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Kyrgyz & Tajik Explorer Tashkent - Dushanbe

Trip Overview

This 33 day overland tour journeys from Tashkent to Dushanbe through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
33 DAYS THROUGH Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan (+ 1 more countries)
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$4,375 (USD) + 720 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
33 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Jeep, Russian bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
40%
60%
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DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley

  3 days overlanding through the stunning Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

  Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song KÃÖl Lake

  See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

  Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge

  Wildcamping in the remote lands near Toktogul Lake

  Overland through to Tajikstan's spectacular Lake Karakul

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

  Wildcamping on the shores of stunning Iskanderkul Lake

  3 days trekking and wild camping in the Fann Mountains

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Tashkent ( 1st Aug 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).

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 at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the Uzbek capital.

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

In Tashkent 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.*

*Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Explore urbane Tashkent and experience a surreal cabaret dinner

Free

Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent

Free
Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world's oldest extant copy of the Koran
USD 5
Day 2 - Fergana Valley, Fergana City ( 2nd Aug 2019 )

This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the oppurtunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana. 

The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana.

In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 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!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley including historic Kokand and Fergana City

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore the impressive 19th-century Juma Mosque in Kokand in the stunning Fergana Valley

UZS 17500

See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Free
Day 3 - Arslanbob ( 3rd Aug 2019 )

Border information: Exit Uzbekistan at Andijon, enter Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik.

This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan! 

Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

In Arslanbob we will stay overnight in a local family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 4-6 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley ( 4th Aug 2019 to 6th Aug 2019 )

We will spend the next 3 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside.

During these days we plan to wild camp en route. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Included in Kitty
Day 7-8 - Song Köl Lake ( 7th Aug 2019 to 8th Aug 2019 )

Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.

We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

At Song Köl we will stay in traditional felt yurts.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-8 hours.

Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds.

Included in Kitty
Day 9 - Kochkor ( 9th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!

Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

In Kochkor we will stay in family-run guesthouses, accommodating up to 8 guests in each home.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village

Included in Kitty

See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

Included in Kitty
See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Visit a folklore demonstration near Kockhor where you can learn all about the handicrafts of the area, see a fantastic outdoor concert of traditional music and help to erect a yurt!
KGS 1000
Day 10-11 - Jeti Oguz Valley ( 10th Aug 2019 to 11th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz. En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.

The next day we will have a free day to hike in the incredible scenery here, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!

In Jeti Oguz we will camp close to a local family yurt.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Please note that on trips in the low season we may not be able to camp in Jeti Oguz due to low temperatures. If this is the case, we will stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks) and then move via a stunning and incredible drive up a mountain in a Russian 4x4 truck to Altyn Arashan, a hot spring development in a stunning alpine setting, staying in dormitory accommodation.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge on the edge of the Tian Shan mountains

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore the incredible mountain landscapes of the Jeti Oguz Valley by horseback

KGS 800
Day 12 - Karakol ( 12th Aug 2019 )

Today we will move on from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free afternoon to explore and relax!

In Karakol we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 13-14 - Chong Kemin Valley, Cholpon Ata ( 13th Aug 2019 to 14th Aug 2019 )

Today we will drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We will then continue to the beautiful area of Chong Kemin where we will spend 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

The next day we will have a free day to explore and hike in this stunning area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion!

In Chong Kemin we will wild camp. If it is too cold or simply preferred by the group, we may choose to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse in Ashu, a village in the Chong Kemin valley, where there could be the possibility to upgrade to rooms.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Included in Kitty

Tourist time: pedalos, sand, sun. On Lake Issyk-Kul, it?s a time warp

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore the beautiful Chong Kemin valley on horseback

KGS 300

Head out on a white-water rafting adventure through the stunning Chong Kemin valley

KGS 1800
Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
Free
Day 15 - Bishkek ( 15th Aug 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, with the opportunity to visit the Burana Tower en route. We will have free time to relax and explore the city upon arrival.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 16 - 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

Free
Stroll around the Soviet-built Panfilov Park in Bishkek
Free
Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square
KGS 150
Day 17 - 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 18-19 - 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 20 - Tulpar Kol Lake ( 20th Aug 2019 )

This morning we drive over the Taldyk Pass (3615m) and onto the small remote village of Say Mogul. From there we will hire a van up to the beautiful Tulpar Kol Lake where we will spend the night. 

Estimated Driving Time 3 - 5 hours

Tonight we will either wild camp by the lake or stay in a local yurt camp

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore and hike the areas around Tulpar Kol Lake

Included in Kitty
Day 21 - Karakul Lake, Murghab ( 21st Aug 2019 )

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

This morning we will continue on to the Tajikistan border and cross the 2nd highest border post in the world at 4336m. After the border proceedings are finalised we will continue on to Karakul Lake where we will have some time to enjoy lunch and the stunning scenery before making our way over the Ak-Baital pass and on to the town of Murghab. 

Estimated Driving Time 8 -10 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel. 

Day 22 - Langar ( 22nd 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 23 - Langar, Ishkashim ( 23rd Aug 2019 )

Today we will get the chance to stretch our legs. This morning before we set off there is an optional hike 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 ranges. 

After lunch we will stop in the tiny village of Vrang to visit the Buddhist Stupa and Zoroastrian Fire Temple. We will also have the chance to stop at the Village House Museum of Mubarak-i-Wakhani before spending the night in Ishkashim. 

Estimated Driving Time 5-7 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Wander around the Buddhist Stupa & Zoroastrian Fire Temple. 

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Take a short hike and view the ancient petroglyphs inscribed on the rockfaces above the village of Langar.

Free
Day 24-25 - Khorog ( 24th Aug 2019 to 25th Aug 2019 )

We will continue our drive on to the capital of the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region today ( Khorog ), where we will be spending 2 nights. On the way we will stop at the Garm Chasma Hotsprings, where we will have some time for a relaxing dip.

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

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Feel re-energised after a relaxing dip in the Hot Springs

Free

Wander around Central Park and take refuge in the forested oasis

Free

Explore the second highest Botanical garden in the world and enjoy a breath-taking view of the city, rivers and surrounding mountains. 

TJS 30
Day 26 - Khalaykum ( 26th Aug 2019 )

We have a full day's drive today stopping for lunch en route. We will continue to follow the Afghanistan border and onto the town of Kalaikhum. 

Estimated Driving Time: 9 - 10 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse. 

Day 27 - Kulob ( 27th Aug 2019 )

Another early start as we will eventually peel away from the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border and begin to make our way inland to Kulob.

Estimated Driving Time 7 -8 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.

Day 28 - 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 29 - 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 30 - 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 - 14 km
Meals Included - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Day 31 - 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 32 - 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 33 - 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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