Kök Jar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.807m (12,490ft) above the sea level, located in the Kūhistoni Badakhshon Autonomous Region, in eastern Tajikistan. The road may be impassible at times even by 4×4 vehicles.
Located in the Pamir Mountains, this route going through an indescribable area demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The whole route is almost never passable by vehicles of any kind because it is constantly washed away by floods and landslides. There are large boulders blocking parts the road and some sections are washed away.
The pass is also known as Kok Jar. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. The road may be impassible at times even by 4×4 vehicles. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. The road is known as Bartang Highway.
This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. The path is extremely narrow, the depth of the canyons terrifying close and the uncertainty of ‘what to come’ is exhausting. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death. The road is hair-raisingly narrow in some places, while the deep escarpment looms next to it. In winter, there falls a lot of snow in these areas, which can cause landslides and avalanches.
This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. The Bartang valley is one of the most remote and rugged areas in the already desolate Pamir Mountains. This route is not suitable for normal cars. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. The pass links the village of Ghudara, a decent sized village at the end of the Bartang Valley and Shurali, a small town with geoglyphs- an ancient solar calendar made of large stones.
The road to the summit is a very bad, rocky path, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. The vastness of the plains and the high, snow-capped peaks that surround them are magnificent. In this area, the impact of a meteorite left a huge crater. 4x4 vehicle with high clearance required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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