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Paramount Journey is a travel company that operates in Tajikistan which is the brainchild of a passionate group of adventurers and explorers who want to share the wonders of Tajikistan with the outside world. Some of the team members were fortunate enough to be born and bred in the country; others only discovered its marvels in later life. Together we are proud to plan, promote and run exciting and professional adventures that enable participants to explore Tajikistan well beyond the usual tourist trails. One-off expeditions for thrill seekers are provided alongside shorter, more manageable treks and individually tailored programmes so that everyone can discover Tajikistan, whatever their age, fitness level, or interests.


AvatarALOVADDIN KALONOV Founder & Expedition Leader (Tajikistan)

Alovaddin is an enthusiastic traveller, who travelled throughout Europe during his Master’s studies, as well as covering every hill, valley and remote corner of his home country. He has been a key member of expeditions in the Pamirs and Zarafshan, and led many hiking groups in the west of Tajikistan.
Alovaddin did his Master’s degree in banking and finance at Stockholm School of Business, but his enthusiastic desire to share his passion, and to show the pristine landscape and culture of Tajikistan, led him to travel extensively. When he gets an opportunity to leave the city’s confines, he gets his camera and strives to conquer the ranges so as to capture the moment when a glorious greeting of the sun kisses the mountains and beyond. Take a closer look at his portfolio. Alovaddin feels that the splendour of Tajikistan is reflected perfectly in one of his favourite quote by Goethe’s Faust – “Verweile doch, du bist so schön” – “Stay a while, you are so beautiful”.

Contact Alovaddin EN, RU, TR, TJ


nonlan kleinMICHAEL RICHTER Expedition Leader (Germany)

Michael is a retired university professor of physical geography, and an experienced guide for extended student field trips. He has also organised and managed his own private visits in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan using his own car, by bicycle, public transport, and hiking.
The first time Michael visited Tajikistan was in 1996 when touring through the Yagnob Valley, situated in the northwest of Tajikistan. “I started to love Central Asia when I realised that I don’t need to turn around to check whether suspects are following me – which I always had to do in most of Latin American countries”.
His favourite overnight stay: Thousand Star Hotel!
Michael is one of the Top Contributors on TripAdviser
Michael is fluent in German, English, Italian, Spanish and French, and has a broad knowledge of the natural world, as well as socio-economic fields.
Visit his university page and gallery.

Contact Michael GR, EN, IT, ES, FR


umedaUMEDA MIRZOKARIMOVA Marketing Director (Canada)

Umeda is originally from Tajikistan, however she grew up in the US, where she obtained her B.Sc. Degree. Currently, she resides in Toronto and is raising two kids.
Umeda sees here role as bridging two apparently different cultures, and by introducing them to each other she hopes that people will realise their many similarities. She sees Canadians as adventurous and outdoor loving, traits which are shared by many people in Tajikistan, and though she loves her adopted country, she believes her homeland has the edge when it comes to warm hospitality. Not yet convinced? You’ll have to visit Tajikistan with Paramount Journey, and we will be delighted to prove it to you.

Contact Umeda EN, TJ


DenisDENIS DMITRIEV Expedition Leader (Tajikistan)

Denis takes from life everything that it can offer, and sometime a little more, so long as there is daylight! Denis is passionate about his mountain bike, his Nikon d700 camera, and his snowboard, but even more than these prized possessions, he loves the mountains, where he even spends New Year’s Eve in a tent!
If you’re planning an outdoor adventure in Tajikistan, you will get to know Dennis well. He has led many tourist groups in the Fann Mountains, and was part of several rescue operations there too. His mountain skills are second to none, he’s an engaging travel companion, and his knowledge on all manner of topics, from flora and fauna to climbing routes and bike repair, make him an invaluable member of the Paramount Journey team. Trust your next expedition to Denis.