Sister acts: women’s tourism enterprises around the world

To celebrate next week’s International Women’s Day, we highlight female-led tour companies and guides who are tapping into tourism to realise their potential
• A women’s led tour of northern India

A new project in the Pamir mountains will soon see the country’s first women guides leading treks. Women rock’in Pamirs is a 10-strong team who are being trained in mountain skills – covering everything from risk management and lighting stoves to navigation and team leadership – largely by French development worker Christine Oriol. Tour operator Untamed Borders is supporting the initiative and two of the women will lead its Pamir Mountain Lakes trip in August, alongside the international (female) guide. The journey includes a road trip on the spectacular Pamir Highway with trekking starting in Bulunkul. The women will then go on to lead their own trips independently. Another of Women rock’in Pamirs’ objectives is to help develop tourism to eastern Tajikistan, a region with huge potential for unspoilt trekking holidays.
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