The Majestic Pamir! Pamir is a mountain system in the south of Central Asia, mainly in Tajikistan. It is also called the “Roof of the world at the foot of the sun”. The mountains of Tajikistan are striking in their great height and grandeur, severity and variety of outlines. They stretch for hundreds of kilometers, and the impregnable peaks remain covered in snow all year round.
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Pamir can boast of several peaks over 7000 meters. The highest point of the Pamir is located in China. In Tajikistan, there are such peaks as Ismoil Somoni Peak (7495 m), Lenin Peak (7134 m) and Korzhenevskaya Peak (7105 m).
In addition to the mountain peaks in the Pamirs, there are many more interesting sights. The “roof of the world” has a large number of glaciers and alpine lakes. For example, here is the largest Pamir glacier – Fedchenko Glacier (77 km), it is also the longest glacier in the world, located outside the Arctic and Antarctic.
The largest alpine lake in the Pamirs – Karakul with 402 sq. km. area. A number of scientists, having studied the geological structure of its bottom and satellite images, have hypothesized that it filled the impact crater from a meteorite that fell 230-190 million years ago.
A branch of the Great Silk Road passed through the Pamir Mountains. Currently, on the Pamir Highway, somewhere in the middle of it, there is a town – Khorog. A trade route from China to Central Asia passes through it now, and it is an indispensable point on tourist routes in the Pamirs.