Tajikistan travel guide

Tajikistan’s Pamir mountains capture the imagination of travelers worldwide, but it is not an easy place to travel to. The roads are bad, the people are poor and the police corrupt.

Enveloped by a deep cold most of the year, the traveling season is short. It does not help that for the past 3 summers, armed conflict around Khorog has shut down access to the Pamir Highway. It’s a struggle for power between the Pamiri commanders and the capo’s from the capital, and we would not be surprised if it happens again this summer.

So come with a back-up plan.

Having said that, there are still plenty of reasons to come. The Roof of the World is a singular place – think Tibet without the Chinese, or Nepal without the Westerners. But Tajikistan is more than the Pamir alone. The rest of the country is less extreme in terms of panorama, but easier to access and equally scintillating to every nerve and brain cell in your body.


  1. William says

    Just a quick comment to let you know that the address of the Tajikistan embassy in Istanbul has changed to: 14 Halkali Caddesi, Sevketpasa Konagi, Yesilkoy. It seems like a very recent move as they were still setting the place up when I arrived and it isn’t mentioned elsewhere online. Hopefully that’ll save someone making the trip out to the original embassy like I did :-)

  2. Thomas says

    According to the lonly planet, the entry documents for cars are only valid for 14 days. Is this correct? Is an extension possible?


    • says

      This is news to me. I have no way of finding out if it is true. You can try local tour operators or the organizers of the roof of the world rally, they might know. Please let us know if you find out!

  3. says

    You wrote this in your first paragraph:
    ” It does not help that for the past 3 summers, armed conflict around Khorog has shut down access to the Pamir Highway.”

    Are these summers the 2014,13 and 12?

  4. Tenesor says

    Hola, I have found this/your website just doing researching for a long journey/trip I have in my head since ever so in this days it’s more like it that it is going to take place soon. My idea/dream/crazyness is to cycle or walk but cycling is the one I am considering the most. starting in Europe more like to be Austria all the way to Canada near Toronto. so the easy part ( no need of visa ) Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine?? Hungary, Ukraine?? Romania, Moldova, back Romania, Bulgaria, ferry from Varna to Georgia or cycle Turkey??? Ferry is N1 option. then once in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan-Baku for visas?? or Iran-Tehran for visas?? which city it’s more affordable? and also looking to photos of Iran it’s a bit more attractive to my eyes. both ideas are interesting and full of new experiences so from Baku get a ferry to Turkmenistan or cycle all Iran then into Turkmenistan and carry on Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, back into China?? , Russia all the way up to Bering straight if there is way or down to were I can get a ferry to Alaska then all the way down to Ontario. could you give me some info about anything might be related to this countries in terms of visas and tips, ferries… mainly visas. Thank you for time,
    I hope and look forward to read/hear from you.


    • says

      Hi, I don’t really understand your question. Please post it on the forum in small sub-questions. Also have a look at the information already on the site, you will find that many of your questions are already answered there.


  5. Hayro says

    Can please someone give an update if there are still problems getting a GBAO permit in Dushanbe?


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