Of all the new places I've learnt about this trip I think that Sary Tash is the best. 3000m up in the Pamirs (the Roof of the World mountains), this small village sits on a vital T junction between the roads North to Osh and Uzbekistan, South to Karakul and Tajikstan, and East to Kashgar and China (the way the team is heading). Of everywhere it appears to be the place that still exhibits spirit of the Silk Road and the Great Game. The Lonely Planet guide even says its still rumoured to be on the major smuggling routes in and out of Pakistan to the south east.
***Imported from old blog***