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Nawrooz (Arian New Year) Celebration

Duration: 13 days if the tour starts in Dushanbe

Tour season: March 14-March 26

Group size: 1-15 pax

The oldest of Central Asian traditions,Nowruz(also referred to aseyd-i sar-i salandeyd-i sal-i now) recalls the cosmological and mythological times of old Iran. Its founder is a deputy of Ahura Mazda on earth, a position that imparts to him and the celebration a spiritual dimension and a particular sense of secular authority. The celebration is organized according to the dynamics of love between the Creator and his creation, the material world. The annual return of the spirits of the departed to their homes is celebrated by their offspring according to primordial rites of which only a faint trace remains among the Persians and the Parsees of today. But that in no way diminishes the importance of the bond which is refreshed at everyNowruz.

Advantages of the trip

  • A safe trip to Afghanistan
  • To get acquainted with a traditional celebration of the Arian new year
  • Pristine mountain scenery.
  • Enjoying the hospitality of the Tajik, Wakhi and Kyrgyz people of Afghanistan and familiarize with their interesting lifestyles.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan with about 800,000 inhabitants and the most modern city of the country. Transfer to hotel. Evening walks across Dushanbe. B/L/D.

Day 2: Dushanbe – Kalai Khumb: Drive eastwards on the famous Pamir Highway. This road is of a vital importance for the country and ultimately it skirts the southern edge of the Tajik Pamirs. Accommodation in Guesthouse. B/L/D.

Day 3: Kalai Khumb Khorog: We move east again. The rout will come to the regional centre of Gorno Badakhshan Khorog. It is located on the Pyanj river, a tributary of the mighty Amu Darya (the famous Oxus River). This small town is located very near the Afghan border. It is nice time to enjoy the slightly thinner mountain air. Hotel. B/L/D.

Day 4: Saturday - March 17th Khorog Ishkashim of Afghanistan (2510m): We leave Khorog in the morning and seeing Afghanistan on the right side of the rout we will continue to the cross border point in Ishkashim. Then we cross to Afghanistan through the bridge on the Panj River in Ishkashim. Home stay. B/L/D.

Day 5. Sunday - March 18th: Permit & Registration - Drive to Qazideh -
Village Walk, Noshaq Valley Sightseeing. Home stay.

Day 6. Monday - March 19th: Drive to Khandud - The center of Wakhan Corridor. Home stay. B/L/D.

Day 7. Tuesday - March 20th: The first day of festival starts with a
horse race called the 'Do Paiga' or the small race. Home stay.

Day 8. Wednesday - March 21st: Second day - The Deadly Buzkashi Game. Homestay. B/L/D.

Day 9. Thursday - March 22nd: Third day - 'Kata Paiga' or the big
race, running races and wrestling. Home stay.

Day 10. Friday - March 23rd: Drive back to Ishkashim - In & Around
Ishkashim - Border Crossing then drive to Khorog. Hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Kalaikhum. Guesthouse. B/L/D.

Day 12: Drive to Dushanbe. Final drive back to the capital of Tajikistan. Hotel. B/L/D.

Day 13: Tour ends in Dushanbe. Transfer to the airport in the morning. B.

Items to bring with you

  • Sleeping bag
  • Silk sleeping bag
  • Mattress Term-a-rest
  • Rain gear
  • Dawn jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Daypack
  • trekking socks
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream with high protection and lipstick
  • Windcheater
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water purification
  • Personal medical kit
  • Camera
  • Solar panel

Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves protect you from the sun rays. At night it can be cold so a layered approach is best. Predicting temperatures is very hard but they could range between +5°C and + 25C. Rainfall in the Pamirs at this time of year is not expected but dust storms are. Please take a waterproof layer just in case.

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