Almost to the border...

Trip Start Apr 26, 2012
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Trip End Oct 31, 2012


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Flag of Kyrgyzstan  , Osh,
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Finally we were on our way to Tajikistan and onto the Pamir Highway. We sorted the financial details of the trip and piled all our gear into the van that would take us to Sary Tash, a three way intersection that takes you either to the Chinese or Tajik border.

The drive took about 4 hours mostly following a raging river along a beautiful valley closed in on both sides by spectacular mountain scenery. We crossed two passes of about 3600m and continued to be astounded at the efforts of the many cyclists we saw grunting up the range, fully laden with their gear.

Tiny Sary Tash isn't much to look at itself but the view of the Pamir Mountains from our guesthouse was very special. The whole horizon to the south was lined with tall snowy peaks….As rain swept in from the west the scene was quite foreboding, a warning that the weather around here can change at the drop of a hat. After sweltering in Osh in the mid 30’s, I immediately dug out the thermals, coat, scarf and gloves. Thank goodness it is mid summer!

We met our driver at about 6pm and immediately had concerns about which route we will take. His suggestion of adding another 190km’s didn’t seem to make much sense except perhaps to earn him more cash but the lure of Marco Polo sheep and Ibex had us all in two minds. With a couple of alternatives we decided to put off making the decision until we reach Murgab tomorrow, Hopefully we can find out more information about each of them and come to a consensus about what is best for all of us..We also thanked our lucky stars that Chista spoke Farsi, which is similar to Tajik. The language barrier dealt with, we will hopefully have one less thing to worry about.
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