The Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

Crestone Needle, Colorado, USA

Did you bring food?

July 31, 2014

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We hiked across the stream and set up camp for the night at the Onion Field trailhead. The next day, we had absolutely fabulous weather for the hike to Camp 1, and only a few instances where we could not find the trail because of snow. Camp 1 is at about 4400 meters above sea level, which was the highest I had ever hiked to before (this is the elevation of Mt. Elbert in Colorado). Needless to say, I was stoked for everything beyond.

Return to Osh: Seeing the Next Objective

July 29, 2014

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The next day, we drove back to Osh, but we had significantly better weather compared to when I drove this route in the other direction a week before. This made the stop at Kara Kul lake absolutely fantastic.

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Khorog to Murghab: A Soldier’s Welcome

July 28, 2014

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We arrived late in Murghab, just as it was completely dark, and went to the soldier's home, where a lot of his extended family was there to greet him. It was heartwarming to see such a return, and they welcomed Sailaubai and I in for the best two bowls of shorpa I had in Central Asia.

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Ishkashim to Khorog: The Wheelbarrow & The Customs Officer

July 25, 2014

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Anyhow, I now have a scar from the time I was in a bazaar in the neutral territory between Tajikistan and Afghanistan and got run over by a wheelbarrow.

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Langar to Ishkashim: History & Culture on the Pyanj River

July 24, 2014

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Sailaubai would explain to me that this fort was built by Macedonians from Alexander the Great's conquest of the region, but I cannot independently verify this. He also said those who controlled the fort could keep an easy lookout on the various traders moving through the valley to Langar or Wakhan, and take what they needed by attacking caravans.

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Murghab to Langar: Speechless on the Afghani Border

July 23, 2014

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June 5th, 2014 was one of the most visually amazing days of my life. I rode in a taxi with Svend, Helen, and our new driver, Saule Boy, from Murghab to Langar, Tajikistan. The day started with a view of the sunrise over Muztagh Ata of China, and ended with a sunset illuminating the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. In between, we viewed some of the most amazing lakes, rivers, and, most importantly, mountains, I have ever seen.

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Kara Kul to Murghab: The Highest Pass

July 22, 2014

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From the top of the pass, the road was straight and straight-forward, never far from the Chinese border fence and never quite smooth. I was far from concerned about the road, however, as I was continually gaping and the never-ending enormous landscape that surrounded us all the way into Murghab.

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