Pamir Highway Active Tour

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan - Ultimate Overland Trip

Experience the cultural and natural highlights of Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan on this trip through Pamirs.

Days

18

Price

€2490

Briefing

Comfort level:

Physical rating:

Group size: Max 12 persons

Countries: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan

Route:

  • Dushanbe
  • Wakhan Valley & Pamirs
  • Osh
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Bishkek

Themes: Active Adventures, Cultural Tours

Explore the stunning natural landscape of two of Central Asia’s most beautiful countries.  This trip will lead you from Soviet-style Bishkek to culturally-rich Dushanbe following the tracks of those Kyrgyz nomads and exploring the lifestyles of the more sedentary Tajik people.  Witness first-hand how people live hand in hand with nature continuing practices that have been passed down through the generations for centuries.

Little-visited Tajikistan is barely on the tourist radar but those that make the effort to visit will be rewarded with some of the most pristine and precious landscapes on the planet.  Not only will you gain an insight into the diversity of Central Asian culture, you’ll explore Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan’s rich cultural heritage.

And of course we must not forget the great outdoors – and this tour includes a plethora of opportunities to hike amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.

highlights

  • Go for a sightseeing tour in charming Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan
  • Enjoy the quaint charm and hospitable welcome in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
  • Hike in the scenic Jisew valley
  • Visit the ancient fortress Yamchun located at the heart of the Pamirs
  • Enjoy the view of Tulpar Kul Lake on the high Pamir plateau
  • Climb up sacred Suleiman Mountain and visit the mosque of Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of oriental bazaars
  • Celebrate Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan
  • Get acquainted with the Persian and nomad cultural heritage of Central Asia

ITINERARY & MAP

chaikhana Rohat in Dushanbe favorite place of local people in tajikistan and national food

We’ll begin our tour in Dushanbe, where a warm welcome awaits.  After you’ve transferred to your hotel and have had chance to freshen up, we’ll take you on a tour of the city. Our proper introduction to the culture and history of wonderful Tajikistan begins just outside its capital, Dushanbe. The earliest parts of the ancient fortress at Hisor date from the 7th century but this citadel sits so beautifully in its setting that it looks like it’s been there forever.  Its location high on the hill, together with metre-thick walls of almost impenetrable stone punctuated with gun and cannon slits, make this the perfect defensive structure.  It was once the residence of the Emir of Bukhara’s deputy and reflects his status.

Returning to Dushanbe, we take a city tour which encompasses the city’s main sights: Rudake Park, the National Library, the White House, the National State Seal, Parliament and the Jomi theatre.  Just as impressive is what is currently the second tallest freestanding flagpole in the world – after Jeddah – a whopping 165 metres high with a flag measuring thirty by sixty metres.  A visit to the Central Museum takes us to lunch and afterwards, we’ll make a visit to the Gurminj Museum with its fascinating collection of traditional musical instruments.  But we can’t really say we’ve shown you Dushanbe unless you’ve been to the bazaar, so we’ll end our excursion with a trip to this most oriental of markets, vendors’ stalls piled high with fruit and vegetables from the everyday to the exotic.

Over dinner, you’ll try more of this fresh produce as you dine Tajik-style in a typical restaurant; we’ll outline the tour itinerary and give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions as well as to get acquainted with your guides and fellow tour participants.

Transport: Flight and minivan with A/C for transfer/city tour

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards, altitude 706m

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Kalpak team at Nurek, Tajikistan

Gently gaining altitude, we’ll leave Dushanbe and begin our journey into the Pamir Mountains, with our sights firmly set on Kalai Khum village.  The roads are rough enough to shake your bones and it’s going to be a long day, so don’t forget those snacks and charge up the batteries to make sure your chosen soundtrack lasts until evening.  Of course, we’ll make plenty of stops to stretch our legs, first of all visiting Norak Reservoir, nicknamed the Tajik Sea.  We’ll climb some more and the road will take us up and over the Shuraba Pass at 2267m.  This is the border region with Afghanistan and we’ll be surrounded by the mountains that have spawned countless adventurers over the centuries.

