The Pamir - Tian Shan motorcycle tour through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan!
What do bikers love the most? Statistics and a survey shows: motorcycle travelers love mountain roads and beautiful views. Therefore, we decided to create a new tour that will satisfy these requests. We connected two different tours into one. Let me introduce the Pamir -Tien Shan mountains tour which includes two giant mountain systems. There is Pamir in Tajikistan and the Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan. In this tour, you will drive a motorcycle on the famous Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and will see fantastic Martian landscapes of the Pamir mountains. You will drive along a beautiful road along the Afghan border and the Pyanj River. You will swim in the lake of Alexander Great. In Kyrgyzstan, you will come into the colorful Tien Shan mountains where, through dizzying passes, you will visit the cleanest mountain lakes in the world and spend the night in hospitable nomads' yurts. Two different countries, two different cultures united by different mountain landscapes.
NOTE. We do not describe some things which is commercial secret and exclusive part of our itinerary. But you will see it!
Duration: 16 travel days, 12 riding days
Country: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Start/Finish: Bishkek. Capital city of Kyrgyzstan.
Total Distance: 3800 km
Bikes: Suzuki DR650SE or BMW F800GS
Roads: about 60% is tarmac road. Another 40% is gravel.
Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses. On twin-sharing basis. Single room upgrade available (extra pay).
Group size: min 6 and max 10 riders.
Tour price includes: bike including fuel, car support, tour-leader on the bike, all stays, all meals, water and soft drinks, evening beer, all entry fees, airport transfer, SilkOffRoad souvenirs.
Tour price excludes: damage of motorcycle, single room, flights, visas and visa support, insurance
Requirements: readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way, physical strength and pure optimism, good riding skills (especially the experience of driving on the sand), respect laws and culture of local people.
Arriving to Bishkek. Airport transfer. Check-in hotel. City tour -A visit to the main square - Ala-Too. Translated from the "Snow Mountain" Kyrgyz language, symbolizes the nature of the country, two thirds of which is mountainous. The area of "Ala-Too" - the most popular place in the city are held festivities, celebrations, meetings and other events.On the square waving the 45-meter flag of Kyrgyzstan. A visit to the State Museum of History of Kyrgyzstan, St. Nicholas Church, the mosaic of the monument "Friendship of Peoples" established in 1964, visiting the memorial to World War II monument in Victory Square, established in 1985, the 40th anniversary of victory in World War II. Visit Osh bazaar. Lunch at a local restaurant. Check motorcycles. Free time. Dinner. Overnight hotel
2. Bishkek - Toktogul Lake
Leaving out of Bishkek, we turn to the Kyrgyz range and start our climbing to the famous pass Too-Ashu (3700 m). It is a real stairs to the sky! It is famous for its 4 km tunnel through its peak. Going through it and coming down we cross Susamir mountain's valley with Alabel pass 3200m . There are nomads still live in yurts and hundreds of horses and sheep pasture around on green meadows. We will drink tea in the yurt of the hospitable nomads family. Our overnight will be on Toktogul Lake where we spend good time to relax and swim in the lake. Dinner delicious local trout. Overnight hotel.
3. Toktogul Lake - Osh
We'll go for one of the most beautiful roads Bishkek-Osh road (M41) with mountains tunnels which runs along the Naryn river. Arriving at Osh. Overnight in the guest house
4. Osh - Khudjand
5. Khudjant - Dushanbe
Our motorcycles are waiting for us to start our Pamir trip! We will drive on the road (M34) leading from Dushanbe to Khujand which lift us to the Anzob pass , where we will pass through Anzob 5-kilometer tunnel. 5 kilometers of darkness and cold tickle nerves even the most daring!)Arrival in Dushanbe.
Day off in Dushanbe. Lunch in a national restaurant. City tour: Dusty square, Tajikistan National Museum. Overnight hotel.
7. Dushanbe - Kalaikhumb
We continue our Pamir motorcycle adventure and heading to the southern side of Tajikistan – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province. Today we will get very close to Afghanistan and follow its border, where Panj river will separate us several tens of meters from Afghan villages . Local people still live there the same way they used to many years ago. We will perform traditional washing fun ritual under Ali mountain waterfall on motorbikes, which is falling down the rock of 40 meters height. We are going to arrive to Qal'ai Khumb kishlak by the end of the day. Overnight guesthouse.
8. Kalaikhumb - Khorog
Today we will go through legendary Pamir highway (M41) on our motorbikes , which was built in the 30-s during USSR times in order to develop Pamir area. It is one of the most unique mountain roads in the world that goes through such forbidding terrain. We are going to visit several Tajikistan kishlaks, where local people, especially local kids, will welcome you gladly with heartwarming handshakes and entertain you with different fruits. Arrive in Khorugh town. Overnight guesthouse.
9. Khorog - Murgab
Our motorbike tour is continued. Today we will drive to Murgab on the Pamir Highway (M41) and cross the mountain passes such as Nayzatash (4314 m), Kok-Tezek (4272 m). Overnight hotel.
10. Murgab - Osh
We will continue our motorbike tour on Pamir Highway! Be ready to go through the highest mountain pass in USSR and Central Asia – Ak Baital mountain pass, 4 655 meters high and Kyzyl -Art pass (4280м). From the side we will try to look at the famous Lenin Peak 7134m (depends on weather). We will say goodbye to Pamir and Tajikistan and go down to warm and bright country of Kyrgyzstan. Stopping at Osh city, which is situated in the middle of Fergana valley. Ancient Osh city used to stay on the Silk Road and it is the second most populated city in Kyrgyzstan after Bishkek capital city. Overnight hotel.
12. Osh - Kazarman
We leave Osh and delve into the mountains. After Jalalabad mountain gravel road begins that passes through the pass Kaldama 3000 m and descends into the large settlement Kazarman. Overnight in a cozy homestay.
13. Kazarman - Song Kol Lake
In the morning we will continue our motorbike tour. Mountain serpentine of Moldo-Ashu pass (3201m) lead us to the high mountain Song-Kol lake situated 3500m of altitude above sea level. This lake one of the highest big lake in Central Asia. Here we have an opportunity to dinner Kyrgyz dishes prepared by shepherds, spend a night in nomadic yurt under warm blankets and songs of the mountain wind.
14. Song Kol Lake - Issyk Kol Lake
This day is full of bright emotions because we come using another pass Terakei-Tarpok (3132m) or "33 parrot», known for its winding serpentine and get to the Issyk-Kul Lake. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is frequently called "the pearl of Central Asia" and is the main touristic highlight in Kyrgyzstan. Relax near the lake. Overnight a resort.
15. Issik Kol Lake - Bishkek
We leave the beautiful lake Issyk-Kul and back to Bishkek. Today, the gala dinner and souvenirs and after, let the party begin!16. Bishkek. Departure