If you’re searching for an alternative hiking destination for your next tour, Tajikistan might not be the first place you’d envision, but it should be because ‘the Roof of the World’ is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Tucked away between Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, it is home to some of the world’s most incredible hikes.
If you’re wary about this elusive destination or unsure what to expect, Kalpak Travel has compiled a list of everything you’ll see on a trekking tour to Tajikistan inspired by one of their own itineraries. It’s time to start your journey and channel your inner explorer in Tajikistan.
You’ll see a modern, capital city
It’s hard to ignore the capital and largest city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, during your hiking adventure. Tajikistan’s proud capital located on the Varzob River is a great place to chill out and enjoy some delicious food and drink and is typically the starting point for all great adventures in Tajikistan.
Before you begin your exploration in the mountains, make sure you allow time to explore the top sights including the White House, Rudaki Park, the National Library, the Tajikistan National Museum. Before the day is out, you can stop past the second tallest freestanding flagpole in the world which reaches a height of a 165 meters high.
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You’ll see bustling markets and sample local cuisine
The next site you’ll have the fortune to experience on this trekking adventure is the city of Penjikent (“Five Villages”), located in Khujand area of Tajikistan. As for exploring the local culinary scene, it doesn’t get any better than feasting on delicious local cuisine like plov (rice with meat and carrots) and other local treats.
Explore the town and learn more about why it once served as one of the Great Silk Road’s most valuable trading hubs. You can shop around its bustling markets, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sarazm and more.
You’ll see the Seven Pearls of Tajikistan
You may or may not have heard of the Seven Pearls of Tajikistan. If you’re wondering exactly what the Seven Pearls consist of, this is where you can view seven of the most beautiful mountain lakes that each boasts their own distinctive colour.
With an endless supply of photo-worthy opportunities, you can spend time visiting local villages while swimming, hiking and exploring this relatively untouched location.
You’ll see long, vast stretches of highway roads
Aside from hiking along the beautiful mountains that stand tall in Tajikistan, you’ll need to trade in your walking and trekking poles for four wheels.
You’ll see what it’s really like to stay in a local guesthouse
A night spent at a local guesthouse is a must-do for all travellers, especially in the middle of Tajikistan. The homestay or guesthouse accommodation will vary from each location but no matter where you are will provide the chance to learn more about life in Tajikistan while exploring local villages.
You’ll see local wildlife
You can look forward to bumping into a few furry animals along the way but spotting the Marco Polo sheep is a rarity so keep your eyes peeled. Less tricky wildlife to spot include the long-haired cows and yaks being led by local herders.
Although animal sightings are almost guaranteed, the real skill is mastering the perfect photo to cement your memories for a lifetime.
You’ll see breathtaking vistas
If you’re searching for the best vantage points in Tajikistan, there are a few places you need to go. What trip would be complete without hiking to a legendary mountain, Alexander’s Hat – named after the one-and-only Alexander the Great.
If you’re hoping to elevate your hiking experience then this adventure will do exactly that as it reaches a height of 3,340 metres and visitors will be treated to views overlooking Iskanderkul Lake in the Sughd Province that stretches over 3.4 km² and offers some pretty spectacular and unique views.
Or, if you’re looking to reach new heights, the Alauddin Pass hits a height of a staggering 3,860 metres. Is there a better way to end your hiking and trekking adventure?
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