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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

Over the Panj: Afghanistan from the Pamir Highway

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Politics will undoubtedly affect Afghanistan’s neighbors, as well as one of the most treasured drives in Central Asia: the Pamir Highway.

Dozen Dream Destination: Wakhan Valley for the Adventure

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The Wakhan Valley is a meeting of worlds; travelers can look over into Afghanistan from Tajikistan on a road that will take them in view of China, Pakistan, and Kashmir.

Fann Mountains: Hiking Tajikistan’s Glacial Lake Loop

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If you dream of hiking the Haft Kul, or Lake Loop, of the Fann Mountains for the crystal blue waters and lonely trails, this piece will get you started.

Faces of the Wakhan Valley

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The history of the Wakhi people and the Wakhan Valley is complex, and the journey across the Pamir Highway can be unpredictable, barren, and cold. In the faces of the Wakhi people, there is warmth.

Road Tripping the Pamir Highway from Dushanbe to Jalal-Abad

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A sign in the Ak-Baital Pass reminds you that you are 4,655 meters above sea level. The untouched landscapes of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are a driver’s dream.

Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

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Hidden in the yawning expanse of Central Asia that makes up the Stans are some treasures that should be on every intrepid traveler’s map. These seemingly uncharted lands are full of truly mind-blowing ancient and natural wonders.