Tours: PAMIR ENDURO MOTORCYCLE TOUR (Tajikistan)

Do you want to ride a motorcycle on the "Roof of the World"? 
Welcome to the PAMIR motorcycle tour in Tajikistan!!!
Tajikistan is the smallest country in Central Asia but it has the most amazing high mountains and truly hospitable people.
To see the Pamir region was until recently almost impossible because most of the Pamir was a closed border zone but now the Pamir is open and you have a truly unique opportunity to touch the silent valleys and mighty mountains including many breathtaking passes along the legendary Pamir Highway!
On our reliable motorcycles you will travel along the Afghan border and see the beautiful Wakhan valley. You will climb "Ak Baital” the highest pass (4665 meters) in Central Asia. 
You will bathe in the Bibi Fatima Zohra holy hot springs and visit the brightly coloured Fann Mountains where you will spend the night in a tent under a star filled sky in the fresh, clean air at "Alaudin International Mountaineering Tourist Center” (IMTC) and much more. 
Other accommodation will be varied using guesthouses and hotels but always with your comfort in mind.
The pristine lakes and mountain streams within the mountains & valleys will have your cameras clicking to keep the memories of this unforgettable tour. You will truly enjoy this unique & incredible country and its friendly people many of whom will be going about daily chores using simple equipment and donkeys.  
There is no better way to experience this beautiful pristine country than by motorcycle.
P.S. We do not describe some places and roads on our website because it is exclusive part of our itinerary and commercial secret.

Duration: 13 days                                         
Country: Tajikistan                                         
Start/finish: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)                        
Total distance: 2500 км
Dates: 
1. 09.05.2019 - 21.05.2019 (group full)
2. 13.06.2019 - 25.06.2019 (group is open, Welcome!)  
                         

Please feel free to contact  us for more info.

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    1. Dushanbe

    Arrival: Airport transfers to your hotel accommodation. We will join you for lunch in a national restaurant. A city tour will take in Dusty square and Tajikistan National Museum. You will meet our support team and become familiar with your motorcycles. A group dinner will complete the day then you return to your hotel.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    2. Dushanbe - Fann Mountains

    Your motorcycles will be waiting for you to start your Pamir trip! We will ride on the road M34 leading from Dushanbe to Khujand which lifts us up to the Anzob pass where we will pass through the Anzob 5 kilometers tunnel.  Five kilometers of this very dark tunnel and cold tickle the nerves of even the most daring riders! (Remove your sunglasses!) By noon we arrive at the Fann Mountains. A small part of the route will pass through mountain trails which will provide the opportunity to see small Tajik villages (kishlaks in local language) distant from mainstream civilization. We will arrive at the Alaudin alpine camp where we will do some gentle trekking to Allaudin Lake overlooking the entire panorama of the Fann Mountains and Mount Chimtarga (5,489m).  
    Accommodation in tents..
     
     
     
     
     3. Fann Mountains - Dushanbe
    In the morning we will continue our motorcycle tour and visit another gorge where the views are truly amazing. In the evening we return to Dushanbe. Hotel accommodation.


     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     4. Dushanbe - Qal'ai Khumb 
    Our Pamir motorcycle adventure will head to the southern side of Tajikistan – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province. We will get very close to Afghanistan and follow its border where the Panj River will separate us only by tens of meters from Afghan villages. Local people still live there the same way they used to hundreds of years ago. We will perform traditional washing fun ritual under Ali mountain waterfall on motorbikes, which is cascading 40 meters down the rock. We will arrive at Qal'ai Khumb kishlak (village) by the end of the day. Guesthouse accommodation..

