Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan || Part 3

 Editor's note: This article was originally published on 20 March 2010 and was updated in August 2019 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

This is the third post in our series. Navigate over to our previous post at Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan Part 1 and Day Hiking in Tursunzoda Tajikistan Part 2

 After we left the village and finished viewing the dinosaur prints our group took a lunch break on a grassy saddle that overwatches the village that we left earlier in the day. Our guides pull out hot green tea which is the Tajik National Drink. They have been carrying the tea in their packs for the group to enjoy. My small team had gone to the market the night before the hike and we loaded up on cheese and non or Tajik (HoH) which is a flatbread found throughout Central Asia. 

Looks like the village boys' effort paid off and made a score for some lunch.

Trail Marker?

Our group splits up into those who want to take an extended lunch break and those of us who want to push on to ascend the mountain. 

The view from the saddle as one group ascends the mountain.

We had to watch out for falling rocks from the hikers above us.
Just follow the donkey, he knows where he's going...It is amazing that these animals just graze on the mountain.
Free-range mules. 

Overlooking the area where we will cross the river on our way back to our vehicles. 

This is right out of Indiana Jones. This was a monkey bridge that was up the river from the village that we left earlier in the day and is used by the people who live here on the river every day.

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to participate in this guided day hike. While my group didn't have hiking gear other than the patrol packs, we could pull together the items we needed while out for the day. Tajikistan supplies you with culture, ruggedness, and beautiful countryside,  everything you would want in an adventure.


Dan O said…
Wow - crazy bridge. Look pretty safe....

Cool reports, pictures and video.
Unknown said…
that place needs some singletrack! ROCK!

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