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Tajikistan Explorer Bishkek - Dushanbe

Trip Overview

This 18 day overland tour journeys from Bishkek to Dushanbe through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
18 DAYS THROUGH Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
$2,885 (USD) + 360 KITTY (USD)
18 days
Overland expedition vehicle, Jeep
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
$350 USD


  Wildcamping in the remote lands near Toktogul Lake

  Explore the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan's most famous market town and oldest city dating back 3000 years.

  Follow the famous Pamir Highway driving over the Kyzyl Art Pass at over 4200 metres it is one of the highest and most remote border crossings in the world.

  Overland through to Tajikstan's spectacular Lake Karakul

  Drive through the spectacular Pamirs to the famed Wakhan Corridor

  Spend 4 days winding your way along the Panj River waving to villagers across the border in Afghanistan and enjoying the stunning mountain scenery.

  Discover Khorog and its well stocked bazaars, visit the popular Pamir Botanical Gardens and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

  Wildcamping on the shores of stunning Iskanderkul Lake

  3 days trekking and wild camping in the Fann Mountains



Day 1 - Bishkek ( 16th Aug 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas and GBAO permits at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this relaxed and atmospheric city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales Team or your agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek.

In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar, Bishkek's largest market

Stroll around the Soviet-built Panfilov Park in Bishkek
Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square
KGS 150
Day 2 - Toktugal Lake ( 17th Aug 2019 )

This morning we will depart Bishkek early and travel through beautiful mountain scenery towards Toktugal Lake. We will have the opportunity to stop often and admire the views before reaching our destination later this afternoon.

Tonight we plan to wild camp near Toktugal.

Estimated Drive Time 6 - 8 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 3-4 - Osh ( 18th Aug 2019 to 19th Aug 2019 )

Today we will have a full day's drive to Osh, Kyrgyzstan's capital of the south where we will spend the next two nights.

Estimated Drive Time 8 - 10 hours

In Osh we will stay in a local hotel. 

On our second day we have an included visit to Suleiman's Mountain in the morning, we will then have free time in the afternoon to explore one of the oldest cities in the country. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex carved inside Sulaiman-Too Mountain.

Included in Kitty

Visit Sulaiman-Too Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site dominating the city of Osh. Learn about the history of the spiritual landscape reflecting both Islamic and pre-Islamic beliefs as you climb to the top enjoying panoramic views of the city and beyond. 

Included in Kitty
Day 5 - Sary Tash ( 20th Aug 2019 )

This morning we will have free time to explore Osh before we drive over the Taldyk Pass (3615m) and onto the small remote village of Sary Tash

Estimated Driving Time 3 - 5 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse. 

Day 6 - Karakul Lake ( 21st Aug 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Kyrgyszstan at Kyzylart, enter Tajikstan at Bor Dobo.

Today we will continue to the border and cross into Tajikistan and onto Karakul Lake. With the border post situated at 4336m between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan you will be able to enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way.

Estimated Driving Time 8 -10 hours

Tonight we will wild camp or stay in a local guesthouse

Day 7 - Murghab ( 22nd Aug 2019 )

Today we will travel over the Ak-Baital Pass which is the highest pass on the Pamir Highway before arriving in Murghab. 

There will be free time this afternoon to stretch your legs and explore this small town.

Estimated Driving Time 4-6 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel

Day 8 - Langar ( 23rd Aug 2019 )

We will have an early start this morning as we have a full day drive ahead of us. Enjoy the amazing views of the Pamirs as we make our way over high passes to the Wakhan Corridor before eventually passing through another checkpoint where you will get your first glimpses of the Panj River. For the next 4 days we will be following the river which borders between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Estimated Driving Time 10-11 hours

Tonight we will stay in a traditional Pamiri guesthouse

Day 9 - Ishkashim ( 24th Aug 2019 )

This morning before we set off we will have a chance to hike up to see the Petroglyphs on the rocks above Langar. It is a steep climb but well worth it for the views over the village and the surrounding mountains.

