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Tajikistan·September 4 - 17 2022

The Great Silk Run

An epic team in an untraveled region

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Overview

Salam! We tried to lose you guys in the freezing deserts of Iceland but obviously failed, so now we're raising the stakes. Starting on the far-flung border of Afghanistan, you'll be running about a marathon a day (can't be too precise as Nick's organising it again) across Tajikistan to the border of Kyrgyzstan, through scenery that will make your heart sing. Iceland was supposed to be a one-off. An excuse for Nick and Danny to snuggle close on cold nights and get some Insta porn. But something happened. You know it. We know it. Connections were made. Boundaries crossed. A family was born. You're on the guest list because you're part of that family. We’ll upgrade the poo bucket and food, but it's the same basic idea: explore seriously remote regions, tred untouched trails, sleep wild and live life. Bartang is longer (220 miles), higher (4,500m+) and there's a totally different culture to explore. This is our family holiday. This is 2022 baby!!!

Schedule

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DAY 1

Saturday 3rd September

Yup, just like with GNR the schedule doesn't include getting there (or back), so you'll need to get yourself to Dushanbe, Tajikistan first. You can arrive whenever you like before the 4th, but there's a hotel waiting for you if it's on Friday and/or Saturday. 

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DAY 2

Sunday 4th September

Getting to the Bartang Valley is no small feat. On Sunday we start our two-day bus journey to the valley entrance. En route we pass stunning scenery and have time to stop and explore. We'll stay in a small homestay in the village of Qalai Khumb.

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DAY 3

Monday 5th September

Today we'll get to the Tajik-Afgan border town of Rushan and the start of the Bartang Valley. It's nothing but a tiny turning off a tiny road. Just the way we like it.

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DAY 4

Tuesday 6th September

Staying in local village homestays we'll wend our way along the Bartang river. Expect to see no more than one car per day and always locals. Tourists don't go down this way. We're heading for the tiny village of Siponj. Don't bother Googling it. 

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DAY 5

Wednesday 7th September

Off to the equally small village of Basid today, through spectacular canyons and over beautiful passes. Iceland eat your heart out. Glad it's all being filmed!  Picnic lunch on route. 

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DAY 6

Thursday 8th September

Run to Roshorv village, where we will see Lapnazar Peak (5990m), it's the only mountain in Tajikistan that you can see from top to bottom. Check out the Juniper trees and local way of life. Up till now we've been staying in homestays, now we break out the tents.

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DAY 7

Friday 9th September

Today we will enter Ghudara valley where the landscape opens out onto wide breathtaking plains. We'll pass an ancient fortress in the village of Savnob and a cave where beautiful girls used to hide from foreign invaders. Watch out for sand storms...and beautiful girls.

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DAY 8

Saturday 10th September

Today we will have a rest day and chill out. Explore the village, eat everything in sight, do nothing, or go for a relaxing run. 

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DAY 9

Sunday 11th September

Today we'll run through Tanimas valley and pass by Kok Jar (no sniggering), one of the most stunning and mind-blowing parts of the trail. This will be one Kok of a day as we gain height steadily.

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DAY 10

Monday 12th September

Very wild camping for a couple of nights as we leave even the smallest villages behind. We might see Marco Polo sheep herds en-route and will pass next to a large meteorite crater. 

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DAY 11

Tuesday 13th September

Wild running in the middle of freakin' nowhere leads us to Karakul on the border of Kyrgystan and China. Here we'll leave the Bartang valley behind and join the legendary M41 Pamir Highway.

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DAY 12

Wednesday 14th September

Out of Karakul and heading towards the high pass into Kyrgystan at 4,280m (14,042 ft. for the Americans). Our bodies will have acclimatised to the high altitude, but we'll still be working hard today.

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DAY 13

Thursday 15th September

Today we'll tread the M41 Pamir Highway, running next to clapped out cars, vans, trucks and bikes. World-class scenery as always, just with a slightly more surreal vibe.

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DAY 14

Friday 16th September

It is our final day of the run and also the shortest. We'll reach the border of Kyrgyzstan, cross over and be met by a local team on the Kyrgyzstan side who will take us to Osh by bus. Party and shenanigans in the wildest of border towns.

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DAY 15

Saturday 17th September

Head home from Kyrgystan. You can stay and explore longer if you like, but at some point you'll need to get an internal flight from Osh to the capital Bishkek, and from there back home.

What's Included

What's Included

Awesome team

Food, accommodation, transfers

Team equipment (tents, etc)

Remote region permits

Support vehicles

Home stays with local food

Personal kit

Warm sleeping bag

Visas

Plane tickets


The Great Silk Run

Tajikistan·September 4 - 17 2022·13 nights

FROM$2352