Well, not exactly. Pik Comminisma, which is the highest mountain in Tajikistan, stands tall at 7,495m. It’d be hard to trek that in a day. But considering the fact that 93% of all of the land in Tajikistan is mountanous and you see beautiful snow-peaked mountains every time you look out the window, it’d be almost a crime not to do some hiking during my time here.
I was able to do two day hikes thus far. One was last weekend – with a few friends from work.
And another one happened to be today with a small group of expats led by a local hiking guide. Unfortunately, the locals are not too keen on hiking, so it’s typically the foreigners that do it.
I have got to say – anybody that wants to get into International Development (ahem, Andrey) and wants to meet the right people, you need to come out to Dushanbe and go on a hike. It’s really quite interesting to see such a diverse expat community. You’ve got project managers, directors, embassy and foreign service people, etc. from virtually a dozen NGOs and government organizations that come together every week to go hiking.
It’s quite a networking opportunity – in fact, as our guide briefly mentioned, on more than one occasion, they’ve had “devushki legkogo povedenja” sign up to come out on these hikes to meet foreign men.
It was also pretty strange to suddenly hear so much English around you, after a month of communicating solely in Russian. It’s even stranger to bump into people from Brooklyn, NY – as it turns out, it’s a small world.
Anyway, back to the hike:
Both of these hikes took place in the Varzob region – just 20 minutes away from the city.