Why is Pamir called ‘The Roof of the World’?

Though the Himalayas are the highest range in the world, the Pamir Mountain range is called the ‘Roof of the world’ or ‘Top of the world’ as it has over 100 peaks that exceed 6000 meters in height, and many immense valleys that lie more than 3658 meters high. The highest peak in the Pamir is Communism Peak which is an awe-inspiring 7468 meters high.

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Several mountain ranges meet to form the Pamir, which means ‘the foot of mountain peaks’. The Kunlun from the east, the Karakoram from the south east, the Hindukush from the southwest, and the Tien Shan from the northeast all converge to form the rugged and remote Pamir. Collectively known as the Pamir Mountains, much of the Pamir mountain range lie in Tajikistan.

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Snow covers the highest peaks all year round, nourishing more than 1000 glaciers. The land is harsh, and the winters are severe. Yet hardly people of the region make living grazing flocks of sheep, proving that man’s spirit cannot be quenched even by the challenging conditions on the ‘roof of the world’.

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