24.05.2008 - 24.05.2008 12 °C
Because of the delayed time schedule since the Tajikistan border mess we have now an extra day before the Chinese border as it is closed during the weekends and we couldn't make before Friday. So we divide the remaining 80 km from Sary Tash to Irkeshtam (border China) into two days taking into account the very poor road and possibly bad weather. This also allows a little extra time on Saturday morning for a car excursion 50 km downwards the Kyzyl-Suu to catch a view of Pik Lenina (7134 m), second highest point of the snow-covered Pamir mountain range. This mountain range is visible all along the road to Irkeshtam.
The nighstay is the highest of the entire journey: camping at 3400 m altitude and even some very light snowflakes in the morning. We rearrange our luggage to be sent to Europe with our car that will turn back at the Chinese border.
This is the road that leads to China - and to China only
Camping at altitude 3400 m
GPS and photos: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=25139