Adventurous drive – The Pamir Highway is a 2,038-kilometer-long road through the sands of Central Asia into the heart of isolated ranges. The road turns into rough and at times dangerous dirt and gravel when entering the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan (pictured).
Panj River – Highlights of the road include the Panj River, which separates Afghanistan (to the left) and Tajikistan (to the right).
Kyrgyzstan – Abandoned vehicles litter the Kyrgyz landscapes, remnants of Soviet control exerted over Central Asia for most of the 20th century.
Sary Moghul – The author shared a game of football with local kids in Sary Moghul, Kyrgyzstan.
Bulunkul – With no hotels outside of the larger towns of Murghab and Khorog, local homestays or camping are the only accommodation options on the Pamir Highway. The author found these welcoming hosts at Schnapp's Homestay in Bulunkul, in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, Tajikistan.
Bulunkul Lake – Vast Bulunkul Lake spreads across the Tajik landscape.
Khorog – The shell of a car sits on a viewpoint of Khorog, a small town in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan.
Pamir Highway – Breakdowns and flat tires are common on the Pamir Highway, but people will always stop to lend a helping hand.
Ak-Baital Pass – The Ak-Baital Pass though Tajikistan is the highest point along the Pamir Highway, at 4,655 meters above sea level.
Yamg – A broken down bus has been turned into a shop outside the Tajikistan village of Yamg. It's become a familiar way point on the Pamir Highway.
Karakul Lake – The author encountered this shell of a Soviet tank near Karakul Lake.
Pamiri House – The interior of a traditional Pamiri house. Symbols and elements of their Ismaili religion dominate the design.
Panj River – Once you enter the Wakhan Corridor, the Hindu Kush mountains tower above the Panj River.
Langar – A shepherd moves his herd of sheep through the village of Langar in Tajikistan.
Murghab – A Pamiri man wearing a traditional hat sits outside his market stall in Murghab, Tajikistan.
Bulunkul – Yaks roam freely around the village of Bulunkul.
Kyrgyzstan – A new section of the Pamir Highway winds up a steep mountain in Kyrgyzstan.
Yamchun Fort – The Wakhan Corridor is home to dozens of ruined fortresses. Some, like this watchtower in Yamchun, are over 2,200 years old.
Karakul Lake – These stylish Karakul Lake boys chased the author down to have their picture taken, a common experience on the Pamir Highway.