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Silkroad travels: Khyryzstan
We finally reached Sary Tash in the Alay valley. The view is North, to the Alay mountain range. We are at 3'150 m asl. We found a simple non-marked guest house where many people share a dorm and where you can pitch up your tent in the courtyard if you prefer. The Swiss cyclist- writer Claude Marthaler and his friend Nicole stayed overnight in October 2007 and had a bad experience with a homestay. Needless to say that the Buddhist monk- geographer Hsüan Tsangin in the year 650 AD and Marco Polo in 1274 passed here too.

Sary Tash is an important crossroad: from here to Osh and the fertile Fergana plain it is 200 km, to the Chinese border on Erkestam pass 80 km, to the Pamir plateau and Murghab where we came from 250 km, to Dushanbe 400 km.

Sven Hedin stayed here in March 1893, he described the place as Daraut kurgan, it consisted of 20 yurts. A small adobe built fortress had been erected here under the reign of the last khan of Kokhand, Chodier, to guard the Silk road (there is nothing left of it today). If the picture of the village is not impressive, its geographic situation is!

Since we met and joined up with several cyclists in Sary Tash, I connect you to some highly interesting travelogs:
Blaise Fracheboud, Switzerland
Herman Veldhuizen, Norway
Claude Marthaler, Switzerland

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