Those that have been inspired by the breathtaking scenery of the Pamirs include Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang and Mirza Muhammad Haidar – and now you!  The Panj River forms both the natural and the political boundary between the two nations and we’ll skirt along its banks, the water flanked by an ocean of white and blue hills that stretch endlessly towards the horizon. Tonight, our accommodation is at a homestay giving you the chance to see how people live in this region.

Transport: minivan with A/C for transfer, 370km, 8 hours’ drive

Accommodation: Guesthouse, western shared toilets, altitude 1200m

Pamir Highway Mountains Roof of the World

Just a few kilometres from Kalai-Khum is an ancient fortress, built in the 3rd century but restored only recently.  After exploring a little, we’ll continue our drive along the bank of the Panj River; it’s easy to spot the Afghan villages clinging to the hillsides and the pathways that snake between the rocks.  We’ll keep within the Tajik territory, learning about the unique culture of the Pamirians from our guide – their traditions, language and religion are all different from other parts of the country.  They occupy a high altitude region and the Pamirs are second only to the Himalayas in this respect.  We’ll enjoy a meal in a Chaikhana, which is a tea house typical of the region and overnight once again in a homestay, but with new hosts this time.

Transport: Minivan / with A/C, 180km 6 hours

Accommodation: Homestay, 2000 m altitude

Pamir Highway active tour trekking through lakes & mountain valleys

An hour’s drive from Rushan takes us through the Bartang Valley to the main bridge which marks the junction with the Jizew Valley across the river; this is where we leave the minivan.  We’ll set off on foot from the River Bartang on a path which takes us gently uphill, climbing slowly past groves of wild cherries and forests that have survived felling by loggers in the absence of a decent road connection.  Isolation has its benefits!

By lunchtime, we’ll reach Jisev village at about 2600m above sea level.  This is one of the prettiest in the area, a true jewel, as nowhere is the traditional Pamir-style housing preserved as well as it is here.  The landscape that surrounds the village is as precious, with milky turquoise lakes fed by mineral-rich mountain streams, abundant vegetation and gnarled trees, the ever-changing river – sometimes frothing with energy, sometimes limpid and blue – charging the atmosphere.  It can be serene or vibrant, depending on the river’s mood, but always idyllic.  After we explore a little, we’ll transfer to a homestay for an overnight stop.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 40 km – 1 hour drive

Accommodation: Homestay, ca. 2500 m altitude

Hiking: 2-3 hours

Khorog botanical garden view - Tajikistan

This morning we’ll hike back down to the main road; it will take a couple of hours.  There, we’ll meet the vehicles which will carry us along the banks of the Panj River to Khorog.  Khorog is the centre of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast and has a large university and beautiful parkland.  It also has a pleasant riverside location, being situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Shokhdara and Ghund Rivers flowing into the Panj.

Khorog is flanked by mountains yet a few kilometres out of town you’ll find the Pamir Botanical Garden, one of the world’s highest.  Bounded by Lombardy poplars, many species thrive here including mulberry and apricot trees.  You’ll begin to notice the characteristic features that distinguish the Pamir people; unlike many Tajiks, a high percentage of those who live up here have blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes.  We’ll dine at a local restaurant before turning in to spend the night at a hotel.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 100 km 3 hours drive

Accommodation: Hotel 3* by Western Standards, 2200 m altitude

Tajikistan's music played with ancient instruments in Tajikistan & musician speaks unique language

Today we will continue our journey along the Tajik-Afghan border as far as Ishkashim.  Situated in in the heart of Asia, the Pamirs are characterised by sky-scraping, snow-capped, majestic mountains pockmarked by the transparent clear blue waters of lakes and rivers broken by wide valleys and bone-dry deserts.

