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Tajikistan Pamir Adventure - Expedition

Trip Length

Trip Code

17 days PCPT
Min Altitude Max Altitude
4655m
Minimum Age
18

Countries Visited

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Start City

End City

Tashkent Tashkent
Tajikistan Pamir Adventure - Expedition

This expedition provides an unparallelled opportunity to explore the spectacular mountain ranges shared between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Remote, yet to be developed for tourism and seldom visited, this is a part of the world that is truly for the well-travelled adventurer.

Incorporating some of the most spectacular mountain passes and ancient cities of the Silk Road, our journey takes us through culturally rich and ethnically diverse areas. We drive from cosmopolitan Tashkent to Dushanbe - a national capital more on the scale of a rural centre - before several days of travel skirting Afghanistan's northern border. Far above the river valleys the road winds with kilometre after kilometre of stunning mountain landscape broken only by villages that seem to be cast back in time. We journey to the remote Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) of Tajikistan, a region better known for the colourful 'Great Game' events that took place here in the late 19th century. Traversing the full length of the Pamir Highway from Khorog to Osh, our route incorporates rugged roads and stark yet beautiful high-altitude desert plateaux, each day revealing a new and more beautiful aspect to little-known Tajikistan.

Combining breathtaking landscapes with glimpses of a centuries-old way of life, this expedition will amply reward the traveller who is willing to venture to what locals call 'Bom-i-Dunyo' - the Roof of the World.

Why we love it:

Tajikistan Pamir Adventure - Expedition


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Tashkent

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:

Day 2: Tashkent

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:

Day 3-4: Fergana Valley

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Club 777 or Hotel Asia, Fergana

Activities:

Day 5: Osh

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: basic hotel, basic hotel

Activities:

Day 6: Sary Tash

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Homestay or similar, Sentab

Activities:

Day 7: Murghab

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Homestay or similar, Sentab

Activities:

Day 8: Langar

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Pamiri Homestay, Tajikistan

Activities:

Day 9: Ptup

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Homestay or similar, Sentab

Activities:

Day 10-11: Khorog

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Parinen Inn or similar, Khorog

Activities:

Day 12: Kala-i-Khum

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Istaravshan

Activities:

Day 13-14: Dushanbe

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Marian's Guesthouse or similar, Dushanbe

Activities:

Day 15: Khojand

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Khojand Hotel or similar, Khojand

Activities:

Day 16-17: Tashkent

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

Venturing well away from cities and into remote areas, this trip takes you right off the beaten track. Accommodation and facilities my be basic but the rewards are immeasurable. You will need a good level of general health for this trip. There are some very long driving days over rough terrain, shower and toilet facilities are limited. Most meals are taken sitting on the ground and sleeping arrangements may be multishare or simple matresses on the floor in some locations.

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PCJU - Jewels of Uzbekistan
PCKL - Kyrgyzstan - Lakes of the Sky

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

This is a journey involving long periods of driving on rough, unsealed roads, basic accommodation and simple, often plain food. 

The greater your personal fitness level, the more likely you are to enjoy this journey. Due to the bumpy road conditions and number of nights using basic accommodation (mattresses at floor level and meals also taken sitting on the ground) this journey is not suitable for those suffering from back or knee problems or similar.

Please ensure that you are carrying adequate supplies of any medication you require, and that you have discussed with your doctor any special requirements about their storage. It is highly recommended that you have a back-up set of essential medication (carried separately) since it will be impossible to replace any medication lost or damaged once we enter Tajikistan. Tajikistan has poor medical facilities and a shortage of basic medical supplies. Medical facilities outside Dushanbe are very basic and in many locations non-existent.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Kyrgyzstan

Many nationalities no longer require a visa to travel to Kyrgyzstan for up to 60 days, including Australia, Belgium, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, USA and Switzerland. Nationals of other countries not listed should check their requirements at their nearest embassy. A Letter of Invitation (LOI) is rarely needed, but should it be required by your embassy please contact your booking agent immediately after booking as this can take up to 30 days to be processed and is not included in your trip cost.

