4 STAN tour + China

 

Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China (Kashgar) – Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan

Day 1

Arrival to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan.

Half day  in the capital.

Hotel

Day 2

Today drive from Tashkent to Samarkand

Hotel

Day 3

Full day  in Samarkand and around

Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Bukhara

Hotel

Day 5

Full day  in Bukhara and around

Hotel

Day 6

Drive to Termez

Hotel

Day 7

Today move from Termez (UZ)  to Dushanbe, the

capital of the Republic of Tajikistan

Hotel

Day 8

Full day  Dushanbe  and Gissar

Hotel

Day 9

Morning start drive to the Kalay-Khumb, through Tavildara

Valley and Khaburabat pass

Guesthouse

Day 10

Today drive along Panj river, Tajik-Afghan border to the center

of GBAO – Khorog city.

Hotel

Day 11

Full day  in Khorog

Hotel

Day 12

Drive by Pamir High Way (PHW)  to Murgab

Guesthouse

Day 13

Continue by PHW from Murgab to Sari-Tash (Kyrgyzstan)

Yurt Stay

Day 14

Today drive from Sari-Tash (KGZ) to Kashgar (China) 

Hotel

Day 15

Full day  in Kashgar.

Hotel

Day 16

Drive from Kashgar (China) to Naryn (KGZ)

Hotel

Day 17

Naryn – Bishkek

Hotel

Day 18

Day  in the Bishkek – capital of Kyrgyz Republic

Hotel

Day 19

Drive from Bishkek (KGZ) to Almaty (KAZ)

Hotel

Day 20

Full day  in Almaty

Hotel

Day 21

Departure

 

 

  

 

List of highlights

 Tashkent

Square of Independence, the Navoi Theatre, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak-Khan Madrassah, Chorsu Bazaar

 Samarkand

"Crossroads of Culture" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Registan, Shah-i-Zinde, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Uleg Bek Observatory, Gur-Emir Mausoleum

 Bukhara

"Historic Centre of Bukhara" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lyab-i-Khauz Plaza, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kalon Mosque and Minaret, Ark Citadel, Zindan Prison, Ismael Samani Mausoleum

Termez

 sightseeing of ancient town.

 Dushanbe

 Sightseeing, visiting of Hissar Fortress 18 century, Museum of Ancient Antique  and ethnography, visiting Bazar of 18 century.

 Khorog         

 Sightseeing, local museum of ancient, Botanical Garden of Kgorog, hot spring Garmchashma

 

Murgab

 

Sightseeing, visiting of local Bazar, introducing to the life of the local people

 Sari Tash

Follow the Silk Road up the switchbacks of Irkeshtam Pass, stopping for the night at a yurt camp near Sary Tash, where the Pamir Highway begins.

 Kashgar

Browse the famous Kashgar Market animal section, where you can find anything from a herd of fat-tailed sheep to a single camel ready for a test drive. Explore the remains of the Old Town, walking up winding lanes between Uighur houses with old mosques tucked in among them.

Naryn  

Observe exciting Kyrgyz horse games near Burana Tower, one of the only remaining Silk Road watchtowers in Kyrgyzstan. Pay a visit to Altyn Kol (Golden Hands) Women's Cooperative, where Kyrgyz women learn to produce high quality traditional goods. Enjoy a hike in the alpine scenery around a yurt camp near Tash Rabat, a massive stone fortress and ancient caravanserai.  

 Bishkek 

In Kyrgyzstan's capital, experience a haunting performance of selections from the Epic of Manas, listed by UNESCO as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Almaty

Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, driving into the majestic Tien Shan mountain range. Cross into Kyrgyzstan and spend a night at beautiful alpine Lake Issyk-Kul after exploring Bishkek, the country's capital.

 

 

                 

 

Trip details

 

The Pamir Highway

The Pamir Mountain range is part of the Western Himalaya and features several peaks over 7000m. The terrain is diverse from towering peaks to high altitude desert plains and climate conditions can vary from +35C to -40C depending upon the time of year. The Pamir Highway follows paths forged long ago by the ancient Silk routes, when that precious commodity travelled from China to European and Arabian markets and traded goods returned in its stead. Legacies of those forgotten times can still be seen with cliff top fortresses and ancient caravanserais.

The highway winds over 2000km from Samarkand in Uzbekistan through Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) and the Pamir mountains to Osh in Kyrgyzstan and then on to Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) through the Tien Shan mountain range.

The peoples of Central Asia hold hospitality as a value of great importance and travellers are warmly welcomed whether the visit is planned or otherwise!

During this trip you staying at altitudes over 3,000 m. The valleys here are often higher than the highest mountains in Europe. The risk of altitude sickness is low, but should not be underestimated. Driving in four-wheel drive vehicles through some bad runs set high standards in physical and mental terms. They require from the participants of perseverance and "staying power." In order to offer you during the trial stages the greatest comfort, the vehicles are staffed with only 3 people plus the driver. For people with back problems (eg, intervertebral disc disease) not this trip suitable. Always refer to check before departure of your doctor or health care professional if you have heart and circulation.   For hiking, you need a day pack in which you carry the essentials (such as wind and rain-resistant jacket, sweater, water bottle, camera, etc.).  In Dushanbe and Khorog you stay in a hotel in the intermediate category, in the Pamirs in typical home stays and during the trek in two-person tents. The private home stays are comfortable but basic accommodation with one or more bedrooms, which are carpeted. You sleep on a mattress on a platform or on the floor. The Homestays offer little comfort and come with clean, but very basic sanitation provided that are usually outside the house. Accommodation in a single room is possible only in Dushanbe and Khorog. 
For unforeseen organizational or weather-related problems (such as heavy snowfall, roads blocked by landslides, etc.) on this trip a reserve day is scheduled. There may be changes to the itinerary or the failure of individual program points. Tolerance and community spirit are required for this tour.

Climate

At 7,500 m is one of the Central Asian Pamir to the highest mountain ranges in the world. Accordingly, the extreme continental climate here is very dry and rough. In August and September the temperatures during the day values ​​of 20-25 ° C, at night they can fall below 0 ° C. Even in summer, you have to expect not only in the Pamirs in strong sunlight, but also with light snowfall. In the lower elevations, and in Dushanbe, the thermometer can show up to 30-35 ° C.

Equipment

During the journey you hold are mainly in higher elevations and must guard against weather changes, wind and cold. The very different climatic conditions according to you need both light and warm, windproof and waterproof clothing. For the trek you need stable, solid trekking shoes with good grip. During the cross-country trips ranging from light sport shoes. For the nights in tents a good sleeping bag is required, which should be fit within the comfort range to -10 ° C. A down jacket makes any colder in the morning and evening hours, good services.

Dates and number of participants

Duration 12 days

Number of participants 1-20

Best season: from beginning of April till the end of October

Note:

Tour details can be changed according to your wishes. For more information please contact us: