Jagged peaks, rough roads in Tajikistan, roof of the world

The road to Iskander Kul is a switchback of rough stones and corrugated holes that makes the four-wheel drive judder as I make wildly swerving progress, searching for a smooth line that doesn’t exist. Shepherds and their goats occasionally block the way and rock faces rear up, making progress seemingly impossible, before the road swings left or right abruptly, searching for a weakness and plunging through a gap on its unlikely progress.

Clouds mass and the windscreen freckles with spots of rain, loosening hours of dust. I crest a hill and glimpse the lake for the first time, the sun shooting

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