from Murgab To Bishkek

A cultural tour from Tajikistan along the M41 trunk road to Bishkek.

If you are arriving in Murghab, Tajikistan, this program provides you with a route to reach Kyrgyzstan and its capital, Bishkek, via one of the most picturesque roads. This route traverses the highest pass in the former USSR countries, the Ak-Baytal Pass, reaching an altitude of 4655 meters above sea level. Along the way, you'll traverse various mountain ranges, including the Pamir, Ferghana, and Tien Shan.

On the M41 road, from the Tajik High Pamirs to Bishkek

Conquer the majestic mountain pass of Ak-Baital

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                                Murghab - Sary-Tash
From Murghab, crossing the border between Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan and drive to Sary Tash village
Murghab - Sary-Tash

In the morning, we drive to Kyrgyzstan. The road goes up to the highest road pass of Central Asia : Ak-Baital pass 4655 m. altitude, then the road goes down to the endorheic lake of Karakul, the biggest lake of Tajikistan. After lunch on the shore of the lake at Karaat village, we drive ahead to the Kyzyl-Art pass marking the border with Kyrgyzstan. After passing the Tajik border post, we drive down to Kyrgyzstan and pass the Kyrgyz border post, in the wide Kyzyl Suu valley, also named Chong Alay. Arrival in Sary-Tash, installation in a homestay, dinner.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
227 km
1728 m
2177 m
                                Sary-Tash - Osh
Road from Sary-Tash to Osh city on the M41
Sary-Tash - Osh

We leave the high valley of the Kyrgyz Pamir through the pass Taldyk 3640 m. alt. and drive into the gorge till Gulsho (1543 m. alt.), the main village of the Kichi Alay district. The road is today completely repaired an covered with asphalt. After a small pass 2240m. alt., the road goes down slowly in the middle of fields of the Ferghana valley. Arrival in Osh for the lunch. Visit of the bazar and the Throne of the King Salomon. Overnight in local homestay. (Options : bath in mineral water near Gulsho; visit of lakes in the gorge Taldyk)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
195 km
700 m
2300 m
                                Osh - Arslanbob village
Day visit of cities of Osh, Uzgen, Jalal Abad and transfer to Arslanbob
Osh - Arslanbob village

Morning transfer to Jalal Abad. Visit the mausoleums and Minaret Uzgen on road. After lunch, transfer to the village of Arslanbob. The road follows first the border with Uzbekistan and the Arslanbob mountains. The village Arslanbob has a typical architecture and the center of the largest walnut forest in the world. It is said that Alexander the Great came to have a rest there with his army and would have brought Macedonia to Arslanbob nuts. Possibility to walk to a sacred waterfall or discover kyrgyz cuisine. Overnight in guest house.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
190 km
                                Arslanbob village - Toktogul
Walk around Arslanbob and transfer to Toktogul
Arslanbob village - Toktogul

In the morning we walk to the waterfall and forests. Lunch in Arslanbob. Then drive to Toktogul lake. We drive through canyon of the Naryn River and barages. Taking several pictures at the edge of the cliffs and the lake stops. Then we go round the artificial lake of Toktogul. Arrival in the gorge of the Chychkhan river. Overnight in the guesthouse.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
300 km
300 m
300 m
                                Toktogul - Bishkek
Drive to Bishkek by the Suusamyr valley
Toktogul - Bishkek

Transfer to the Kyrgyz's capital by the Chychkhan gorge and the high valley of Suusamyr. The Too-Ashuu tunnel permits to cross the Kyrgyz Alatoo range and reach the valley of Chuy. Arrival in Bishkek, visit of the city. Night in guesthouse.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
280 km
3000 m
3000 m

In a country where it's not that easy to backpacking on your own nomad's land helps you to organise a unique journey. I am very happy with the tour they organise, they got me. I saw amazing landscape and slept in wonderful places, in a yurt in a middle of nowhere or in shepherd house with local families. The guide Mirbek had a great sense of humours, incredible knowledge about his country. Easy going and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Angelique Hygonet

I went on a great winter trip to Son Kol with Nomad's Land. It was well organized, guides were great, and left enough freedom for a real sense of adventure that group tours aren't always able to offer. I'd happily recommend them to others for trips around KG.

Stephen Lioy


What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water & tea

  • English-speaking guide

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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