The high desert of the Pamir invites expletives and superlatives. Like the Altiplano and the Tibetan plateau, this is a harsh and lonely place, inhabited by kind people. Its unforgiving landscape breathes tranquil spirituality.
The M41 is the second-highest road in the world, after the nearby Karakorum Highway. It crosses the whole Pamir region of Tajikistan, running from Osh to Khorog to Dushanbe. From this road, you can look at China, peek into Pakistan and wave to villagers in Afghanistan.
1250 kilometers of spectacular landscapes, left and right, above and below. Plenty of side trips too, to meet hospitable locals, go on outdoor expeditions, spot wildlife or camp all alone on the edge of a lake.
Take your time to ride the Pamir Highway. The Pamirs are remote, a challenging destination for body, mind and soul. To those willing to delve beneath the surface of tourism-related travel, an interesting, living culture will bare itself. Traces of history that go back to the Bronze Age, pristine lakes and rivers… some of the highest mountains in the world.
Far away from everything, it’s more connected than it looks. The questions of the day, like global warming, economic migration and the interpretation of Islam, resonate stronger here than they do at home. You can experience the impact first-hand, instead of through a medium. Stay a bit longer, and you will feel right at home.