Tajikistan Journals

Tajikistan - Not Just Another One of Those 'Stans

A September 2009 trip to Tajikistan by fallschirmhosen

Quote: In the autumn of 2009, I set out to hike in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan. Getting to and from there required me to spend a few days in Tajikistan. Had I know how splendid this little country was, I would have spent more time there.

A Real Homestay

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Outside of hotels in Tajikistan, it is very much possible to arrange homestays as well. Local tourism groups can help arrange these, and you will get to spend a night in a local family's house, as other tourists have done in the past. Now, I could describe to you how to arrange such a stay, and what it is like. But, truth be told, I did not arrange for a homestay during my visit. Instead, I was kind of forced into one.On the long, arduous ride from Khorog back to Dushanbe, there happened to be a woman who spoke decent English in the car. The first few hours of the trip were pretty innocent, her just asking me where I was from, what I was doing there, where I was going, etc. But, as t...Read More

Hiring a Local Guide

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One thing you will find throughout Tajikistan is an immense spirit of hospitality. As much as you may want someone to help you out in any way possible, there is often someone right there who will be able to do so, often for no charge.Since I don't speak a lick of Russian, nor Tajik, I was a bit apprehansive about arriving in Dushanbe at 3:30am and not having a guide there to help me arrange my first day there. I had some relatively complicated plans that I had to arrange once on the ground, and felt a local guide would be best in making it happen.There are some websites for small tour companies who will provide you with guides, for a relatively hefty fee, though. Not needing...Read More

Transport Between Dushanbe and Khorog

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There is basically only two ways to get from Dushanbe to Khorog: fly or drive. Obviously, flying is the fastest of the two options, taking about an hour (as compared to the minimum 17 hour car ride). Each option has their pros and cons, though.The road route is brutal, but beautiful. The route is at least 17 hours; guidebooks and others say it averages 22 hours. If you leave Dushanbe around 7am (from the car park near the airport), you can be in Khorog by around midnight. Shared taxis/vans will do the first stage in one long day, which is brutally uncomfortable (unless you score the front seat), though if you hire your own car/driver you can break the journey into two days (stopping i...Read More

Pamir Lodge

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Hotel | "The Best $6/Night Place I've Ever Stayed"

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For backpackers, bicyclists, or budget travelers, the Pamir Lodge is the go-to place when in Khorog. There are other options with more frills. But, the pleasant staff, good food, and knowledge of the staff make the Pamir Lodge an ideal choice when in Khorog.Weeks prior, I contacted the lodge and began making arrangements to stay there on my way to Ishkashim/Afghanistan. The staff guaranteed me a room, would help me get a ride to Afghanistan, and even offered to have a cousin of theirs meet me in Dushanbe upon arrival. All of it happened. The cousin helped me make car arrangements from Dushanbe to Khorog, the staff at the Pamir Lodge gave me great instructions on finding a shared taxi ...Read More

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Pamir Lodge
Kuchai Gagarin 46
Khorog, Tajikistan
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