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Tajikistan Motorcycle Tour

Do you want to ride a motorcycle on the "roof of the world"? Welcome to the Pamir motorcycle tour in Tajikistan! Tajikistan is the smallest country in Central Asia, but it has the most amazing high mountains and truly hospitable people. To see the Pamir region was until recently almost impossible because most of the Pamir was a closed border zone but now the Pamir is open and you have a truly unique opportunity to touch the silent valleys and mighty mountains including many breathtaking passes along the legendary Pamir Highway (M41)!

Key information

  • Terrain: about 60% paved roads, 40% gravel
  • Bike: rental bike (Suzuki DR650)
  • Mileage: 1800 kilometers / 1118 miles
  • Daily rides: 160 - 360 kilometers / 99 - 224 miles
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Marat & Andrey
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Dushanbe
  • Conquer Ak Baital mountain pass
  • Experience a ride in a very dark 5-kilometer tunnel
  • Enjoy great scenery and riding on mountainous roads
  • Meet local people and smiling kids on your journey
  • 12 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian
Group size: 6-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Dushanbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Throughout the tour, you will stay in twin room in hotel (five nights), guesthouse (six nights), and tent (one night).

Program

On your reliable motorcycles, you will travel along the Afghan border and see the beautiful Wakhan valley. You will climb “Ak Baital” the highest pass (4665 meters) in Central Asia. You will bathe in the Bibi Fatima Zohra holy hot springs and visit the brightly colored Fann Mountains where you will spend the night in a tent under a star filled sky in the fresh, clean air at "Alaudin International Mountaineering Tourist Center” (IMTC) and much more.

Other accommodation will be varied using guesthouses and hotels but always with your comfort in mind. The pristine lakes and mountain streams within the mountains and valleys will have your cameras clicking to keep the memories of this unforgettable tour.

You will truly enjoy this unique and incredible country and its friendly people many of whom will be going about daily chores using simple equipment and donkeys. There is no better way to experience this beautiful pristine country than by motorcycle!

Please note that Silk Off Road Tours does not describe some places and roads which is commercial secret and exclusive part of the itinerary, but you will see it!

Day 1: Dushanbe

On arrival, there will be airport transfers to your hotel accommodation. The team will join you for lunch in a national restaurant. A city tour will take place in Dusty square and Tajikistan National Museum. You will meet your support team and become familiar with your motorcycles. A group dinner will complete the day then you return to your hotel.

Day 2: Dushanbe - Fann Mountains (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Your motorcycles will be waiting for you to start your Pamir trip! You will ride on the road M34 leading from Dushanbe to Khujand which lifts you up to the Anzob pass where you will pass through the Anzob five-kilometer tunnel. Five kilometers of this very dark tunnel and cold tickle the nerves of even the most daring riders. Remove your sunglasses!

By noon, you arrive at the Fann Mountains. A small part of the route will pass through mountain trails which will provide the opportunity to see small Tajik villages ("kishlaks" in local language), which is distant from mainstream civilization. You will arrive at the Alaudin alpine camp where you will do some gentle trekking to Allaudin Lake overlooking the entire panorama of the Fann Mountains and Mount Chimtarga (5,489 meters). Accommodation will be in tents.

Day 3: Fann Mountains - Dushanbe

In the morning, you will continue your motorcycle tour and visit another gorge where the views are truly amazing. In the evening, you will return to Dushanbe. Hotel accommodation.

Day 4: Dushanbe - Qal'ai Khumb (360 kilometers / 224 miles)

The Pamir motorcycle adventure will head to the southern side of Tajikistan – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province. You will get very close to Afghanistan and follow its border where the Panj River will separate you only by tens of meters from Afghan villages. Local people still live there the same way they used to hundreds of years ago.

You will perform traditional washing fun ritual under Ali Mountain waterfall on motorbikes, which is cascading 40 meters down the rock. You will arrive at Qal'ai Khumb kishlak (village) by the end of the day. Guesthouse accommodation.

Day 5: Qal'ai Khumb - Khorog (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Today you will go through the legendary Pamir highway (M41) on your motorbikes. The highway was built in the 1930’s during USSR times in order to develop the Pamir area. It is one of the most unique mountain roads in the world that goes through such forbidding terrain.

You are going to visit several Tajikistan kishlaks, where local people, especially local kids, will welcome you gladly with heart-warming handshakes and entertain you while offering different fruits. Arrive in Khorog town. Guesthouse accommodation.

Day 6: Khorog

Day off and acclimatization period. Take your time. You can visit town and local bazaar. The day will be finished with dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 7: Khorog - Bibi Fatima hot springs (Yamchun) (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

You'll resume riding your motorbikes along the Pamir highway with only the Panj River separating you from Afghanistan. You will climb over Yamchun Fort and reach 3,200 meters altitude. Here, you are going to catch an amazing view of Afghanistan valley at Wakhan Corridor and swim in the sacred waters of wonderful Bib Fatima hot spring. Guesthouse accommodation.

