Hiking and trekking :
Tour operators offer a number of set itineraries, mostly in the
southwest of the country and its surrounding mountains, generally
during the summer months. The trips generally start in Moscow and
include a 14-day trekking trip around the ancient Sogdian lakes such
as Iskander-kul, north of Dushanbe and the Muragazor Lakes, finishing
in Samarkand in Uzbekistan; and a trip to the mountain passes of the
Kara-Tak, north of Dushanbe, walking 8 to 10km (5 to 6 miles) per day,
with baggage being carried by donkeys, and staying in mountain
villages. Some operators will organise itineraries to suit individual
Other : The national sport is wrestling, called Gushtin Geri.
Bushkashi is a team game in which the two mounted teams attempt to
deliver a headless and legless goat’s carcass weighing 30 to 40kg over
the opposition’s goal line. Players are allowed to wrestle the goat
from an opponent, but physical assault is frowned upon. There is
skiing and hunting in the hills behind Dushanbe.