If time permits we will also stop off at Yamchun Fort and the hot springs on our way to Ishkashim.

Estimated Driving Time 5-7 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse

Day 10-11 - Khorog ( 25th Aug 2019 to 26th Aug 2019 )

Today we will continue our drive on to the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region ( Khorog ) where we will be spending 2 nights.

On the second day you will have free time to explore the town. Take a stroll through the local bazaar or simply relax in the parks and people watch.

Estimated Driving Time 6-8 hours

For the next 2 nights we will stay in a local guesthouse

Day 12 - Kulob ( 27th Aug 2019 )

Today will be an early start as we have a full drive day planned to reach our next destination. We will eventually peel away from the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border and begin to make our way inland to Kulob.

Estimated Driving Time 10-11 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.

Day 13 - Iskanderkul Lake ( 28th Aug 2019 )

This morning we will head north passing the Nurek Reservoir on the Vakhsh River before arriving at the stunning Iskanderkul Lake where we will make a bush camp for the night.

Estimated Driving Time 6-8 hours

Tonight we will wild camp by the lake

Day 14 - Fann Mountains ( 29th Aug 2019 )

Over the next 3 days we will be trekking in the beautiful Fann Mountains. 

This morning we will begin our 3 day hike to visit some of the beautiful lakes of the Fann Mountains. We will leave the truck behind and take jeeps up to a small village called Artuch which will be the starting point of our trek. On arrival we will have some time to explore the village and get familiar with the countryside and local lifestyle. You can also do a short trek to Chukurak lake which is located approximately 2 hours away. 

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not wish to trek an alternative option can be arranged in advance through your sales agent. Due to availability and restrictions this must be arranged at least 30 days prior to your trip departing.

Day 15 - Bibijanat Lake ( 30th Aug 2019 )

This morning our donkeys  will arrive to carry our luggage. We will have a briefing with our mountain guide after breakfast and then begin our trek towards Bibijanat Lake. 

Trekking Distance - 7 km
Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tonight we will be camping on the shore of Bibijant Lake. 

Day 16 - Alaudin Lake ( 31st Aug 2019 )

This morning we will start our ascent to Alaudin pass ( 3860 metres ). The beautiful panorama of the surrounding peaks and lakes will be seen from the top of the pass. We will then descend down to Alaudin Lake where we will camp tonight. 

Trekking Distance - 10km
Meals Included - Breakast, Lunch & Dinner

Tonight we will be camping by Alaudin Lake. 

Day 17 - Dushanbe ( 1st Sep 2019 )

Today after packing up camp we will have a little free time before making our way back to Dushanbe. On the way we will meet up with our Truck to complete the journey.

On arrival in Dushanbe we will have free time to explore this fascinating city! 

Tonight we will stay in a good quality hotel. 

Estimated Driving time 5- 7 hours


Day 18 - Dushanbe ( 2nd Sep 2019 )

Border Information: if finishing in Dushanbe, you will most likely exit Tajikistan at Dushanbe International Airport (IATA code: DYU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tajikistan. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.


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Departing: 16 Aug 2019
Returning: 2 Sep 2019
Duration: 18 days
Route: Bishkek - Dushanbe
$2,885 USD + $360 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: Full Payment
Departing: 1 Jun 2020
Returning: 18 Jun 2020
Duration: 18 days
Route: Bishkek - Dushanbe
$2,960 USD + $360 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
Departing: 7 Aug 2020
Returning: 24 Aug 2020
Duration: 18 days
Route: Bishkek - Dushanbe
$2,960 USD + $360 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
Departing: 2 Jun 2021
Returning: 19 Jun 2021
Duration: 18 days
Route: Bishkek - Dushanbe
$3,030 USD + $360 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
Departing: 6 Aug 2021
Returning: 23 Aug 2021
Duration: 18 days
Route: Bishkek - Dushanbe
$3,030 USD + $360 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD