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October 7th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Tajikistan

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Distance / 距離: 40.30km
Time / 時間: 4h 3m
Average speed / 平均速度: 10km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3510.6km

I woke from a good sleep despite the creepy ruins. I think you’d get used to them. As I was eating breakfast, a local from over the hill wandered over cautiously, and we had a chat. I can’t imagine he has seen too many foreigners camped out in this compound.

This compound has a pipe with running water by the way. The local that came over this morning was coming to get water from it. Sasikol lake is a salt lake, as are the smaller ponds around this area. Therefore it appears that this compound may be the only place to get good water in this area.

Lake near Khargush Pass, Tajikistan / ハルグシュ峠付近の湖、タジキスタン

As for the climb up to Khargush Pass, this has been the hardest day of climbing I have ever had! Sandy, corrugated, rocky, steep roads For the first time I have had to push the bike up some of the steeper sections due to lack of traction.

What a road! Steep, rocky, sandy - Khargush Pass (4300m), Tajikistan / こりゃ道路じゃない!(タジキスタン、ハルグシュ峠(4300m))

From the top I felt sad to start biking down the pass. I am essentially coming down off the roof of the world, and I can’t imagine that I’ll be back. Life at 4000m plus is an interesting and challenging experience that I have enjoyed, albiet acompanied by some tough challenges.

Tonight I am sleeping in a deserted nomads hut. They have obviously left to move further down the valley for summer. It is a bit of a treat however – there is plenty of dry dung around, so I have started a fire, and baked some potatoes in the embers, Rather nice…

Deserted summer nomad hut, Khargush Pass (4300m), Tajikistan / 夏に使用される小谷(タジキスタン、ハルグシュ峠(4300m))

Dung fire (Deserted summer nomad hut, Khargush Pass (4300m), Tajikistan / フンのたき火 (夏に使用される小谷(タジキスタン、ハルグシュ峠(4300m)))

Potato baked in embers of dung fire Deserted summer nomad hut, Khargush Pass (4300m), Tajikistan) / ふんのたき火で焼いた焼き芋(夏に使用される小谷(タジキスタン、ハルグシュ峠(4300m)))

Deserted summer nomad hut, Khargush Pass (4300m), Tajikistan / 夏に使用される小谷(タジキスタン、ハルグシュ峠(4300m))

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Comment by Uncle Peter — October 29, 2006 @ 10:16 pm | post a comment

Who deserted the nomads? Or are they in the desert? What did you talk about to them?

You started to tell the rest of us about the missing camera later recovered. What's the rest of that story?


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