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Alichur at a glance

Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Alichur at a glance

Marco Polo, the legendary Venetian 13th century traveler, apparently never saw Marco Polo sheep alive, but he was the first who mentioned the length of its horns he saw in the Pamirs. That time it roamed in incredible large herds on the green pastures in the wide mountain valleys of the Roof of the World, the High Pamirs.


Today it is not very common to see the Marco Polo sheep because of poaching until recently. Fortunately now members of the local community in Alichur decided to conserve this unique wild sheep. The conservancy of 92,727 ha in the Northern Alichur Range was assigned to the local NGO “Burgut”, established in November 2012 by local traditional hunters, who were concerned with the fast decline of Marco Polo sheep and ibex numbers. The community rangers now prevent poaching and over the years successfully recovereds the populations.


In early 2016 a wildlife survey carried out by members of "Burgut" together with experts from the Academy of Science of Tajikistan and Panthera revealed the presence of 500+ Marco Polo sheep and more than 700 Asiatic ibex in the conservancy area. Also Tian Shan brown bear, snow leopard, wolf and lynx are present here.

(c) T. Rosen

In the beautiful landscape of Alichur you can already now experience very nice wildlife observations, and will certainly see Marco Polo sheep and ibex if guided by the experienced rangers of "Burgut", and with big luck you may even see snow leopards and other carnivores. Furthermore, you can visit a small geyser and a number of historical sites, like petroglyphs and the historical mausoleum near Bashgumbez.

Tajikistan's Kyrgyz are very talented craftsmen and women; ask for traditional handicrafts souvenirs made by local people, including beautiful traditional rugs.

Trekking opportunities

  • Alichur to Bashgumbez where you can see the centuries old mausoleum
  • Alichur to Bahmal-jylga petroglyphs, wildlife observation (Marco Polo sheep, snow leopard, ibex, bear, eagle, wild ducks)
  • Alichur to Ak-balyk: enjoying the beauty of the landscape and petroglyphs, historical place and wildlife observations (Marco Polo sheep, snow leopard, ibex, bear, eagle, wild ducks)
  • Alichur to Muzdu-airyk: where you can see the old stone for making yurts and experience wildlife observations
  • You can do yak riding or use yaks as pack animals for carrying your luggage

Practical Information

How to get there?

Alichur is on the way from Khorog to Murghab, approximately 220 km from Khorog or 100 km from Murghab. The conservancy covers the side valleys of the Alichur Pamir up to the Northern Alichur Range.

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Coordinates Alichur village: 37.75317 N // 73.26518 E

When visiting Alichur please call Makhammatali (Makhan) Atabaev (+992-900-521035; basic English, Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik) or Sherali Zhunusov (+992-900-501989; good English, Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik).

In Alichur you will be hosted in homestays or in yurts (traditional felt tents), which are very different from the lodging opportunities in other parts of Tajikistan.

It is recommended to hire as guides the rangers of “Burgut”, who are excellent guides and are able to show you the rare wildlife.