The expedition aims to: Reach the Ice Caves - Lord Curzon's claimed source of the Oxus
Lord Curzon's Ice Caves lie at the far eastern end of the Wakhan Corridor, at the head of the Wakhjir Valley close to the border with China. The caves are at an altitude of 4554m. The journey will begin in Dushanbe, Tajikistan before heading out on the stunningly beautiful Pamir highway for two days before crossing the border to Afghanistan at Ishkhashim. Ishkhashim is the gateway to the Wakhan and you can immerse yourself in the contrast with Tajikistan whilst wandering around the bazaar. Another day of merciless roads but unforgettable scenery and we will be at Sarhad e Boroghil, the start point of the trek. The Wakhi people inhabit this land. Ismailia Muslims, the colourful people will welcome you warmly to their remote home.
We will set out and travel on horseback and foot as we tackle two high altitude passes on the first day. Moving through Wakhi territory we encounter the Kyrgyz; hardy mountain Nomads who originate from the steppes of Siberia. Ethnically and culturally different, their ancient way of life has been unaffected by the modern word. We will move through temporary villages of yurts on our journey following the Wakhjir river to its source.
Ice Caves of the Wakhan, Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan
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