The village itself has been called the called the Roof of the World, located high in the Pamir mountains, surrounded by snow capped peaks and brilliant landscapes The view may be spectacular, but the road getting there can be a little hairy. Depending on the state of the highway it can take anywhere from 5 to 12 hours. Bumping over the road and twisting with every mountain curve, I have witnessed the dangers of the journey… buses that rolled off the mountain edge, boulders falling down and causing an avalanche, glacier freezing ice water rushing down the slopes and washing out whole section of the road, transport trucks overturned and smashed in the side of the rocky ledge. As I said it is a dangerous stretch of highway, but the views along the way are magnificent. People behold sights of wild camels, the black lake, the father of all Ice Mountains, grasslands, and small Tajik villages. The group I went with a few weeks ago were gracious enough to leave me copies of the pictures they took as they leaned far out the window of our van with the shutting of their cameras snapping in every direction. So without further ado, you can enjoy the extravagant beauty without the taxing expedition.