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     5. Qal'ai Khumb – Khorog
    Today we will go through the legendary Pamir highway (M41) on our motorbikes. The highway was built in the 1930’s during USSR times in order to develop the Pamir area. It is one of the most unique mountain roads in the world that goes through such forbidding terrain. We are going to visit several Tajikistan kishlaks, where local people, especially local kids, will welcome you gladly with heart-warming handshakes and entertain you while offering different fruits. Arrive in Khorog town for Guesthouse accommodation..
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    6. Khorog
    A day of relaxing and to acclimatize to the mountain air. Early in the morning you may wish to visit an "Afghan Bazaar” which is open only during the weekends when Afghanistan people are allowed to enter Tajikistan in order to sell products made in Afghanistan. Mainly it is clothes and souvenirs. You can also buy jewelries at a Khorog factory with local precious stones and visit the Botanic Gardens. The day will finish with dinner at an Indian restaurant. Guesthouse accommodation.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     7. Khorog– Bibi Fatima hot springs(Yamchun)
    We resume riding our motorbikes along the Pamir highway with only the Panj River separating us from Afghanistan. We will climb over Yamchun Fort and reach 3,200 meters altitude. Here we are going to catch an amazing view of Afghanistan valley at Wakhan Corridor and swim in the sacred waters of wonderful Bib Fatima hot spring. Guesthouse accommodation.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     8. Bibi Fatima hot springs(Yamchun) – Murgab
    Today we will reach Murgab kishlak – the heart of the high-mountains in Pamir. We won’t go down below 4,000 meters above sea level. Most of the way will be following mountain trails. Hargush (4,344 m) and Nayzatash (4,137 m) mountain passes, as well as the endless Alichur grassed valley with a lot of yaks and yurts. By the end of the day we will reach Murgab - the highest kishlak on Pamir. Hotel accommodation
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     9. Murgab - Ak Baital pass (4655 m) - Murgab
    Today will require an early start as we continue our Pamir motorbike tour! Be ready to go up to the highest mountain pass of ex USSR and Central Asia – Ak Baital mountain pass, 4,655 meters high. We will go over the most rugged mountains of Pamir. Ak Baital pass is the highest point of our route. We then return to Murgab. Hotel accommodation.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    10. Murgab - Khorog
    Today we turn back toward Dushanbe using different roads to those used on previous days. Our ride to Khorog will be on another section of the Pamir Highway and we will ride through mountain passes such as Nayzatash (4,314 m), Kok-Tezek (4,272 m). In the evening we arrive in Khorog. Guesthouse accommodation. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    11. Khorog - Qal'ai Khumb
    Today we will ride our motorcycle back along the legendary Pamir Highway taking care to ride this challenging section with loose surface.  In the evening arrival in Qal'ai Khumb staying at the riverside location that you enjoyed on day 4. Guesthouse accommodation.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    12. Qal'ai Khumb - Dushanbe
    Today we ride to Dushanbe through the famous Tavildra Road which is a section of the Pamir Highway. Most of the route will be on mountain trails which will provide great scenery and riding. Despite the fact that we return the same way you will discover absolutely beautiful views of nature and mountains. The panorama of Haburabat Pass at 3,252 meters is truly fantastic. In the evening we arrive in Dushanbe. We will celebrate our successful tour when you will be given certificates and presents as keepsakes of the tour! Hotel accommodation.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     13. Dushanbe
    We will organize transfers to Dushanbe airport according to your flight time. 
    Have a safe flight! Thank you very much for being with us during this tour! We hope to see you again for another fascinating motorcycling tour around Central Asia!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    PAMIR ENDURO MOTORCYCLE TOUR (Tajikistan)

     

     

     

     


     

     



     

     


     


     



    INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

    OF PAMIR ENDURO MOTORCYCLE TOUR

    Duration: 12 DAYS

    Country: Tajikistan

    Start/Finish: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

    Total distance: approx. 2500 kм.

    Roads: 60%on road - 40%off road

    Accommodation: hotels, guesthouses, resort , tent camp, 

    Support: : Toyota Land Cruiser 

    Available bikes: Suzuki DR650

     

     

    REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

    -Readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way

    -Physical strength and pure optimism

    -Good riding skills

    -Respect laws and culture of local people

     


    VISA PROCEDURE

    Our company does not issue visas nor provide visa support. You can contact with our partners who providing services on visa support and on other visa issues. (with mark from Marat). 

    Here is contacts of travel agency which helped. 

