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Pamir Highway - A view from our expert author
With magnificent mountains, gushing rivers and scarcely another vehicle in sight, the ‘Roof of the World’ is certainly a hot contender for the world’s best drive.
The prize for the world’s best drive is hotly contested, and the Pamir Highway certainly comes close to perfection. Of all the roads we've driven, few can compare with the majesty of this famous route. Magnificent mountains, gushing rivers and waterfalls, summer settlements with nomads and sheep, and scarcely another vehicle in sight are all points in its favour. Whilst it is not a route for the faint-hearted, if you have the physical and mental stamina, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, whether you are travelling by two wheels or four.
A stunning remote valley in the High Pamir © Tourist Development Centre (TDC), Tajikistan
Whether you choose to take the southern route through the south-west of Tajikistan, or the harder, more rugged route through the central part of the country, either way you end up in laid-back Khorog, the backpackers' hub in the Pamirs. From here it's a challenging drive south to the Afghan border, then on to the windswept wasteland of the Murghab Plateau.