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Pamirs

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

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Get in

You could take a flight from Dushanbe to Khorog. There is a 20 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.

From Khorog the only way to travel around the Pamirs is - Either hitch on a fuel tanker or truck on its way back to Kyrgyzstan, or hire your own vehicle from Khorog.

Get around

Same as getting in.

See

  • Lake Karakol - for half the year it is frozen
  • Khorog
  • Wakhan Valley - its a beautiful de-tour from the Pamirs
  • Lots of mountains
  • Murgab's very small bazaar

Do

  • Hunting the Marco Polo sheep.
  • Mountain climbing.
  • Hiking and trecking.
  • Skiing.
  • Be a part of a very expensive tour group.
  • Sit an enjoy the silence and views.

Eat

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

Drink

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

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.

Khorog - Pamiri Lodge. $6 per person per night incl breakfast.

Khorog - Hotel Serena Inn. This is a more up-class hotel built by the Aga Khan Foundation in-order to encourage tourism in the region. Built in typical Badakshani style and situated right next to the river, it is very luxurious. £160 per room per night incl breakfast.

Zong Village - Homestay of Mavluda. $12 per person per night incl dinner and breakfast.

Murghab - Homestay of Talay. £12 per person per night incl dinner and breakfast.

Stay safe

A zealous policeman in Murgab 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

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




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