Cycling across the Pamirs


A select photo gallery of our cycling trip across the Central Asian highlands connecting Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan range to the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan with my 64-year-old father-in-law who joined us from Bishkek to Dushanbe.

Our cycling trip across the Pamirs would be forever etched in our hearts and muscles. Although the bicycle made us travel slowly, I was often too exhausted to find out as much as I wanted to about the fascinating history and culture of the Pamiris who made such a harsh terrain their home. The majestic landscape while breathtaking is not one easily tamed and the Pamiris have adapted their lives to survive the both the bounties and vagaries of living at the feet of towering glaciated peaks. Unable to resist the idea of a return, I travelled back once again and retraced our cycling route for a series of video reports on life in the Pamirs – from the hopes of a group young women hoping to turn the region into a world class trekking destination to how the traditional architecture adapted to survive earthquakes and landslides continues to save lives till today and how climate change is affecting life in the mountains. These are a few photos I took between filming sessions as my trip was focused on videos.