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Posted by Ed 10 mths ago
Pamir Highway: A wild ride across Central Asia


Stretching more than 1,200km between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the Pamir Highway is one of the world's wildest roads – and for the intrepid traveller, one of the most epic road trips.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190102-pamir-highway-a-wild-ride-across-central-asia

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Ed 10 mths ago
Looking into Afghanistan

Much of the route travels through the Wakhan Corridor, following the raging Panj River that separates Afghanistan and Tajikistan, with small Ismaili Muslim settlements dotting both sides of the surging Panj. Drivers and riders are often faced with navigating hairpin turns and precipitous cliffs far above the whitewater, or else driving alongside narrow flood plains, usually with just inches to spare between tyre and river.

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Ed 10 mths ago
Nerves of steel

With no guardrails, and the narrow road hugging cliffs and rock faces above wild rivers, travel here isn’t for the faint-hearted. The extreme temperatures along with earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, floods and often abysmal road conditions combine to create plenty of daily challenges. Add to this the sparse number of settlements, long distances between services and navigating over adrenalin-boosting drops, and you’ve got all the makings of a real-life action thriller. Needless to say, any traveller brave enough to drive the route will need good mechanics skills and nerves of steel.

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