Tajikistan is a safe country. The people of Tajikistan are one of the most hospitable in the world. The low crime rate and growing interest in tourism revenues from the government made authorities create good conditions and security across the country, so much that a special police unit was created with a hotline number (+992 939227860) to assist tourists with all kinds of issues.
The July 29, 2018, terrorist attack on cyclists in the south of the country, which was the first-ever terrorist attack on westerners left local people and the international community shocked alike. Hence the government of Tajikistan has increased security on the major tourist attractions and routes, so police presence is widespread.
Tajikistan is a modern secular country, where the constitution gives the same rights to both men and women. There are no gender restrictions for traveling. Solo female travelers can also feel safe in Tajikistan, though they are advised to consider cultural aspects of Tajik people, like dress code and behavior. A good article about traveling alone in Tajikistan as a woman can be found here (https://herpackinglist.com/traveling-alone-in-tajikistan-as-a-woman/)
All the basic information about the tour is outlined on the tour page. If you need a more detailed itinerary or any information about the trip that interests you, send an email to [email protected] and our tourism coordinator will get in touch with you within 48 hours. Once you book your tour we will send you pre-departure document which will tell you more about the trip, visa and other important information.
Yes, citizens of most countries must obtain a visa before their departure to Tajikistan. Exceptions are members of CIS countries like Georgia, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Turkmenistan.
Citizens of most countries can obtain an electronic visa via a governmental portal www.evisa.tj. To check if you are eligible, go to the website click ‘start application’ and see if your country is listed on a dropdown menu. After you fill out the application and make a 50$ payment the procedure takes 3-5 days and once your visa is ready you will receive an email with your e-visa attached. If you are traveling to GBAO region which includes Pamir you should also get a special permit. This can be done during the online application of your e-visa and costs additional 20$. You should apply for your e-visa at least 15 days before the departure.
If your country is not listed on www.evisa.tj website you should apply for a visa through a travel agency.
Yes, we can. If your country is not listed on www.evisa.tj website, we can send an invitation letter to the nearest Tajik embassy where you can obtain a visa or arrange an on arrival visa at Dushanbe airport. This procedure takes longer than regular e-visa, so we advise to apply at least 30 days before your departure.
If you have booked a tour with ANCOT, we can help in speeding up the process with an official appeal to the general consulate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
Please note that all our tours are active by nature and most travel to remote mountainous areas in Tajikistan, where hiking is involved. Therefore you need to be in good physical shape and you must understand exactly what is involved and are confident that you can fully participate in all activities included in the trip.
Yes. To book your should fill out the booking form of a respective tour that you have chosen. Once you send us your intention to book the tour, we will send you a detailed booking form with terms and conditions. After you fill out and resend a signed booking form your tour will be considered as booked and you will receive a confirmation email.
We suggest you book the tour at least 1 month before your preferred tour date. This will help us to arrange all the logistics on time to be fully prepared for your arrival. if your desired date of starting a tour is less than a month, please contact our tourism department at [email protected] to see if it will be possible to arrange your trip.
After you have booked a tour, you should pay a deposit via wire transfer to our bank account. The rest of the tour price you will pay upon your arrival in Tajikistan with cash.
There are no currency restrictions for entry in Tajikistan, so bringing cash is not a problem. If you are not comfortable carrying a big amount of cash, you can make the full payment to our bank account. ATM’s are available only in Dushanbe and Khujand. You can’t withdraw more than 500$ from ATM in Tajikistan. Most ATM’s don’t have US Dollars and have only Tajik Somonis, so we recommend a combination of cash and ATM card. As to currency, we recommend US dollars.
Our pre-departure information will give you an idea of some typical prices in the places you’re visiting, will have more details on money matters. Remember that with ANCOT most of your meals, your transport, accommodation and entrance fees to major sites are paid in advance so you don’t need to factor these into your budget.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. Your tour guide, driver or a conservancy ranger will work hard to ensure you have a great tour, so please don’t hold back if you feel they have earned a tip for their efforts.
We suggest you pack light but bring all the essentials. Leave space in your luggage for souvenirs. A regular suitcase should suffice. You can bring a suitcase and a hiking backpack. We always make sure that your belongings are with you and reserve a space for your luggage on transportation.
Once you’ve confirmed your booking we will send you detailed pre-departure information with all sorts of practical information, including a general packing list and any other special items you may need to bring for your specific tour.
Generally No, but embassies of different countries have a different opinion in this regard. Please check your embassy website and follow their suggestion if you feel you should.
Yes. You will be visiting some remote areas where hygienic conditions can be a concern sometimes. Food poisoning is possible So bring Imodium and broad-spectrum antibiotics. 93% of Tajikistan’s land is mountainous and your trip may include visiting areas with an altitude of more than 3500m or 11500f, so you may get altitude sickness. Although all our tours are designed such that you get acclimatized, we do recommend you consult with your doctor and get proper medicine.
