Translating to "fortress on the banks of the river of Khumb" in Arabic, Qal'ai Khumb sits at the meeting point between the Pamir Pass and the Panj River right in the very south of Tajikistan; you can even see across the river, which acts as a border, into Afghanistan from the town, and many points along the way in and out.
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Qal’ai Khumb is one of the most popular places to take a nights’ rest along the breathtaking mountain pass that follows the panj River, and one of the more common places to stay the night in this tiny town is in a local’s home, who often rent out makeshift guestrooms to passing travelers. Although amenities are sparse, a homestay offers a glimpse into local life, as well as an opportunity to sample traditional Tajik food and drink.
Khaburabad Mountain Pass
The mountainous route to Qal’ai Khumb takes you over the stunning Khaburabad Mountain Pass, a stunning road that hits heights of over 10,000 feet. You’ll witness some stunning views across the Pamir Mountains, in this incredibly isolated region, often going for long periods of time without seeing another car. In places, the long and winding road is tricky to negotiate, and a 4X4 vehicle is best to tackle this kind of terrain.
The gushing Panj River is at the heart of Qual’ai Khumb, and the stretch of water also acts as a land border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Many of the guesthouses in the town are located near the river, offering stunning views across to the mountains of Afghanistan.
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Qal'ai Khumb Itineraries
- 19 days / 18 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $5,800
Karon Palace Hotel
Surrounded by the Pamir Mountains and on the border with Afghanistan, Qalai-Khumb is a gateway to many exciting destinations. The hotel's 22 spacious, inviting rooms combine local and modern design elements with such amenities as complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite televisions, air conditioning, modern bathrooms, high-quality linens, and essential toiletries. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. The hotel's front desk is operated 24-hours a day by a knowledgeable staff and guests can enjoy the hotel’s bar or room services. Breakfast is included with the room and other meals are available on-site. The hotel also offers free parking, laundry, and meeting facilities.
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