Khorough - Ninety-Three Percent Mountains
Capital - Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region
Republic of Tajikistan
August 22, 2019
Khorugh is surrounded by mountains.
Not just hills mind you. The Pamir Mountains.
Mountains so high I must lift my chin and stretch my neck to see the very tops.
The view from my hotel window … mountains.
I huff and puff down the main street that is lined with poplar trees … mountains.
I linger and recover at a lovely park … mountains guard the statues and busts of local dignitaries.
I stumble through the dizzy market … mountains relish the mounds of melons and tomatoes
Khorugh itself is 2200m (7200ft) above sea level.
I can only guess the height of the mountains towering over the town.
The topography of Tajikistan is 93% mountains. Almost every city, town and village lies in a valley surrounded by mountains.
Khorugh and I are in the mountains … surrounded by mountains.
The Pamir Mountains.
Take a breath.