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Uncharted Heights

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The fame of Nepal’s top trekking circuits precedes them. For something quieter, yet still spectacular, the Tsum Valley is heaven-sent.

Head for heights

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Located near the border with Tajikistan, the Alai Valley in Kyrgyzstan offers wilderness trekking and inspiring vistas of the High Pamir

Truly remote: Tajikistan’s Bartang Valley

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This highlight of the Pamir Highway features jagged peaks, a rushing river, and timeless Tajik culture

Exploring Ladakh’s Nubra Valley: Sand, Water, and Rock

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From the treacherous Khardung La Pass to the idyllic Pangong Tso, Dave Stamboulis explores the many worlds of the Nubra Valley in Ladakh.

Central Asia’s Switzerland: Paradise in Kyrgyzstan

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Dave Stamboulis travels through the wildly verdant Jyrgalan Valley and over the Sary Mogul River to discover a Kyrgyzstan that is quite different than one might expect.

Getting Holy in Gansu

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Dave Stamboulis gets off the beaten track in China’s Gansu for spectacular mountains, high grasslands, and Buddhist reflection.