The Pamir Highway is one of those epic road trips. The "real" Pamir Highway is the section of the M41 that goes from Khorog (in Tajikistan) to Osh (in Kyrgyzstan) through Murgab. It is 730 km of high-altitude road in everchanging condition passing soaring mountain peaks, blue alpine lakes and nomadic settlements. The journey can be done in two days by jeep, but the there are lots of great detours (Bulunkul, Rang-Kul, Kara-Kul,...) and the scenery is just too pretty to rush through. These days, the southern route, which goes through the Wakhan Valley along the border to Afghanistan and joins the M41 near Bulunkul, has become a popular alternative with a handful of historical sights (like fortresses and petroglyphs) to break up the journey, close-up views of rural Afghanistan, and peeks of the impressive Hindu Kush.