Traveling along one of the highest roads in the world amidst grandiose peaks, epically charming landscapes, spectacular turquoise alpine lakes and the most hospitable locals with a rich cultural heritage – Pamir Highway. We will lead you along the trails of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great - the great Silk Road once linking Europe to Asia.
The Pamir mountains of Tajikistan are without doubt, the least visited mountain range of the world, yet one which offers the most magnificent landscapes, picturesque rural scenes, exhilarating trekking and genuine hospitality not to be found anywhere on the planet. This part of the world is kind of paradise for walkers, mountaineers, trekkers, white water enthusiasts, bikers, cyclists, photographers, scientists and just explorers of beautiful and wild places. With elevation changes between 4000 and 7000 meters, Pamir Mountains are true place for those, who loves to challenge the rarefied air and try to feel the long-forgotten taste of primitive life, left alone with stunning sceneries.
The pearl of Tajikistan – Pamir Mountains is famous as the 4th highest mountain ranges of the world. High Pamir is kind of a “knot” which extends for great mountain ranges: Pamiro – Alay Range and Fann mountains to the west, Tien Shan ranges to the north – east, Karakorum range to south – eastern side, Kunlun Shan to the east (Chine) and Hindu Kush range to the south. High Pamir hosts three gigantic tops of five “Russian” over 7000s – the Snow Leopards’ Trophy significance tops: Communism Peak (Somoni) 7495m, Korzhenevskaya Peak 7105m, Lenin Peak (Ibn-Sina) 7134m. The two others: Pobeda Peak 7439m and peak Khan Tengri 7010m are located in Tien Shan range.
Pamir - hosts one of the world’s highest and the longest in the world continental glacier - Fedchenko (75km) the second highest in the world - famous and beautiful, enchanting Pamir Highway (Akbaytal pass 4655m).
Pamir is a unique place, where a variety of nationalities and tribes left their cultural trail, from Scythians, Aryans, and kingdoms of Sogdiana and Bactria to the pagan tribes of Ariana Vaija, who plundered caravans along the Silk Road, linking China with Europe.
Due to the geographic isolation and natural inaccessibility, Pamir Mountains preserved various traditions and customs of different epochs. Passing through centuries, these traditions mixed and wrapped up with more mysticism. Rock paintings dated back to Mesolithic period in Eastern Pamirs (approx. 12000-8000 BC) in Shakhti cave (in 4200m), and Langar petroglyphs of different eras and other historic and archeological sites indicate the diversity of the culture of people, inhabited these places long ago.
Here, we can see the altar ruins of fire worshipers’ Black gowns’ ancient fortresses, Buddhist cult structures, sacred places of pre- Islamic and Islamic period and the unique constructions with rich philosophy and religious value - the Pamirian houses "Chid" the symbolism of which was not changed through centuries, locals still live in such houses.
Except the cultural wealth and natural attractions, Pamir is famous with its legendary hospitality; you will feel it from the first days of travelling in this region. Interaction with local communities stays one of the most rewarding and memorable part of your travel; you will always entertained by raw musical performances in the cultural treasure troves called Pamiri houses or Kyrgyz yurts.
If you want to make a deeper glace into the life of locals, to get acquainted with their culture and in a short period of time to understand their world from within, you are welcome to join our team of experienced local guides, professional drivers and of course, hospitable local owners of homestays, guesthouses, yurts and hotels!