Tajikistan

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Language: Tajik
Capital: Dushanbe
Population: 7,349,145
Currency: Somoni (TJS)
Hitchability: from Average.png (average) to Verygood.png (very good)
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Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia. Hitchhiking is quite possible there, and Anton Krotov has called it "the most hospitable country in Central Asia". That opinion is generally shared by travellers. People come out of their houses to try to drag you into their house to feed you. But as Tajikistan is the poorest country in Central Asia, you may be literally eating THEIR dinner, and they will not accept food or money. If you do eat their food, you should try to at least bring some biscuits/sweets for the kids, as these are never refused.

As in other countries in the area, it's advisable to walk as trafic is scarce and waiting times can be very long. The truck drivers will happily drive you, but a lot of them will kick you out before one of the many police checkpoints. If they don't, the police make them pay a bribe for carrying a foreigner.

Pamir Highway

On the Pamir Highway seems to be almost no traffic, but for that reason nearly everybody stops. Most of the vehicles are taxis, and there are very few trucks. A small payment can be expected, make it clear before you enter. Russian language is common. You need special permits for all regions along the Pamir highway, which must be cleared before you enter. Call your responsable embassy for that reason. Be aware of the landmines down in the Panj River.

Cities

Dangers

There are landmines on both sides of the main connection road from Dushanbe to Khorog between Rogun and Kalaikum. There are further landmines in the border regions to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and to Afghanistan. Watch for red painted boulders on the ground. Almost all mine fields already surrounded by them(2010).

Border Crossing

  • Bor Doba-Markansu on the border with Kyrgyzstan, at the beginning of the Pamir Highway is well developped with opportunities for eating.
  • Border controls between Batken-Isfara and Sary-Tash-Murgab only(2010) could pass foreiners on Tajik-Kirgyz border. Border controls Karamyk is only for locals(2010) no doubt that this checkpoint is easyest on the way to Kirgyzstan and China.
  • There is still no multynation border controls between Tajik-China border!