This wild, inhospitable territory provided welcome refuge to a people hardened by centuries of abuses and forced into flight, its freezing winters and treacherous passes discouraging conquest and punishing intruders.
A collection of Silk Road titles inspired by the late great Peter Hopkirk, a family friend of one of our company directors.
Starting at the outflow into the remnants of the Aral Sea, a small group of hardy travellers followed this epic river thorugh Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
We did have a load of blog posts, covering all sorts of things and stretching back several years. But a glitch in the matrix has meant that everything got deleted by some horrid online gremlin, and so we are starting afresh.