Tajikistan to KyrgyzstanThe Pamir Highway
An epic, high altitude cycle ride through spectacular remote mountains in one of the least visited countries in the world
At the cutting edge of adventure cycling, this journey offers a fascinating insight into ex-Soviet Central Asia.
Our cycle tour starts in Dushanbe, Tajikistan's sleepy capital; we travel up the Obkinghou Valley and over the spectacular 3,200m Khaburabot Pass. A precipitous cycling descent takes us into the deep cleft of the Pyanj valley where the massive Pyanj River marks the border with Afghanistan. Cycling through small villages, we follow the river upstream to Khorog, capital of the Pamirs.
From Khorog, we set out riding along the Pamir Highway, climbing the pretty Gunt valley to the summit of the Koi Tezek Pass (4,200m). From the pass we descend onto the empty Pamir plateau, a Tibet-like region of snow-capped peaks and eerie turquoise lakes. Threading our way through the mountains we reach the small town of Murgab, not far from the Chinese border.
Leaving Murgab the route continues north to climb the 4,655m Ak Baital Pass, the highest point of the cycle tour. On the far side of the pass, cycling through a remote valley we reach the hauntingly beautiful lake at Kara Kul. From here, we ascend the Kyzl Art Pass and enter Kyrgyzstan. A very rough descent from the pass takes us out into the wide grassy Alay valley, studded with the traditional yurts of Kyrgyz nomads. Across the valley are spectacular views of the 7,000m summits of Pik Lenin and Pik Kommunizma.
We transfer from the Alay valley to Osh, Kygygzstan's second city. From here we take a flight to Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, where the tour ends.
- 19 Days
- More Options:
- Go custom or private|Camping|Point to Point
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- GBP 2290
Tour Distance & Dates
- 980 Km
- Riding Days:
- 6 Jul, 10 Aug 2020
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: From £295
Western style hotels and guesthouses in Dushanbe and Bishkek
Camping in two person tents
Village guesthouses, home stays and yurts
All meals on cycling days, otherwise just breakfast will be provided
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Visas and permits
Bike Hire: £193
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