishkashim
  • Khorog
  • Khalaykum
  • Kulob
  • Iskanderkul Lake
  • Fann Mountains
  • Bibijanat Lake
  • Alaudin Lake
  • Dushanbe

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bishkek

Border Information: if joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas and GBAO permits at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this relaxed and atmospheric city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales Team or your agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek.

In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

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Day 2: Toktugal Lake

This morning we will depart Bishkek early and travel through beautiful mountain scenery towards Toktugal Lake. We will have the opportunity to stop often and admire the views before reaching our destination later this afternoon.

Tonight we plan to wild camp near Toktugal.

Estimated Drive Time 6 - 8 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 3-4: Osh

Today we will have a full day's drive to Osh, Kyrgyzstan's capital of the south where we will spend the next two nights.

Estimated Drive Time 8 - 10 hours

In Osh we will stay in a local hotel.

On our second day we have an included visit to Suleiman's Mountain in the morning, we will then have free time in the afternoon to explore one of the oldest cities in the country.

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Day 5: Tulpar Kol Lake

This morning we drive over the Taldyk Pass (3615m) and onto the small remote village of Say Mogul. From there we will hire a van up to the beautiful Tulpar Kol Lake where we will spend the night.

Estimated Driving Time 3 - 5 hours

Tonight we will either wild camp by the lake or stay in a local yurt camp

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Day 6: Karakul Lake

Border Information: Exit Kyrgyszstan at Kyzylart, enter Tajikstan at Bor Dobo.

This morning we will continue on to the Tajikistan border and cross the 2nd highest border post in the world at 4336m. After the border proceedings are finalised we will continue on to Karakul Lake where we will have some time to enjoy lunch and the stunning scenery before making our way over the Ak-Baital pass and on to the town of Murghab.

Estimated Driving Time 8 -10 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 7: Langar

We will have an early start this morning as we have a full day drive ahead of us. Enjoy the amazing views of the Pamirs as we make our way over high passes to the Wakhan Corridor before eventually passing through another checkpoint where you will get your first glimpses of the Panj River. For the next 4 days we will be following the river which borders between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Estimated Driving Time 10-11 hours

Tonight we will stay in a traditional Pamiri guesthouse

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Day 8: Langar

Today we will get the chance to stretch our legs. This morning before we set off there is an optional hike to see the Petroglyphs on the rocks above Langar. It is a steep climb but well worth it for the views over the village and the surrounding mountains ranges.

After lunch we will stop in the tiny village of Vrang to visit the Buddhist Stupa and Zoroastrian Fire Temple. We will also have the chance to stop at the Village House Museum of Mubarak-i-Wakhani before spending the night in Ishkashim.

Estimated Driving Time 5-7 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse

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Day 9-10: Khorog

We will continue our drive on to the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region today ( Khorog ), where we will be spending 2 nights. On the way we will stop at the Garm Chasma Hotsprings, where we will have some time for a relaxing dip.

On the second day you will have free time to explore the town. Take a stroll through the local bazaar or simply relax in the parks and people watch.

Estimated Driving Time 6-8 hours

For the next 2 nights we will stay in a local guesthouse

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Day 11: Khalaykum

We have a full day's drive today stopping for lunch en route. We will continue to follow the Afghanistan border and onto the town of Khalaykhum.

Estimated Driving Time: 9 - 10 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse.

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Day 12: Kulob

Another early start as we will eventually peel away from the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border and begin to make our way inland to Kulob.

Estimated Driving Time 7 -8 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 13: Iskanderkul Lake

This morning we will head north passing the Nurek Reservoir on the Vakhsh River before arriving at the stunning Iskanderkul Lake where we will make a bush camp for the night.

Estimated Driving Time 6-8 hours

Tonight we will wild camp by the lake

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Day 14: Fann Mountains

Over the next 3 days we will be trekking in the beautiful Fann Mountains.

This morning we will begin our 3 day hike to visit some of the beautiful lakes of the Fann Mountains. We will leave the truck behind and take jeeps up to a small village called Artuch which will be the starting point of our trek. On arrival we will have some time to explore the village and get familiar with the countryside and local lifestyle. You can also do a short trek to Chukurak lake which is located approximately 2 hours away.

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not wish to trek an alternative option can be arranged in advance through your sales agent. Due to availability and restrictions this must be arranged at least 30 days prior to your trip departing.

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Day 15: Bibijanat Lake

This morning our donkeys will arrive to carry our luggage. We will have a briefing with our mountain guide after breakfast and then begin our trek towards Bibijanat Lake.

Trekking Distance - 14 km
Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tonight we will be camping on the shore of Bibijant Lake.

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Day 16: Alaudin Lake

This morning we will start our ascent to Alaudin pass ( 3860 metres ). The beautiful panorama of the surrounding peaks and lakes will be seen from the top of the pass. We will then descend down to Alaudin Lake where we will camp tonight.

Trekking Distance - 10km
Meals Included - Breakast, Lunch & Dinner

Tonight we will be camping by Alaudin Lake.

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Day 17: Dushanbe

Today after packing up camp we will have a little free time before making our way back to Dushanbe. On the way we will meet up with our Truck to complete the journey.

On arrival in Dushanbe we will have free time to explore this fascinating city!

Tonight we will stay in a good quality hotel.

Estimated Driving time 5- 7 hours

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Day 18: Dushanbe

Border Information: if finishing in Dushanbe, you will most likely exit Tajikistan at Dushanbe International Airport (IATA code: DYU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tajikistan. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex carved inside Sulaiman-Too Mountain
    • Visit Sulaiman-Too Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site dominating the city of Osh. Learn about the history of the spiritual landscape reflecting both Islamic and pre-Islamic beliefs as you climb to the top enjoying panoramic views of the city and beyond
    • Explore and hike the areas around Tulpar Kol Lake
    • Wander around the Buddhist Stupa & Zoroastrian Fire Temple
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
    Accomodation
    • 40% Camping - 60% Hotels
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