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Tips for trekkers

Postby steven » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:53 am

If you have a good tip for your fellow hikers in Central Asia and beyond, please let us know here. I will collect the material in a separate page on the site.

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Re: Tips for trekkers

Postby fyodorova » Thu May 12, 2016 7:06 am

Bring freeze dried food from home. This will save you the cost of hiring a cook and porter to carry fresh food.

In fact, bring everything you think you will need from home. Trekking gear is hard to find in Central Asia outside of Bishkek.

Trekking poles are useful as routes often go over steep scree, loose rock, or tussocks.

If you will trek with a guide, learn as much Russian as possible. Guides have varying levels of English.
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Re: Tips for trekkers

Postby sakara » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:05 pm

Only for Tajikistan:
use a gasoline stove, other fuel might be difficult to find.
Bring a waterfilter, in dryer areas sometimes theres no clear water.
Mapsa: sovjet military maps are available in the app ( sovjet military maps pro) for offline use with GPS navigation on your smartphone. Keep in mind that they date from the eighties and some paths might have disappeared. For the topography they are still the best and modt detailed maps available.
Speak Russian or another local language, any local you encounter will be happy to talk to you.
For Yagnob: dont underestimate Rust pass: if the path through the glacier has melted away it s a scarry "climb" in the moraine and the edge of the glacier, consider to ask in kirionte (the last village for a "guide" + donkey.). one donkey is enough to carry 2 16 kg backpacks over the pass.

If you need/want to stay overnight in a village just wqalk through it, you will be invited for tea by someone. Have tea with them and ask them while having tea if you can stay for the night. For villagers in remote regions this is a normal request, they do the same. Keep in mind that you will be the center of attention of the whole village. Although it is a great experience and very interesting it is way more relaxing to camp somewhere in the wild;-).
Chewinggum (big packages) are a highly appreciated gift (and from a medical point of view far better than cigarettes and candy).
For longer routes consider buying a donkey.
Prices according to locals:
yagnob 200-350 USD
irkeshtam kyrgizstan 80-130USD
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Re: Tips for trekkers

Postby steven » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:03 am

Thanks for the tips sakara!
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