Destinations: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Languages: English, Russian, Tajik, French, German
Munira and Jamshed are the bedrock of community based tourism in the Zerafshan Valley. They know everyone and, because of the lack of tourism tradition in the area, have trained the guides and homestays they work with themselves. Financial support for the training comes from the European Commission.
Together with their association they aim to develop a brand of sustainable tourism in the region which is adapted to local society, culture and the fragile environment. The association represents the interests of its members who provide tourist services ranging from accommodation in traditional home stays to transportation and mountain guides.
The usual tour is a combination of walking/hiking/trekking in the natural environment, combined with exploration of local culture and traditions. All the services included in the tour package are delivered by local services providers in an environmentally friendly way.
In conducting the tour, guides, drivers and other service providers pay close attention to the environment. We also provide our tourists with some ecological, cultural and social tips for their travel, enabling them not only to find easily a common language with local people, but also to help to conserve the natural environment and local cultural heritage.
We are convinced that the best way to explore local culture is to experience the way of life of the people from inside, from within the community, by staying at traditional home stays, exploring the village, enjoying folklore shows organized by villagers, getting to know old techniques of handicraft production, and visiting holy places and archaeological sites.