Trek and Climb. Shadzud valley of Pamirs

Trip description

Shadzud valley of Pamir become popular after the visit of female team of German Alpine Club ruled by UIAA guide Doerte Pietron. They climbed five peaks over 5000m and reported about huge potential of rock and ice climbing of this region. Our company organized the logistic part of the expedition. We decide to add this remote, but beautiful valley to our list of combined trek & climb adventure trips. This tour contains 2 days trekking to the base camp and 3 days trad climbing of Point Samba 5437m west face with optional hikes or ice climbing of surrounded tops. This tour is possible to extend to other regions of Tajikistan and Wakhan of Afghanistan. A challenging journey through an enigmatic region – exciting is an understatement.


  • Travelling along the enchanting Pamir Highway with trekking to incredible landscapes and turquoise alpine lakes
  • Trek to remotest areas of the planet with unique opportunity of onsight and trad climbing
  • Relax in thermal hot-springs of Jelondy after long climbing days in the mountains
  • Breathtaking views, memorable moments and stories for your friends

Your guide and driver meet you at the airport, load the luggage directly from airport you will head east towards the most famous destination of Tajikistan – the High Pamirs. We can stop for breakfast if necessary and of course make short stops en route for pictures. We reach Khorog in one day after long drive or can make it in two days with overnight stop in Kalaikhumb. Overnight in guesthouse in Khorog.  B/L/D.

Totally 610km drive,
12-14 hours
Altitude: 2200m↑

In Khorog, we finish the last preparation with food, gas for base camp, climbing and camping gear after lunch continue driving upstream of Gund river to Shadzud – a small hamlet at the left bank of the river. We meet the local donkey drovers team and finish last preparation for the trek. Overnight in homestay. B/L/D.

120km 2 h
Altitude: 3200m↑

Busy day. We start with loading the luggage at the donkeys and together with the donkey team we start hiking to Shadzud valley. The terrain is rough and tough at the beginning, after it becomes easier. Two steep places to pass by, where the donkeys should be lead by hand. River cross in one place. The Middle Camp we set up near the old shepherd camp. Overnight in tents.

6-7 h
Altitude: 3800m↑

Today we continue hiking towards the Base camp. For base camp we chose the place with green meadow, almost at the end of the gorge. We set up a camp here and say good bye to our donkey drovers. Overnight in tents.

4-6 h
Altitude: 4050m↑

We try the routes prepared by German Alpine Club team at Point Samba 5100m south ridge (250m, much scrambling, with two pitches of French 4, Hofmann-Pietron-Wiele, September 12); west face (250m, six pitches, 6c A0 and some scrambling to the summit, Hofmann-Pietron-Wiele, September 16). See the topos

We also can make an optional hiking of surrounded tops or ice climbing in peak 5,411m, which was named Farihta (Shugni for “the goddess,” 5,437m GPS, 37.85569°N, 72.32767°E): east face (500m, 80˚, Baum-Pilarski-Süßmeier, September 17; descent required ten 60m rappels) by GAC team lead by Doerte Pietron in 2016. Overnights in tents.

Altitude: 4200m↑

If the luggage is still too much, we send some donkeys early morning to carry it down. In the village we meet the drivers say good bye to local donkey team and drive up along Pamir Highway to Jelondy hot-springs. It is wonderful to relax in warm water after long days spent in the mountains and discuss the journey after a bottle of cold beer! Overnight in sanatoria in Jelondy. B/L/D.

16 km 4-5 h
Altitude: 3800m↑

We directly drive from Jelondy to Kalaikhumb making a short stop in Khorog. With one night stay in Kalaikhumb guestgouse we continue our journey next day to Dushanbe. In Dushanbe the guests would be transferred to hotel. Our service ends with transfer to airport. B/L/D.

405 km, 6-7 h,  first day
370km, 7 h, second day
Altitude: 3700m↑

Dates & Prices

Dates Availability 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 and more
Your dates - Private group June - October US $2,745 US $2,500 US $1,900 upon request

What’s included

  • Meals only for he jeep tour part
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Accommodation in 3-4* Hotel single/twin share rooms in Dushanbe
  • Guesthouse and Homestay accommodations en route
  • Twin share tents on trek
  • All private transportation
  • English speaking local mountain guide
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Pack animal support  from 3-4th  and 9th  day of trek
  • All required permits
  • All group camping equipment
  • All group climbing gear

What’s not included

  • Sleeping bags and mats are not provided but can be hired locally
  • Personal climbing shoes
  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and beverages during the climbing part
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol, etc
  • Tips and gratuities

Important notes

For equipment rental please contact us an advance.

Trip Length
11 Days
Group size
May – October
Physical rating
Departure / Return
Dushanbe or Khorog, Tajikistan
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Trek and Climb. Shadzud valley of Pamirs