Gusgarf Waterfall


Close to Dushanbe, this 30m-high, single-drop waterfall is one of the most striking in the Varzob Valley. A walking route (8km, two to three hours) leads west along a side valley from the 21km marker (from Dushanbe) on the M34 and invites a summer picnic.

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