Saturday Market

The Pamir Highway

Some 5km west of Khorog, a bridge linking Afghanistan with Tajikistan crosses the river at the point where the Gunt merges with the Pyanj. Every Saturday Afghan traders are usually permitted to cross the bridge onto an island in the middle of the river to participate in a weekly bazaar. Offering an interesting way to observe Afghan traders at work, the market is often suspended if security tensions in the region escalate.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Pamir Highway attractions

1. Khorog Bazaar

1.13 MILES

Most active in the mornings, in common with most regional bazaars, this teeming market by the river overflows into stalls shaded by colourful umbrellas…

2. Central Park

1.54 MILES

It’s hard to believe that Khorog’s Central Park was dug up to grow crops during the famine of the 1990s. It has since been renovated by the Aga Khan Trust…

3. Regional Museum


This fascinating Soviet-style old-school museum exhibits crampons and the first Russian piano to arrive in Badakhshan (10 Russian soldiers spent two…

5. First Truck Monument

4.07 MILES

A 1928 truck on a plinth just below the hydroelectric dam at the eastern end of Lenin, commemorates the opening of the Pamir Hwy to Osh after over 20…

6. Pamir Botanical Gardens


At the entrance to the Shokh Dara Valley, 5km east of town, this arboretum encompasses a couple of hundred hectares of parkland and is claimed to be the…

7. Ancient Shrine

10.65 MILES

Set within a traditional walled enclosure and now protected within an octagonal cover added in the 1990s, this is one of several authentic ancient Ismaili…

8. Red Fort

22.75 MILES

The minimal ruins of this old 'red fort' has lent its name to the valley's main town. The town has a small bazaar and a fine location at the base of a…