Maps and Tourist Information
Click here for:
- Things to do in and around Murghab. Note internet access is now available at the American Corner in the centre near the Lenin Statue.
- the best and most up to date tourist map of the Eastern Pamir can be sourced from Gecko maps or most tourist shops in Tajikistan.
- maps of Alichur, Murghab, Rangkul and Karakul – updated as of May 2013.
- a list of home-stays in the region with prices and facilities
- a list of guides who can show you around the region and further afield – on one day or longer hikes/drives, horse/camel treks and camping trips
Russian Army maps of the Pamir from circa 1984 are freely available through the internet. We’ve indexed them here to help you identify possible trekking routes. We strongly recommend that you talk with a guide before setting off into the wild. [Note: Geopolitical boundaries have changed since the publication of these maps].
- a simplified geological map of the Eastern Pamir region
Click to see an interesting article on the historic routes of the Silk Road of Tajikistan by Sunatullo Jonboboev and Sharofat Mamadambarova
Ther META office in Murghab is at 102, Osh Street, Murghab so you can visit the team there or phone Januzak META President on +992 934 652 005 or Gulnara META Director on +992 935 181 808 or +996 776 187618. Both speak good English.
A historic article from April 1899 explains the political importance of the Pamir region.
- Elechek – an overview of Kyrgyz Traditional Headdress customs: part 1 and part 2
- Photo Essay: Life and Survival in the Tajik Pamirs by Alex Forss
- Some cultural dos and don’ts
This documentary film charts the journey of a nomadic tribe of Pamiri Kyrgyz from homeland to Turkey. Also a great insight into the place that culture has in modern day society.
- Among the Pamir Kyrgyz of Eastern Turkey
- Well-being of the ‘new pastoralists’ in the Eastern Pamir of Tajikistan by Fanny Kreczi and Tobias Kraudzun. An intriguing insight into the cause and effects of poverty in the Eastern Pamir.
- The Eastern Pamir Art Catalogue provides some unique insights into handicrafts of the region. The research was conducted by Coordinator of the project and expert Jumagul Ibraimova, along with designer and expert of CACSARC-kg (Kyrgystan), Gulmira Kutueva. The project was instigated by ACTED.
- Interesting paper by Tobias Kraudzun on the Livelihoods of the ‘New Livestock Breeders’ in the Eastern Pamir, putting into historic context the importance of the nomadic herding economy to the region.
- The ‘Yak house’ handcraft programme was created in 2000 in Murghab district under the Pamir High Mountain Integrated project (PHIP) and implemented by ACTED
- The Eastern Pamir has attracted much research on the topic of agro-pastoralism as attempts are made to improve the livelihoods of the mountain societies of the region. Some of the publications regarding this can be found here.
Matt Traver’s interesting article on his 2013 exploration of the Alichursky mountains with some beautiful photos of the region. Watch out too for his forthcoming film on his experiences with the nomadic hunters of the region.
Journal for Environmental Management article on “Realities and myths of the Teresken Syndrome – An evaluation of the exploitation of dwarf shrub resources in the Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan”
The second highest peak in Tajikistan – Peak Lenin – lies on the northernmost edge of the Eastern Pamir region.
The Wakhan corridor forms the southern boundary of the Eastern Pamir and offers more beautiful scenery and remote locations. Check out this beautiful brochure advertising tourism in the Afghan Wakhan