(Khalai Khumb - Калай-Хумб)
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region
August 20, 2019
The scenic viewpoint of the Nurek Reservoir heralds an exhilarating journey to the Pamir Mountains region of Tajikistan. Little girls persuade me to buy a snack.
Down the road from Nurek my driver Bakhtiyar and I stop at a watermelon market. Remind me to tell you the story of my “Watermelon Man.”
From Nurek the gravel highway leads to my first sight of the Panj River and the surrounding mountains.
And what a surprise. (I should have looked more carefully at my map.) The Panj River forms the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.