Most of the popular activities around Murghab involve getting out of town, with several excellent hiking and off-road driving routes around the foothills of the Pamir Mountains and to nearby lakes. In town, expect the dining scene to be comprised of quaint local cafes and rundown restaurants only. As for where to stay, there are a few homestays that open their doors to passing travelers, as well as a few tired-looking guesthouses and hotels - although many passing through this spectacular region decide to camp down for the night either in tents or traditional yurts for a night under the stars.
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Camping in Yurts
Travelers to this part of the world will often, come nightfall, have trouble finding a place to stay for the night, and handy solution to this problem is to bed down for the night in a traditional Central Asian ‘yurt’. Tipi-like in design, the main frame is usually made from wood or metal, whilst a sheet of fabric - often leather or felt - is draped over offering a cosy shelter from the harsh weather outside.
The journey out of Murghab and over the Pamir Mountains ventures over the Ak-Baital Pass, which at over 15,000 feet, is the highest point in the former USSR. Also know as ‘White Horse Pass’, the views over the snowcapped mountain top are simply stunning, and the road that leads around (which can only be tackled in a 4X4) is just as impressive.
This vast expanse of water 40 miles away from Murghab makes a popular excursion from the town, and is situated in the middle of the stunning Rangkul Valley approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. The views all around are incredible, even more so when the water freezes over in the winter and the surrounding mountains are covered in snow. Popular activities here include bird-watching and camping.
For the fit, Gumbezkul in the stunning Pschart Valley is around 20 miles away, a trip that can also be partly completed in a 4X4 vehicle. This tiny settlement is popular with campers and also provides traditional yurts for makeshift accommodation. The route passes mountain ridges and loops back down to the main town of Murghab.
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Over 13 days, this tour will take you on a historic journey through the culture-rich country of Tajikistan. From ancient rock carvings to historic monuments that have stood for centuries, this itinerary guarantees to give you a glimpse of a rare and unseen lifestyle, untouched by the outside world.
- 13 days / 12 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $4,100
Roadtrippers with a sense of adventure and a love of culture are enchanted by the sights and delights along the M41, the highway that cuts right through the Pamir Mountains. One of Tajikistan’s most beloved destinations, explorers on the Pamir highway will be delighted by the local lifestyle, the pretty mountain towns and the breathtaking scenery.
- 13 days / 12 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $3,200
The lonely town of Murghab, in its position in the midst of the Pamirs, is a town well accustomed to receiving tired and weary travelers, worn out from their adventures in the surrounding areas in the beautiful but punishing terrain, and looking for a little respite. Luckily Ibrahim and his charming family, who run the Anara Guesthouse, are ready to welcome tired and grubby guests with a warm smile and even warmer showers. Indeed, the plentiful hot water at Anara sets it apart from most other accommodation options in Murghab. Guests arrive at Anara, drop their heavy things and relax in a little haven of comfort. The rooms, while not luxurious, are well maintained and cozy and the large bathroom is clean. After an invigorating clean up, guests can enjoy a tasty and hearty home-cooked meal and a peaceful night’s sleep.
For a comfortable and characterful place to stay in Murghab, we recommend the Sarykol Lodge. A great place to break up an adventurous journey in the Pamirs, Murghab has long been an important central hub for travelers and trade. And, in the center of town, near all the local attractions and amenities including the local bazaar, amidst all the town’s charms, Sarykol is a good choice to bed down for the night. This small guesthouse offers basic but comfortable accommodation in a dorm-style configuration, suitable for sociable travelers looking for a taste of local life in this traditional Tajik town. The quirky Sarykol is clean and cozy with whitewashed walls and timber ceilings, decorated with brightly colored, locally made textiles. The home-cooked evening meal is hearty and delicious, an ideal treat for hungry travelers. And amongst the traditional touches, the guesthouse is solar powered sufficiently for guests to charge up their devices and take a warm shower.
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