Quiet days on the lakeOctober 27, 2019 in Tajikistan ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C
Whilst waiting for my Car parts I decided to drive to Iskander-Kul, a lake high in the Fan mountains. To get there from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, we had to drive up a pass which is particularly interesting as you have to travel through some really mean tunnels, the longest being 8km. I am not easily intimidated but when leaving the bright sunlight and driving into this pitchblack tunnel, no or hardly any lights, no white markings, drains along the wall, no ventilation, therefore very Smokey and the environment swallowing any light, that is quite scary. It is noted on the map as "dangerous tunnel", which may give you the gist. It was definitely worth the while driving this road.
And then through quite spectacular mountain scenery on a dirt track eventually you reach the opal blue mountain lake. Stunning color!!!
Here I am, nobody else on this lake at the end of the world, apart from myself and my co-travellers, who arrived a day later, and you assume nothing is going to happen apart from some hikes.
But low and behold one afternoon there was a fashion shoot, the next evening we were invited to a BBQ à la tajik, (oh, never again vodka,) and one morning we were woken by a huge herd of Yak being driven past our vans making their grunting yak noises.
Unfortunately I had to get back to Dushanbe sorting out my car business.
PS: ithe caption ruins every picture., particularly that photoshoot one which has a fairytale quality to it. Therefore the caption here: it was a very cold day, and the poor girl had to pose in sleeveless dresses. A hard job...Read more