For hundreds of years, people have called these lofty mountains “the Roof of the World”. Today you will understand why. The land of the Pamirs stretches at elevations from 3500 to 4200 metres above sea level. Over the years, its communities were isolated from each other by impassable mountain ranges, which led to the development of separate enclaves each with their own distinct dialect and sometimes even a completely different language. We will visit Garmchashma hot spring where you may like to take a dip in nature’s very own bath.  Dinner and overnight accommodation is in a nearby homestay.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 120 km – 4 hours drive

Accommodation: Home stay in Yamg, 2900 m altitude

Ancient fortress Yagnob in Tajikistan history

From Ishkashim this morning we’ll continue to Langar via Yamg.  We’ll drive towards the Wakhan Corridor. There are several places of interest where it’s worth making a stop.  We’ll take a small detour to the village of Namadguti where we will find the Khahkha Fortress.  Dating from the 3rd century, it’s one of several fortresses that remain in the area.  The most impressive of these is Yamchun Fort and we’ll visit this too.

Lunch will be a picnic at the Bibi Fatima Hot Springs, named after the Prophet Mohammed’s sister.  Local women believe that taking the waters here will increase their fertility.  We’ll stop to see the Sufi Muborakqadam Museum and also the solar calendar.  Further on, at Vrang, the 4th century Buddhist stupa reminds us that this was once a monastery.  Locals will tell you that there’s a stone on top of the stupa which has an imprint of Buddha’s footprint.  No surprise, therefore, to learn that ancient pilgrims made a stop here as they passed through. In the afternoon we can hike and climb a bit to see the petroglyphs above Langar village.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 140 km, 5 hours

Accommodation: Home stay, 2900 m altitude

Pamir Highway Road view during the tour

In the morning we will drive to Bachor along the Pamir Highway, known locally as M41 Pamir Tract.  It is considered the second highest mountain road in the world, beaten only by the highways of Tibet.  The road lies over mountains and passes at elevations of more than 4000 metres above sea level, an impressive feat of construction given complications arising as a result of the weather at this altitude.

We’ll cross the Koitezak Pass at 4271m, keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife.  The almost inaccessible and inhospitable terrain has provided a safe haven for a diverse range of animals that live here undisturbed:  the Turkestan rat, tiger cats, snow leopards, grizzly bears, grey and red wolves, badgers, stoats and foxes. The Pamir Mountains are also home to a large and thriving population of Marco Polo sheep, the largest variety of sheep in the world, that live here all year round.   Driving along the banks of the Ghund River you will arrive in Bachor village which is a lovely, Tajik settlement.  You have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with local traditions and what it’s like to live your life in a remote community such as this. Tonight’s accommodation is in a homestay.

Transport: Minivan / with A/C, 240 km, 8 hours

Accommodation: Homestay, ca. 3’300 m altitude

Horse and guide during trekking tour in Tajikistan

Scenery such as this demands to be witnessed up close and so we’ll begin a trek that takes us far from the road and into the countryside.  Starting at Bachor, located at 3300m, we’ll continue to follow the Ghund River, but without the confines of the vehicle, the sounds of rushing water and the rustle of vegetation will prick our consciousness.  The sounds of birdsong will drift into our faces on a wind that will dance in our hair and tickle our cheeks.  At Svazasich, 13km further on, we’ll pitch our tents for a campsite located at 3600m.

Camping Pamir - Tajikistan tour central asia travel

The trail varies little from Svazasich until Yashikul, though we’ll deviate slightly to pass through a small forest.  It’s an easy hike, following the Ghund River until we reach the gateway to Langar.  It’s there that we’ll begin to climb, though the spectacular views from the Burghulmol Pass will more than compensate for the burn we feel in our leg muscles.  It’s downhill from then on, a hike that will deliver us to Yashikul Lake where we’ll pitch our tents and spend the night.

