The most beautiful road - Pamir Highway
• The most beautiful road - Pamir Highway
Last year, our team was lucky to visit a large number of amazing corners of our vast country and the republics of the former USSR. For 12 months our eyes perceived a concentrate of beauty that it was difficult to learn and put in the memory. Some fragments of travel, events, details, species like wet soap from hands slip out of the memories. And then a memory aid of hundreds of our pictures. All reports, sketches, thoughts, memories, we are publishing not only for you, the readers, but also for themselves. Not to forget. To the quiet overcast evening to sit at home with a mug of hot tea and again perenestic thousands of miles in those wonderful places where we could visit.
Today, watching a report about the most beautiful mountain road of all, where I ever rode. It Pamir highway.
After elegant rooms in a wonderful Murghab impregnated thoroughly burnt dung, we rushed towards Kyrgyzstan. A large part of the route runs along the border with China. Part neat poles and barbed wire in some places missing. With wood in these parts napryazhenka.
Karakul Lake (not to be confused with the coats of Persian lamb). It closed Alpine lake in the north of the Pamir in the Trans-Alay Range area. The lake is at an altitude of about 3900 meters above sea level. It is the largest natural body of water in the territory of Tajikistan. Its name translates as "Black Lake".
A curious feature of Karakul is that the lake shore for a considerable distance lie on the ice, ice, and lies at the bottom of the lake. About that, where did the ice, there is no consensus among scientists. Karakul Basin is remarkable by the fact that this is the most desolate place in the Pamirs. It drops the least rainfall, about twenty millimeters per year.
On the shores of the lake in good weather you can see the former Communism peak (7495 meters), and now Somoni Peak is the highest summit of Tajikistan, and the highest point of the former Soviet Union.
Water mirror Karakul not black (as indicates its name), and ultramarine, blue, greenish, depending on the refraction of sunlight that falls on the clear water surface.
On the eastern shore of the lake, near the highway, located Karakul village inhabited mostly Kyrgyz.
The typical landscape of high mountain Pamir desert. Height under 4000 meters.
After the lake we made a final halt on Tajik soil. Tightly dinner, drank tea and prepared to cross the border with Kyrgyzstan.
The border was very quick and easy. Not like at the entrance to the country.
At night we came down from the mountains and after long search found yet comfortable accommodation in Sary-Tash - the first Kyrgyz village on our way. We settled in the dark, so rural life opened to us in all its glory only a frosty morning.
gain strength and refreshed as it should, we went in search of diesel fuel. The search revealed that a diesel engine in Sary-Tash no. All the cans we have long been used up, so in the soul gradually began to creep into trouble. The nearest gas station was 50 kilometers of serpentine, and the steep pass.
Even before the pass Captiva showed that can travel on the remaining fuel has zero kilometers. But the pass car drove, and then rolled down a whisper.
precipitated night snow evaporates in the sun, and it seemed that the mountain boil.
From Sary-Tash to Osh Chinese paved the perfect asphalt. After Tajik primer thought that we do not go, and fly. Now, in the mountain scenery is not the car seemed anything otherworldly, and the rider.
At some point, we spit that ran out of fuel in Captiva, and began to dwell in all the beautiful places. it was terrible shame to pass all this way.
Beautiful scenery, and a perfect asphalt. And this is not Europe and not the United States is - Kyrgyzstan.
A miracle happened, and we got to refueling!
Gradually the snowy slopes of the distant past, but on their replaced by gentle alpine meadows. We went down to Osh.