Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Home Tourism in Zighar What to expect?

What to expect?

Already close to the camp you forget the dusty road and find clean water in channels and waterfalls, flowers, trees, fruits, songbirds. Walking up into the mountains you pass fruit gardens and woodlands of almond, Judas-tree and pistachio. Further up there are the dark green and fragrant juniper stands with plenty of various herbs in between. During spring and early summer the area is full of flowers and depending on season and altitude you will enjoy tulips, foxtail lilies, peonies and others. There are as well small pieces of deciduous forests composed of maple and sometimes walnut. In some areas you find large forbs with fine dispersed leaves and umbrellas of yellow flowers – the yugan (scientific Prangos), an umbellifera contact with it causes serious burning symptoms at the skin!

The landscape is scenic with rugged cliffs, gentle slopes with alpine meadows, waterfalls, and further up the snow capped peaks of mount Kuhi Furush.


The area is full of interesting wildlife. In the first place there is to mention the magnificent screw-horned goat or markhor with a local population numbering at more than 500. Further you have good chances to see the endangered Tienshan or isabelline brown bear. Even snow leopards can been observed with some luck and patience! Other species regularly observed include ibex, wild boar, golden eagle, Himalayan vulture, peregrine falcon (shahin), Steward’s bounting and many other song birds. The presence of the nocturnal porcupine is indicated by the black and white bristles and its paths in the vegetation.

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