Wow, 5 countries in 4 weeks! This fall I managed to sweep through all five of the 'Central Asia Stans in an exciting, exhilarating month of fun. I've traveled to these countries many times over the last 25 years taking diplomats, clients, colleagues, family, and friends to many of the top sites and unexplored corners. Keeping up with changes in Central Asia is a full-time job with rapidly expanding tourism and the growing popularity of the experiences available here. Top priorities for me included checking on border crossings, reviewing new hotels, meeting Central Asia host families for homestays and connecting with my Silk Road Treasure Tours' team of local operators and guides.
This time I went to new heights, literally, in the Tiyan Shan Mountains and the Pamirs of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. In early fall, when summer is drawing to a close in the US, the cold winds from the north bring early snows to the mountains in Central Asia. This is the habitat of the curly-horned Marco Polo sheep and the endangered snow leopard, and the hunting grounds of the golden eagle. Used by traditional Kyrgyz and Kazakh hunters, there's a fierce bond between the handlers and their birds. Holding one of these birds is not for the faint of heart! There's an incredible, wild power in their enormous talons and huge wings and we want to give Silk Road travelers these same fabulous experiences.
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