    Name: Nargiza

    Email: info@samarkand-tours.com

    Tel: +998906558088

    http://samarkand-tours.com

    Note. We do not receive any money commission from deals on a visa. It's not our business. So we are no responsible for their organisation. Just we share contacts with you. You can use other providers.

    For Pamir enduro motorbike tour you need:

    -One entry tourist visa to Tajikistan and GBAO permit ( GBAO means Pamir area)


    Please, contact us first before applying for visa, since visa procedures differ according to the country of your citizenship. Citizens of some countries do not need visa to Central Asian countries or may obtain it according to simplified procedure.

    Unfortunately, visa procedure is inimitable part of the tour, so please take some time in order to finish this process successfully, but we want to reassure you, that you will not face any troubles and obtain your visa in the shortest time. We recommend starting visa process 2-3 months prior to the tour. We are always there for you to help!


    HOW TO GET HERE

    Here is the list of air companies, providing flights to Dushanbe. You may also contact us specifying your country of departure. Since we have a wide client base from all over the world, we will contact them in order to receive recommendations or advise concerning flight details.

    Turkishairlines

    Utair

    S7

    Fly Dubai

    Ural Airlines

    NordStar

    Somon Air

    China Southern

    Aerflot

    Air Astana


    WHAT TO BRING?


    The baggage of participants which will be in the car support is limited. The weight of your bags that you take the tour should not exceed 10 kg (without motorcycle gear). And that means you have to take only the essentials. 

    1. Passport, driving licence , money.

    2. Motorcycle gear:

    - helmet with visor. It's better to have an integral, flip-up or touring style helmet, but do not MX or open-face type, because in the mountains you can feel freezing rain, snow, wind and dust, which may make your face vulnerable.

    - jacket and pant with knee, elbow and back protection. Jacket: If you use the jacket as a major shalt for a trip on a motorcycle, then it should have built-in protection - elbows, back, shoulders. Would be nice if jacket has a double layer, which can detach during a hot period of the day, and fasten upon the occurrence of cold. Pants:You can use the enduro pants with built knees protection. If you don't have such pants with built knees protection you can use just jeans or MX pants but have to use knees protection 

    - motorcycle boots. You can use different shoes -  touring boots or motocross boots. The main thing that they would protect your feet and comfortable for switch gear.

    - pair of gloves (one light for hot days other warm waterproof)

    - motorbike neck warmer tube scarf windproof

    - motorcycle thermal underwear for hot and cold weather

    - 100% waterproof rain suit

    3. Off-line GPS navigator in your mobile with local road maps

    4. Necessary medications if you need them. 

    5. Shoes: sandals for resorts. Sneakers for the prom; 

    6. Clothes: a few T-shirts, a few spare socks, jeans, shorts, swimming trunks, a warm sweater, light jacket; 

    7. Towel and toiletries. 

    8. Sunglasses. 

    9. Sunscreen. 

    10. Mosquito Cream

    11. Headdress: a cap or hat for the warm days and  knit cap for cool; 

    12. Flashlight 

    13. Photo  or video camera. 

    14. Own sleeping bag for one night tent camp in Funn Mountains.  We provide tent and mattress.


    Please use soft, compact bag for tour. Do not use bulky suitcases.

    P.S. You can also bring a variety of inexpensive gifts for local children.


    WEATHER CONDITIONS

    Central Asia is the region with sharply continental climate. Day temperature during summer period is +25 to +40 degrees. After the sunset, temperature drops to +20 degrees, and to + 15 in the mountain areas.It is hard to predict weather conditions in mountain regions of Pamir and Kyrgyzstan. Sometimes it can be cold wind or rain and it might be snowing in Pamir. So you have to be ready for any weather conditions.


    ROADS CONDITION

    Most of the roads of this tour are asphalt.  But Pamir highway section as Kalaikhumb - Khorog -Yamchun - Murgab - Sary Tash  are very tough. In places it is a twisted old asphalt, or simply a gravel comb. Due to harsh natural conditions, remoteness and lack of financing, these roads are not sealed and have never been repaired.The quality of sealed roads in the mountain area is also inconsistent, as there might be construction works going or the road may be washed out due to heavy rains. In this case we will change the route. Please, be ready for that.

