For the First Time Ever the Silk Route Bike Tour will Travel the Pamir Highway, “the Roof of the World”, and Through Iran in 2012 – seattlepi.com

Posted: March 22, 2012 in Geography, Health, Region, Tajikistan
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For the First Time Ever the Silk Route Bike Tour will Travel the Pamir Highway, “the Roof of the World”, and Through Iran in 2012 – seattlepi.com.

Even though the company has run its Silk Route Bike Tour 3 times previously this years tour is almost entirely new. “Its essentially like running the tour for the first time” said tour director Paul McManus. “Not only has much of the route been changed but we’re cycling from East to West, instead of the traditional West to East direction”.

The company is very excited about two new sections of the tour, The Pamir Highway Section from Kashgar to Dushanbe in Tajikistan and The Garden of Eden Section which passes through Iran.

The Roof of the World

The Pamirs is a mountainous area in the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) of Tajikistan – known as the Roof of the World (Krisha Mira). It’s composed of some of the most remote and untouched areas in the world, including some of the tallest peaks in Central Asia.

The Pamir Highway is the second highest international highway in the world and seldom travelled by foreigners. It follows paths created long ago by traders on the ancient Silk Route and vestiges of the old route can be seen in the cliff top fortresses and old caravanserais along the highway. There are only 2 roads leading through the Pamir Mountains. One is a summer one which is covered by several feet of snow until the end of May. The other is open year-round, but is longer and in such poor condition, that you really need a 4×4 vehicle in order to get through. True to their mission of running epic bike tours, the Tour d’Afrique will be taking the longer road.

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