| Lenin's Peak
We start easy – a smooth offroad to Sary Tash is our warm-up, and then we head for one of the highest mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Lenin’s Peak is one of five seven-thousenders called the Snow Panther, and it’s the most accessible one. The view in the morning blows your mind! Night in a yurt.
We make our way back to Sara Tash, and push further to Kyzyl Art, the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. The Surface of the road is full of potholes, but the views are definitely worth it. Especially that our destination is the most beautiful lake you’ve ever seen!
Night at a guesthouse in Karakol.
| Bartang valley
We turn to Bartang valley. Once we get there, yesterday’s village by the lake may seem like a busy city. Kilometres pass and not a soul on the horizon. The views, however are magnificent.
The night we stay at the million star hotel – under starry skies.
| Afghan border
Hopefully by the end of the day we make it to civilisation and Afghan border. There’s the Internet and shops! Much needed rest on the verandas of Pamir Lodge.
| Roshtkala valley
The route makes a loop to Roshkala valley. It’s rarely visited, especially by a bunch of lunatics on GS 1200, but this is precisely why we’ve chosen to take you there. The view of Engels’ Peak is the highlight of the day. In the evening we head back to Khorog.
| Hot springs
We ride the Wakhan Corridor all the way to hot springs. This day is pleasant and the road’s not very challenging. The views however aren’t any less spectacular. Some say it’s the most picturesque part of the whole trip. The evening’s gonna be unforgettable.
Night at a small hotel.
| Khargush pass
The ride along the Afghan border continues. This is a farewell to Pyang, and we continue along River Pamir, cross the Khargush pass to reach the famous Pamir Highway. We roll there for about 100km only to escape back to the mountains.
Night in a tent.
| Border junction
Don’t expect much civilisation on the way. We wander a plateau over 4000 m a.s.l. If the weather permits we might see China and make a short break in the place where Tajikistan, Afghanistan and China meet.
| Lake Rang Kul
Today it’s all about gravel, but not really demanding. We continue along the Chinese border to reach our destination – Lake Rang Kul.
| Ak Baital
M41 again, refuelling in Murgaba and we head for Karakul, to close our Pamir route. The trail includes Ak-bajtal, the highest pass during the whole trip, at 4655 m. a.s.l.
Night at a guesthouse.
| Around Karakol
Tour de Karakul. It seems impossible to go around the lake, but we won’t leave until we give it a try.
| Return to Osh
Return to Osh down a familiar road.