Pamir Highway

There is a special permit that is required to enter the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan Corridor along the Pamir Highway and this is something that needs to be specifically mentioned at the time of applying a E-Visa to Tajikistan.

It took us a while to hook up to the famed Pamir Highway, the second highest international highway in the world.. also notoriously infamous for being labeled as the Road to Hell!  It’s the M41, which traverses through Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is the only continuous route through the difficult terrain of the mountains and serves as the main supply route to Tajikistan’s mountainous habitation. There are many tunnels that have been developed that simply cuts through the mountains making travel a tad easier, BUT continuous landslides have left the road in a mess!! This route forms a portion of the historic Silk Route and has been in existence for many millenniums! Weather is dynamic and sudden changes are quite normal..

 

The Dominar’s were thundering away on these gravel-stone roads and the weather started to get colder and colder.  Wildlife sightings like the Pamir Ibex subspecies which can be the largest in size and grow the largest horns were commonly seen. Males can weigh as much as 285 pounds (130 kg), or even more. ..and so were the carcass that were freely seen along this highway.

The ride along Pamir Highway
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