Tajikistan is one of the most mountainous, sparsely populated, and poorest countries in the world. For all intents and purposes, it is a hard country where eeking out a living can feel like a constant uphill battle.
“Desolate”, “empty”, “alien”, and “harsh” are all words of which we’ve heard Tajikistan described.
And yet, you wouldn’t get this impression when speaking with local villagers or nomads.
The people of Tajikistan are among the warmest and most welcoming people in all of Central Asia, ready to show you the wonders of their country at a moment’s notice. For them, Tajikistan is not barren, but beautiful nor is it unforgiving but enriching. Because ultimately, this is home.
We resonate wholeheartedly with them as well.
Tajikistan is one of the most unique destinations one can visit in their lifetime. Its extensive mountain chains – from the rugged Alay to the daunting Pamir – are vastly unexplored and make for incredible trekking tours. Hidden amongst the valleys are treasures the likes of which we’ve never seen before, be them crystalline, turquoise lakes in the Fanns or remote villages in the Wahkan.
A trip to Tajikistan will be unlike any other you’ve taken before in the past and maybe any other in the future. We can’t wait to show you what awaits.
Being mostly mountainous, Tajikistan has a relatively short window of good weather. Snow in the alpine areas generally starts to melt around the end of June and reappears in late September. The Pamir Highway can be started as early as May.
Despite some noisy neighbors and very isolated incidents of terrorism, Tajikistan is among the safest countries to visit in Central Asia. Wilderness travel has its own perils but Epic staff is properly prepped and equipped to mitigate risk in these situations.
Tajikistan has recently implemented (January 2022) a visa-free policy for most Western nations. Nationalities that don’t qualify for visa-free travel can still obtain an e-visa. Traveling to the Pamirs will require a GBAO permit arranged separately.
Tajik food is very similar to that found in other parts of Central Asia. Expect lots of bread, rice dishes, red meat, and hearty vegetables. When trekking in the Fann Mountains, we generally eat pre-made meals for hikers.
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