Is Tajikistan the Next Great Trekking Destination?
PHOTO: Pamir Range, Tajikistan (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Few travelers have discovered the beauty of Tajikistan, but that may be changing. Those looking to hike in an untouched landscape should consider a visit to this budding tourism destination, according to Tourism Review.
“The Pamirs are an ideal trekking destination. You will not find any modern influence here, just an untouched paradise of high-altitude and physically challenging valleys,” notes the publication.
The country is home to some stunning landscapes.
“There are many attractions in the region. From lakes to some of the highest peaks in the world. The most notable peaks are Peak Ismoil Somoni, Peak Lenin and Peak Karl Marx. The region is also home to the world’s longest mountain glacier, Fedchenko (77 kilometers),” says Tourism Review.
Natural beauty isn’t all that Tajikistan has to offer. The country entices with ancient Muslim shrines, fortresses and rock paintings as well as markets that hock cultural wares such as CDs of traditional music and locally grown herbs.
However, Tajikistan remains far off the tourist map and the government is looking to change that.
“Tajik universities have been introducing academic tourism courses in universities since 2012. But there is little focus on outdoor skills. Fortunately, the lack of experienced guides in the area did not go unnoticed. Christine Oriol, a French development worker, noticed this issue and launched a training course.
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