Tajikistan

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Tajikistan, Pamir, Nishgar

Tajikistan is the smallest of the Central Asian countries, mountainous and landlocked, and a bit oddly shaped like a large mustache with a jumpy lock of hair on one (northwestern) side... the Tajik share of the fertile Fergana Valley. In the south Tajikistan borders on Afghanistan. In the north are Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Most of Tajikistan is covered by the Alay and Pamir mountain ranges.

The highest mountains are found in the Pamir range in the eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan, including Tajikistan's highest: Ismoil Somoni (7495 m), formerly known as Communism Peak. Of course the Pamir mountains offer magnificent trekking and climbing through remote landscapes of breathtaking beauty. There is the high altitude Murghab district, the pretty Shokhdara Valley, Bartang Valley, and the more western valleys of Vanj and Yazgulom. But prepare well and keep in mind: in the Tajik Pamir mountains you will need to be fully self-sufficient, bring and carry all you need including all food and full camping gear. Take a look at the wonderful website pamirs.org (see under facts) to get an idea.

In the west of Tajikistan you will find a series of parallel western sub-ranges of the Pamir-Alay mountains, which separate the Fergana Valley in the north from the lowlands of Khatlon Province in the southwest. These are the Turkestan, Zarafshan and Hisor (Gissar) ranges, and also include the Fann mountains. Some high peaks here are Chimtarga (5489 m), Bodkhona (5138 m) and Zamok (5070 m), and there are many rivers and lovely mountain lakes like Iskanderkul, Alaudin and Kulikalon. The Fann mountains are a wonderful hiking, trekking and mountaineering region. You can reach them from the city of Penjikent near the border with Uzbekistan.

For hiking and trekking in Tajikistan, it is common to hire a guide through a local trekking agency. Trails, if any, generally go unmarked, good maps are pretty hard to find, and conditions can be harsh due to remoteness and high altitudes. Also, special permits are required for trekking in the eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan, and local circumstances and regulations change all the time! Best season for hiking is from May till October, in the high Pamirs from July till September.

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United Kingdom
2018
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2018
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Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Trekking in Tajikistan - Tadzjikistan | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to trekking in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Contains 21 treks exploring 5 different mountain areas, including the Northern Ranges, Pamir Mountains and Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor. Also includes a handful of shorter day hikes. With advice on trekking, backpacking equipment, permits and visas, and transport. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan is Central Asia's smallest and least understood country. Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and the mighty Oxus River encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines and planned Soviet cities. The guide includes tried and tested trekking routes in the Fann, Zerafshan and Pamir mountain ranges for... Read more
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Belgium
2013
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan is Central Asia's smallest and least understood country. Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and the mighty Oxus River encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines and planned Soviet cities. The guide includes tried and tested trekking routes in the Fann, Zerafshan and Pamir mountain ranges for... Read more
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Netherlands
2014
  • Lonely Planet Central Asia
  • Central Asia is Lonely Planet's heartland. Exploring Uzbekistan's blue-domed medressas, sleeping in felt yurts among Kyrgyzstan's mountains or selecting fruit in Kazakhstan's markets: we do it all with passion and expertise. Live your own Silk Road dream with this 5th edition as your guide.Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Lonely Planet Central Asia
  • Central Asia is Lonely Planet's heartland. Exploring Uzbekistan's blue-domed medressas, sleeping in felt yurts among Kyrgyzstan's mountains or selecting fruit in Kazakhstan's markets: we do it all with passion and expertise. Live your own Silk Road dream with this 5th edition as your guide.Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan is Central Asia's smallest and least understood country. Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and the mighty Oxus River encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines and planned Soviet cities. The guide includes tried and tested trekking routes in the Fann, Zerafshan and Pamir mountain ranges for... Read more
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Belgium
2018
  • Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan is Central Asia's smallest and least understood country. Epic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes and the mighty Oxus River encircle ancient Buddhist sites, Silk Road trading posts, medieval shrines and planned Soviet cities. The guide includes tried and tested trekking routes in the Fann, Zerafshan and Pamir mountain ranges for... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Tajikistan - Tadzjikistan | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Zeer goede gids voor Tajikistan en betrouwbaar alternatief voor de Lonely Planet. Zo mogelijk nog completer! Soberder uitgevoerd, maar zeker voor de minder bekende plaatsen een aanrader. Vol met praktische informatie over hoe, waar en wanneer te reizen. This new, thoroughly updated second edition of the most practical guide to Central Asia's... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Over the Edge
  • *CLICK HERE to download sample chapters from Over the Edge * * A different sort of true climbing adventure this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s * New afterword by the author * First time in paperback Before dawn on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason "Singer" Smith, and John... Read more
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Belgium
  • Over the Edge
  • *CLICK HERE to download sample chapters from Over the Edge * * A different sort of true climbing adventure this one with terrorists, kidnappings, and AK47s * New afterword by the author * First time in paperback Before dawn on August 12, 2000, four of America's best young rock climbers Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden, Jason "Singer" Smith, and John... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • I went to Kyrgyzstan to run a scenario planning game in Bishkek with Emergency personnel from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan use remote sensing to map hazards and monitor disaster recovery. Our host takes us to a night club. It's in a vast concert bunker. We toast each other unmercifully with vodka shots until encouraged onto the dance floor where... Read more
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Belgium
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • I went to Kyrgyzstan to run a scenario planning game in Bishkek with Emergency personnel from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan use remote sensing to map hazards and monitor disaster recovery. Our host takes us to a night club. It's in a vast concert bunker. We toast each other unmercifully with vodka shots until encouraged onto the dance floor where... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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