The Silk Road Less Traveled from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan

Join an adventurous journey through two of the most remote and rarely explored countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Experience the proud traditions and hospitality of Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, enjoy visits with local Tajiks in their timeless mountain villages, and take in majestic and hauntingly beautiful landscapes along one of the world’s most scenic drives, the Pamir Highway.

18 Day Trip

18 Day Trip

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts
    Learn how the Kyrgyz set up their traditional yurts, the round collapsible homes that nomads have lived in for thousands of years....
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  • Witness a thrilling game of kok-boru
    Cheer on participants at an exhilarating match of kok-boru, a traditional Kyrgyz horse game still played much the same way as it was by medieval nomadic tribes....
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  • Catch your breath at Pamir Highway vistas
    Admire the unmatched mountain scenery and plunging valleys along the Pamir Highway, one of the highest international highways in the world....
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  • Explore Khorog, on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway, set near the Afghan border
    Explore the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Khorog, set at 7,000 feet near the Afghan border...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Vassar, Dartmouth and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Central Asia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR affiliate office in Uzbekistan
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Bishkek, Chon-Kemin, Son Kul

Begin in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, then drive to the traditional village of Chon-Kemin to experience everyday life in the countryside. Spend a night in a yurt near alpine Son Kul Lake, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Tien Shan. Visit with nomadic shepherd families, and witness an exciting match of the Kyrgyz horse game kok-boru.


  • Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan at the foot of the Ala-Too Mountains
  • State Museum of Fine Arts, featuring Kyrgyz art and handicrafts
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Days 5-7: Naryn, Tash Rabat, Kochkor, Bishkek

Meet with a community of villagers from the Afghan Pamirs, and discover how they create felt according to traditional methods. Explore the 15th century stone caravanserai in Tash Rabat, a former highland outpost on the Silk Road. On the way back to Bishkek, enjoy lunch with a local family in the little village of Kochkor.


  • Visit with a community of Kyrgyz villagers from the Afghan Pamirs
  • Traditional craft of felt-making in Kulanak Village outside Naryn
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Days 8-9: Osh, Sary Tash, Murghab

Fly to Osh, and browse the lively 2,000-year-old Jayma Bazaar, Central Asia’s largest open-air market. Depart on the stunning drive along the Pamir Highway, climbing up over dramatic 14,000-foot Kyzyl Art Pass into Tajikistan and down to Murghab. Enjoy commanding views of the Pamirs, and stop for a picnic lunch at gorgeous Karakul Lake.


  • Jayma Bazaar, one of the largest open markets in Central Asia
  • Kyrgyz bread baking
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Days 10-13: Langar, Yamchun, Yamg, Khorog

Continue through the Wakhan Corridor, pausing to meet with local villagers and to admire Buddhist stupas and fort ruins. In Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, sit in on an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house, and chat with a representative from a local Tajik NGO.


  • Langar petroglyphs, time permitting
  • Yamchun Fort with views across the border to Afghanistan
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Days 14-18: Kalaikhumb, Dushanbe

Follow the Panj River to the mountain village of Kalaikhumb, once the home of a great fortress. In Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, visit the fascinating Museum of Antiquities and the nearby 18th century Hissar Fortress.


  • Kalaikhumb, once home to a great fortress
  • Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan with shady traditional teahouses, chaikhanas
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 18 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-12 Travelers $7,895
  • Plus Internal Air $80
  • Partial Single Supplement $825

2020 Dates

  • July 13-30
  • $7,895
  • Max 12 Travelers
Trip Length: 18 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-12 Travelers $7,995
  • Plus Internal Air $100
  • Partial Single Supplement $895

2021 Dates

  • July 12-29
  • $7,995
  • Max 12 Travelers

Group Size

Really Small Groups – Never More than 12 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located hotels, rural guesthouses, and yurts. In yurts and rural guesthouses, sleeping accommodations are shared among several group members, and facilities are outhouse-style. Shared accommodations may be mixed-sex.
  • 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners. A few meals are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private mini-coach, jeep, or van (size of vehicle depends on group size and terrain and will vary from country to country).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and other service personnel.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Consider a post-tour extension to Uzbekistan or China and Tibet. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This Explorer Series program, by nature, is designed to be comfortable for western travelers, but is a very adventurous program to a rustic part of the world. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of Central Asia are, in general, not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

  • Fred Lundahl’s Dispatches from Central Asia

    Fred Lundahl’s Dispatches from Central Asia

    Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. He fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. His import store in Langley on Washington State's Whidbey Island, Music for the Eyes, is filled with exotic treasures personally collected from foreign lands, especially the Silk Road countries of Central Asia. Fred traveled with MIR on a custom, private journey through Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2016. Here are his dispatches from the road.... Read More

  • Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia: Exploring the Silk Road

    Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia: Exploring the Silk Road

    Andrew Barron, MIR's Director of Scheduled Group Tours, visits the ancient Silk Road in Western China and the 'Stans with the Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia scheduled group tour. Read about his journey from Almaty to Urumqi, Kashgar and Bishkek.... Read More

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