Adventure awaits in rugged and remote Tajikistan
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan sprawl across the vast expanses of Central Asia but are still hidden from many visitor’s minds, despite offering outstanding beauty, simplicity and a feeling of complete remoteness. The allure lies in the heritage of the Silk Road, where ideas, culture and people flowed from East to West, and in the green field backcountry and sweeping mountain landscapes that play host to the traditional nomadic lifestyle. Journey through cities featuring crumbling reminders of Soviet occupation and influence and out into the stunning wilds, where the ancient history of these long-lived nations – Persian and Mongol, Buddhist and Muslim – becomes clearer. While political and military forces have battled over these regions, life in these isolated areas has changed little in the past centuries – the families you will stay with in their homes have remained, while empires have fallen.
Experience the legendary hospitality of Central Asia. With five nights spent across Tajikistan's excellent homestay network, you'll immerse yourself in local life
Skirting the border with Afghanistan, get glimpses of the other side, from the hair-raising Afghan-built footbridges (ovrings) to the exotic imports on display in Khorog's local bazaar
Enjoy a picnic lunch as you take in the splendour of Karakul, the largest lake of some 800 in the Pamirs
Soaring along the iconic Pamir Highway is an unforgettable experience, especially in fine weather when the mighty peak of Muztag Ata rears its head
Dushanbe is perfect final stop. With included visits to the Hissor Fort and National Museum of Antiquities, you can discover the nation's capital while learning more about the country's fascinating past
This trip visits places as high as 5,000 metres above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
The varied terrain of Tajikistan also makes for extremely varied weather. Temperatures can range from below freezing to over 40ºC so check the weather forecast online before you visit and pack accordingly.
Medical facilities can be as far away as 2-3 days' drive at times, as some locations are very remote. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. You will need to have excellent physical health to join this trip.
In the Pamirs you'll stay in local homestays, with the whole group often sleeping in one large room on mattresses on the floor. Bathroom facilities are outdoors, and it won't be possible to take a shower every night of the trip.
Daily drives range from 3 to 10 hours in duration. Depending on passenger numbers, the group may be split into two vehicles. Though the longer travel days and single night overnight stays can be tiring, you'll be in a private vehicle, and much of the scenery in this part of the world is simply stunning.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 October 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
2. A Single Supplement is available for this trip, excluding nights in home stays.
3. You will need to obtain your Tajikistan e-visa & GBAO permit before travelling on this trip.
Our Tajikistan Discovery trips score an average of 3.86 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.
Vast landscapes, snow-capped mountains, sparse habitation. Home stays in the Wakhan valley gave me insight into local lifestyles. The unspoiled landscape and lack of modern civilization helped me imagine what it might have been like to travel the silk road millennia in the past.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2018
Our driver and guide were terrific. The landscape is beautiful, and we saw few other tourists. Our accommodation and service was better than I expected. However, there were long travel days on rough roads, primitive toilets, and few vegetarian food options, so this is not a trip for everyone.
Review submitted 02 Jul 2018