The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked, mountainous country in central Asia with much to offer adventurers, mountaineers, and lovers of the road less travelled.
Tajikistan became an independent nation with the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1990. It promptly fell into a bitter civil war until 1997, when a peace agreement led to the formation of a republic under the leadership of Emomali Rahmon. Subsequent elections have resulted in hard fought political stability where peace has prevailed, giving this impoverished country a chance at growth and prosperity.
While the capital city of Dushanbe is famous for its Monday Market and Soviet-era statues, most visitors are drawn to the area because of its natural wonders. In the far west, the city of Khorog serves as a gateway to the magnificent Pamirs, perhaps the least-explored mountain range in the world. This vast region is difficult to access but rewards intrepid visitors with splendid Alpine vistas and endless mountaineering opportunities in unspoiled landscapes. Among the highlights of Tajik are the seven Muragazor Lakes which famously change colour throughout the day. Trekkers also come to Tajikistan to traverse the ancient Silk Road routes, and in doing so retrace journeys first taken three millennia ago connecting the east and the west.