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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sambor1965, Sep 10, 2009.
Kajman has joined us at night. And we crossed 2gether Dushanbe toward Kurgan Tube...
In Kurgan Tube we met Gianni "Karma". Crazy italian advrider...
He travelled from Europe to Tajikistan with friends and we were agreed to bring their BMW back to Europe...
You guys have the best adventures .... on your bikes and even off your bikes the action never stops.
Next day we have started to Afghanistan. Our target was Wakhan corridor, perhaps you don't know anything about this region so I will put some words from wikipedia:
The Wakhan Corridor is a narrow, in some places less than 16 kilometres (10 mi) wide, nearly impassable corridor in the Wakhan in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. It is located in the Pamir mountain region, with Tajikistan to the north, Pakistan to the south and China to the east. It was created at the end of the 19th century by the British Empire, to act as a buffer against potential Russian ambitions in India during the Great Game.
In the south, the corridor is bounded by the high mountains of the Hindu Kush, crossed by the Broghol pass, the Irshad Pass and the disused Dilisang Pass to Pakistan.
At the eastern border, the Wakhjir is a pass through the Hindu Kush at 4,293 m (14,080 ft), one of the highest in the world. The Wakhjir Pass has the greatest official change of clocks of any international frontier (UTC+4:30 in Afghanistan to UTC+8, China Standard Time, in China)
The shortest way was to ride through Kunduz and Faizabad to Ishkhashim. Shortest and safe.
Road was perfect and we were about noon on the border in Nizhny Pyanzh. We had all the papers and has left Tajik side without any problems. We crossed the bridge and on Afghan bank we were stopped. I have spent 3 hrs with security officer. Situation has changed and there was unsafe in this area, shooting every day. - You, travelling by bikes will be easiest target for them. Even if they will not kill you they will robber you and will use your bikes against us.
We were not interested to be stars of Al Jazeera and we gave up and deceided to cross Afghan border in Iskhkhashim. It will be about 500 km more but should be absolutely safe...
We said "good bye" to Kajman and Krystek, took some spare parts from his nissan, tyres and 4x10 l canisters and begun our trip...
Front page material!
love the photo!
We usually slept under the sky. When we woke up next morning this man was sitten near us...
It was night when we choosen this place for camping
Mornig was fantastic...
There were more and more animals and people. We look like aliens for them so we deceided to move...
And we started our journey along the aghan border.
There was a lot of pistachiotree along the road and we met tajik bikers who gave us some...
quick, hide your daughters
on a more serious note, these photos are amazing. keep it coming.
Finally we reached Panj.
The Panj River also called the Pyandzh River or Piandj River is a tributary of the Amu River. The river is 1,125 km long and forms a considerable part of the Afghanistan - Tajikistan border.
The river starts from the lake Zorkul in the ancient region of Badakhshan. From there, it flows westwards alongside the border of two countries. After passing the city of Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan it receives water from one of its main tributaries, the Bartang River. It then turns towards the southwest, before joining the river Vakhsh and forming the greatest river of Central Asia, the Amudarya. Panj played a very important role during Soviet times, and was a strategic river during the Soviet military operations in Afghanistan in 1980's. (wikipedia)
Fantastic ride report and pictures. Keep it coming.
Once again your pictures are stunning and set the bar for adventure riding photography.
Looks like a fantastic adventure, keep it coming
I never would have thought it would be possible to ride there.
Great pics-keep them conimg!
For two days i am spending at least 5 hours a day reading tips and looking only at Iran photos on one side and Tajikistan + Kyrgyzstan on the other and i can`t decide which one to be the first for my big trip (like a virginity losing stuff you know, as i have never been thousand kms outside Romania).
But this topic is... Hell, i`m not able to find my words. FFFF awesome !!!
Super trip and super movement in terms of marketing for your company.
Yes, you better be sure that i`ll check it every time i get closer to my computer.
A superb but such inaccesible country (or so, we, computer bikers, think) unveiled here...
I foresee a long, beautiful, non-stop front page topic.
Crazy perspective! The tent looks about the size for a large dog, not a person...
Thank you for your feedback. I will put here some pictures taken on the road from Kulyab to Kalaikhum. Nothing special has happened here. Just riding along the river in beautifull scenery...
No cars, no tourist etc. Just river, mountains and we...