Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan || Part 1

Editor's note: This post was originally published on 19 March 2010 and was updated in August 2019 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

This is the second post in our series. Check out our previous post at Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan Part 1

After making the first leg of our journey we leave the parking area and cross a small dirt bridge onto the main street of the village. It is amazing to me that in the 21st century, people still live like they have for hundreds of years. It is a much harder life than we are used to. But I can appreciate the simpler life. As seen in the video a village girl is interested in this big group of strangers but hides behind the gate of her family home. 

A young Tajik girl watches as our group hikes past her. (Click on the picture to enlarge)

If you notice in the picture above the power poles are mounted to a cement post with a cable holding the two together. It is done like that everywhere not just near the rivers. I think this might be done because, in a mountainous area, trees do not grow very tall, and to give the needed height, they mount them to the cement post. Tajikistan's forest only covers 2.9% of its landmass.

Now, remember in part 1 I referenced that Tajikistan was surrounded by other countries. That means Tajikistan is landlocked. Who knows how many millions of years ago it was covered by the ocean? In the picture below the rock, you see the fossilized seabed. What makes this even more impressive is that we are around 3000 ft/914 m above sea level.

The fossilized seabed at an Elv. of 3000ft (click on the picture to enlarge)

Two village boys tag along with our group as we climb the mountains outside their village. These two boys could run circles around all of us. We were told by the guides not to give anything to the boys. The village kids would beg for anything from the group and the guides didn't want to support that type of activity. This is a hard thing to do when you know the value of what you are wearing is more than what the family would make in a year.

Village boys follow us on our hike

We are taking a small break to look at footprints from a dinosaur. One of our guides scrambles across the mountainside to help point out the dinosaur footprints. 

Our guide points out the dinosaur prints (click on the picture to enlarge)

Right to the guide's knee, you will see two imprints in the rock about 18" long. That's the dinosaur footprints. Just think when those prints were made that wall of granite was flat on the ground!

The only trails in the area are made by the cows or donkeys on their way to feed on the mountain. But here is a little video of a trail that was just made by the people walking in front of me.

Follow the rest of our journey at  Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan Part 3


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