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This expanse of glacial moraine was fearsome. There were boulders up to five metres high piled up everywhere and no obvious path through area of map

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PREVIOUS PAGE: one of the many peaks of the Hindu Kush, as seen from the Wakhan Corridor; ABOVE: the team approaches the Pamir Knot, the area where the Himalaya, Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush mountain ranges come together. The area in which they hoped to find the ice cave is located at the top right of this image; ABOVE LEFT: guides work to rescue a pack horse that has fallen into the river january 2011 www.geographical.co.uk 47

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