Once the centre of mighty empires, the lands of Turkestan are found in modern-day Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Through this diverse region - with fearsome deserts and soaring mountains - great Khans controlled the citadels of Khiva, Bukhara, Kokand and Kashgar. Silk Road caravans scaled the mountain passes to ply their trade in the Kashgar baazars and 19th century adventurers played cat-and-mouse amongst the valleys and peaks of the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains. We explore Uzbekistan's treasures before entering Kyrgyzstan, where we winding high on rugged road and cross the remote Irkeshtam Pass. We finish our journey in Kashgar - as centuries of intrepid travellers have done before us!
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