What to See in Tajikistan for First Time Travelers?
The most attractive highlights are the Fann Mountains in the northwest and the Pamirs in the east. Along the way, you will drive over high mountain passes with spectacular views of river valleys, sparkling lakes, juniper forests, snow-capped peaks and rocky mountains. Before your adventure, we start with a visit to Hisor fortress and Dushanbe city to discover how old and new civilizations exist in peace. In Fann Mountains, it is suggested to have a 3 or 5-day tour. You can spend 3 days in Iskanderkul, Penjikent, Seven Lakes for some rest, hiking and sightseeing along the Silk Road. If you are a history buff, add 2 more days to visit the two ancient trade centers on the Silk Road, Istravshan and Khujand, where you will also see fortresses in the middle age and strangely shaped mosques.
The most fascinating parts of the Pamir itinerary are the epic M41 Pamir highway and Wakhan Corridor. 4 days are recommended for this exploration. Driving on the M41 highway and the natural border with Afghanistan, Panj River, you will have a chance to visit Garm Chashma, a refreshing place on the Silk Road, and also visit the attractions of Wakhan Valley, including Yamchun fortress (300 BC), Bibi Fatima Hot Springs, Buddhist complex (4th-7th century), House-Museum of Mubarak Kadam Wakhani and the stone pillar used for calculation of the solar calendar, and interesting petroglyphs uphill in Langar. To know why the Pamirs is dubbed the Roof of the World, it is worth 2 more days driving to Yashilkul & Bulunkul Lakes (alt 3,700 m), Murghab, which is surrounded by mighty mountains over 6,000 m, and the dead sea of Central Asia, Lake Karakul (alt 3,960 m), passing over the highest point of M41 highway, Ak Baital pass (alt 4,655 m).
There is no doubt that the adventures in high mountains cost more stamina. Our Tajikistan tours are dedicated to creating an everlasting memory of Tajik natural and cultural attractions by considering your interests and needs of comfort in the mountainous area.
Fann Mountain Hiking
How is the Weather in Tajikistan?
Tajikistan has a continental climate due to its high mountains and big altitude difference. In the east of Tajikistan and on elevations ranging from 1,000 m to 7,495 m, the Pamir climate varies in different regions. In general, it has an extreme climate with low temperature, humidity and precipitation. In winter season from October to April, the average temperature is -18°C(-0.4℉) and in summer from July to August, it is 20°C(68℉). The lowest record is -63°C(-81℉) in Bulunkul Lake (alt 3,700 m).
In most other areas, it gets more rainy or snowy winter with the mean temperature of 0°C(32℉) and hotter and drier summer with the mean temperature of 30°C(86℉). In Dushanbe, it can reach 40°C(104℉) in summer. To enjoy your Tajikistan tours, the best time to visit is from May to September.
Do I Need a Visa or Other Permits for My Tajikistan Trip?
Generally, yes. Most passport holders from all over the world need a visa to travel in Tajikistan. It can be issued from the Tajik embassy or consulate abroad or on your flight landing at Dushanbe International airport or Khujand International airport. GBAO (the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region) permit is a must for tours in the Pamirs. It can be handled along with the visa.
How to Get to and Travel Around Tajikistan?
Mostly, tourists fly to Dushanbe International Airport (DYU). In mountainous Tajikistan, we use comfortable private transfer with an expert guide and an experienced driver throughout the Tajikistan trip.
Is It Safe to Visit Tajikistan?
Yes, it is safe to travel in Tajikistan. Tajik people are friendly and travelers are warmly welcomed whether in big cities or mountain areas. Don't feel scared just by its "-stan" suffix.