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Pamir Highway

Pamir Highway is a unique sight of Tajikistan stretching for more than 1300km. Connecting the capital of Dushanbe and the city of Osh in the south of Kyrgyzstan. The highway that is a part of an international road M41, lies via highmountain region of Pamir. Pamir is  mountain range with peaks over 7000meters that takes up most part of Tajikistan.

There were once isolated mountain settlements and small states, but in the 19th century, the British and Russian empires began struggling for the influence in Asia known as “the Great Game”. During this confrontation, the English were moving to the north from India to Afghanistan, and the Russians were going from the north via the present territory of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The urgency to maneuver the troops quickly in case of clash of armies gave a jump to building new roads across mountain regions; this is how the Pamir Highway history get started.

Later,  Pamir Highway changed its military significance to trade. The decision led to development of the region; transport connections between Tajikistan, Afghanistan and China were settled. Today Pamir tract begins in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. And goes through Kulab, reaches the river Panj – a tributary of the Amy-Darya River. Branches out in Khorog — the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan, and lies via high-mountain town of Murghab; reaches Osh, the largest city in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

For travelers Pamir Highway is  unique experience where they learn the culture of Pamir people. History of the region, and enjoy breathtaking landscapes of severe mountains. This is rather tough travel where travelers overcome hundreds of kilometers of bad roads, harsh mountain climate, and spartan accommodation. Nowadays the tourism infrastructure along the Pamir Highway is being developed; although simple, but rather comfortable hotels and guesthouses have appeared.

Pamir Highway