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Yes, we are operating under the legal name Sayohai Oli, LLC in Tajikistan.
For the tour package, a deposit in amount of 20% 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 wise. Wise is the most popular way among our clients due to fast and low fee transactions.
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.
Yes, we can book taxi from/to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) as well as to/from Osh (Kirghistan).
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.
Here are the most common land border crossing checkpoints that are open for foreigners:
Batken – Isfara
Denau – Tursunzade
There is no currency restriction for entry but you are obligated to declare your money if it exceeds 3000 USD. There is a currency restriction for exit. If your money exceed 3000 USD then you are obligated to declare and provide the permission documents (e.g. entry declaration stated at customs). If the amount exceed more than 10000 USD then you need to provide special permission provided by Central Bank.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. During the trekking our cook is able to cook vegetarian food.
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.
- 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.
For jeep tours we provide one liter bottled water per day. In the trekking tours we also provide one bottled water per day and you will have opportunity to refill your bottle with boiled water/tea in the morning if you need more. For the breakfast and dinner you will have tea and coffee.
It is unpredictable to forecast the the weather on mountains. It is most likely that it might rain, so you always must be prepared for the rain, hence should have water resistant clothes. No, if it rains it won’t affect your route, you will trek even if it rains or snow.
Each of tour has different list of useful items, but here are the most common items we suggest to take with fo rthe trekking tours:
Sleeping bag (-5C)
Warm and windproof clothes
Rain jacket and pants
Stock of clothes
Personal care products
Plastic bottle for water
Water purification tablets
Other personal items