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This photo does not show a natural rock formation. It is man made!
The path up to to the Zoroastrian Chilpyk Tower of Silence (see my posting from yesterday) is a little steep but manageable for most people. Once you get to the top though there is a very steep scramble through this gap. Most unusually for us we were in a tour group and this final climb did stop a few people despite help from the guide.
In answer to questions from yesterday a survey found 63 Zoroastrian sites across the region (Indian, Iran, Pakistan. Afghanistan and Uzbekistan) with 38 of them being in Uzbekistan. It is thought that the religion originated in the Khorezm region just to the south of Chilpyk.
In the workshop shop is a photo looking north from just below the entry point. As you can see it is desert with 2 tour buses parked there but absolutely no visitor facilities. There was not a soul selling anything. Rough tracks lead back to the main road.

If you want to find Chilpyk on a map do a Google search for Chilpik Dakhma, the way Google has it labelled.

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