Only if your tour includes camping and if you are visiting Tajikistan outside summertime. Usually, we include equipment on our tours, however, due to hygienic concerns we recommend you bring your sleeping bag.
People in most of the villages in Tajikistan are among the poorest in the world, however, they will share their last crust with you to offer hospitality. Therefore it will be nice of you to bring gifts like; toys and books for the children, winter clothes or cosmetics and chocolates for women.
There is less attention on clothing in Dushanbe, although, given that most of the population is Muslim, covering shoulders and knees would be respectful. In the villages modest (loose-fitting) clothing is appropriate. Warm layers are essential for hiking in unpredictable mountain weather. Easily removed sandals or shoes are a must as they are left at the front door.
Laundry services are available only in big cities like Dushanbe and Khujand. Some hotels and guesthouses will have laundry service, but most don’t.
Generally yes. Although a bad one in villages, possible to send WhatsApp messages, you will have internet access depending on which places are you visiting. In big cities 3G connection is available and mobile data works well. Outside Dushanbe and other big cities, the quality of connection deteriorates. Most of the western Pamirs have reception, the exceptions would be remote villages where no infrastructure is available. In eastern Pamir, the internet is available only in Alichur and Murgab.
WiFi can be found in some guesthouses and hotels but you won’t find any in homestays. The only reliable WiFi you can find in the Pamir region is in Khorog.
Sim-cards: Getting a local sim-card in Tajikistan is easy. To get one you need to refer to one of the two big operators (Tcell or Megafon) an present your visa and Passport. Your sim-card will be active until your visa expires.
No, it is not and we recommend you to drink bottled water, use a filter or boil it. Moreover, please do not use tap water for brushing teeth.
Just as any other major city in the world Dushanbe has a wide variety of hotels and hostels from luxury to budget. Other big cities like Khorog and Khujand have fewer luxury options. The philosophy of ANCOT is to empower and motivate local communities in nature and wildlife conservation, therefore in the countryside and our conservancy territories we give priority to the accommodation offered by our community organization members, which are mostly basic home-stays with outside bathroom and squad toilets, some have more advanced facilities like indoor shower and toilet.
Western-style toilets are available in most parts of the big cities, hotels, and hostels. Squat and long-drop toilets are more common in homestays and rural areas.
Make sure you have a roll of a toilet paper, hand sanitizer and a torch in rural areas.
In guesthouses, home-stays, and restaurants (Tajik cuisine):
Tajik cuisine offers a large variety of fruit, meat, and soup dishes. The most popular among them are dishes such as Oshi palov, Kurutob, Shurbo, Laghmon and snacks like Sambusa and Mantu. The national drink is green tea, respectively. Traditional Tajik meal begins with small dishes of dried fruits, jams, and halva, followed by soup and meat, and finished with plov. Tea accompanies every meal and is often served between meals. Besides traditional dishes, most restaurants serve Russian borsh and popular Shashlyks.
Shurbo: boiled meat on the bone with chickpeas, red and green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Laghmon: the same with homemade noodles
Oshi Palov: a rice dish made with shredded yellow turnip or carrot and pieces of meat, all fried together in vegetable oil or mutton fat.
Shashlyks: chunks or minced meat on a skewer cooked over an open fire. Vegetarian versions are often available.
During the hikes: Most of our hikes include a variety of meals to nourish our bodies with enough carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. We usually have pasta, rice, sausages, cheese, oatmeal, canned lentils and beans, sugar and bread. We also carry fresh vegetables and can easily accommodate vegetarians.
Additionally, we have snacks such as dried fruits, fresh fruits, chocolate bars, and each break will include hot coffee and tea. We can accommodate people with special dietary needs.
In Dushanbe, it is not a problem. As for the countryside, just let us know in advance so we can inform our hosts. That way they can make sure you are looked after and prepare an appropriate meal. Keep in mind that in some places your diet might be slightly limited, as meat often forms an integral part of the Tajik diet.
The roads to the north and the south of the country are mostly paved. The road to Pamir or GBAO region is paved only up to Darvaz, and deteriorates significantly after Darvaz to Khorog. Due to this reason we usually travel to Khorog in two days. In suburbs and in villages the roads can be in poor condition or not paved at all.
In most cases, we use 4wheel drive SUV like the Nissan Patrol and Toyota Land Cruisers. For bigger groups, we may use 4WD Vans. We’ve found that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey, and therefore we always make sure that your ride is comfortable with reliable transportation.
Learning Tajik may not be necessary, but knowing some basic vocabulary will help. Knowledge of Russian is also very helpful, as many people speak Russian in Tajikistan. Another piece of advice for visitors is to learn reading the Cyrillic alphabet.