Sary Tash village with the Pamir mountains
|Elevation||3,170 m (10,400 ft)|
Sary-Tash is an urban-type settlement and major crossroads in the Alay Valley of Osh Province, Kyrgyzstan. Nearby towns and villages to the north include Akbosaga (5 miles), Shumkar (7 miles) and Chagyr (9 miles).
Although this remote village has only some shop-cafes, a petrol station and two guest houses (July 2010), it is an important road junction. Its name is derived from Turkic roots meaning "yellow-stone".
To the north, M41 goes Over the Taldyk Pass to Gulcha and Osh in the Ferghana Valley. One travel guide describes this as spectacular and one of the most beautiful drives in Kyrgyzstan. To the south, after leaving the Alay Valley the M41 deteriorates quickly and rises to the 4280m Kyzyl-Art pass into Tajikistan. This route requires considerable preparation and paper work. The route is little used and there are few services between Sary-Tash and Murgab. This is part of the Pamir Highway. Fifty miles to the east on A371 is the Irkestam pass into Xinjiang, China. To the west, A372 leads down the Alay Valley (map). The pass at the west end is closed to foreigners.
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