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A grunt to make it up the 3 metre sandy verge from the parallel road (with fewer corrigations) to the main road. At 4200m I fail, slide off my bike, and stand there heaving in the thin air.

The view looking back from the pass

The view looking back from the pass

Today was a 4655m pass, bone shaking corrigations, and hurricane headwinds that made the descent on good road surface a crawl to the town that never drew nearer. Exhausted, I collapsed to sleep with the dinner still in front of me.

We were saved from the first snow flurry ascending the pass by a kind family just after the sign for the pass summit (5km from the top).

At the base of the pass

At the base of the pass

Father and kids

Father and kids

Little boy

Little boy

The steep ascent to the pass was a 3 km/h affair with amazing views.

View northwards from the Akbaital Pass

View northwards from the Akbaital Pass

Towards Karakul

Towards Karakul

The next threatening weather descended as we were pummelled by the corrugations and the headwind.

Cold wind

Cold wind

Corrugations

Corrugations

We decided to push on to the only town in the area – Karakul. Little did we know the wind would get stronger, and the town, always visible in the distance, seemed to stay the same distance away for 20 km. The sun set over the beautiful Karakul lake as we pushed on to the town.

The road to Karakul

The road to Karakul

The road to Karakul

The road to Karakul


The highest pass of the Pamir Highway is near, and today we put ourselves near its base. A big headwind and the altitude made it a breathtaking affair. Cycling with Mark, Kim and Will, we climbed to a lovely spot at 4100m, ready for an assault on the pass tomorrow.

Exhausted

Exhausted

We are cycling along the base of old glacial valleys. Relatively flat and wide, snowy mountains rise on both sides. And on one side is a fence. A fence marking only 15km to China. Even a watchtower ensuring that one does not penetrate to within 15km of China without a visa.

The 15km from China fence

The 15km from China fence

A little snow storm with strong winds rolled over us just after we set up camp. This meant we all retired into our tents and slept from 1700 until 1830. Then dinner and an early night. We need all the energy we can muster for tomorrow.

Our campsite

Our campsite