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Author: Seth

Tajikistan

Tajikistan

We left the country of Uzbekistan and entered the beautiful country of Tajikistan! We were immediately greeted by a beautiful mountain pass leading into Dushanbe.

While in Dushanbe we had one main goal! PREP THE CAR FOR THE PAMIR HIGHWAY! After some research we found out about an English speaking mechanic very close to our hostel.

We talked with the mechanic and told him our goal with the pamir highway. We asked for a full inspection of the car and some new suspension in the rear.

Upon the inspection he found our axle seal was leaking, but besides that Bulma was actually looking quite good!

The last time I talked with him was at midnight when he showed us some new shocks and some bmw rear springs he was customizing to fit in our cars.

At 8am we woke up and went to see our car and they had just finished it! They installed new rear springs, shocks, axle seal and even completed an oil change and wheel alignment for us!

The rear of the car now has a great lifted stance!

Dushanbe is a beautiful city with lots of great architecture!

We made our way to the pamir highway and were greeted with some of the most amazing mountain views I had ever seen!

To the right is Afghanistan on the left Tajikistan.

More beautiful drives along the river border with Afghanistan. Plan was to swim illegal over the Border to Afghanistan but in the end the current was too strong.

Driving through all the small towns along the highway children would chase our car and wave always wanting photos and stickers!

We set up camp just before the real high altitude climbing started!

Early the next morning we started pushing higher and higher into the mountains.

I have never felt such isolation before in my life.

The views were astonishing

We finally reached around 4300 meters and thats when the altitude sickness started..

Quite possibly the highest mongol rally sticker in the world!

Not everyone makes it off the Pamirs safely.

i wish I could have enjoyed this view more, but at the time my head was pounding and I was feeling extremely sick.

Whilst stopping for fuel and lunch in a small town at 4000 meters Seth and Grayson found some new hats!

This town has no power during the day so the fuel pumps only work at night when the generators are turned on! So in the daytime they measure out the fuel in cans from the main tanks and then pour it into your tanks with a jerry can.

We met some locals who wanted some team shenlong stickers!

Our last night on the pamir we camped at 4300 meters… it was the worst night of the whole trip. We were fighting altitude sickness all night unable to sleep and to top it off it dropped below freezing!

The one thing that made up for it was the night sky… I had never seen anything like it in my life. The stars and the Milky Way looked so close and clear. It ave me goose bumps just looking at it.

At 530am we started pushing for the border. Nobody slept well and we all felt very ill.

On the way to the border we went over some very washed out gravel roads when a huge bang went off in the car. My leg instantly started burning it felt as if someone just slapped it with a wooden spoon!

We pulled over to find the airbag had deployed on the drivers seat…

We finally reached the Tajikistan/kyrgyzstan border. It was a lot smaller then what we expected. A tiny house and gate with a few guards sitting by a fire inside the house. We had to take our shoes off in order to give our paperwork to the guards.

We were surprised to find a huge no mans land between the two countries! Over 30km of nothing but terrible roads and beautiful mountains.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Since our Iran tour starts in Armenia we actually didn’t have to head into Azerbaijan but we had already purchased visas so we decided to make a day trip of it! We drove about 45 minutes to the Georgia/Azerbaijan border only to be treated by the most friendly border guards I have ever met! (Seriously I fist bumped the border guard)

The car took some time to clear customs so we were relaxing at the border gate when 2 older men pointed to some extra beer and snacks on the table they had ordered for us! 

After hanging out at the border gate for about an extra Hour with these guys drinking we decided it was time to start actually driving into the country. 

Whilst driving we had to go through a military passport control checkpoint, while the military was checking our information a very nice gentleman pulled up to make sure everything was okay and took us to a fantastic restaurant. After finishing eating he tried insisting on hosting us for more beers and vodka the next night, sadly we only had one day to spend in azerbaijan. 

After about 3 hours of driving we ended up at the city of ganja! Honestly the city had quite an odd vibe. The streets were huge and empty, we even found an almost abandoned theme park. Honestly one of the creepiest things of come across in the middle of a large city.

After hanging out with a few of the creepiest Disney characters I had ever laid my eyes on we continued through ganja.

After seeing some of the hottest temperatures as of yet we bumped into a huge empty extremely overdone square on the outside of the city. I’ve never seen something like this before. It felt very weird to be around. With barely anyone around.

After driving 3 hours back to the border we arrived to it being closed! We talked with the border guards for a few minutes and they informed us there was one about an hour away. Or 16 km and no bridge haha. but before we left the border, the guard we had met that morning insisted on buying us all coffee. So after the coffee we started the treck through some awful roads in the dark!

We finally made it back to Georgia and into tsbilis around 1am. When we got back we found out that one of the best clubs in the world was throwing a huge event… not much sleep was had that night. Bassiani here we come! Do not drink or storage alcohol in the Dorm! If you follow the rules it should not look like this: