Example Itinerary

Pamir Highway: Tajikistan Loop

Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Off the Grid, Open Spaces
Destinations
Tajikistan

From the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, embark on a truly memorable journey through the rugged and beautiful Pamir Mountains. Discover the true landscape of Tajikistan as you cruise alongside the Panj river, with views across the border to Afghanistan. Visit towns with museums packed with history and surrounded by natural beauty and wonder. Dip in hot springs and marvel at ancient rock carvings. Stay in hotels and guesthouses and enjoy real Tajik hospitality and food. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the night sky, from the peaks of one of central Asia’s most romantic mountain ranges.

This itinerary takes you along the Pamir Highway within Tajikistan, starting from Dushanbe and reaching Murghab before looping back to Dushanbe.

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: The Pamir Mountains contain natural beauty in epic proportions. Landscapes that can't be missed are Chichkan Gorge, Arslanbob Valley's walnut groves, and Karakul Lake, to name but a few.
  • Bibi Fatima Zahra: Named after the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, the hot springs of Wakhan Valley are a popular Muslim pilgrimage site and believed to possess powerful healing properties.
  • Celestial Vistas: Gaze up at the Milky Way without the disruption of light pollution, deep in the mountains of Murgab.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Dushanbe

Arrive in Tajikistan’s capital city and check into your hotel. After freshening up, explore the capital’s sites including Somoni Central Square and Rudaki Park, Navruzgokh and Gissar Fortress, and Mehrgon Bazaar.  Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and the comforts of your hotel.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Within walking distance of a number of popular local attractions, and just a 15-minute drive from Dushanbe International Airport, the Hyatt Regency has a much sought after location in this Tajik city.

Services: The service here is first-class with a personalized touch and guests’ needs are met on every request.

History: The capital city of Dushanbe has a historical past that dates back over 3,000 years. A number of archaeological finds highlight the city’s unsettled history, including Greek-Bactrian ruins and a settlement from the Kushan period, dating back to the 7th century.

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Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Preferred Hotel
About

Only 15 minutes from the city center and even fewer from the capital's international airport, the Hilton Dushanbe is a convenient and high-end option for exploring the city. The property is comprised of 145 accommodations over eight room and suite types, all furnished in a modern style with standard amenities.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2

Dushanbe

Today you’ll explore some of the best sites Dushanbe has to offer, including the Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments, the Museum of Antiquities - full of ancient Buddhist art from the lost cities of the Kushan Empire, and the Greco-Bactrian school of art. Rest up at your hotel ahead of tomorrow’s departure to the Pamir Highway.

Dushanbe
Dushanbe

Day 3

Qal'ai Khumb

Hit the road and embark on a journey down the M41 highway. The seven-hour journey winds first through the Kulyab region where guests are welcomed with warm hospitality. Later, the highway leads to Qal'ai Khumb, home to the Badakhshanis, on the Panj river. Bed down in a local hotel.

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About

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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 4

Khorog

Bid goodbye to Qal'ai Khumb and its friendly inhabitants and strike out on the road for the 160-mile drive to Khorog. The journey runs alongside the Panj river and across it lies Afghanistan. The beautiful and important city of Khorog lies nestled in the mountains at the meeting point of the Panj and Ghunt rivers. In these beautiful surroundings, spend the night in a private guesthouse.

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About

The LAL Hotel is a quaint property offering guests a comfortable stay in the heart of Khorog. Rooms are clean and spacious, and come with twin or double beds, a private bathroom, and are modestly furnished with local flourish.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

About

The extremely cozy, welcoming atmosphere of Serena Inn belies its noble purpose. Originally built especially to accommodate Aga Khan on his visit to the town, it’s the pride of Khorog, sitting on its outskirts, nestled in the foothills of Mount Badakhshan.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Khorog
Khorog

Day 5

Ishkashim

Less than 30 miles from Khorog are the famous mineral hot springs, the site historically mined for Badakhshani rubies. After another four-hour drive, at the mouth of the Wakhan Corridor, lies the pretty town of Ishkashi, home to the cross-border Saturday market between Tajik and Afghan traders. With stunning views of the Pamir peaks all around, Ishkashim is a pleasant spot to spend the night and we recommend the Dekhli Darbor hotel.

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For visitors to Ishkashim, we recommend Hani’s Guesthouse where the accommodation may not be luxurious, but the welcome is warm. Well located in the center of town, next to the police station and close to nearby amenities, the two storey guesthouse provides clean and comfortable rooms with double or single beds.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 6

Langar

Along the way on your six-hour drive today, visit an ancient silk road fortress, the Kah Kaha in Namadgut, where you will also find a fascinating museum about a famous Sufi scholar who created a solar calendar. Stop off to explore a Buddhist stupa and experience the healing powers of the natural hot springs of Bibi Fatima Zahra. Guarding the Silk Road, the ruins of the Yamchun fortress are the last stop along the way. Tonight, after five or six hours of driving, you will experience firsthand the hospitality and values ​​of Tajiks by spending the night at a guesthouse.

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A homestay offers a fascinating window into Tajik culture where guests will feel an immediate connection with the culture and locals that can’t be found in hotels. In this humble but comfortable homestay with the basic facilities covered, guests will have a chance to live how the locals live, while having a base from which to explore remote Tajikistan.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Langar
Langar

Day 7

Murghab

After an early breakfast, take advantage of the cool of the morning to climb the rocks above Langar to see the ancient carvings of goats, horse riders and caravans. Back on the road, the highway climbs up to Murgab, where the views of the night skies often include the twinkle of the Milky Way. Here, the guesthouse for the night is eco-friendly and locals sell their handicrafts.

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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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 8

Murghab

Today is reserved to see a rarely-seen part of Tajikistan, strictly off the beaten path. This excursion to Karakul will take you back to the past, to how the Kyrgyz of this border area lived for centuries. Local shepherds keep sheep, yaks and goats in this province. Spend the afternoon strolling along the lake and enjoying the alpine pastural scenery before returning to Murghab.

Day 9

Khorog

Begin on your travels back along the road to Khorog, a 198-mile journey which takes around 6-7 hours.

Hotel Options
About

The LAL Hotel is a quaint property offering guests a comfortable stay in the heart of Khorog. Rooms are clean and spacious, and come with twin or double beds, a private bathroom, and are modestly furnished with local flourish.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

About

The extremely cozy, welcoming atmosphere of Serena Inn belies its noble purpose. Originally built especially to accommodate Aga Khan on his visit to the town, it’s the pride of Khorog, sitting on its outskirts, nestled in the foothills of Mount Badakhshan.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Khorog
Khorog

Day 10

Qal'ai Khumb

After breakfast, take a visit to the botanical gardens of Khorog where you can see the indigenous plants of this area of the world. Travel another 6-7 hours today to reach Qal’ai Khumb by nightfall.

Hotel Options
About

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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Qal'ai Khumb
Qal'ai Khumb

Day 11

Dushanbe

Today’s journey back to Dushanbe takes you through the picturesque landscapes of the Nurek reservoir. Reach the capital in the late afternoon and return to the comforts of your city hotel.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Within walking distance of a number of popular local attractions, and just a 15-minute drive from Dushanbe International Airport, the Hyatt Regency has a much sought after location in this Tajik city.

Services: The service here is first-class with a personalized touch and guests’ needs are met on every request.

History: The capital city of Dushanbe has a historical past that dates back over 3,000 years. A number of archaeological finds highlight the city’s unsettled history, including Greek-Bactrian ruins and a settlement from the Kushan period, dating back to the 7th century.

Read More
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Preferred Hotel
About

Only 15 minutes from the city center and even fewer from the capital's international airport, the Hilton Dushanbe is a convenient and high-end option for exploring the city. The property is comprised of 145 accommodations over eight room and suite types, all furnished in a modern style with standard amenities.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 12

Dushanbe

Take one last drive today to explore Lake Iskanderkul, located on the slopes of the Fann Mountains. Upon arrival, take a walk to a magnificent waterfall hidden in a rocky gorge. You will also visit the reed-covered Snake Lake where you can take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Iskanderkul. Return to Dushanbe in the evening for your final night.

Dushanbe
Dushanbe

Day 13

Departure

Enjoy a leisurely morning before your transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

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