You can't beat Tajikistan holidays for pure adventure. With around 90% of the country covered in mountains this is heaven for those who embrace the great outdoors, with countless opportunities for hiking, riding, cycling and water sports. Beautiful and remote, the Pamir Mountains dominate with their three giant peaks and the thrilling road trip along the Pamir Highway. Here you will find secluded mountain communities, lakeland scenery, picturesque valleys and even, it is rumoured, the elusive yeti.
Green and spacious, the capital, Dushanbe is a pleasing city with wide, tree-lined boulevards and elegant buildings ringed by brooding mountains. Don't miss market day at the Kurbon Bazaar where all manner of goods are bought and sold. Follow the rushing river through the the Varzob Gorge and take the road to the top of the Nurek Dam for spectacular views. Step back into the Soviet era at nearby Nurek town with its statue of Lenin.
Check out the fossilised dinosaur tracks in Shirkent Gorge, overnight with a family in a traditional yurt and breathe in the pure mountain air as you ponder the view of the Hissor Valley, hugged by mountains, from the ruins of 18th-century Hissor Fort.