The Pamir Highway

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19 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
1330 Km
avg 89 Km
Hosted

The next 2 weeks is possibly the most thrilling bicycle tour section ever attempted.

The ride begins in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's oldest city and home to one of Central Asia's largest and busiest markets. The route heads south to the crossroads town of Sary Tash before heading west into Tajikistan, a remote country described by Lonely Planet as 'a patchwork of self-contained valleys and regional contrasts, forged together by Soviet nation-building and shared pride in a Persian cultural heritage that is claimed as the oldest and most influential in the Silk Road region.'

Here we will embark on our own 'Great Game,' as the first cycling expedition organized by 'foreign devils' to navigate the fabled Pamir Highway, which was off-limits to travelers until recently. Known locally as Bam-i-Dunya (Roof of the World), the Pamirs lie at the heart of the Hindu Kush, Tien Shan and Karakorum ranges, reaching skywards to 7495 meters. Afghanistan beckons to the south, China and Kyrgyzstan to the northeast. Here we face magnificent desolation, and a grueling test of physical and mental strength.

Nomadic herders, warm nights in Yurts, the indescribable beauty of Kara-Kul Lake, and the literally breath taking 4,665 meter Ak-Baital Pass are some of the highlights of this route. Amidst such stunning scenery, travelers should be on the lookout for the giant Marco Polo sheep and the elusive snow leopard, while guarding themselves against altitude sickness.

After crossing our 4th pass of more than 4000 meters, we will reach Khorog, a stones throw from Afghanistan, and the site of our second rest day in this stretch after Kara-kul. From there it's on to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe; transformed from a small village into a city by the Bolsheviks, it will grant us a day to explore its busy markets, and to experience a bit of luxury after the trials of the Pamirs.


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Tour Location

Country:
Kyrgyzstan|Tajikistan
From:
Osh
To:
Dushanbe

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Duration:
19 Days
Level:
Adv/Challenging
Terrain:
Mixed on/off-road
More Options:
Camping
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3600

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1330 Km
Riding Days:
15
Month(s):
July|August
Departure:
21 Jul - 6 Aug 2021

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Booking Conditions:

Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place

Inclusions

4 Nights in hotels - 14 Nights of camping
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Afternoon soup on riding days
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Security as needed
Bike mechanic
Medic
Local support
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Options

Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

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