More than for the beauty of its natural environment, the Pamir is outstanding for the cultural appeal and the unique hospitality of its human population of transhumance herders, the yurt-dwelling Kirghiz. Lost in the immensity of the Little and the Big Pamir valleys, weeks away from the rest of the world, the Kirghiz keep their ancestral way of life. Every year they manage to survive the lengthy and harsh winter thanks to their herds of yaks and sheep that provide them with their basic needs: wool to keep warm, felt to build yurts, dung for the fire, and meat. In the summer, Kirghiz are happy to welcome traders and visitors. It is the time of wedding ceremonies and buzkashi games. A trip to the Pamir is a journey to another world, where physical efforts and cultural exploration come together, and where traditional way of life and complete political freedom meet.
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