Destination Information for Tajikistan
Tajikistan, in central Asia, is known for its mountainous and rugged landscape, making it a popular Asian destination for hiking and climbing. The country is home to the Iskanderkul Nature Refuge, a famous bird habitat, which includes the stunning turquoise Iskanderkul glacial lake.
Bordered by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Tajikistan is one of the most inaccessible countries in the world. The native people of Tajikistan are the Kyrgyz nomads, who live self-sufficiently in the mountains and deserts of this mysterious and magical country.
The East of the country is largely covered by inhospitable high-altitude desert, which is said to look like the moon’s surface. The West has more valleys and peaks rather than plateaus, and cliff-side villages edged with farmland is a typical sight.
Tajikistan’s largest city, and the capital, is Dushanbe, which provides a useful base to explore the Fann Mountains with their world class trekking and climbing opportunities. Dushanbe itself is a pretty city, with parks, palaces, museums and markets, and makes a pleasant place to stay. Popular with tourists is the route of the Pamir highway, which is an adventure driving destination for visitors who get their thrills making the journey from Dushanbe to the Pamir mountains by bicycle, car, motorbike and 4x4.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria and P.Falciparum malaria in South-Western parts of the country, including Dushanbe, Kulyab, Qurghonteppa and Pyanj.
Malaria chemoprophalaxis for variable risk zones
Chloroquine plus Proguanil is the first recommended course of treatment.
If deemed unsuitable, then Doxycycline, Atovaquone/Proguanil or Mefloquine are alternative options.
Anti-malarial medication is not generally advised for low to no risk zones.