Marco Polo was here … amid this high-altitude desert plain – known locally as Bam-i-Dunya; Roof of the World – where a mass of massive ranges, known as the Pamirs, are separated by deep, rugged valleys where isolated villages and ancient traditions exist, seemingly far away from the march of the modern world.

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On the Pamir Highway - Tajikistan

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On route to Yashil Kul (Green Lake, 3734 meters) near Bulunkul village - dirt road off the Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

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Approach to Wakan Corridor and Afghanistan - Pamir highway in Tajikistan

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Looking over Wakan Valley - to Hindu Kush of Afghanistan - from ancient Buddhist stupa in Tajikistan

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Crumbling Silk Road fort above Wakan Corridor - looking to Hindu Kush peaks of Afghanistan on Pamir Highway - Tajikistan