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HELP FOR TOURISTS

 

 

With support from the European Union, the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP - a project of the Aga Khan Foundation) has opened a Tourism Information Centre in Khorog located in the Khorog Central Park.

pamirs khorog pecta de pamiri map


The Centre provides general travel advice as well as information on local tourism service providers (tour operators, hotels, home stays, drivers, guides etc.). See the PECTA list of tourism service providers in Khorog here.

Manager: Mrs. Zhandiya Zoolshoeva
Tel. (mobile) +992 93 557 59 03

To send an e-mail click
here
. N.B. Because of spam, this contact address is frequently changed, so even if you have used it before and saved the address, please click again to be sure your mail gets through.


NEW STRUCTURE FOR MURGHAB ECOTOURISM ASSOCIATION

On 28 April 2012, the members of the Murghab Ecotourism Association (META) decided to demerge the commercial and non-commercial aspects of the association and return META's scope to its original objectives of tourism development, ceasing all commercial tour operations with immediate effect. The original objectives of META have been re-confirmed as:

- Develop and support community-based tourism activities that educate community members and tourists to build capacity and increase knowledge of biodiversity, traditional culture and the flora & fauna of the East Pamir;

- Maximize benefits to the local communities by developing linkages between tourism and other businesses related to the sustainable management of natural resources and livestock breeding in the local economy.

For further information see here.

META has also published new maps for tourists:

Murghab town (see here);
Rangkul (see here); and
Karakul (see here).

NEW TOURISM OFFICE IN MURGHAB

A new Tourist Information Centre has been set up in the centre of Murghab town. The Centre, which will be open from June to October, is a cooperative effort by the villages of the Murghab district and will be staffed by ten volunteers from all over the district - they will maintain and make available to tourists free of charge a data base on the tourist services available in each village (e.g. homestays, yurtstays, guides, interpreters, drivers, vehicles, rental of bikes, donkeys and camels). The office does not organise tours or act as an intermediary with the various service providers - this is left to the interested tourist. However, photocopying and Internet facilities are available against payment.

The development of this project has been supported by the Foundation "Kyrgyz Ate - YKA" over the past three years with supplementary funding from the Christensen Foundation. For further information see here.

e-mail: infomurghab(at)mail.ru
tel: +992 935 47 56 82


HOTELS

A new website offers information on a selection of hotels in Tajikistan - see
here
. N.B. The list is far from complete and excludes the major hotels in Dushanbe such as the Serena and Hyatt.


TOUR GUIDES

The University of Central Asia offers courses for tour operators and guides on the Khorog campus. These courses are structured as follows:

The certificate programme Mountain Tour Operator is directed at developing practical skills in organizing and developing operational business activity with specific focus on mountain tourism as well as business theory. The students are expected to gain skills in the following areas: Essence of mountain tourism, Development of tourism routes and related services, Marketing and promotion of tourism services, Safety, Legislation matters, Business and Finance management, Information technology in Tourism, Business English in tourism, Final project on developing a business plan on initiating and operating tourism service.

Guides training is a short program and consists of two modules:
1. Natural, cultural and historical heritage of the Pamirs, and
2. Guides training: (mountain excursion tourism guides; horse tourism; auto tourism; educational tourism; eco-tourism; ethnographic tourism).

Click here for a list of persons who have completed these courses and are available as guides/facilitators.


IMPORTANT NOTICE ON SAFETY

The Pamirs are very much "virgin territory" for tourism. Large tracts of the territory are uninhabited and, as in any mountain environment, weather and temperature are subject to sudden changes. This can result in avalanches, mudslides, flash floods, and damage to, or destruction or blockage of, pathways and bridges. Visitors, especially trekkers, should act prudently at all times and ensure that they have adequate equipment, supplies and warm clothing.

Make certain that you know the conditions of the tracks, rivers and bridges on your route and check meteorological conditions. Take a good driver and a reliable vehicle - if your route includes uninhabited territory, it is advisable to travel with at least two vehicles. For example:

a) in summer in the Great Pamir there are large areas of treacherous terrain where a mud-slide has been covered with a baked clay surface that looks stable but is not;
 

pamirs great pamir jeep mud

 

b) many mountain sides are covered in scree (broken rock fragments) that is unstable and very slippery.

pamirs scree bartang farangees


c) flooding/flash floods can destroy roads and make driving dangerous

pamirs pamir highway jeep stuck snow

d) unseasonal snow can block the Pamir Highway and other roads

pamirs pamir highway jeep stuck snow

 


The sponsors of the present website decline all responsibility for accidents.


All text and photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002


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