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  • Horse trekking in Pamir
  • Pamir Highway
  • Wakhan valley
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  • Yamchun Fortress

On Horses To The Roof Of The World


For lovers of horse trekking, we present an exclusive tour in one of the most exciting and beautiful places in the world - the Pamir Mountains.

"Pamir is not only a heap of mountains, but it also has another dimension, it is a wonderland with its own rules, which are not subject to the world of the plains. Here, contemplation and meditation are the normal conditions of the conscious of the people of the mountains; here, the plain voice of conscience  can be heard, like  life-giving spring, here, lie and ungodliness return quickly to the unlawful, while some God-loving natures even here the sound of the Creator." Gornenskij Ioann

Between Lake Sarez Yashilkul there is a high plateau with a lot of lakes at an altitude of 4500 m. Once it was the center of glaciation, and thence down the glaciers in the valleys of the rivers Gunt and Murghab. As a result of the ice melting many lakes wer originated – Pamir is truly a mountainous country of lakes.

Tour’s plan by day (itinerary):

Dushanbe - Kalai-Khumb - Khorog - Yamchun - Yamg - Vrang - Langar - Ratm - Bulunkul - Yashilkul - Bachor - Zaroshkul - Uchkul - Chapdar - Andaravj valley - Sumantash - Bulunkul - Kalai-Khumb - Dushanbe

Day 1 - Arrival:
Welcome to Tajikistan! Your plane arrives in Dushanbe airport, where You will be receipted and transferred to the hotel. After the rest city tour in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2:
Drive to Kalai-Khumb along the spectacular mountain roads of Tajikistan.
Overnight in Kalai-Khumb - Homestay.

Day 3:
Drive from Kalai khumb to Rushan and south to Khorog along the riverside of Panj (Tajik-Afghan border) and enjoy the nice views of the beautiful Afghan villages.
Overnight in guesthouse in Khorog.

Day 4:
You can visit any of these sites in 5 minute driving from your hotel. Botanical Garden, Regional Museum, Afghani Bazaar (Saturdays), University of Central Asia, town market, Handicraft shop, Khorog Central Park.
Overnight in hotel or a homestay.

Day 5:
Drive from Khorog via Wakhan valley. There are many fortresses and shrines along the road, almost in every village.
Qa-qaha Fortress is one of the oldest sites in all Tajikistan. By the evening you reach  Bibi Fotima hotspring above Yamchun Fortress. The fortress dates back to medieval ages.
Overnight in homestay in Yamchun.

Day 6:
Drive from Yamchun towards Langar. You will stop to visit Sufi Muborakqadam Museum and observatory in Yamg, Buddhist cloister in Vrang and Petroglyphes in Langar. There are thousands of petroglyphes above Langar.
Overnight in homestay in Langar

Day 7:
Drive from Langar via Khargush Pass to Bulunkul. On the way you can observe Abreshimqala in Ratm village. From Khargush pass you can observe the Hindukush Range. An excellent view of the Range.
Overnight in Homestay Bulunkul.

Day 8:
Drive from Bulunkul to the dam of Yashilkul (1 hour) and meet there the team of horse guides with horses. You will climb a small but very impressive pass above Yashilkul, called Bughurmal and have a great view of the lake.
6 hours riding: Riding along Gunt river you will arrive in Bachor village which is a lovely, Tajik settlement. You have the opportunity to get familiarized with local traditions and the life of a remote community.
Overnight in Pamiri house or an homestay.

Day 9:
6 hourse riding: You start traveling in the morning from Bachor. After 5 km you will turn left and ride along Andaravj river. Andaravj valley is very impressive with its sceneries.  You will have to cross the river after passing the house of shepherds in riguven.
Overnight in tents.

Day 10:
The third by the end of the day you will reach Zaroshkul lake. The altitude is more than 4,500 m. the scenery is just amazing. Put your tents and enjoy the beauties of nature.
Overnight in tents.

Day 11:
From Zaroshkul you will ride down to Uchkul. There are three beautiful lakes. The hospitable local shepherds will definitely invite you for some yogurt and bread.
Overnight in tents on the lakeshore close to the shepherd’s house.

Day 12:
From Uchkul you ride towards Chapdara lake. Arrive there by the end of the afternoon or evening. Preparing for the night.
Overnight in tents close to Chapdara lake.

Day 13:
Ride down from Chapdara to Kirgizshabar then up to Langar, where Langar river joins the Ghund river. Overnight there. You are already below the pass of Bughurmol near Yashilkul.
Overnight in tents.

Day 14:
After the pass (on the picture: view from the pass) continue your travel along the right shore of the lake towards Marjanay. When you rich Marjanay, you cross the river and stay to night. There is an option if the level of water of Sumantash river is not high (in autumn) your car can reach this place and pick you up.
Overnight in tents.

Day 15:
Ride along the lake (2-3 hours) up to the old Chinese tomb (Sumantash) your car is on the other side of the Sumantash river. You will cross the river and drive to Bulunkul (one hour).
Overnight in a homestay in Bulunkul.

Day 16:
Drive to Kalai Khumb.
Overnight in guesthouse Kalai-Khumb.

Day 17:
Drive from Kalai Khumb to Dushanbe.
Overnight in Hotel Dushanbe.

Day 18 - Departure:
Transfer the group from hotel to airport.
We wish you a pleasent flight.



On Horses To The Roof Of The World

Basic equipment:

  • Travel backpack with approx. 70 litres of volume
  • Day backpack with approx. 10 litres of volume
  • Ankle-high climbing boots with profile sole
  • Water bottle with 1 litre of capacity
  • Suitable travelling clothing (T-shirt, trekking trousers, travelling socks)
  • Warm additional clothing (pullover, cap, gloves)
  • Active protection and solar protection (headgear, sunglasses, solar cream)
  • Forehead lamp or torch
  • Personal medication and mosquito protection
  • Sleeping bag

Additional recommended equipment:

  • Nordic walking poles
  • Penknife
  • Photo equipment, films, binoculars
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Clothes for swimming
  • Rain protective covering for the backpack
  • Functional laundry
  • Trekking trousers (water resistant, windproof)
  • Rain jacket with hood (water resistant, windproof)
  • Sweets

Important Information:
Tajikistan is almost completely undeveloped in terms of tourism and has a basic infrastructure once outside Dushanbe. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. Although a high level of physical fitness is not required, travellers should be comfortable with the realities of a wilderness adventure, and prepared for very basic conditions in the countryside. The roads in the region are rough and often unsealed, with some sections traveling on single-track roads above river valleys. We use 4-WD vehicles and highly experienced drivers, however this itinerary may not be suitable for those who suffer from heights or are nervous passengers! This is truly an adventurous itinerary for the experienced traveler.

This tour is of an adventurous nature. Our style of traveling means that it is desirable to carry a backpack as your main luggage and use a daypack for items you will want to access during the day. Please bear in mind that your luggage will be loaded in a jeep and we are travelling on bumpy roads - fragile items should be well protected, and you must be prepared for your luggage to get dusty and be thrown about a bit. Please pack as light as possible since there will be times when you will need to carry your own luggage and this will also maximise space in the vehicles. Investment in protective bags for camera equipment and similar is well worthwhile.

The significance of roads does not correspond to their quality. Road surfaces vary and their general state demands 4-wheel drive vehicles in good condition. As the quality of road is in bad condition some time you may stop for a while if the car needs repairing. The quality of roads, the weather conditions and the quality of the vehicles are decisive in calculating the time needed between destinations.

Home stay facilities outside the cities are basic, often not private bathrooms, you can take a bucket shower, (toilets are not en suite and are typical Asian squat-style.),

Occasionally it may be necessary to amend this itinerary for reasons beyond our control, such as bad weather and poor road conditions. Changes to flight schedules can sometimes occur, which may also lead to changes to this itinerary.

Central Asia is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are traveling in this exciting area and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. The driving habits in this part of the world are something for which you ought to prepare yourself!

This is an ‘Expedition’ trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded. The easiest way to overcome any problems is to be open-minded and bring with you “The Spirit of Adventure”!

On Horses To The Roof Of The World

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The tour’s cost includes:

  • Meeting / departure at the airport
  • Transport on the route
  • Meals on the route
  • Equipment (tent + mat)
  • Cook on the trekking part
  • The guide-interpreter
  • Horseguide
  • Horsemen (one per 3 horses at least)
  • Rent for pamiri or kirgisian Horses
  • Accommodation in Homestays according to the program
  • Hotel in Dushanbe
  • Meals in Dushanbe (depending on selection of accommodation)
  • Permition GBAO


The tour’s cost does not include:

  • Flight to/from Tajikistan
  • Visa and visa support
  • Meals in the city (depending on selection of accommodation)

Additional Service (not included in the tour price):

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa - 25 €


If requested we can offer you an additional programme for free days, or combine different tour offers (not contained in the tour price). Please note your requestions in the comment or in the e-mail.




On Horses To The Roof Of The World