Tajikistan Off The Beaten Path
While hiking Durumdara Valley in the Pamir Mountains we were invited to sheperds summer shelter. They lived very poor, eating generally things they produce from milk. We spent one night at their place sleeping in one room with whole family. They were very hospitable treating us with all the best they had. Our hosts hardly knew few words in Russian...more
If you are open to other people....you may be invited for a wedding:) We had a great chance to participate in whole wedding ceremony - unforgettable experience! After a visit in a local sauna, in borrowed traditional dresses, at 2 PM we went for a wedding. All ceremonies took part alternately in bride and groom's houses, so as a special guests we...more
We did one-week trekking in Durumdara and Nimos Valleys. I chose this place by accident, just moving my finger on a map:) We wanted to acclimatise before the next trekking.It was great idea! During the week we met only sheperds and no turists at all! We arrived in village Sejd, coming by taxi from Khorugh.more
Down on the Uzbek-Afghan-Tajik border meet are some facinating green valleys surrounded by desert ridges and mountains. It is a land of extremes, searing hot during summers, biting cold during winter. The end of summer-early autumn would be the time to visit when the produce is ripe on the stem and fruits brought to the market, skies are clear and...more
Before going to Tajikistan we were nearly tempted to hire a car to get in and get out. Thankfully we decided to travel the way we normally do and did it all independantly and had no problems. When leaving Northern Tajikistan to enter the Uzbek Fergana Valley you might meet the guys in the photo, they are the Tajik border guards. So much for the...more
If you are travelling from Tashkent to Khojand you will pass through this border post. It is very desolate and can be a bit nervous for some. As soon as you exit the passport stamping room you are surrounded by taxi drivers wanting $50 to take you to Tashkent. We refused and started walking (look at the picture and you will see we weren't in a...more
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