We’ve arrived in my favourite ‘stan, Badasstan!

 

Yes there is a ‘stan called Bad Ass Stan! It’s an autonomous area in the east of Tajikistan, we even needed a special visa to get in here.

not a bad pic from my telephone!

not a bad pic from my telephone!

Somehow we missed almost all the rain and snow and eventually made it to Murgab yesterday after crossing the border, we even found a reasonable guest house where we got much needed hot showers!

traditional tajik house

traditional tajik house

Today we thought we might need to stay put to miss some more dreadful weather, but in the morning it wasn’t too bad so we took a chance and headed off yet again wearing everything we own.

we dont mind snow on the road when the sun is shining!

we dont mind snow on the road when the sun is shining!

We spent the day with snow and hail ahead, behind and on both sides of us, but somehow the gamble paid off, and we threaded the needle through the storms, stayed dry and even had sunshine for a lot of the day.

And what a stunning ride it was. We’re on the border of Afghanistan in the Wakhan Corridor, it’s high altitude desert, snow caps, rivers and mountains that go on forever.  We both agree that this area, kyrg and tajik is the most picturesque place we’ve seen, it’s quite amazing.

and the pics really dont capture it at all...

and the pics really dont capture it at all…

Lots of shepherds on the track we rode today, with beautiful little donkeys carrying impossibly big loads, shaggy mountain dogs, and children carrying baby sheep (too small to walk) in their arms.  Everyone is incredibly friendly too, we get big waves and smiles from everyone we pass.

emo donkey with big fringe, (all the animals are shedding their winter coats)

emo donkey with big fringe, (all the animals are shedding their winter coats)

Spending to tonight in a traditional Tajik home stay, where we sleep in a multilevel colourful room covered in rugs . Very cool!
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Not enough internet to upload many pics, but more to come soon xoxo

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