Tajikistan and the Pamir: the M41 and the Wakhan Corridor — one of the most beautiful unpaved roads in the world
The lands of Tajikistan, the plateau of the Pamir, the unpaved stretches of the M41 and the Wakhan Corridor… This planned route, rich in strong emotions, was born from Gionata’s experience when, after 6 months of scouting in one of the most beautiful regions of Central Asia, he returned with a wealth of interesting information. And, of course, with the intention of sharing the enchantment of this place with those passionate about motorbikes, travelling, and adventure.
The goal of our journey this time is Tajikistan, with the independent region of the Pamir. As soon as the frontier has been crossed, at the end of the Kyrgyz stretch of the M41, the asphalt deteriorates further until it gives way to an unpaved road that is fun to ride, even if relatively demanding. Very beautiful and so long as to give the impression of being never-ending, this dirt road road reaches a height of 4,600 metres, from where our clients can admire the solitary and wild fascination of the Pamir.
The region is in no way rich in urban settlements, apart from small villages, whose particularity is indeed that of being isolated from the rest of the world. A testimony of the strength of the few inhabitants, proud of their own identity and accustomed to survive solely from stock rearing and limited agricultural activity.
In crossing this land, at a constant height of 4000 metres, we face a series of unpaved stretches, among them the famous Wakhan Corridor: at this point the course of the M41 coincides with the river that marks the boundary of Afghanistan, By riding along this stretch of road, every few kilometres, hour after hour, we pass within a few metres from the world of the Afghan country people, who greet us with enthusiasm during our passage. We shall see children riding mules, committed to working their families’ land, countrymen driving old lorries and young mothers herding the animals, beside the typical wood and clay houses.
Captivated by the beauty of the place and the adrenalin of riding along the dirt road, we shall stop in these villages, which appear so distant from our time and our life-style, where the people never fail to welcome us with kindness and warmth. The impression is that of travelling within a wonderful dream: and, at least once in our lifetime, the dreams deserve to come true.
After crossing the Pamir, we leave the M41 at Dusanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, where we return to the reality of the asphalt road and the guaranteed comfort of the best hotels, which we always like to choose for those who travel with us.