Day 8: Bibi Fatima hot springs (Yamchun) - Murgab (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

Today you will reach Murgab kishlak - the heart of the high-mountains in Pamir. You won’t go down below 4,000 meters above sea level. Most of the way will be following mountain trails. Hargush (4,344 meters) and Nayzatash (4,137 meters) mountain passes, as well as the endless Alichur grassed valley with a lot of yaks and yurts. By the end of the day you will reach Murgab - the highest kishlak on Pamir. Hotel accommodation.

Day 9: Murgab - Ak Baital pass (4655 meters) - Murgab (350 kilometers / 217 miles)

Today will require an early start as you continue the Pamir motorbike tour! Be ready to go up to the highest mountain pass of ex USSR and Central Asia, Ak Baital mountain pass, 4,655 meters high. You will go over the most rugged mountains of Pamir. Ak Baital pass is the highest point of your route. You then return to Murgab. Hotel accommodation.

Day 10: Murgab - Khorog (311 kilometers / 193 miles)

Today you turn back toward Dushanbe using different roads to those used on previous days. Your ride to Khorog will be on another section of the Pamir Highway and you will ride through mountain passes such as Nayzatash (4,314 meters), Kok-Tezek (4,272 meters). In the evening, you arrive in Khorog. Guesthouse accommodation.

Day 11: Khorog - Qal'ai Khumb (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Today you will ride your bikes back along the legendary Pamir Highway, taking care to ride this challenging section with loose surface. In the evening arrival in Qal'ai Khumb, stay at the riverside location that you enjoyed on day 4. Guesthouse accommodation.

Day 12: Qal'ai Khumb - Dushanbe

Today you ride to Dushanbe through the famous Tavildra Road which is a section of the Pamir Highway. Most of the route will be on mountain trails which will provide great scenery and riding. Despite the fact that you return the same way, you will discover absolutely beautiful views of nature and mountains.

The panorama of Haburabad Pass at 3,252 meters is truly fantastic. In the evening, you arrive in Dushanbe. You will celebrate your successful tour when you will be given certificates and presents as keepsakes of the tour! Hotel accommodation.

Day 13: Departure

The staff will organize transfers to Dushanbe airport according to your flight time. Have a safe flight! Thank you very much for being with Silk Off Road Tours during this tour! Hope to see you again for another fascinating motorcycling tour around Central Asia!

Bike Rental Deposit

Silk Off Road Tours requires 500 USD as bike rental deposit which is refundable.

Requirement

  • 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

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Silk Off Road Tours: General Terms and Conditions

These General Terms and Conditions of the contractual agreement are a constituent part of the travel agreement between SilkOffRoad Motorcycle Tours (the organizers of a trip) and You (the participant of tour). Rights to deviations, variations or supplemental provisions, which shall be valid only in writing, reserved.

1. Contractual agreement

The tour reservation must be made online by you, on a reservation form available on the operator's website. The agreement will only be made effective upon written confirmation of the reservation, made by the operator. The prerequisite to participate in one of our tours is the online acceptance of this Terms and Conditions. Before starting the trip, you sign a motorcycle rental agreement.

2. Deposit Payment – Final Payment

Together with the reservation confirmation, the you will receive an invoice from the organizers of a trip that is to be paid as follows:

  • Reservation deposit (10%) you have to payment within 10 days after receiving the an invoice.
  • Final payment of the remaining amount (90% balance) must be paid 30 days before the start of the tour.

If transportation costs (fuel costs, fees for certain services, currency exchange rates increase after signing a contract, the organizers reserve the right to adjust the cost of the tour.

The organizer notifies the participant. If the increase in the price is more than 10%, the participant can cancel tour and receive all his advance payments back considering the bank's commissions.

3. Services and Prices

Confirmation provided by the organizers of a trip lists the services in detail and the total amount to be paid. You must provide additional payment for any individual services that you may require on conclusion of the contractual agreement or during the trip.

Any changes to the scheduled routes or overnight accommodation shall not be considered as a change to the offered services provided the changes, deviations or variations do not substantially alter the overall character of the booked trip.

Please bear in mind that a motorcycle trip demands a higher degree of participation and cooperation on your part than a conventional package tour. Many aspects are not completely predicable and cannot be fully planned in advance. We therefore hope you will appreciate any changes that may prove to be necessary.

4. Cancellation

You may cancel the trip in writing at any time before the start of the trip. The date of receipt of the cancellation by the organizers of a trip shall be decisive. If you cancel a tour, the organizers of a trip shall be entitled to demand cancellation costs transferred deposit. The price will not be refunded if the you don’t arrive or arrives too late for the departure. If you miss the return flight or trip home, you must organize the return journey. The participant shall not be entitled to any compensation from the organizers of a trip.

