WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE IS NO BRIDGE?... Enter Bartang Valley!
I have had my fill of adventure traveling: corrupt officials, motor bike bus chases and the odd pack of wild dogs are all situations I have met and survived. But for whatever reason, when it comes to heights, the hurdle is always that much harder to pass. On my recent trip to the Pamirs, more specifically Geisev in the Bartang Valley, armed only with a Lonely Planet and our backpacks, some friends and I decided to do some hiking and home stays in the famed Geisev Valley. According to the Lonely Planet it was a short ride form the capital of Khorog, then across a bridge and a 2 kilometer hike. Easy right? Well it was… until we got to the river and there was no bridge! Instead, we were meet by a cable car. Now, I dunno about you, but the thought of crossing a fast moving river on a make shift box scares the crap out of me and leads me to consider another itinerary. But fortunately for me, my friends are the brave ones and with a little experimentation they figured out how the darn thing worked. Luckily too, it ended up being one of the highlights of my trip. Not only did it help to get over my fears of heights, but it also was the beginning of the best experience I had in Tajikistan... which will be explained in my next post :P