Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan - 18 days
The Pamir Highway
Prices from £2,949

There are few journeys that can rival a trip along the mighty Pamir Highway, one of the world’s most spectacular stretches of road through dramatic peaks on the roof of the world. This trip explores the landscapes and cultures of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, two of the least visited countries in Asia but with much to offer the intrepid traveller. The Pamir Mountains are a remote area, with isolated villages and rare wildlife, and little has changed here in centuries. We travel through some of the most incredible landscapes you are ever likely to see, following the border with Afghanistan to Khorog – tantalisingly close across the river Panj. Our trip takes us to long abandoned Silk Road fortresses and Buddhist remains, a legacy of the region’s position on strategic trade routes, and we meet local people along the way. Crossing into Kyrgyzstan we stay as guests of a family in Sary Tash and visit the ancient city of Osh, joining the pilgrims at Solomon’s Throne for an insight into local customs. Heading further into Kyrgyzstan we visit the vast alpine lakes of Son Kul and Issyk Kul, home to nomadic families and their herds, and learn about the tradition of the eagle hunters, with time to explore these iconic landscapes on foot. Finally we end in Bishkek, having completed one of the most scenic journeys our planet has to offer. A challenging journey through an enigmatic region – exciting is an understatement.