In addition, you are at liability to prove to us a lower loss. Changes to scheduled dates, time and destinations are possible only by cancelling the existing agreement and subsequently booking a new trip.

5. Cancellation by the organizers of a trip

The organizers of a trip shall be entitled to cancel a trip up to 30 days before the start of the tour if the minimum number of 6 participants has not been booked. In this case, the you shall be notified accordingly and the amounts already paid shall be reimbursed in full. No further claims or demands will be accepted.

If it is necessary to cancel a trip for reasons outside our control (force major, strikes, terror attacks, accidents, illness or injury of the tour guide, disasters or similar), the amounts already paid by you shall be reimbursed in full. No further claims or demands shall be accepted. %We also reserve the right to terminate the tour prematurely for the aforementioned reasons. In such cases, we shall reimburse the amount equivalent to the remaining days of the tour (excluding any flight costs). No further claims or demands shall be accepted.

In the event of undisciplined, dangerous or disruptive behavior as well as disregard of road traffic regulations, the organizers of a trip and his authorized tour guides shall be entitled to exclude you from the trip. In this case, the organizers have the right to withdraw the motorcycle. Money for a rental motorcycle does not come back to you.

6. Premature Termination of the Trip by the Participant

If, for any reason whatsoever, you terminate the trip prematurely, you shall not be entitled to reimbursement of outstanding services charged by the organizers of a trip to your account. If it is necessary for you to prematurely terminate the trip for a compelling reason, e.g. due to illness or accident or serious illness or death of a close family relative etc. the organizers of a trip shall assist as far as possible in organizing the return trip home.

7. Complying with Rules and Regulations

You shall be responsible for complying with the respective road traffic regulations. You at your own peril and shall be liable for any damage you may inflict on fellow tour participants or other road users. This requirement also applies when you are following the guide. You must adapt your riding style in the interest of own safety.

8. Passport, Visas, Insurance, Health Regulations, driving license and permits

You shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the passport, visa, health regulations and driving license, permits of the visited countries and for observance of the respective traffic regulations. If you cannot participate in or must prematurely terminate the tour due to failure to meet these requirements, the organizers of a trip shall be exempt from any liability and shall not be obliged to refund payments to the customer. The main requirement for all countries is a passport which is valid for at least 6 months and an internationally recognized motorcycle driving license. You are also responsible for the safety of your documents and money.

You are responsible for choosing the insurance company. Make sure that your chosen company will be able to cover the necessary expenses in case of an accident and are also able to contact the necessary services in the countries of Central Asia. You are responsible for choosing our protective gear.

9. Liability

The organizers of a trip shall be responsible for thorough preparation of the trip, conscientious supervision and careful selection of the service providers as well as the correct execution of the agreed tour services corresponding to local participants.

10. Liability and Weather

Depending on the season and weather conditions, the tour organizers reserves the right to change the route of the trip and therefore the accommodation if deemed necessary. We always take care to ensure the character of the trip is not altered and make every effort to provide a consistently high standard of services.

The trip dates are chosen such that the prevailing weather conditions in the respective regions are optimally suited to a motorcycle trip. %The organizers of a trip shall bear no responsibility for bad weather conditions that may occur. The participant shall not be entitled to claim reimbursement of the trip and rental costs for this reason.

11. Features tours.

When booking tours, you must consciously understand that you are going on a trip to countries with limited infrastructure and low level of services provided. You must understand that the indefinite and not high level of comfort is the very aspect that is part of the appeal of such trips.

You determine the degree of adventure by choosing a tour.

Accommodation in hotels, tents and yurts is carried out according to generally accepted local national standards of measurement. Noiselessness, water supply, electricity, food quality and communication are not guaranteed in all cases. In such cases, we expect tolerance and a small equanimity from you.

The same applies to the passage of boundaries and registration points where it takes a lot of time and attention.

Travel delays and route changes can also be made due to fuel shortages at gas stations or natural phenomena such as sandstorms, flooded roads and trails, or even due to vehicle breakdowns and traffic accidents. In extreme cases, this may jeopardize the dates of return and travel.

Guides

Marat Luchezarnyi

Andrey Penkin

Location

The tour will take you to various amazing places in Tajikistan, such as Dushanbe, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province near border to Afghanistan, Khorog, and more.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bike including fuel
  • Car support
  • Tour-leader on the bike
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • All meals, water and soft drinks, evening beer
  • All entry fees
  • Airport transfer
  • SilkOffRoad souvenirs

What's not included

  • Damage of motorcycle
  • Flights
  • Visas and visa support
  • Insurance
  • 500 USD bike rental deposit

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Dushanbe International Airport (DYU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Dushanbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Dushanbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Monday July 11, 2022
(13 days / 12 nights)

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