Tajikistan has seen tourism begin to grow again after the end of the civil war in 1997. This mountainous country offers wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventure, with excellent trekking in the Fan Mountains. This range, which forms part of the Pamirs, is known locally as ‘The Roof of the World’ and includes some of the highest mountains outside the Himalaya. It is a beautiful wilderness, renowned for its high summer pastures, truly spectacular vistas of flower-strewn meadows, turquoise lakes and snow-melt rivers, set against a backdrop of 5,000m peaks.

Perhaps because Tajiks are few in number, ancient traditions of hospitality are still respected and it is not uncommon to find yourself invited into the homes of nomads or herders to gain a rare insight into lives that have changed little in centuries.

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