I have separated the many good blogs and other links from the References Section
and will add others to this new section progressively as they appear:
The United Nations University has produced some superb documentary films about
the Pamirs and the effects of climate change on life there - see
Some of the best photos of the Pamirs (and other high mountain regions) can be found in Matthieu Paley's photo galleries on
http://www.paleyphoto.com/; be sure to look at his superb photographs of the
Afghan Pamir on
"Afghan Pamir Re-visited - The Last Khan".
His new website
http://www.pamirknot.com/index.html describes his project for
a somewhat different approach to tour organising.
Nicolas Pernot has just published a beautiful collection of photos
"Tajikistan - Peoples and Landscapes" - that captures
perfectly daily life and the joie de vivre of the people of the Pamirs -
here. Copies can be ordered
here (ISBN 978-2-9546414-1-6) or at the Noor Art Gallery in Dushanbe.
For more information see his website
Theodore Kaye is also a good photographer - see
Felix Keller has some excellent photos of the Eastern Pamirs (Murghab district) on his website - see
Markus Hauser’s website at
contains some stunning panorama photos of the Pamirs. He has also
taken good pictures of some of the archaeological sites in the region. See
For two literally breathtaking virtual helicopter rides through the high Pamirs see
here. Why spend $10,000 an hour for a real helicopter flight?
For spectacular photos from a real helicopter ride through the Pamirs see
For those who would like to explore other beautiful parts of Tajikistan
(Zarafshan valley, including Iskanderkul, Fan mountains, Yaghnob) see:
The UN cosponsors the Pamir-Alai Land Management project in Murghab district,
including measures to protect the tersken plant and promote geo-thermal heating - see:
For superb photographs and an excellent narrative on the Afghan Wakhan see Julien Dufour's website:
Mountain Unity International, an NGO set up to promote economic development
in north east Afghanistan (in particular the Wakhan), with a focus on mountain tourism, operates the website
Fabrice Nadjari and Cédric Houin, film-makers and photographers, have a fascinating
if somehwat solipsistic multi-media presentation on the Afghan Wakhan on:
For detailed information and photographs:
- on Xinjiang on the Chinese side, see:
- and on the Gojal valley
of Hunza in the Northern Areas of Pakistan see:
Some fine photographs of the high Pamirs can be found on:
and, for the Chinese side,
Other links for general information:
In 2004, John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil published a comprehensive report
"The Source of the Oxus River: A Journey to the Wakhan Pamir & Across Dilisang Pass to Misgar"
In the same vein, Bill Colegrave's blog
http://riveroxus.blogspot.com/ reproduces the fascinating
report he prepared for the London Royal Geographical Society on his 2007
expedition in the footsteps of George Nathaniel Curzon and others in search of the
source of the Oxus.
Chinese visitors to my site may find the following site useful:
Kenneth Hanson is a superb photographer and his blog "Shadows of the
Great Game" is very well-written. See
Another well-written recent travelogue, also with superb photos,
is on the blog site of Tom Blackadar and Marcia Johnson. See
I liked AndySD's 2012 blog - well and sensitively written, accompanied by good photos.
For specific subjects, refer to the far from exhaustive list of links
given at the end of each section of this site. The truly curious will
do their own searches.
All text and
photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002
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