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Travel tips about Tajikistan

Frequent Asked Questions

ABOUT PARAMOUNT JOURNEY’S ACTIVITIES

  • Are you a direct local travel operator?

    Yes, we are operating under the license of Sogdiana-Pamir Tour in Tajikistan.
  • How to book the tour?

    You just inform us and provide your passport details and tours details.
  • How to pay for paramount Journey services?

    For the tour package, a deposit in amount of 15% from the total cost of the tour should be paid at least three month before the start of a tour. The money can be transferred through a bank or paypal. Paypal is the most popular way among our clients due to fast and no fee transactions.
  • What is the refund policy for the deposit?

    Your deposit is refundable if there any force major cases and if you cancel earlier then two months before your tour starts. A transaction fee is not refundable.
  • How to decrease the price of tailor made tour?

    Due to off-roads, travelling to some part of Tajikistan is not cheap, especially to Pamirs. We always try to minimize the tour cost and suggest our customers to book their customized tour as soon as possible, so we can suggest other travelers to join tour and share some major cost such as transportation and guides service expenses.
  • Can you organize transfers to other neighboring countries?

    Yes, we can book taxi from/to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) as well as to/from Osh (Kirghistan).
  • Can you assist with booking hotel?

    Yes, we have partnership agreement with local hotels, and we are able to provide with lower rate than most of booking pages such as booking.com and Expedia.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Best time to travel

    The best time for trekking in Tajikistan starts from mid of May till October. Skiing season starts from mid of December to mid of March. If you are interested in culture activates then we recommend visiting Tajikistan during Navruz celebration where you can watch traditional Buzkashi games, attend traditional & cultural events.
  • Passports and Visas

    Citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine do not need visa to visit Tajikistan, but they should get registered within 3 days at police station ask for OVIR.

    Since June 2016, Tajikistan launched e-Visa, which is an official document permitting entry (airport and land boards) into and travel within Tajikistan. Price of the visa cost $50 and $20 for GBAO permit (for visiting Pamir). More information available at www.evisa.tj

  • Visa on arrival

    Visa to Tajikistan can be collected at the airport of Dushanbe and at the airport of Khujand upon arrival (THIS OPTION IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS MOMENT).
  • How to get to Tajikistan?

    Dushanbe Airport – flights from: Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), Dubai (FlyDubai, Somonair), Frankfurt (Somonair), Urumqi (China Southern Airlines), New Delhi (Tajik Air), Tehran (Tajik Air), Beijing (Tajik Air), Almaty (Air Astana, Somonair), and there are many frequent flights to Russian cities from Dushanbe, Khujand, Kulyab by Somonair, Tajik Air, UTair, S7, Ural Airlines. You can also consider flights from/to Tashkent, from/to Osh, and we will take care of your transfer.
  • Exchange money and ATMs

    It is possible to exchange USD, EURO, Rubles to Tajik somoni at the Dushanbe airports, banks and official exchange offices. It is illegal to exchange foreign currency at non-official places and pay with foreign currency. In recent years, there is a tension with issuing USD at some bank’s ATM machines.
  • Tajikistan currency

    A national currency of Tajikistan is Tajik Somoni. It is issued in banknote denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Somonis. 1 Somoni is equal to 100 Dirams coins. The most updated exchange rate can be found on http://www.xe.com
  • Spoken Languages

    Tajik language is the mother tongue of 80% of population. It is the most spoken language as well as Russian in the most of part of the county, less in countryside. In Pamir, people speak pamiri language which is different from Tajik, but they perfectly Tajik and Russian languages too. Same with Yagnbis who speak old yagnobi language.
  • Clothing limitations

    There is no any limitation neither official nor by society. In the major cities, residents wear European style clothes, traditional and Islamic. To respect locals in the countryside we recommend woman and man to avoid wearing revealing outfit that bare shoulders, above knees and back.
  • Vegetarian food

    Although, many vegetarians praise tasty fruits and vegetables in Tajikistan, vegetarian meals are not popular in Tajikistan and most of the national meals consist meat. You can find vegetarian cafe in Khujand or Indian restaurants that serve vegetarian food in Dushanbe and Khorog.
  • Mobile Operators

    In Tajikistan you can subscribe to the following mobile operators: Tcell, Megafon, Beeline, Babilon Mobile. In Pamir and Upper Zarafshan we recommend to use Tcell.
  • Vaccinations

    There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Tajikistan.
  • Altitude sickness

    Usually travelers start to feel altitude sickness on 2500m. All our scheduled and talilor made tours are designed with acclimatization days that help travelers to decrease the risk of altitude sickness. While visiting Gorno-Badakhshan we always suggest the route that starts from Dushanbe. Unlike the route Osh – Murghab – Dushanbe, the route Dushanbe – Khorog – Murghab gains elevation 4000m in 4-5 days while the route from Osh in one day. If you frequently suffering from altitude sickness then we you better consult your doctor for advice and medication, and inform us about it in advance.
  • Stomach upset

    Having problems with stomach among foreigners is frequent. You can take your medication against stomach upsets and diarrhea with you. Otherwise, your guide have a first kit aid that includes such medications. To prevent diarrhea, we suggest limiting the consumption of fat meals, fruits and fresh vegetables.
  • Clothing

    Tajikistan is located in sharp continental climate region where in summer temperature in on the mountains can vary from 0 (at night and early morning) to 40 degree (during the day). Therefore, we suggest to take appropriate outfit for high mountain climate as well as summer light dress such as short, shirt with long sleeve.
  • Voltage

    European two-pin – 220v.
  • Useful items

    Each of tour has different list of useful items, but here are the most common items we suggest to take with:

    • Backpack (+50kg)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Trekking sticks
    • Trekking shoes
    • Warm and windproof clothes
    • Rain jacket and pants
    • Stock of clothes
    • Hat/cap
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Flashlight
    • First-aid kit
    • Personal care products
    • Sleeping bag
    • Personal crockery
    • Plastic bottle for water
    • Water purification tablets
    • Adaptor
    • Other personal items


Feedback

  • We had a short tour through Tajikistan (Iskander-Kul, Khujand) in October 2016 and Alovaddin and his team did a great job showing us the amazing landscape and nice people. Both are very nice and caring guys with very good English skills. So if you are planning a trip to Tajikistan soon, I can only recommend to book a tour with him!
    Jan & Jamal, IT analysts, Germany
  • All in all, we can highly recommend to everyone to travel with Paramount Journey! Already the planning process was organized very precisely and professional, we received pros and cons concerning our ideas and were pointed out spots to visit. We are convinced that future travelers will be delighted! If you ever want to go to Tajikistan and visit that beautiful country, let them show you the best spots! Reed more...
    Ann Kathrin, Students, Germany
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    Werner and Zindi, Netherlands
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    (We had a fun trip with Paramount Journey! Thank you for such unique experience in Tajikistan and providing good service. Best wishes and success!)    
    Rashed Alshamsi & Saad Motamed, Students, UAE
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