Mountain Monarchs of Tajikistan

This tour consists of visiting four of our conservancies to watch wildlife, mainly mountain ungulates and depending on the season brown bears. Together with the community-based wildlife organizations, ANCOT has been working for 10 years protecting the conservancy areas from poachers and livestock grazing to reduce competition and wildlife disturbance. Within 10 years the conservancies achieved remarkable results in increasing the number of mountain ungulates in their protected areas. Today we are supporting these conservancies by organizing wildlife watching and learning tours. On this trip you will enjoy trekking, camping, yak safari and a road-trip which goes along the famous Pamir Highway. You would be able to see Sheep, Siberian ibex, Markhors, Brown bears, and observe many species of raptor and singing birds. You will certainly enjoy hospitality at our conservancy families who have dedicated their life in wildlife conservation cause. Also, you will camp under the stars, explore beautiful canyons, learn about the natural and cultural history, and experience what’s it like being a conservancy family in remote corners of Tajikistan. This tour includes airport pickup; drop off, ground transportation, food, accommodation, local English speaking guides and rangers who will help you with your treks and excursions and wildlife watching during 15 days of your stay. You just come and enjoy the trip rest will be taken care by us. This trip can be organized individually or for groups as well. The tour can be easily adjusted according to your wishes, flight dates and it can be shorter or longer as well.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dushanbe. City sightseeing

Day 2: Drive to Shurobod. See the Markhor goat. Night in conservancy family guesthouse.

Day 3: Drive to Khorog. En route make several stops for photography and bird watching

Day 4-5: Drive to Darshai village in Wakhan valley and hike in Darshaidara valley, see Siberian Ibex in Darshai conservancy.

Day 6-9: Drive to Alichur. The high plateau is home for Argali- Sheep, Ibex and Snow Leopards as well as different bird species. Spend time exploring these animals, seeing different groups in different valleys of the conservancy and possibly spot the snow leopard.

Day 10: Drive to Khorog. Spend some free time on your own.

Day 11-14. Drive to Zigar village in Darvoz. Local conservancy here protects the endangered Markhor goat. We spend time observing these outstanding capra specie and explore the gorges of Hazratishoh mountain range.

Day 15: Flight back

Number of days: 15
Covered regions:
Wakhan valley
Fann mountains
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Personal binoculars (Watching scopes are provided), Alcaholic beverages
What to bring: Binoculars, sleeping bag, suncreen, sun-glasses, sun-hat, flashlight, hiking soes, sandals, anti msquito spray/cream
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.