We had mostly very good weather with lots of sun shine
Problems / Breakdowns
XTR: Two short cuts (because of a worn out cable isolation), very easy and fast to fix and a flat on the front tyre because of some barp wire
XTZ: The bolt of the side stand got lost and the cockpit broke beacause of too many washboard roads. We welded it in Kyrgyzstan.
The main road the famous “Pamir Highway” is not really a highway. It is a pretty shitty tarmac road which one should avoid if possible. Nearly everything east of Dushanbee is apart from the M41 gravel or dirt road. The Wakhan Valley was pretty easy for us to ride but it depends on the season and weather as well.
Visa: Nearly everyone needs a visa. There is an E-Visa available or you can apply at a Tadjik embassy
Carnet de Passage: No need for a carnet
Insurance: We did not get one
Registration permit: For a stupid reason no one understands, you can only get a 15 day permit for your vehicle. This can be extended in two different places but only a day or so before the old one runs out and mostly they do not really want to do it. We couldn’t so we played safe and left the country before this. Now we know that we would have needed a little bit more of curage and pretend that we lost the papers, as they wont be able to control it anyway at the border to Kyrgyzstan (the very far east one).
We loved the country and we would have liked to stay longer. Unfortunately you only get an import permit for 15 days on arrival and we did not want to risk the 70 USD penalty per day.
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