The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the spectacular Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs). It starts with views of scenic Lake Karakal (the product of a massive meteor impact), followed by a couple of aerial views of the broader Pamir Mountains landscape and pictures of Lake Sarez (showing the scars of the massive landslide and natural dam that created it).
The park’s fauna is relatively poor, but some of its more iconic species are illustrated, including snow leopard, the endemic Marco Polo argali sheep, long-tailed marmot, Himalayan brown bear and Siberian ibex. The slideshow includes a series of photos from a road route through the steep-sided valleys and high alpine deserts around the periphery of the site, starting in the southwest, along the southern boundary and northwards along its eastern flanks. This gives an excellent general overview of the landscapes in the lower-lying parts of the park and is followed by a series of photos of a mountaineering ascent of the park’s second highest peak, Ibn Sina (also known as Lenin Peak, 7,134m). The ascent passes some massive glaciers and icefields and can only be attempted by fully equipped mountaineering teams.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Cloudtail the Snowleopard, allanv, flavijus, Kate Dixon, ninara, Snowleopard Lodge Ladakh, twiga269-FEMEN, US-Embassy-Pakistan, Antoine49, Michael Wong, David Stanley, Georg Sander and David Ells.
Area: 26,117 km2
- Exceptional natural phenomenon (vii);
- Outstanding natural beauty (vii);
- Geological features (viii);