Central Asia, and for now we are talking about Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, is an intrepid traveller’s playground. Here are so many off the beaten path destinations – well, wait, almost all of Central Asia is off the beaten path. Once you are out of the cities, everything is rugged and an adventurer’s heaven.
Among the most interesting remote areas are in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Travel in Afghanistan is not particularly safe and great care should be taken in planning the best routes. Currently, the northeast along the border with Tajikistan as well as the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor to the south of Tajikistan are fairly safe. Tajikistan offers great hikes in the Pamir mountains as well as the area along the Afghan border in the south. The most beautiful and pleasant country in this region is unquestionably Kyrgyzstan. While comparatively small, Kyrgyzstan offers several glacial lakes surrounded by grean meadows (jailoos) complete with yurts and horses, alpine hiking, small quaint villages, good food, and some of the most hospitable people in the world!
Here is a list of some 9 of the best off-the-beaten paths to explore and enjoy!