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Cycling In Tajikistan

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The Rumi Trail cycle route in Tajikistan offers you some 440 km of cycling through Dushambe, Budaki, Guliston, Dahanakiik, Obikiik, Kyzylkala, Qurgonteppa, Vakash, Kokayty, Partizani, Kabla, Khurshedi, Aiwanj, Sairak and Termez cities. Adverture cycling pleasure in a natural environment on the ancient Khorasan Roads. Cycling towards Afghanistan in the footsteps of Rumi. From home of Maulana Rumi to the shrine of Rumi.



Jayhun District (Russian: Район Джайхун; Tajik: Ноҳияи Ҷайҳун, before 2016: Qumsangir District) is a district in Khatlon Region, Tajikistan. Its capital is the town Dusti. The population of the district is 139,000 (January 2020 estimate).

During part of the Soviet period, the district was named Molotovobod District.

source: Wikipedia


Khatlon Region (Tajik: Вилояти Хатлон, Viloyati Xatlon), one of the four provinces of Tajikistan (Tajik: вилоят, Viloyat) is the most populous of the four first level administrative regions. It is situated in the southwest of the country, between the Hisor (Gissar) Range in the north and the river Panj in the south and borders on Afghanistan in the southeast and on Uzbekistan in the west. During Soviet times, Khatlon was divided into Kurgan-Tyube (Qurghonteppa) Oblast (Western Khatlon) – with the Kofarnihon and Vakhsh river valleys – and Kulob Oblast (Eastern Khatlon) – with the Kyzylsu and Yakhsu river valleys. Both regions were merged in November 1992 into today’s Khatlon Region (or viloyat/oblast). The capital city is Bokhtar, formerly known as Qurghonteppa and Kurgan-Tyube.

Khatlon has an area of 24,700 square kilometres and consists of 21 districts and 4 district-level cities. The total population of Khatlon in 2020 was 3,348,300, up from 2,677,251 in the 2010 population census. The population in Khatlon is mainly engaged in agriculture.

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Dusti District (Russian: Район Дусти; Tajik: Ноҳияи Дӯстӣ, before 2016: Jilikul District) is a district in Khatlon Region, Tajikistan. Its capital is the village Jilikul. The population of the district is 117,100 (January 2020 estimate).

Source: Wikipedia

Jaloliddin Balkhi District

Jaloliddin Balkhi District (Russian: Джалолиддин Балхи; Tajik: Ноҳияи Ҷалолиддин Балхӣ, 2007-2016 Rumi District, before 2007 Kolkhozobod District, in 1933 Vakhsh district, 1934 — 1957 Kaganovichabad, before 1933 Tughalang and Halovard), is a district in Khatlon Region, Tajikistan, located south of the regional capital Kurgan-Tyube (Qurghonteppa) and Vakhsh District. It was renamed Rumi District on 23 June 2007 in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi and plans were announced to erect a monument to Rumi in the district. It was renamed again in 2016 to Jaloliddin Balkhi, another name for the poet Rumi.

The population of Jaloliddin Balkhi District is 201,300 (January 2020 estimate). The district capital is Balkh (former name: Kolkhozobod). The district has an area of about 900 km2.

source: Wikipedia

Qubodiyon District

Qubodiyon District or Nohiya-i Qubodiyon (Russian: Кубодиёнский район; Tajik: Ноҳияи Қубодиён) is a district in Khatlon Region, Tajikistan. Its capital is the town Qubodiyon. The population of the district is 188,100 (January 2020 estimate).

Source: Wikipedia


General information

After the prologue in Uzbekistan Rumi Trail starts in province of Balkh in Afghanistan.  Major historical cities of Mazar- Sharif, Balkh, Sheberghan, Maymana, Qeysar, Bala Murghab, Qala-i Naw and Herat.

Length is 999 km.

Average cyclist will take 14 days to cycle from Mazar- i Sharif to Herat

Start point

The starting point of the Rumi Trail in Afghanistan is the city of Mazar-i Sharif

How to get there

Mazar-i Sharif has an international airport. 

Kabul Airport has better connections to the world than other cities and is therefore also used frequently by Rumi Trail travellers.

Busses and trains connect all cities on the route on a frequent basis, travel time depends on your start point.

You can also fly to Tashkent and take high-speed train connections to Samarkand and take a bus to Termez.

Connection from Tajikistan. Fly to Dushanbe and cycle via Vakash to Termez.

For further information, check:

Afghan Tourism Office

GPX/KML files

GPX/KML files are available with guidebooks or as a digital package with your membership including Rumi Trail passport.

Basic Facts

Afghanistan is a country in Central Asia.

The currency in Afghanistan is Afghan afghani. Credit cards and bank cards are rearly accepted. There are a few ATM’s so cash is mostly used.

The official language are Pashtu and Dari,  and English and Uzbek are the languages of international communication.

Visa:  check the visa regulations here.

International phone prefix is +998


Route Updates

There are no updates yet. First guidebook will be published around September/October 2022