1. the last place where you can buy food for camping is Ishkashim. Even better to get your supplies in Dushanbe (more choice).
2. Bring enough dollars, there are no cash machines...
3. I brought along an extra tent for the guide and yak man. That gave us more freedom to camp anywhere rather then having to go to a settlement.
4. Dress respectfully (no skin and women should cover up the hair)
Little Pamir Trek
- Distance: 182km
- Total altitude difference: 4750 metres
- Highest point: 4880 metres
- Highest camp: 4600 metres
Sarhad-e-Broghil (3260m)-Baharaq (3510m)
Towards the Dalriz Pass
Baharaq (3510m) - Langar (3630m)
↑ 400 metres
↓ 280 metres
The easy way...
Langar (3630m)-Khachigosh (4080m)
↑ 450 metres
Approaching the Little Pamir Plateau
Khachigosh (4080m) - Chaqmaqtin Lake (4030m)
Wading through icy rivers
Chaqmaqtin Lake (4030m)
Great things to do around the like is visiting one of the Kyrgyz settlements. Long strolls along the shores of Chaqmatin is another thing to do. And what about exploring one of the side valleys to see the hanging glaciers from up close!
The stunning mountains of the Hindu Kush
Chaqmaqtin Lake (4030m) - Khachigosh (4080m)
Kachigosh (4080m) - Showr (4300m)
Our yak reluctant to venture the snowy conditions
Showr (4300) - Barnoz (4400)
Struggling up the 4880m high Varm Pass
Barnoz (4400m) - Dara River (3985m)
Crossing this river is not as easy for the yak...
Our yak man Safdar warming up
Dara Bik (4600m) - Sarhad (3250m)
Dara Bik plateau
Mura Pass Trek
- Distance: 58km
- Total altitude up: 2825m
- Total altitude down: 1460m
- Highest point: 3780m
- Highest camp: 3100m
The beckoning mountains that can be seen from Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe scream to be explored. From the hot plains south of the Hissar Range the trek follows the fertile banks of the Karatag River. The path follows the raging whitewater river through juniper woodland and alpine meadows. The higher up the Mura Pass you get, the more rugged the surroundings become.
End of the tar road – Hakimi
Camp before Mura Pass at 3100 metres
View on the other side of the Mura Pass
Dukdon Pass Trek
The Dukdon Pass Trek is a more cultural trek, passing through numerous mountain villages and summer settlements. It's the best walk in this book to get a closer look into Tajik mountain life. After the Zurmech Pass you descend into a lively valley and you are likely to be invited in for a few cups of tea, yoghurt and bread. Once down this valley you will follow the Archamaiden river all the way up towards the foot of the Dukdon Pass. At times this wild river plunges through steep, narrow gorges while a few kilometres later it reveals breathtaking views of the glaciated peaks of the Dukdon Range. The approach to the Dukdon Pass is gentle, though partly covered in snow. The descent towards Sarytag is challenging, with steep scree sections. Arriving in Sarytag you will think back on the generousity of the locals with a big smile on your face.
Chukurak Lake enroute to Zurmech Pass
View from the Zurmech Pass towards the Archmaiden Valley
Locals having fun
Camp spot with Dukdon Pass in the distance!
On the Dukdon Pass!! (3810m)
This is short, but possibly the most technical trek in the guidebook. And it has all to do with the north side of the Kaznok Pass. With 4040m it's quite high, but this is not the crux. The steep, icy slopes on the north side require crampons and maybe even an axe. The walk itself is a north-south traverse of the Fann Mountains. North of the Kaznok Pass you will camp at the brilliant Alaudin and Mutnyi Lakes. The rocky and dry landscape is high alpine terrain, surrounded by numerous 5000m+ peaks. The south side is green and lush with beautiful pastures and juniper forests.
The last sun rays of the day light up the Chimtarga summit
The approach to the Kaznok Pass (we were doing the route north bound, much more difficult!)
Along Kaznok River
Total altitude difference: 3145 metres
Highest point: 3775 metres
Highest camp: 2850 metres
Artush Village (1770m) – Kulikalon Lake (2850m)
Kulikalon Lake (2850m) – Alaudin Lake (2780m) via Laudan Pass (3640m)
Camping at Alaudin Lake
Alaudin Lake (2780m) – Artush Village (1770m) via Alaudin Pass (3775m)
Donkeys struggling up Alaudin Pass
1st day and what an approach!
Campfire and a single malt whisky, life is sweet
The Tabaspin Pass within reach
Crossing one of the side rivers
Overview of the Direct Route with left the Yagnob crossing
Crossing snowbridge, High Route
Chilling out at a fab campsite
View of the Zamin Karor Massif
Where a mucky river meets the Ghund River, Bachor
Small tent, big mountains
5000m+ peaks all around
Picture perfect Uch Kul, including some local wildlife
The last translucent mountain lake before the final descent
The last hurdle: big moraines
The bridge, the gateway back to Bachor
Langar – Plateau at base Pik Engels
13km (one way)
5 hours (one way)
Approach Pik Engels
Admiring Pik Engels