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The EPIC Ak Baital Pass to Lake Karakul

in Tajikistan 2012

During my epic journey along the Silk route from Turkey to China in 2012, one country became the most EPIC journey of the whole trip. Tajikistan, and the unforgettable Ak-Baital Pass on the way to Karakul Lake just before the border with Kyrgyzstan where our first town was OSH.

This is a slightly longer than usual slideshow for me, but I did not want to cut the beauty and stunning scenery from any of it. When I look back at this part of the journey, I still am stunned at this World's natural beauty.

I Hope you do too!

About the Ak-Baital Pass
Ak-Baital Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.670m (15,321ft) above the sea level, located in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan. It’s the highest road pass in the former Soviet Union.

Set high in the Pamir Mountains, the road to the summit, also known as Pereval Akbaytal, is the defiant M41 road, known informally and more commonly as the Pamir Highway. At this altitude it's the highest point of this infamous route, sometimes referred to as “The Road from Hell”. This section of the road is barely passable. Throughout the area, the land is typically rugged and dry. Construction and maintenance levels vary substantially along the highway. The roadway is paved is some areas, but is mostly unpaved. The pass will get you closer to the moon than perhaps you’ve ever been, and not just because of the head-swimming altitude – the landscape is lunar barren and otherworldly, though a little wetter than the earth’s orbiting rock – beautiful blue water lakes bejewel the area, the best being the haunting deep of a lifeless Lake Karakul. Travelling through here is like a trip to a parallel world, where the landscape is bigger, bolder and infused with the eerie, all under the high, wide presence of a brilliant blue sky.

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