Afghans say their mountains are so high that even birds have to cross on foot.
The highest mountains of Afghanistan lie in Wakhan, in the extreme northeast of the country. This place is known as Bam-e-dunya, the roof of the world...
120 years ago, it became the home of Kyrgyz nomads, who raised their yurts on this narrow strip at the convergence between the ranges of the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram and the Pamir. At 4,000 meters above sea level, nothing grows and life is almost impossible. The winter lasts six months while the temperature drops to -40°C.
Secluded in their mountain camps, the Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamir form the most isolated high altitude community of the planet. "They do not even know that the king is no longer on the throne in Kabul," tell the Afghans. Travelling in Wakhan is like going back into time. Nearby, just a few kilometres away, there are three developed worlds: China, Tajikistan and Pakistan. But the borders have closed with history, imprisoning the nomadic Kyrgyz on the roof of the world.
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