Despite being on the backside of the Himalayas and home to a good number of 6000 and 7000m peaks, climbing tourism in the Pamirs is insignificant compared to that in Nepal, China, Pakistan or even Kyrgyzstan. As such, there are many unclimbed 4000-6000m peaks, and significant new route potential on peaks in the 6000-7500m range. Thus, those looking for a Himalayan climbing experience well off the beaten path should seriously consider heading into the Pamirs.

The Pamirs also offer many single and multi-pitch rock climbing opportunities. Only a handful of routes have been established though—there are many more waiting for adventuresome climbers. Being in the rain-shadow of the greater Himalayan ranges, the Pamirs also boasts relatively stable and predictable weather.

This pristine region also has its disadvantages for inexperienced climbers: the transportation and health infrastructure is lacking; route information ranges from non-existent to sparse; there are only a handful of locals with technical mountaineering or climbing experience.

The Pamirs are also home to incredibly interesting cultures, a fascinating history, and amazing landscapes. Thus, even if climbing in the Pamirs is not for you, there are ample other ways to enjoy the region.