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Pamir Highway

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Address: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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The Pamir Mountain range is part of the Western Himalaya and features...

The Pamir Mountain range is part of the Western Himalaya and features several peaks over 7000m. The terrain is diverse from towering peaks to high altitude desert plains and climate conditions can vary from +35C to -40C depending upon the time of year. The Pamir Highway follows paths forged long ago by the ancient Silk routes, when that precious commodity travelled from China to European and Arabian markets and traded goods returned in its stead. Legacies of those forgotten times can still be seen with cliff top fortresses and ancient caravanserais. The highway winds over 2000km from Samarkand in Uzbekistan through Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) and the Pamir mountains to Osh in Kyrgyzstan and then on to Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) through the Tien Shan mountain range. The peoples of Central Asia hold hospitality as a value of great importance and travellers are warmly welcomed whether the visit is planned or otherwise!

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A not yet fully discovered paradise for adventurous travellers and trekkers

Tourists (few in total) come here in two categories, those who hire a 4WD with driver at high cost and generally travel the Pamir Highway in a week or less. And the rest... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
Pierre W
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Tourists (few in total) come here in two categories, those who hire a 4WD with driver at high cost and generally travel the Pamir Highway in a week or less. And the rest, adventurous travellers who will spend little but stay longer; cyclists are the majority in this group although Tajikistan (also outside the Pamirs) is a paradise for hikers,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We hired a 4WD in Osh and slept in Karakol (taj.) after visiting Peak Lenin and passing through Sary Tash. Slept at Murgarb, Bulunkul, Langar and Yamchun (up by the fortress near the hot springs). Final day drove all the way to Khorog only topping in Ishkashim for lunch as the border market is shut and has been for some... More 

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Took this trip with family and friends and had a blast. The kabobs at the pass was favulous and would take the trip again and again.

1 Thank SSonar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The Pamir Highway is supposed to be one of world's most scenic drives. It certainly is of the best drives I've ever been on. The scenery changes frequently for the length of highway; it's never dull and never boring. I did it clockwise starting in Osh, KG then stayed in Gorno Badahshan - a mountainous huge part of south Tajikistan... More 

8 Thank GoranWembley
Kharkiv, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

I think it is a lifetime experience for everyone who will dare to set a foot there! Absolutely beautiful :) Dont miss Wakhan valley, for us it was the highlight of the trip. we did multiple hikes, found hotsprings, were invited to the people's houses etc... There are no public transport, however there are shared taxi-jeeps that run between villages... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I drove this from Dushanbe to Murghab. The old route is higher up in the mountains but the newer route goes right along the Afghan border. There is a river that separates Afghanistan from Tajikistan. It is interesting seeing the somewhat more modern villages and vehicles with an occasionally paved road on the Tajik side and stone huts, donkeys, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

It is cold, it is hot, it is windy, it is dusty and it is not for the comfort seekers. It is a great road trip starting in Osh Kyrgyzstan and you can go all the way to Dushanbe or stop in Khorog and take the thrilling Tajik air flight to Dushanbe. Having your own driver and car is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

what an incredible drive to take the Pamir Highway! so beautiful and such a road! many times we felt like we were inches from falling into the river below. Not a drive for the fainthearted but it was so incredible. so glad I did it.

1 Thank carpefeline
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

I hitchhiked all this road from Dushanbe to the border of China and back,in Fall. It passes along super beautiful mountains and you'll see Panj river beside you for hours + some Afghan villages on the other side of the river,sometimes even a Caravan. Though the road is mostly unpaved and very narrow,it's beauty is worth all the bumps,bruises and... More 

4 Thank Shaghayegh K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

After Khorog, the roads deteriorate to corrugated dust and gravel, which makes driving extremely dfficult. However the mountain views and the people of the high Pamirs, as well as the peace and quiet and isolation make this a privileged journey!

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