A fun, whirlwind week of touring the Pamirs with our own driver(s) finished up today with a 6 hour drive back from Murghab in the eastern Pamirs, and I’m back in Khorog. Tomorrow the plan is to take a day trip up one of the valleys and see some more petroglyphs and Ismaili shrines.
It was an extensively documented trip thanks to an 8 GB memory card. No pictures to be posted yet, however, as I can’t seem to find a way to upload them from the internet cafe (and the tots playing GTA next to me are too engrossed to help), but lots and lots to share when the time comes. I’m sure some of them will even be cool-looking. In the meantime, some more of my trip, by the numbers:
- Three sticks of yak shashlik consumed (and a yak samosa for good measure);
- Three Pamiri children who acted as impromptu guides for us (they bound from stone to stone like mountain goats);
- Three pairs of Pamiri socks purchased;
- Two different 4×4 vehicles used;
- One homestay we stayed at that was without a bathroom or an outhouse (when we asked where the toilet was, our host swept his arm across the horizon);
- One snow/hail storm we got caught in outside of Murghab on the Chinese border;
- One book I finished reading (Animal Farm, can’t believe I had never read it before); and
- Zero places to check internet.