On 18th July, John, Steve and Des set off on their latest challenge, a 7000 mile drive to Tajikistan.
Their goal was to cross high Pamir Mountains via the Pamir Highway from Tajikistan and into Kyrgyzstan. Their trip started in the Tajik capital Dushanbe and quickly left the modern world behind as they made their way along difficult mountain roads and high passes, in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on our planet. The roadway is mostly unpaved and is heavily damaged in places due to earthquakes landslides and avalanches. This route makes up part of the ancient “Silk Road” and is known as the second highest altitude international highway in the world (4,655 m). It is also listed on the dangerousroads.org website.
Unlike previous trips they have done, this one was organised entirely by Steve, John and Des. There was no backup or support along the way. The guys have been doing some extra fundraising prior to their trip, including an event at the Bricklayers Arms pub in Kingston (Steve’s local) where they brought along the car to raise awareness of their trip. We’re really grateful to Small Steps friend and fundraiser Zoe, at the Bricklayers for her ongoing support of Small Steps.
‘The Silk Roadies’ have set up the all important JustGiving page where they are gathering sponsorship. Please do still donate if you can! We send John, Steve and Des our sincerest thanks for once again, raising money for Small Steps.