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 came into being as 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 reportedly been flawed and Rahmon remains in power but peace has prevailed giving this impoverished country a chance at better things.
Dushanbe, the capital city, is famous for its Monday market and Soviet-era statues and is a good place to start a trip, but the main attractions of Tajikistan are natural. In the far west of the country, 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 gorgeously unspoiled landscapes. Also making an appearance on the highlights reel of Tajik natural wonders 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.