Pamir Highway: Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan
Stretching over 1,200 kilometres between the cities of Osh in Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe in Tajikistan, the Pamir Highway is one of the wildest roads in the world.
The M41, known informally and more commonly as the Pamir Highway is a road traversing through the savage wilderness, ranging from high desert to snowy mountains and crossing passes of more than 4,000 metres, and is likely inhabited by more snow leopards and spiral-horned Marco Polo sheep than humans.
Built by Soviet military engineers between 1931 and 1934 to facilitate troop transport and provisioning, it’s the world’s second-highest road.
It is the only continuous route through the difficult terrain of the mountains and serves as the main supply route to Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region.
The route has been in use for millennia, as there are a limited number of viable routes through the high Pamir Mountains. The road formed one link of the ancient Silk Road trade route.
In August 2016, we got a great chance to explore the region as part of our adventures on the Silk Road as well as our 900-day-long world tour. We hired a driver in Osh who drove us from Osh to Khorog in 8 days.
After a relaxing week of stay in Khorog, we then continued our journey to Jisev and then the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, and completed the adventure in the Pamirs.
In this experience, you'll find our itinerary at that time as well as photos we took along the way. Enjoy!
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