roof of the world
Welcome to one of the most amazing places in Central Asia: the
Eastern Pamirs. Historically it has been a mythical place and difficult
to access - still true today. Yet the majestic beauty of the high mountain
deserts, summer pastures, lakes, peaks and gigantic glaciers reward visitors
for their efforts, as does the hospitality of the people inhabiting these
lands. Take some time to explore this remote and unique region and you
will discover places of natural beauty, places of historical significance
and rare wildlife Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, living conditions
have steadily deteriorated. In order to address this problem, and with
a view to popularise and protect the Eastern Pamirs cultural and natural
resources, ACTED's Pamir High Mountain Integrated Project (PHIP) has been
implemented since 2001- a community based ecotourism project with UNESCO
and SDC support. This project will provide visitors with an authentic
experience while also bringing benefits to the local population and preserving
natural and cultural resources.
META (Murghab Ecotourism Association) is the local body implementing
this project with ACTED, UNESCO and SDC support. More...
By using the services provided by META members, you contribute
- incomes that will be used to cover the basic needs of the service providers;
- the financial sustainability of META, thereby ensuring the sustainability
of the project.
5% of the incomes generated by the service providers go to META and 95%
to service providers. The 5% for META is used to cover its running costs
and to provide micro credit to META members.
- The Pamirs 1:500 000 map of GBAO: www.geckomaps.com
- Guide to archaeological sites of the Eastern Pamirs
PHIP is implemented by ACTED
under SDC and UNESCO
PHIP activities include rehabilitation of social infrastructure, support
to agriculture and animal breeding, school support to schools and support
to handicrafts, micro finance and culture.
About Ecotourism in Murghab : read