Bulunkul Village

In the morning our driver will pick you up from Yashikul Dam for the drive to Bulunkul village.  It’s commonly agreed that the most beautiful lakes in the Pamirs are Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), located at an altitude of 3700 metres above sea level.  Situated in the Murghab district, we intend to spend the night near them. The colour of water in Bulunkul is a subtle interplay of violets and indigo blues that shimmer as the sunlight catches them. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake.

There is the opportunity to see yaks, a unique species of domestic animals native to this area.  Yaks share some common features with cows and sheep.  Traditionally they are used as a beast of burden as well as being farmed to provide milk and meat products, a staple of the local diet.  You will drive to visit the hot spring and geyser near the lake of Bulunkul.  The terrain here is desolate but grandiose, the unsullied grey hills reflected in the deep turquoise of the lake.  It’s not uncommon to see flocks of ducks and geese here, so listen for their distinctive calls.  Overnight is in a homestay.

Transport: Minivan with A/C

Accommodation: Homestay, altitude 3700 m

Murgab panorama of houses in Pamir Highway tour

They have a saying in the Pamirs: “To arrive here and not see Murghab is akin to not visiting the Pamirs at all”.  After all, by the Roof of the World, we mean Murghab.  In the morning we will drive to this town.  On the way you will drive over the Naizatash Pass (4137 m).  Desolate Murghab lies at the centre of a flat plateau surrounded by dozens of peaks with summits that top out at over 6000 metres above sea level.

Often the landscape of Murghab is compared to the surface of the moon by visitors, viewing the scene with outsiders’ eyes.  Indeed, this lunar landscape is as demanding, as challenging as space might be, its high altitude climate almost Arctic.  The thin, dry air rarely satisfies those who spend most of their days at sea level.  Short, cool summers and severe snowless winters characterised by sub-zero temperatures and biting winds mean that only the hardiest of souls can survive here year round.  Dinner and overnight up here is in a local guesthouse.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 150km, 4 hours

Accommodation: Guesthouse, private shower & toilet

Kyrgyz karakul kalpak men in tajikistan

Right on the highway of the Pamir Tract you’ll encounter the light blue crater lake of Karakol (altitude 3815m), the name of which can be translated as “Black Lake” as it appears darker when the sun isn’t directly shining on it.  On the way to the lake you will drive over the high Ak Baital Pass (4655m).  Karakol is one of the highest navigable mountain lakes in the world, after those in Tibet and South America’s Lake Titicaca.

The lake is situated in a meteorite crater and surrounded by swampy meadows and bogs with a rich flora and fauna boasting several endemic species.  Flooding, melting permafrost and buried ice sheets shape the landscape with small hillocks and a large variety of small creeks and water courses between 3500 and 4000 m.  The rich plant cover is grazed by wild and domestic ungulates including horses and cows. Dinner and overnight accommodation is once again in a homestay.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 160 km, 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Homestay

view of Tulpar Kul lake during Tajikistan-kyrgyzstan tour

It’s time to say farewell to Tajikistan today and load the vehicles for our drive to Tulpar Kul Lake via Karakol. Passing Karakol, we’ll pause to admire a sun calendar dating from the 3rd century BC and then have lunch beside Kara Kol Lake.  Bellies full, we’ll drive up and over the Akbaital Pass, reaching the highest point of our journey this afternoon. We go on to the Kyrgyz border near Bor Dobo after we traverse a lengthy 55km of no man’s land.  Our crossing will be near the Kyzyl Pass, which sits at an impressive altitude of 4282m.  As the landscape changes we’ll finish off the day’s journey and reach the yurts where we’re overnighting.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 300 km – 7-8 hours – with breaks