    Pamirs passes.

    Anzob pass (3372 m) 

    Hargush pass (4 344 m) 

    Nazaitash pass (4137 m) 

    Ak Baital pass (4655 m)

    Kyzyl-Art pass (4280 m)

    Coy Tezek pass (4271 m)

    Haburabot pass (3252 m)


    DISTANCE

    There are some very long distances as well as very short ones.  In  any case daily runs range from 7 to 9 hours So you have to be ready for early wake up and arrive late.


    ACCOMMODATION

    We are trying to provide the most comfortable accommodation in our tours. But conditions and serviсe  may vary from  good to very low in Tajikistan.

    For instance, in such areas as the Fann Mountains,Kalaikhum, Khorog, Yanchun,  Murgab there might be no electricity or water supply. It is due to remoteness of these places. Despite the fact that we try to book rooms in advance there is no guarantee that our places will be available for us upon arrival. Be prepared for this, too.

    We will have a camp in the Fann Mountains and our company provides tents, mattresses. You should bring own sleeping bag. If you dont have let us know we provide. 


    FOOD

    Dinner and breakfast we have in accomondation places. Lunch in roadside cafe.

    Central Asian's food is  not very diverse. Usually it's meat and dough. But for you will be usfull to know names some of  most common dishes that are offered in road cafes and hotels.

    Lagman - is made from meat (mainly lamb), vegetables and long noodles. 

    Shurpa is soup. Typically, this is a beef or mutton broth with large chunks of carrots, onions, tomatoes and potatoes. Good dishes for lunch.

    Pilaf is rice, meat, carrots, onions.

    Manty is  stuffing beef with onions wrapped in dough.

    Kebab or kuyrdak is fried or braised beef or lamb with onions.

    Borsch is Russian soup. Meat broth with pieces of meat and with the addition of beets, cabbage, potatoes.


    HEALTH.

    The most common problem of guests is an upset stomach.

    It comes from the local uncommon food. Acclimatization of food takes several days. Some people have 2-3 days. Others can not get rid of this this until the end of the tour.

    Unfortunately, we are powerless here. So take the necessary medications.

    Mountain sickness.

    Pamir Highway passes at an average height of 3000 m. We will have a place for acclimatization in Yamchun. Sometimes people feel very tired or have a headache. 

    So take the necessary medications. 


    ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR

    People in Central Asia are very friendly and hospitable. But you should be aware of some rules of behavior. 

    Prohibited:

    - take pictures of border  posts, police, military people  .

    - appear in underwear in hotels and guest houses. Especially if there are local women there.

    - go to the toilet in the wrong place

    Concerning relationship between participants and organizing company during the tours we don’t support "I am the client, and you are an executive” or "the client is always right” attitude, since we believe that during the tour we are all one big team, where everyone respects, understands and helps each other.

     


     


    THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF THE PAMIR MOTORCYCLE TOUR.  

    Pamirs passes.

    Anzob pass (3372 m) 

    Hargush pass (4 344 m) 

    Nazaitash pass (4137 m) 

    Ak Baital pass (4655 m)

    Kyzyl-Art pass (4280 m)

    Coy Tezek pass (4271 m)

    Haburabot pass (3252 m)


    FANN MOUNTAINS  (Please click on picture for more info) in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
     

    ANZOB TUNNEL in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
    The Anzob Tunnel or Ushtur Tunnel is a 5,040 m long tunnel located 80 km northwest of Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.
    The tunnel connects the Tajik capital to the country's second largest city, Khujand, travel to which, prior to the tunnel's construction, required travelers to cross the border into Uzbekistan in order to travel between the two cities. It is also a transit route between Dushanbe and Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent. Prior to construction of the tunnel, especially during winter, the threat of year-round avalanches led to periodic disruptions of commerce. Tunnel facilitates overcoming Hissar ridge and provides year-round road link between the northern (Sughd Province) and southern regions of Tajikistan. Earlier in the winter travel in the northern regions of Tajikistan through Anzob (height 3372 m) has been closed for 6 months. The tunnel has reduced the road between Dushanbe and Khujand by 30 km and travel time along the new route - dropped to 5 hours. The length of the tunnel more than 5 kilometers. As of May, 2014 the tunnel was still unfinished and the Iranian government and Tajik government had signed an agreement to complete the project by late March, 2015.
    Strategic Importance
    Its construction put an end to Uzbekistan's ability to halt traffic between Tajikistan's two largest cities. It marked the beginning of other major co-operative projects such as the Sangtuda-2 power plant.
    The tunnel is also said to be part of a planned road which would run from Iran through Herat in western Afghanistan and Mazar-i-Sharif and Sherkhan Bandar in northern Afghanistan to Tajikistan and from there up to China. The route has been named the new Silk Road.

