On The Silk Route - 2013 travel blog

Our Troop Transport

Arrival

 

 

 

Dorms

Dinner

Morning

 

 

 

Hanging out

 

 

 

The Tian-Shan

 

 

Retreat

 


Salam -

A picturesque alpine valley at 3000 meters. Would never have been able to get here on my own - too remote. Even Aziza couldn't make it. After a night in Karakol we transferred to a 6 wheel Russian troop transport and even then there were places where we had to get out and walk due to the gradient and questionable bridges. No tents but relatively frigid dorms. The real delight was a series of hot pools to relax in after hiking.

Our troop transport driver, Sergei, gets into the vodka a bit heavy the first night.

The next morning we woke to drizzling snow. A lovely sight.

Several of us wandered down to the nearby Yak Tours hut. The people who run Yak Tours asked is in and prepared tea and soup for us. Constantly delighted by the hospitality we experience. The Kyrgyz we meet are open and warm. Even shopping for food in the local markets has been enjoyable.

I'm beginning to be impressed by the scenery.

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