The Pamirs, 2007

Tajikistan – Pamirs, 8-23 August 2007

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Heiko just came back end of August from his research expedition to the top of the world, the Pamirs…
He found Nemacheilinae and Cyprinidae species at 4300 m above sea level and visited autonomous ethnic tribes people living unchanged for centuries above 4000 m. About this unique place, its flora and fauna more in future articles…

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The Top of the World – The Pamirs – the most amazing mountain region on plant Earth

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Yashil Kul – a crystal clear lake at 3719 m high where no one lives

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Some roads in the Pamirs were just washed away

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Heiko, collecting loaches (Nemacheilinae) and cyprinids (Cyprininae)at 4000 m above sea level east of Alichur, Pamirs 

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One loach collected at 4000 above Sea level, east of Alichur, location 10, Pamirs

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A Kyrgyz family living in a Yurt, more than 4000 m high, equipped with parabolic antennas and a generator

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Two Tajik-Kyrgyz families, ethnic groups living in a remote valley above 4000 m taking care of their cattle, sheep, goats and yaks. Here two mothers with five children each and a grandmother, the man were out higher up gathering the herds…

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…the stone coral for their herds and on the top the topaka (= cow dung) drying, their energy fuel for the long cold winter

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It had snowed in mid August (=summer) in the Pamirs, here at the crossing of the  Aktaibal pass at 4655 m

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Heiko collecting loaches above 4200 m near Kara Kul, a salty lake…

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 …and the Nemacheilinae he found – the highest so far discovered in the Pamirs 

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With the Heikomobil he crossed and penetrated areas in the Pamirs to research, were no other vehicle

as ever arrived… And researched even the remotest aquatic habitats on the Top of the World by foot

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