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{{warningbox|In July 2012, violence erupted in the autonomous Gorno-Badakhshan region. The violence occurred after a top military official was stabbed to death, which resulted in the military going after a local opposition strongman. Official reports indicated 42 dead, but there are unofficial reports of 200 or more dead, including Tajik troops, opposition, and possibly civilians. The region's largest city, Khorog, is said to resemble a warzone. The government has blamed "citizens of Afghanistan" for the violence and is investigating whether members of the Taliban or al Qaeda are involved, but this is most likely hot air. This is likely the worst outbreak of violence the region has seen since the end of a civil war which kept it within Tajikistan. Travelers planning to visit the region in the coming months (after July 2012) should follow news of the security situation in the region closely and seek the advice of your embassy. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18965366 BBC article] (''Updated July 2012'')}}
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The '''Pamir''' mountains, or '''Pamirs''', are in south eastern [[Tajikistan]], near the border with [[Afghanistan]].
 
The '''Pamir''' mountains, or '''Pamirs''', are in south eastern [[Tajikistan]], near the border with [[Afghanistan]].
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
 
* [[Khorugh]]
 
* [[Khorugh]]
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* [[Ishkashim]]
 
* [[Murghab]]
 
* [[Murghab]]
 
* [[Karakul]] - next to the lake of the same name
 
* [[Karakul]] - next to the lake of the same name
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
Same as getting in.
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There are no rail or regular bus links in Eastern Tajikistan and, while there are airstrips in a few towns the only one available for commercial use in in Khorog and only flies from there to Dushanbe.
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It is possible but difficult to hitchhike on the Pamir highway but if you want to visit anywhere off the road you will need extreme patience or a car.  There are a number of drivers who operate in the Pamir region.  Costs vary as they all charge for the cost of petrol (variable) plus the accomodation, food and pay of the driver (fixed by driver).  PETA or MATT in Murghab and CBT in Osh can arrange drivers but the most cost effective way is to go with a local private driver. 
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It is becoming more popular to rent an SUV or motorcycle to self-drive the Pamir highway. Most rentals are available in either Osh or Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan rather than in Tajikistan.  
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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* Lake Karakol -A crater lake near the Kyrgyz and Chinese Border it is frozen half the year
 
* Lake Karakol -A crater lake near the Kyrgyz and Chinese Border it is frozen half the year
 
* Khorog
 
* Khorog
* Wakhan Valley - its a beautiful de-tour from the Pamirs
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* Wakhan Valley - it is the most beautiful de-tour from the Pamirs, hostsprings, forts and afghan-tajik border mareket
 
* Lots of mountains
 
* Lots of mountains
 
* [[Murghab]]'s very small bazaar
 
* [[Murghab]]'s very small bazaar
* Weekly Ishkashim Afghan Bazaar
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* Weekly [[Ishkashim]] Afghan Bazaar
 
* Old Fortress's in the Wakhan Valley
 
* Old Fortress's in the Wakhan Valley
  
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* View the wild life like the Marco Polo Sheep.
 
* View the wild life like the Marco Polo Sheep.
 
* Mountain climbing.
 
* Mountain climbing.
* Hiking and trecking.
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* Hiking and tracking.
 
* Skiing.
 
* Skiing.
 
* Be a part of a very expensive tour group. (Or travel on the cheap and hitchhike.)
 
* Be a part of a very expensive tour group. (Or travel on the cheap and hitchhike.)
* Sit an enjoy the silence and views.
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* Sit and enjoy the silence and views.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
There are a number of homestays in most villages on the Pamir highway. They are usually in homes built in traditional Pamiri style. They are made with wood, with five pillars, a sky light and richly decorated with carpets. You are ensured great hospitality and simple but delicious meals.
 
There are a number of homestays in most villages on the Pamir highway. They are usually in homes built in traditional Pamiri style. They are made with wood, with five pillars, a sky light and richly decorated with carpets. You are ensured great hospitality and simple but delicious meals.
 
 
Zong Village - Homestay of Mavluda. $12 per person per night incl dinner and breakfast.
 
 
 
Alichur - Ask for the English Teacher, meet her family,  and you decide how much money to leave behind.
 
 
  
  

Latest revision as of 05:24, 15 May 2016

The Pamir mountains, or Pamirs, are in south eastern Tajikistan, near the border with Afghanistan.

Cities[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Talk[edit]

Get in[edit]

You could take a flight from Dushanbe to Khorog. There is a 14 seater flight every morning to Khorog, but its departure depends on weather conditions and the number of passengers. Tickets to the flight are sold a day in advance at the Dushanbe airport.

You could share/hire a jeep from the jeep stand near the airport in Dushanbe to Khorog. This will take between 13 and 21 hours and privately hiring a jeep costs around $400.

From Khorog you can hitch on a fuel tanker or truck on its way back to Kyrgyzstan, or hire your own vehicle from Khorog. Its also possible to get an occasional shared van to Murghab and from there to Osh. Most days will also see a jeep or share taxi head towards Ishkashim. Hitchiking on the Pamir highway requires patience. The first vehicle with space will give you a ride, but as with many places in the former Soviet Union you are expected to pay for the ride. It can take anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days to get a ride. There many only be 2 or 3 vehicles going in your direction each day.

Get around[edit]

There are no rail or regular bus links in Eastern Tajikistan and, while there are airstrips in a few towns the only one available for commercial use in in Khorog and only flies from there to Dushanbe.

It is possible but difficult to hitchhike on the Pamir highway but if you want to visit anywhere off the road you will need extreme patience or a car. There are a number of drivers who operate in the Pamir region. Costs vary as they all charge for the cost of petrol (variable) plus the accomodation, food and pay of the driver (fixed by driver). PETA or MATT in Murghab and CBT in Osh can arrange drivers but the most cost effective way is to go with a local private driver.

It is becoming more popular to rent an SUV or motorcycle to self-drive the Pamir highway. Most rentals are available in either Osh or Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan rather than in Tajikistan.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lake Karakol -A crater lake near the Kyrgyz and Chinese Border it is frozen half the year
  • Khorog
  • Wakhan Valley - it is the most beautiful de-tour from the Pamirs, hostsprings, forts and afghan-tajik border mareket
  • Lots of mountains
  • Murghab's very small bazaar
  • Weekly Ishkashim Afghan Bazaar
  • Old Fortress's in the Wakhan Valley

Do[edit][add listing]

  • View the wild life like the Marco Polo Sheep.
  • Mountain climbing.
  • Hiking and tracking.
  • Skiing.
  • Be a part of a very expensive tour group. (Or travel on the cheap and hitchhike.)
  • Sit and enjoy the silence and views.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Rice, eggs, snacks, yak butter, bread, mutton, Pamiri tea (sheer-chai), freshly made warm bread (non).

Drink[edit][add listing]

Tea, surprisingly good coffee, and vodka. Yak milk.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a number of homestays in most villages on the Pamir highway. They are usually in homes built in traditional Pamiri style. They are made with wood, with five pillars, a sky light and richly decorated with carpets. You are ensured great hospitality and simple but delicious meals.


Stay safe[edit]

A zealous policeman in Murghab may want to register you with the police or complain if you were taking photos. This isn't a problem, registration should be known well enough simply getting to the area.

There is some risk of altitude sickness.

Get out[edit]

Same as getting in, either back to Khorog or onto Kyrgyzstan. There is currently no border open with China.




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