Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Homestays and yurts:

There are homestays in the villages of Alichur and Bashgumbez. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ask Makhammatali (Makhan) Atabaev (+992-900-521035; basic English, Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik) or Sherali Zhunusov (+992-900-501989; good English, Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik) or look n Alichur village at the northern side of the highway for the sign of "Burgut - Homestay"! You can also stay in a yurt at the himestay in Alichur or in yurts in the valleys of the community-based protected area.

The prices for the homestay or yurt and food are the following:

Overnight in homestay or yurt - USD 23
Breakfast - USD 5-6
Lunch - USD 6-7
Dinner - USD 6-7
If you would like to have a packed lunch with you on your hikes just ask for it.


It is recommended to hire as guides the rangers of “Burgut”, who are excellent guides and are able to show you the rare wildlife. To see the Alichur gorges you have to hire a local vehicle (USD 0.80 per kilometer). The cost of a local guide is USD 20 per day. Guided wildlife photography of ibex, Marco Polo sheep and even snow leopard can be agreed. The price depends on the specific expectations and the effort required.

The cost of a horse is USD 25 per day, USD 15 half a day and USD 5 per hour. You can hire even a yak at the cost of USD 30 per day, USD 20 for half a day or USD 5 per hour (not always possible as yaks are sometimes at remote pastures and cannot be brought for short services). For carrying the luggage the rangers are usually able to assist you in hiring donkeys, at the cost of USD 20 per day.

What to bring with you?

Bring with you trekking equipment including good shoes, binoculars and photo equipment. For taking wildlife pictures you will need a long lens. The local guides also have binoculars and a spotting scope.


In the homestay in Alichur beautiful souvenirs made by local women are offered: e.g., various items made of felt like toy animals, traditional kelims and felt rugs.

Additional information:

For additional information please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the PECTA Visitor Center in the city park "Chor Bogh" in Khorog or call PECTA (excellent English and Russian): Asadsho Zoolshoev: +992-93-57777131 or Zhandiya Zooolshoeva: +992-93-5755903!