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MARKUS HAUSER'S MAPS

Far and away the best map of the Pamirs is Markus Hauser's "The Pamirs - a tourist map of Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, and background information on the region", 1:500 000, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and distributed by Gecko Maps, Arne Rohweder GmbH, Switzerland; tel +41 44 980 6121, fax +41 44 980 6122; e-mail: info(at) geckomaps.com"> ; website: http://www.geckomaps.com. This map also includes trekking routes and, on the back, interesting notes on the Pamirs. A new edition was published in July 2011.

The map is also available at the following outlets:

Dushanbe:
Modigliani Art Salon / 4a Chekhov (Nissor Muhammed)
Hotel "Tajikistan" (Souvenir shop)
Hotel Serena
Souvenir shop "The Silk Route"
SDC Office
"Bactria" Centre

Khorog:
Lal Inn Guesthouse
Hotel Serena
Tourist Information / PECTA

Murghab:
Ibrahim Guesthouse
'Yak-House' handicraft shop

In July 2008, SDC also funded the publication of authoritative maps of Northern Tajikistan (Sughd District) and Southern Tajikistan (Khatlon and Direct Rule Districts). These maps, which are on the same scale as the map of the Pamirs, provide complete coverage of the country and, like the Pamirs map, include concise historical, economic, social and cultural information on these regions. The author of the maps is again Markus Hauser from Orell Füssli Kartographie AG (Zurich) and they can be bought from Gecko Maps (see above).

Gecko Maps also publishes Markus Hauser's 1:100,000 map "Lenin Peak", of which a second edition was also published in July 2011.

KHOROG MAP PROJECT

In August 2012, a group of volunteers led by Stéphane Henriod completed mapping the whole of Khorog, based on a high-resolution satellite image. The result can be seen here. It is still a work in progress and several features still need to be validated on the ground and others need to be added (street names etc).


RUSSIAN MILITARY MAPS

Detailed Russian military maps in the detail ranges 1:50,000 to 1:200,000 can be obtained (April 2012) against payment ($4 per map or $35 for the complete set of 402 maps) at http://www.mapstor.com/map-sets/country-maps/tajikistan.html. Clickable images at the bottom of the page enable you to select a specific map section.

N.B. Place names are in Cyrillic - the complete collection takes up 1.1 gB of memory.

UZBEK DEFENCE MAP

The 1:1,450,000 map published in 1992 by the Cartographic Centre of the Uzbek Ministry of Defence offers a good overview and gives most place names and accurate contours - N.B. it requires knowledge of Cyrillic characters. In 2003, the 1992 map was replaced with a more garishly coloured version published by the Tajik government mapping service: the new version is almost identical but adds population figures and surface area by district; place names are in larger print, a few more place names are given and generic terms (e.g. mountain range, peak) have been rendered in Tajik. In 2006 it was on sale at the bookshop near the Presidential Palace on Rudaki street in Dushanbe).

PILOT CHARTS AND OTHER MAPS

The 1:500,000 Tactical Pilot Charts available in the west (Stanfords in London) also give an overall idea, but despite their being a satellite map they are actually disappointingly inaccurate, and, due to the scale, also lack detail. There is also the limited-extent 1:200,000 map Pamir - Trans Alai Mountains, published by West Col Productions and available at Stanfords in London.

A list of map resources can be found on the GeoIdee website here, in particular the "Back-country Skiing Maps Tajikistan".

A WORD OF WARNING

If you have any of these maps, be sure to keep them away from the prying eyes of the Tajik Border Forces or "KGB" who will be happy to relieve you of them.

LINKS

Links to websites with fairly good overview maps are given below. The following maps may also be useful.

 

pamirs maps central asia

Central Asia (Click to enlarge).
© Aga Khan Development Network

 

pamirs maps

Tajikistan
© Aga Khan Development Network

 

 

Gorno-Badakhshan

(with kind permission from
Markus Hauser)

 

 

pamirs maps

Gorno-Badakhshan with recommended itineraries
© Aga Khan Development Network


Search the web using the terms Tajikistan and map, e.g.

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/tajikistan.html
http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/tajikist.pdf
http://www.lonelyplanet.com

For historical maps, see http://www.angelfire.com/sd/tajikistanupdate/historicalmaps.htm
and http://www.aclib.tj/cd3/index_eng.html

In 2002 under a mandate of SDC's special programme for the International Year of Mountains (IYM2002), the Pamir Strategy Project of the University of Bern prepared a Geographic Information System for Gorno-Badakhshan. To make the versatile database available to organizations and interested users, the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern has now developed an internet based interface (see also Section "References, Books and Links"). This WebGIS is designed for the visualization, query and download of spatial information. It can be directly accessed at http://www.pamir-gis.info or through CDE's home page http://www.cde.unibe.ch.
 


All text and photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002


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