A national preciou leading tourists for more than 20 times, Brownbook follows Niyozkul Nematov up into these historic peaks
Niyozkul Nematov is Tajikistans trekking leader, as one on-line travel place makes it, and something of a national treasure.
Eager to share fables and legends about his beloved Fann mountains, Nematov has been leading tours for more than 20 years with visitors often staying at his guesthouse, run by his wife Shoista.
Legend has it that at midnight under a full moon Bucephalus comes out of Iskanderkul Lake to pasture at its grassy beaches, he says. The glacial pond which takes its figure from Alexander the Great and is thought to be where the late lords pony, Bucephalus, drowned during combat is the jewel of the this central Asian mountain range.
When a full moon decorates it, neighbourhoods can listen the mare neighing across all districts of the mountains, Nematov says.
When he isnt leading tours, the mountaineer are available at his sons home in the capital Dushanbe, where he spends his eras experimenting lore about the mountains and its own history of Central Asia material that he will subsequently use to impress visitors.
But now, as the snows melting and the rain turns the juniper forests back to green, Nematov returns to his home in Panjakent to continue business.