     
    PAMIR MOUNTAINS (Please click on picture for more info) in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour

     

     
    PAMIR HIGHWAY OR M41 (Please click on picture for more info) in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     

     
     KHORUGH  (Please click on picture for more info) in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
     

     
    WAKHAN CORRIDOR (Please click on picture for more info) in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
     

     
    BIBI FATIMA HOT SPRING  in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
     
     
    Ostoni Bibi Fotimai Zakhro is Tajik for "Holy Site of the Sleeves of Bibi Fatima".  The hot springs lies deep in the Wakhan Valley of Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, just a stone's throw away from Yamchun village. 
    As most of the homestays in Tajiksitan would not provide you with hot bath, and so Bibi Fatima hot springs is a destination
    the one can only dream of reaching after days of travelling thru hot waterless area.  Soaking in the natural warm mineral water has been said to rejuvenate women's well-being in ways that improve female fertility. The springs themselves are just a simple concrete room built against the rock face where the hot water emerged. The hot water comes from a fine stalactite cave, length of which is unknown. Unlike another Pamir famous hot spring Garm Chashma where the water is full of minerals and very silty, the water in Bibi Fatima contains no chalk and is crystal clear.
     

     
    YUAMCHUN FORTRESS in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
    In the end of the 1st millennium B.C. because of the threat of military attacks from neighbors as well as for the purpose of controlling the traffic of people and cargos from Pamir to Bactria, India, Iran and back the construction of powerful fortifications began. The first of them was Yuachmun Fortress (also known as Kafyr Kala). The fortress was constructed in the 3rd century B.C. on the slope of the rock which was favorably during its construction. If seen from above the fortress has a triangular form divided into three parts. The first is the citadel with a bastion and barracks. They were walled and reinforced by towers. Two other parts are extensive platforms for conducting military actions. Each platform is surrounded with powerful walls reinforced by 36 towers with loopholes.The fortress walls are double, made from carefully processed tiled stones delivered by builders from different remote places. The outer 2 m-thick wall was made entirely from stones. The inner wall is also from stones which are only 50-60 cm thick.The entire fortress "is connected" by means of towers with embrasures cut in chessboard order and inclined downwards under a small angle so that the warriors could cover with their fire the entire valley. Some loopholes are directed both outside, and inside of the fortress which considerably increased its defensibility. The fortress amazes with its size. This powerful military structure had an exclusive significance for the local territory.
     


     
    AK BAITAL PASS in motorcycle motorbike tour jeep tour
     
    Ak-Baital pass is a high mountain pass on the border of the Republic of Tajikistan (GBAO region) and Kyrgyzstan at an elevation of 4,655-meter (15,270 ft) above the sea level. The pass is a part of the Trans-Alay Range and it’s the highest road pass in the former Soviet Union.
    Pereval Akbaytal is crossed by M41 road, known informally and more commonly as the Pamir Highway. This section of the road is barely passable. Throughout the area, the land is typically rugged and dry. This road is sometimes referred to as "The Road from Hell”. Construction and maintenance levels vary substantially along the highway. The roadway is paved is some areas, but is mostly unpaved. The road is heavily damaged in places by erosion, earthquakes, landslides, and avalanches. The road was built during Soviet times, to connect parts of their imperium in this region. Since the breakdown and Central Asia’s independence, not much coherent maintanance has been done to the road, only in spots, where damage has been caused by flash floods or scree.



     
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