Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Stans: Kulikalon Lakes

I began combing through the thousands of photos from our time in Central Asia, and much like when presented with a menu featuring too many delicious options, it becomes overwhelming to make a selection and so you end up closing your eyes and pointing at something, only to be disappointed that you chose a veggie burger made of plant based egg substitute with soy fries. The "burden of choice" is alive and real, my friends.

So as I wasted entirely too much time trying to rationally curate a collection of photos to sum up the entire trip, I realized it was hopeless, and instead selected a very limited set from the beautiful first camp on our trek in Tajikistan. After a long-ish day of hiking, we reached the cirque of Kulikalon Lakes, three alpine tarns fed by the enormous Chimtarga glacier. We could not have asked for a more picturesque panorama to pitch our tents in, and were lucky to have seen both a beautiful sunset and sunrise here before moving further up into the mountains.

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-4
Sunset over one of the lakes.

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-1
Anita and Jas survey the landscape as we first neared our camp in the late afternoon.

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-2
Taking a moment to soak it all in.

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-5

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-6

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-7

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-8
This was actually taken at night, well after sunset. It was a full moon that evening, so even deep into the evening with the stars out, it was still amply bright.

Kulikalon Lakes Camp-9
Reflections at sunrise.

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