Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: High Pamir Explorer

“Drive the lofty Pamir Highway, meeting local nomads, exploring Silk Road sites, enjoying hikes and a homestay, on this 16 day small group adventure.”

Highlights

Tajikistan: Dushanbe | Pamir Highway | Kalai- Khumb | Bartang Valley | Explore by 4x4 and on foot | Khorog | Ancient forts | Ishkashim | Yamg | Follow the Panj River | Tajik and Wakhi nomads | Langar | Hike to see petroglyphs | Yashik Kul lake | Caravanserai ruins | Lunch with nomads at yurt camp | Shorbulak Observatory | Murgab | Karakul lake homestay | Kyrgyzstan: Pamir Plateau | Ashik Tash Base Camp | Silk Road city of Osh | Fly to Bishkek

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Environment

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.

Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the land is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

Trying to do our bit for the environment, in 2005 we were among the first UK-based travel companies to automatically offset every client’s international flight (if booked with us) with a payment to 'Carbon Clear' - an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions, to help promote sustainable energy.

Community

In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan we pride ourselves on working directly with as many local hotels, drivers, guides and cooks as possible, thereby putting money directly into the local community.

We also employ jeep drivers on a revolving basis and different ones in each area to ensure that the money we bring in is distributed evenly. With the small local guesthouses and home stays we use, the money goes and stays in these pagan valleys rather than being siphoned out to rich, down-country hoteliers.

We employ local guides, which again places funds directly in the pockets of local families. With our travels we also help support a number of educational trusts.

We are proud to support the Adopt-A-Minefield project, an NGO that saves and improves lives by raising funds to clear landmines and help landmine survivors. With more than 830 square kilometres of land left to clear in neighbouring Afghanistan, we feel that this organisation makes a huge difference to the quality of life for people in this area. For further details please visit www.landmines.org.uk

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