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Tajikistan - rugged mountains, quaint valleys, and many sheep!

Posted Sep. 15, 2013
Tajikistan suffered from a devastating civil war, which lasted from 1992 to 1997, but peace has returned. A mountainous landlocked country, Tajikistan borders Kyrgyzstan to the north,  Uzbekistan to the west, Afghanistan to the south, and China to the east. The narrow mountainous Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. Mountains cover more than 90% of the land so mountain climbing and hiking is popular among the few tourists who venture here. Much of the country is covered in snow during the harsh winters and higher roads around the Wakhan Valley are closed for months. The few tourists who do travel here are greatly rewarded with the warm hospitality of the locals who mainly belong to the Persian-speaking Tajik ethnic group. One of the many highlights is a flight in the Antonov AN-28 (a 2-engined light prop transport aircraft) of  Tajik Air from the capital city Dushanbe to the little town of Khorog from where the exciting route goes all along the Afghan border to and through the Wakhan Valley and out into Kyrgyzstan. READ MORE... Photos of Tajikistan