Jeremy Silk Road 2005 travel blog

3 Dudes on a horse

Naryn Mosque


Depart: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Arrive: Near Torugart Pass, Kyrgyzstan/China Border

Overnight: Bush camp

- It turned out that one of the cereals Andrew and I had bought, had a chocolate flavour filling. Once this news had been leaked, the box was decimated within the space of minutes. This was one of the most exciting parts of what was essentially another drive day.

- We stopped off in the town in the morning to take a look at a picturesque mosque against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Alex and I even found a little time for internetting.

- We headed towards the legendary 3,765m Torugart Pass, the roads got worse and the frequency of Chinese trucks, undoubtedly carrying consignments of t-shirts with mispelled English words, increased.

- We made camp at the first Kyrgyz checkpoint, about 60km from the Torugart Pass at an altitude of 3,100m. We camped on the other side of the road of the army barracks and were told not to cross the road, nor take pictures in the direction of the barracks. This was a shame as they were in front of some beautiful mountains. They had powerful binoculars and AK-47s so we did what they said.

- Grant had roped me into helping his cook group prepare sausage curry - which went down well. With the cold quickly approaching, and altitude sickness setting in, I headed off to bed very early at 8:30. I missed out on Grant's surprise though. Andrew had emailed Vince, one of the new joiners, and asked him to bring along a bottle of Grant's favourite Bombay Sapphire Gin. This was presented to him as a surprise with which he was most delighted!



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