Wildlife and tourism in Tajikistan

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Ravmeddara at a glance

The wildlife of Ravmeddara Gorge is protected by inhabitants of the villages Khijez and Ravmed with the NGO Parcham. On an area of 47 thousands hectares they established the first community based conservancy area in Tajikistan. Where in the nearest past poaching was prevalent, now hunting is trictly controlled and ibexes roam without fear in the valley. Income generated by tourism shall support the conservation activities of the NGO and the social-economic development of the villages Khijez and Ravmed.

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Practical Information

How to get there?

Starting point for excursions in the conservancy Ravmeddara is Khijez Village, located at the entrance of Ravmeddara Gorge. The distance from Khorog to Khijez is 90 km. The second village of the gorge, Ravmed, is located 18 km upstream. It can be reached by a food walk, possibly with transportation assistance by donkeys. These can be provided by community members for a small fee. There is currently one horse available in Ravmed which can be used for riding. Ask for Gulbek.

 The lower half of the way to Ravmed is useable by 4wd vehicle. But this road is often blocked by avalanches and rockfalls.

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Coordinates: 37.9789 N // 71.999 E

Where to stay

In Khijez and Ravmed you can stay in homestays with families in traditional Pamiris houses which provide basic standard. The guest houses provide you wit cotton matraces (“kurpacha”) and blankets but you can also use your own sleeping bags. There are simple toilets outside and places where you can take a “shower” from a bucket.

Approximately half the way between the two villages, at a nice site called Mavuj Gulbek has erected a new shelter for tourist. It is without permanent manager. So the tourist can just enter the house, make some tea and have a sleep. Please leave the house in the conditions you would like to find it while arriving again and leave some money in the cash box for the construction and maintenance of the house.

There are several sites appropriate for pitching your tents. Please don’t leave rubbish in the valley and use already existing fire places or a camping cooker for making tea and preparing your meals.

Guides

If you just intent to walk in the main valley, you not necessarily rely on a guide. For hiking up the side valley, climbing on Peak Patkhor or crossing to the neighbouring valleys of Jizev or Basid a guide is mandatory and will be provided by the NGO “Parcham”. Without guidance you will hardly be able to detect the ibexes at the rocky slopes or find the pugmarks of a snow leopard. So for wildlife observation better ask for a guide. 

What to bring with you?

Bring with you trekking equipment and binoculars. The local guides also have simple binoculars and one spotting scope, which is essential for enjoying wildlife observations at long distances.

People provide local cuisine, but bringing some food is recommended as there is no shop and only locally grown grain and vegetables and few livestock are available.