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Pamir Highway Road Trip

Dushanbe - Qalai Khumb - Rushan - Mardzh - Murghab - Karakul Lake - Sarytash - Osh - Jalal-Abad - Karakol - Bishkek

Expect on your Pamir Highway Road Trip Itinerary

Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Wildlife Wildlife
Historical sites Historical sites
Security Security
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
ACTIVATE MAP Stages10 km1,908 h/stage3.0

Best months to drive Pamir Highway Road Trip

I II III IV V VI
VII VIII IX X XI XII

Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Pamir Highway Road Trip in Tajikistan?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,680EUR drive & more 213EUR sleep & more 616EUR eat & more 252EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,081EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,761EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,310EUR drive & more 288EUR sleep & more 1,232EUR eat & more 336EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,856EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,166EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 4,620EUR drive & more 363EUR sleep & more 1,771EUR eat & more 504EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,638EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 7,258EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,150EUR drive & more 425EUR sleep & more 385EUR eat & more 252EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,062EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,212EUR
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Pamir Highway Road Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for one of the most captivating road trips in Tajikistan, Pamir Highway Road Trip will definitely come up to your expectations. adventurer will be especially interested in this adventure. Dushanbe, Rushan, and Mardzh are places that you will have a chance to explore. The recommended duration of the road plan presented in this article is 14 days, however, you can surely complete it in 10. Remember that if you are delighted with the allure of the region, you can always extend your tour. The average time that you will spend behind the wheel daily is 3.0 hours, and travellers have more or less 1,908km to cover. If you are ready to start your journey, jump behind the wheel and let’s set out
number of days 14 number of days
route length 1,908 km route length
budget moderate budget
good for adventurer good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level high accident level
During Pamir Highway Road Trip, holidayers will have an excellent opportunity to contemplate splendid natural landscapes. While on this trip, you do not have to worry about stressful experiences and you can enjoy a number of interesting highlights. Our road trip is also a perfect opportunity to spot wildlife. If tourists are expecting to come across comfortable places to spend the night, the hotels on the way do not offer top comfort, yet they still are value for money. Despite the fact that the region is characterised by moderate security, stay vigilant while on the road, as it will increase the safety of you and your passengers. Holidaymakers will be pleased with this trip, as it is rather inexpensive owing to a low number of amenities. While in Tajikistan, you will be driving on the right. When it comes to accident level it is high. The period of time recommended to take our adventure is between April and June.

START Dushanbe

Distance 1,908 km Driving time 30.3 h Pace: modest Airports DYU
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Your journey starts at the Dushanbe Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Dushanbe - Pamir Highway - Qalai Khumb

Distance 280 km Driving time 5.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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2 Qalai Khumb - Jizeu Valley - Rushan

Distance 176 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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3 Rushan - Pamir Highway - Mardzh

Distance 171 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Mardzh - Pamir Highway - Murghab

Distance 211 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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5 Murghab - Karakul Lake

Distance 128 km Driving time 1.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Karakul Lake - Sarytash

Distance 93 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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7 Sarytash - Osh

Distance 188 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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8 Osh - Jalal-Abad

Distance 95 km Driving time 1.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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9 Jalal-Abad - Karakol

Distance 189 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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10 Karakol - Bishkek

Distance 379 km Driving time 5.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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  Bishkek

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Pamir Highway Road Trip Summary

We have no doubt that our trip will become a superb inspiration for your future holidays.
The plan we’ve prepared can be used as a base that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions of your choice.
If car travel is a travel mode that you prefer, there are a number of vital road rules to follow and a list of elements to be mindful of to make your road adventure smooth. These tips will surely become useful for drivers who are interested in hiring a car or camper rental in Tajikistan.
In Tajikistan, there are a number of road regulations to be mindful of while driving. Alcohol is best to be avoided at any expense when Tajikistan is your road trip destination. The amount of alcohol you can consume is very low and cannot exceed 0‰. In order to avoid a speeding fine, it is best to never exceed 50km/h, which is the maximum car speed around the city. In rural areas, you can travel at the maximum speed of 80km/h. On motorways, you should stick to the speed limit of 100km/h. In order to stay safe, it is best to drive with your headlights on at daytime and equip your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
But what are the costs of the whole trip. The amount of money that you have to pay during the whole road trip will vary depending on the budget option that you are interested in. A wide range of budget configurations is presented below.
The cost of gasoline for the budget option to cover the planned 11 stages across Tajikistan can be roughly 213 EUR. Travel expenses connected with economy accommodation will cost up to around 616 EUR. Tourists who go for this option will spend roughly 252 EUR on food and restaurants. Travellers will have to pay around 1,680 EUR if they aim for the cheapest hire car option as well. Thus, going for vehicle rental will increase the costs of the road trip from more or less 1,081 EUR to about 2,761 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 213 EUR to cover the planned mileage of the adventure. Cost amounting to 1,232 EUR can be expected by all holidaymakers who are looking for standard overnight stays. Tourists can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost approximately 336 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of approximately 2,310 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 4,166 EUR for drivers who would like to try vehicle hire and 1,856 EUR for those who are not interested in renting.
Tourists who would like to benefit from the highest level of comfort will be pleased with the premium offer. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total about 7,258 EUR for drivers who are considering vehicle hire and 1,856 EUR for those who do not need a hire vehicle. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium hire car can expect a cost of roughly 4,620 EUR. If you are interested in the premium version of the itinerary, you will pay about 363 EUR for fuel. Drivers who would like to go for top services in all aspects of their tour should expect to pay more or less 504 EUR for food and restaurants and more or less 1,771 EUR for accommodation options.
Our tour can be easily adjusted to the expectations of all camper fans. If you choose this travel mode, the expenses may amount to more or less 3,150 EUR. Holidayers will spend around 425 EUR on fuel allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Holidayers should expect to pay around 252 EUR for expenses connected with food and more or less 385 EUR for accommodation if they want to travel in a camper.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above-mentioned details in an easy to follow manner.
The part of Tajikistan showed in our itinerary idea is great to be visited between April and June. If Pamir Highway Road Trip has sparked your creativity, you should definitely check out other picturesque road adventures that are available on our website. We hope that the broad spectrum of road trips will definitely live up to the expectations of the most demanding travellers.

Facts for safer driving in Tajikistan

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 80 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 100 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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