Trekking in the Pamir and Zarafshan Mountains

Alovaddin Kalonov


They say that to be from Tajikistan is to know Tajikistan. But while I thought I knew my country well, it was not until I trekked into the two regions of the Pamir and Zarafshan Mountains that I discovered more sides to it. To venture into these places was to be a witness to two very different agricultural landscapes, one coloured by a constantly shifting history and harsh conditions, unknown to most Tajiks; and the other, the Pamir, a place of gentle traditions, music, and cooperative spiritedness.

I am drawn to these remote locations through my love of travel, exploring vast distances on foot, and then in being able to share those experiences with others through my photographs to reveal the rural life and nature of Tajikistan.

Alovaddin Kalonov

is a

Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Alovaddin is a passionate traveler who has explored over 30 countries and every corner of Tajikistan. He has led hiking groups in the Fann and Pamir Mountains, Yagnob, Rasht, and Shirkent valleys. Despite having a Master’s degree in banking and finance, Alovaddin’s love for experiencing and sharing the pristine landscape and culture of Tajikistan led him to travel extensively. He is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally. Alovaddin is responsible for planning every trip and itinerary and manages communication and tour management to ensure a memorable and authentic travel experience.