Tajikistan

TAJIKISTAN

You will enter Tajikistan on a group visa and will apply for this when in Tashkent. Please make sure that you have up to 200 USD in cash for the visa fee, paid to your leader on Day 1 of the trip.


In order to obtain the documents requires for the group visa you will need to forward the following documents to your booking agent no later than 30 days prior to departure:

- Clear, colour passport scan

- Scan of 4 x passport photos (3x4 inch)

- Place of work with your work address and position (please indicate if you are retired)

- Home address


If you are visiting multiple countries on one trip, the same information and documents may be required for different visas. Please send through all the supporting documents and information for all your trip visas at the same time so that we can pass onto our local partners.

Uzbekistan

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. If you are travelling on more than one trip, either with us or another operator, your LOI application will need to go through one local operator. Please send all required documentation to your booking agent, and they will be able to assist you with this process.

LETTERS OF INVITATION (LOI):
All visitors to Uzbekistan require a visa. Most nationalities will need a Letter of Invitation (LOI) in order to apply for your visa. Citizens of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, UK & USA do not currently need a LOI to apply for a tourist visa if applying within their home country; however this information is subject to change at short notice so we recommend checking with the embassy before you travel. If applying for a visa outside of your country of residency, a LOI will be required. We recommend that all documents be submitted no later than 3 months before your tour is scheduled to depart to allow for the time consuming visa process. In order for Intrepid to apply for the LOI on your behalf through our partners in Uzbekistan you will need to email the following information and documents to your booking agent immediately after booking.

• A completed visa/LOI application form which can be filled out online at the following website: http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/
(You only need to fill in the sections marked with an asterix (HOWEVER you must enter your middle name). See below for specific information to help you fill in the form. Please send a copy to your booking agent and print a copy for yourself which you can use when you apply for your visa)
• Clear, colour scanned copy of your passport
• Letter of Employment or Study. This must be a letter from your employer or place of study on a business letterhead that states clearly that you are travelling for tourism purposes only. If you are retired or self-employed, please indicate this on booking.
• Exact dates of entry and exit from Uzbekistan (including 2nd entry if applicable)
• Where you will apply for your visa (for Visa on Arrival – Tashkent International Airport)
• Copy of your international flight tickets in and out of Tashkent

Submitting this information for your LOI is the responsibility of the traveller.

Please be aware that LOIs take an average of 15 days to be processed but this can be longer so you will need to allow a minimum of 20 days. This does not include the time it will take to apply for and receive your Uzbekistan Visa which will vary depending on place of application. Both LOI and Visa processing times are out of our control and can be unpredictable.

You must allow enough time to receive the LOI and apply for your visa if you are planning to get it in advance. You must indicate where you will apply for your visa and any changes in this information will result in your LOI being delayed so please plan carefully. p>

Once the LOI has been processed a copy will be sent to you or your tour leader. You can then begin the process of applying for your visa if you are getting it in advance. LOIs are valid for a 3 months period so you must apply for your visa within 3 months of the LOI being issued. Remember that LOIs are NOT the actual visa. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller and separate from the trip price. Costs will vary depending on your nationality and place of application. How and where you apply for your Uzbekistan visa will depend on how you enter the country – please see the trip specific advice below.

APPLYING FOR YOUR VISA

Some information you may need to fill out your visa application: • Inviting Party: Nuron Savdo /Asia Adventures +998 71 150 62 80 (These are our local partners in Uzbekistan)
• Purpose of Visit: Tourism
• Address in Uzbekistan: Use the name and address of your start or finish hotel
• Occupation: This must match the occupation listed on your supporting Employment letter. Indicate here if you are a student or retired.
• Place of Application: This must be the same as what you requested for your LOI.
Australian & New Zealand citizens wishing to apply for their Uzbekistan visa in advance can do so by post at the consulate in Singapore or Bangkok.

