MIR Corporation is offering a fascinating and adventurous journey through two of the most remote and rarely explored countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Experience the proud traditions and hospitality of Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, enjoy visits with local Tajiks in their timeless mountain villages, and discover majestic landscapes along one of the world’s most scenic drives, the Pamir Highway. Highlights include: overnighting in a yurt near Son Kul Lake, dining with a local family in Kochkor, browsing the 2,000-year-old Jayma Bazaar, experiencing an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house, and exploring the mountain village of Kalaikhumb. This NEW for 2019 From the Heavenly Tien Shan to the High Pamirs tour is scheduled for August 5-22, 2019 and starts at $7,995.
Days 1-4: Bishkek, Chon-Kemin, Son Kul
Begin in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, and then drive to the traditional village of Chon-Kemin to experience everyday life in the countryside. Spend a night in a yurt near alpine Son Kul Lake, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Tien Shan. Visit with nomadic shepherd families, and witness an exciting match of the Kyrgyz horse game kok-boru.
Days 5-7: Naryn, Tash Rabat, Kochkor, Bishkek
Meet with a community of villagers from the Afghan Pamirs, and discover how they create felt according to traditional methods. Explore the 15th century stone caravanserai in Tash Rabat, a former highland outpost on the Silk Road. On the way back to Bishkek, enjoy lunch with a local family in the little village of Kochkor.
Days 8-9: Osh, Sary Tash, Murghab
Fly to Osh, and browse the lively 2,000-year-old Jayma Bazaar, Central Asia’s largest open-air market. Depart on the stunning drive along the Pamir Highway, climbing up over dramatic 14,000-foot Kyzyl Art Pass into Tajikistan and down to Murghab. Enjoy commanding views of the Pamirs, and stop for a picnic lunch at gorgeous Lake Karakul.
Days 10-13: Langar, Yamchun, Yamg, Khorog
Continue through the Wakhan Corridor, pausing to meet with local villagers and to admire Buddhist stupas and fort ruins. In Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, sit in on an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house, and chat with a representative from a local Tajik NGO.
Days 14-18: Kalaikhumb, Dushanbe
Follow the Panj River to the mountain village of Kalaikhumb, once the home of a great fortress. In Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, visit the fascinating Museum of Antiquities and the nearby 18th century Hissar Fortress.
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