Originally Posted by nicolumbus
Has anybody experience in crossing the Pamir-Highway (Tajikistan) from Kyrgyzstan to Dushanbe in December?
I may wanna cross it with a 4x4 vehicle if somehow possible. I drove the Pamir already in September, there was no snow at all but already quite cold.
Would be nice if you have some useful informations.
Thanks a lot
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We traveled through the Pamirs (Kyrg to Tajik) a few years ago in our 4x4 around the beginning of November. The first snow of winter was already there. The roads were ok then, but it could have changed very quickly. The hardest was crossing the high passes. Once we were on 'top' of the Highway, the snow was very little.
It was cold, around -25 degrees outside at night, and about -4 degrees in the car at night. It was beautiful in the winter, but definitely limited us in what we did and the time we spent there. We also chose to stay(camp) in the villages at night just in case of mechanical issues with the cold. This also meant that we couldn't go to all the places we wanted to go.
We once had to wait a bit for the sun to 'heat up' the car/engine before we could set off. The fuel started gelling (I don't think we had winter fuel at that time).
I think it may
be possible early December, but all obviously depends on when the first snow starts to fall.
Oh yes, we didn't use snow chains, but if you do intend to use snow chains, don't expect to get the right sizes it in the area (Osh). I think the biggest size we could find was for a 235 tyre and we had 265 tyres.