We advise all travellers to apply for either their Visa on Arrival or in advance and not attempt to obtain their visa en-route in China or Kyrgyzstan.

VISA ON ARRIVAL – AIR:

Travellers arriving into Tashkent International Airport can obtain their visa on arrival at the airport ONLY if this is nominated as your place of application on your LOI. Etickets will need to be provided when you apply for your LOI. You will require a printed copy of your LOI before your board your flight. Costs will depend on your nationality (currently approx US$100) and payment must be in cash. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival at any land border. You will also need a printed copy of your Visa Application Form as these are not always available in English at airport immigration

Travellers on PCJU – Jewels of Uzbekistan, PCKL – Kyrgyzstan Lakes of The Sky, PCGS – Grand Silk Explorer & PCPT – Tajikistan Pamir Adventure may apply for an LOI indicating Tashkent International Airport as place of visa application in order to get a Visa on Arrival.

Please note that travellers on PCPT - Tajikistan Pamir Adventure will require a double entry visa. Enter the total number of days of your stay in Uzbekistan on your LOI form and indicate that a double entry is required

WARNING – REGISTRATION IN UZBEKISTAN:

All visitors to Uzbekistan must register with the local department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs within 3 working days after arrival. When staying at a hotel, you will be registered automatically. Please ensure you keep any registration documents issued by the hotel until you exit the country.

LAWS & HEALTH:

Some medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia, such as sleeping tablets, may be illegal or restricted in Uzbekistan. You should declare all prescription medications and other restricted items on arrival in Uzbekistan, and carry a copy of the prescription with you.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan

• Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan by Kamoludin Abdullaev and Shahram Akbarzadeh

• Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia by Monica Whitlock

• Tajikistan: Disintegration or Reconciliation by Shirin Akiner

• Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence by Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili and Frederic Grare

• Tajikistan and the High Pamirs by Robert Middleton, Huw Thomas and Markus Hauser

Uzbekistan

There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are:

The Great Game - Peter Hopkirk

Setting the East Ablaze - Peter Hopkirk

Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia - Monica Whitlock

The Lost Heart of Asia - Colin Thubron

Central Asia: A Travellers' Companion - Kathleen Hopkirk

Central Asia - Lonely Planet


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrines St Petersburg Office (responsible for tours in Central Asia) can be reached on Tel: +7 911 7033155.

High Altitude

A challenging form is required to be filled out by all passengers, due to high altitudes reached on this trip.
High altitudes may be experienced during this trip. Please refer to our Altitude Sickness document for more info.

Single Supplements

Please note when booking a single supplement, single rooms in hotels across Central Asia are generally smaller in size than a standard hotel room and may not always have windows and or balconies. Single supplement does not apply to home stays or rural guesthouses, which form a majority of accommodation on this itinerary.

Facilities

Please note there are no showers/bathing facilities available during Day 6 of the trip. Home stays often have outdoor toilets and limited plumbing. If having a hot shower every night is important for you, then you will be uncomfortable on this tour. Be prepared for squat toilets outdoors, some days without access to running water and sporadic plumbing in hotels.

Local Travel

Central Asia is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting area and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. Roads outside the main towns are poorly-maintained and often only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles. The terrain of the region can mean delays due to road conditions and extreme weather. Tajikistan’s borders with neighbouring countries are subject to closure without notice. You will need to be prepared for unforeseen changes to the itinerary and to be flexible with daily schedules.

Tajikistan is almost completely undeveloped in terms of tourism and has a basic infrastructure once outside Dushanbe. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities or in some cases, even reliable electricity. Although a high level of physical fitness is not required, travellers should be comfortable with the realities of a wilderness adventure, and prepared for very basic conditions in the countryside. The roads in the region are rough and often unsealed, with some sections travelling on single-track roads above river valleys. We use 4WD vehicles and highly experienced drivers, however this itinerary may not be suitable for those who suffer from heights or are nervous passengers. This is truly an adventurous itinerary for the experienced traveller.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 August 2014


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