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Back on the Camel Trail. In the last two weeks we have crossed the border into Uzbekistan, watched the silk carpet making process, camped out with camels in the desert, visited imposing silk road cities, tasted Uzbek wine (hmm), learned to cook Plov (yum) and pondered over spending a small fortune on a handmade silk carpet (eek).  This trip couldn't be more of a contrast from our previous leg in Kyrgyztsan and everyone is in agreement that the two have complimented each other really well and that we are very pleased the energetic hiking & camping section was first and…

The Winner of our annual photography competition is Somenath Mukhopadhyay with his beautiful image titled Painted Visage. We had a tough time picking the winner and there were hundreds of great entries. We loved this image for the soft colours, the culturally interesting aspect and the perfect lighting. The image was shot in West Bengal and Somenath wins a credit for the land price of a trip for two up to the value of £2,000GBP. Congratulations and thank you very much to everyone who entered.    This is the shortlist            

Starry skies, Golden Eagles and Heavenly Horses. We're all wrapped up in our warmest clothes, watching a night sky literally full up with stars, on the edge of Song Köl Lake, 3070m above sea level. It's chilly, but worth it. Our yurts are full of warm blankets and with 8 people to a yurt, we'll be easily warm enough - so for now, it's hats, gloves and a rum and coke to enjoy the evening! I've never seen so many stars - 360 degrees and all the way to the horizon, the sky is totally lit up. This finishes off a few…

Following the Old Silk Road - Xian to Kashgar We left Xian nearly three weeks ago following the old trading route to Kashgar, all the way along the last stretches of Great Wall and finally skirting the edges of the Taklamakan desert, one of the most inhospitable places on earth.    What we've just travelled in 14 days, I cannot imagine travelling on foot or by camel at a rate of only 10-20km a day, as the old Caravans would have.  This area was a gold mine for the archaeologists of the 19th century who would make their name discovering…