Planning Stage 6 – The Pamir Highway (Tajikistan)

VISA REQUIREMENTS
The Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in London offers an online e-visa service. It also processes applications for travel permits to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous (GBAO) Region of Tajikistan.

Tourist visas are valid for a period of up to 45 days in the country (e-visa valid for 90 days from purchase, cannot be multiple entry, apply at least 2 working days before travel, e-visa holders can enter Tajikistan through all border points – yesss!!!).

You can also get a GBAO permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Office of Visas and Registrations once in Tajikistan.

The e-Visa fee is 50 USD
The GBAO permit fee is 20 USD

Once you arrive in Tajikistan you can apply for visa extensions at the Consular Department of the Tajik Ministry of Foreign AffairsI estimate this will not be necessary. 4 days to Dushanbe. Which gives me 40 days left of the visa to do 1113km.

If you plan to travel to areas in the Khatlon Region bordering Afghanistan (eg Panj, Kumsangir) you will need to apply for a permit from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dushanbe prior to travel. Check if I need to do this…

THE ROUTE
Click ‘more options’ on the map below to see the elevation profile

Great blog explaining different routes you can take and what the road condition is like:
https://rollingeast.com/the-ultime-guide-to-cycle-touring-the-pamir-highway/

Breakdown of each mountain pass on the Pamir Highway:
https://rollingeast.com/pamir-passes/

A good website about the Pamir Highway (however it is aimed at motorbikists):
https://www.advantour.com/tajikistan/pamir-highway.htm
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Image copyright of advantour

Rough estimate of how long it will take – Dushanbe to Kyzylart Pass

Days cycling estimate (pretending good flat roads 80km per day): 14 days
Additional 2 days rest for each time you go over 3000m: 2 days x 4 or 5 = 10 days
Additional 1 day rest for each time you go up to 4000m: 4 days

Total estimate = 28 day (at least)

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