To describe the Tajik border control at the Kyzyl-Art Pass (4282 meters) as desolate would be an understatement. This photo gives you a feel of what it would be like. Young soldiers emerge from these cylinders in order to collect water by breaking ice in the nearby stream. They supplement their diets of tea with bags of potatoes given as "gifts" by drivers making their way over the border.
Read more about our adventures in the Pamirs.