Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Home Tourism in Khirmanjo What to expect?

What to expect?

The Eastern slopes of Hazratishoh Range belong to the nicest parts of Tajikistan with its steep cliffs of red and white colour, gentle slopes with woodlands and green meadows at the high altitudes as well as narrow gorges. You will have a nice few on the Pyanj Valley, neighbouring Afghanistan  and the high mountains of Badakhshan. Snow-capped Kuhi Furish (4673 m a.s.l.) in its shape remembers a sleeping man.

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Vegetation is rich and varies depending on altitude. In the lower areas you find pistachio and almond woodlands. Further up there are woodlands of wild fruit trees, remembering gardens. In higher elevations with more precipitation vegetation is almost forest like or forms meadows full of flowers. The highest altitudes have alpine meadows or are just bare rocks and glaciers. The lower altitudes show a cultural landscape of very ancient character still almost a living museum. There is a high diversity of plant cultivars, especially fruit trees. Fields are ploughed with ancient ploughs, dragged by oxens. Hay and grain are collected by hand and transported down hill on sledges.

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You have good chances accompanied by a guide form Saidi Tagnob or Muhofiz to see some rare wild animals, such as the markhor, wild boar, isabelline bear or – unfortunately less likely - the urial sheep. In the lower ranges red fox and jackal are common. There are plenty of various birds. The colourful roller is present almost everywhere. There are many birds of prey, especially golden eagle, bearded vultures and falcons.

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In the villages Safedob, Anjirob, Khirmanjo, Kisht, Parvor and Dashtijum, you will be met by the members of the groups running the conservancy with the typical Tajik warm hospitality.

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The nicest time is in spring, from early March until End of May. Later it is very hot in the lower areas and most vegetation is burned by the sun. However, in higher elevations it is still pleasant, even in summer and vegetation longer remains green accordingly. For observation of markhor End November/Beginning December is a good time due to the rut.

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