Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan

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"The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan cover the area of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and are part of a greater plateau stretching towards Afghanistan in the south, China in the east and Kyrgyzstan in the north. The destination promotes sustainable tourism as a way of supporting local people by creating fair job opportunities for everyone, including for such disadvantaged groups as single mothers and people from remote areas. In addition to destination marketing and product development, the Pamirs Eco Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA) works on preserving the historical heritage of the Pamirs, including protection of natural resources: support of the Tajik National Park – a UNESCO nature heritage site – is among its protection of natural resources initiative."


Images provided by Nicolas Pernot and Tim Fedke. ©

Situated in Badakhshan in the heart of Asia, "The Pamirs" is an area of sky-scraping, snow-capped, majestic mountains, transparent clear blue waters of lakes and wide valleys and bone-dry deserts. For hundreds of years, people have called these high mountains "Poy-e-Mehr", the literal translation being, "the Foot of the Sun" or "Roof of the World".


To all Friends of the Pamir Mountains. If you are looking for a nice present or if you need something really special for yourself.     Here's the solution:

"With our own hands"

from Frederik Van Oudenhoven & Jamila Haider

A celebration of food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Website funded by Government of Switzerland

Website funded by Government of Switzerland

An isolated beauty


The Pamirs are beautiful and isolated. But do not worry – there is public transport and PECTA can arrange a driver for you. 

Photos by   Nicolas Pernot

One reason why travelling in the Pamirs is so impressive comes from the opportunity to stay with local Pamiri families in a homestay.  The most up-to-date listing of homestays is found here on our website.