Picture Story: A Return to the Top of the World

May 7, 2013

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Matthieu Paley/National Geographic

Cell phones, which Kyrgyz herders get through trading, are useless for communication in the isolated plateau, but are used to play music and take photos. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

The roughly 1,000 Kyrgyz of the Wakhan Corridor in northeast Afghanistan live in one of the harshest and most remote locations in Central Asia. Surviving by sheepherding, they make their camps amid the Pamir Mountains, which reach elevations of more than 14,000 feet. But it’s a community that Matthieu Paley, a French-born, Turkey-based photographer, has visited and photographed many times....

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