Sean and I are winding down. We only have 2.5 months left to explore Tajikistan, and it seems like our bucket list of things to do has only grown rather than diminished. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing.
One thing we’ve always wanted to do, but never seemed to find the time for, was Hike Tajikistan. Run by a few expats, Hike Tajikistan is a club of sorts that spends every Sunday when the weather is good exploring this beautiful country. And last Sunday was the first time we were able to attend.
The hike itself was in Romit Valley, about an hour and a half away from Dushanbe. We had a group of about 30 people, including many Americans from the Embassy. It was a relatively easy hike that was supposed to end at a waterfall. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and when we came to where the last bridge was supposed to be, we found it had been washed away.
Luckily the day was not lost. There was a small waterfall and tiny pool a little ways back where nearly everyone in the group took a quick dip to cool off.
Hiking in Tajikistan is tricky. The most difficult part sometimes is finding the trail heads, which is why Hike Tajikistan is so helpful. The guides know exactly where they are going. It’s also a nice way to meet new people and get away from Dushanbe for a few hours.
- Hike Tajikistan has a Facebook page where they post their weekly Sunday hikes. Cost without transportation is 50 TJS per person.