Alichur is a small situated in the middle of magnificent high-altitude scenery. The landscape is not as barren as it seems, but, with rugs of low-lying Alpine flowers hunkered down against the bitter winds and thick-furred marmots and yaks grazing on tentative grass shoots. The population of the village a mainly Kyrgyz who are happy to invite you to tour around the village. From Alichur you can have a trek to the lake Zorkul, Yashilkul and Bulukul lakes as well.
Alichur Valley is a desolate region located high up in the Pamir Mountains. The Alichur Valley is not the most welcoming of places with the lowest elevation at a still-high altitude of 2,987 meters above sea level. The Valley crosses over 60 kilometers and is characterized by freezing gusty winds, frequent hailstorms, and thin air that makes breathing difficult. Water is scarce and altitude sickness is common which can make hiking here a challenge. Not many people can handle these harsh conditions – particularly not voluntarily but the residents do live in unusual-looking whitewashed yurt camps dotted here and there across the hillside. For those that do attempt to this untouched and rather desolate part of the globe, the Alichur Valley does have its rewards. It serves as a gateway to some of Tajikistan’s most beautiful lakes like Bulun-Kul and Yasil-Kul, and some authentic mountain villages.
Bash Gumbez Caravanserai
Bash Gumbez is a caravanserai that lies about 30 km east of Alichur in the tiny village of Bash Gumbez. In about 3 km west outside of the village you can find a Chinese Tomb.
Ak Balyk means as a “white fish pond”, it is a holy spring located 12 km east of Alichur village. The water in this small pond is extremely crystal clear you can see the bottom of the spring.
Tomb of the Chinese Merchant
The tomb belongs to the Chines commander who died here, the reason is unknown. and his friend built a tomb for him. They were heading Wakhan Valley through the Silk Road. Recently one erected a fence around the tomb because there are also graves of locals around the tomb. And the tourists have run carelessly over the graves lately.
Sasyk-Kel and Tuz-Kol Lake
Sassykul lake is located southwest of Alichur on the way to Yashikul lake. Sassykul means “stinky lake” which smells of spoiled eggs due to the sulfur gas release from it. The lake mirrored the mountains and the deep blue sky gave the frame a somehow unreal touch. Just next to the Sasykyl lake lies Tuzkol on the west. Tuzkul means “salty” because the water is salty.
Jelondy Hot Spring
Jelondy is another tiny town, is the home to several hot springs. The town is located 120 km east of Khorog on the road M42 Pamir Highway. The town is popular for its healing sanatoriums with some bathing and accommodation options. Hot springs are located inside of the building, if you not squeamish you should try it. Hot springs are not the luxury ones.
Page updated 16.01.2021