Accommodation: Yurt stay, altitude 3000m

Suleiman mountain Kyrgyzstan

As we step out of the yurt this morning we’ll drink in some of the most spectacular panoramas this region has to offer, with uninterrupted views of Lenin Peak (7134m) and the Chon-Alay Mountains.  In this pristine Alpine landscape, clean air is all that separates you from the distant glaciers and crevasses filled with ice and snow.  To live on the high Jailoo or summer pasture is to live at one with nature, where yaks graze and mountain lakes absorb the glacial sediments to take on an opaque sheen. Next, we’ll leave for Osh and drive through the beautiful Alay Valley, where a wide expanse of chartreuse grass spans a gap between charcoal grey mountains topped with a dusting of snow.  Crossing the Taldyk Pass at 3615 metres above sea level, we’ll continue our adventure, though we will stop for lunch of course!  We’ll reach our destination by afternoon. Osh is an ancient Silk Road city with a history spanning three thousand years and a culture that draws on both Uzbek and Kyrgyz traditions.  We’ll climb Solomon’s Mountain and visit the museum that’s tucked away in a natural cave nearby.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 250 km – 5 hrs

Accommodation: Local Uzbek Guesthouse, altitude 1000m

Duration of sightseeing tour:  2-3 hours

statue of manas in front of the Philarmonic Hall in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan

We catch flight to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan in the morning and depart Osh early.

Bishkek is a very pleasant city to explore on foot and that’s exactly what you will do today. Bishkek has changed a lot over the years, but it still has a charm like no other city in the world. There are lots of sights that we’d like you to see: the monument of Manas, a hero among Kyrgyz people; Ala Too Square, the main square; the Kurmanzhan Datka Monument, the Queen of Alay; countless parks and governmental buildings; the Old Square with Parliament House and Lenin´s Monument.   

Transport: Minivan with A/C for the walking tour

Accommodation: Rich Hotel, altitude 800 m

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

 

Osh Bazaar, Kyrgyzstan has a variety of dried fruits in Central Asia

After a fifty-minute drive you will arrive at your first destination for the day: Ala-Archa National Park. This alpine wilderness attracts visitors with its breathtaking mountain vistas and scenic hiking trails. The raging Ala-Archa River runs through the alpine gorge, surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and steep, forested slopes. Enjoy your morning either resting or hiking in the park before returning to Bishkek for an afternoon tour. There will be still free time by the time of arrival at Bishkek, so souvenir shopping is still possible at the Osh Bazaar, or even go for a walk or just relax in your free time!

By the farewell dinner, at one of the top national restaurants in Bishkek, we can discuss and share with the best moments of the trip.

Transport: Minivan with A/C for the walking tour

Accommodation: Rich Hotel, altitude 800 m

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

elderly woman wearing traditional Kyrgyz hat

Today it’s time to say a fond farewell to beautiful Kyrgyzstan.  Our driver will provide your transfer to Bishkek International Airport. We hope you’ve enjoyed your trip and will return soon to explore other Central Asian countries.

Inclusions

Transport
Horse, Foot, Minivan
Meals
18 Breakfasts,17 Lunches, 17 Dinners
Accommodation
Hotels/guesthouses/yurts 19 Nights
Included Activities
  • Bishkek City Tour
  • Osh city tour
  • Dushanbe city tour
  • Hiking in the Jisev valley
  • Trekking from Bachor to Yashilkul Dam

dates & price

Total trip price

€2490

Euro

18

Days

Single supplement available for €450

Deposit: €250

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Price includes
  • English speaking tour leader for Tajikistan and another one for Kyrgyzstan
  • All transfers by mini bus according to the itinerary, pick ups and drop offs
  • All transportation in the country
  • Accommodation based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • All accommodation described in the programme with full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)
  • All entrances fees according to the itinerary
Price does not include
  • International air fares and taxes
  • Hotel charges for additional services
  • Travel insurance (we strongly recommend you take this out) and visas if applicable
  • Personal expenses e.g. souvenirs
  • Alcohol or sweetened beverages
  • Rental of personal equipment (flashlights, sleeping bags, sleeping pads etc)
  • Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)

Important notes

  • We strongly recommend you to get travel insurance for this tour. Upon arrival, please provide your insurance details to the tour guide. Which insurance you choose is up to you. We recommend this one: https://www.worldnomads.com
  • Make sure to get your e-Visa for Tajikistan here: https://www.evisa.tj/index.evisa.html
  • Minimum group size is 2 people, we recommend waiting for our confirmation before purchasing non-refundable travel services like air tickets

KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

MONEY & COSTS:

The Kyrgyz currency is called the Som (KGS). In the capital Bishkek there are many ATMs that you can find in shopping centers, supermarkets or on the main streets. All of them accept Visa cards and some, like Kyrgyz Kommerts Bank, Demir Bank and Uni Credit accept other cards such as MasterCard or Maestro card. Outside of Bishkek, we don’t recommend relying on ATMs as there are so few of them. We also recommend that you bring some cash in new USD banknotes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with a credit card is still not possible at most places, except for high-end restaurants, hotels and a small number of international stores. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.

SAFETY:

Kyrgyzstan is the most liberal and democratic country in the Central Asian region. For the last seven years, the political situation in the country has been calm and there is nothing to suggest that this situation might change. Guests and locals are treated with respect and the whole country can be regarded as very safe destination for travelers. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and only use official taxis. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Kyrgyz partners and we closely monitor political events.

ENTRY & EXIT:

Citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa for a stay of up to 60 days in Kyrgyzstan. To be sure whether you need a visa or not you can check on www.thevisamachine.com. Any special permits that you might need for access to places that will be visited during your tour, we will provide to you free of charge.
As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Kyrgyzstan.

BEST TIME TO GO:

The climate of Kyrgyzstan is continental and dry in the majority of the country, including the largest cities. In the Ferghana Valley in the south and in capital Bishkek, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated more than 1500 meters above the sea level, where temperatures are in the mid-20s during summer. At high altitudes of 3000 meters or more it may even snow overnight during the summer, so make sure you bring some warm clothes. The best season to visit for activity or jeep tours would be in summer and winter for skiing tours. Please note, weather in some mountain areas may be very changeable.

HEALTH:

Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Kyrgyzstan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Kyrgyzstan are basic at best.

TAJIKISTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

MONEY & COSTS:

The Tajik currency is called the Somoni (TJS). In the capital Dushanbe there are a few ATMs that you’ll find in shopping centres, supermarkets or on the main streets, but most of them accept only Visa cards. Outside of Dushanbe we don’t recommend relying on ATMs as there are only a few of them and they may run out of money.
We recommend bringing cash in new USD bank notes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with credit card is still not possible at most places, except for few high-end restaurants and hotels. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.

SAFETY:

The political situation in the country has been calm in recent years and there are no indications of upcoming tensions. The border area with Afghanistan is safe as well, but we do not recommend crossing the border for a trip into Afghanistan. Guests and locals are treated with respect and Tajikistan can be regarded as safe destination for travelers. That being said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and only take official taxi rides. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Tajik partners and we closely monitor political events.

ENTRY & EXIT:

Citizens of almost every country can obtain an e-Visa online for stays of up to 45 days in Tajikistan. All you need to do is enter the requested information then pay a fee of 50 USD by credit card and you will receive almost immediately the eVisa by email. You can print it out and use it just like an ordinary visa to enter the country. Please note, if you are planning to visit Pamir region, you need a GBAO permit, which you can purchase online, together with the eVisa, for an additional fee of USD 20.
As soon as we receive the deposit payment for your tour, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Tajikistan.

BEST TIME TO GO:

The climate of Tajikistan is continental and dry across most of the country, including the largest cities. In regions situated at relatively low altitude, such as the capital Dushanbe, the south of Tajikistan around Kulob and the Khujand region, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated at high altitudes, where temperatures are in the mid 20s or less during the summer. If you visit the Fann or Pamir Mountains, make sure to bring some warm clothes, as it can get very cold at night at elevations of more than 3000 metres. The best season to visit is during summer.

HEALTH:

Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Tajikistan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Tajikistan are basic at best. Please note: there is a small risk of malaria in the south of Tajikistan by the borders with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. None of our tours visit this region.

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