The timeless old village of Margeb (Margeb Bolo), with its high-altitude orchards of apricot, cherries and peaches, sits at the end of the dramatic Yagnob Valley. The village, which means 'green blossoming place' in the local language, spills over the steep hillsides making cultivation in the surrounding terraces something of an extreme sport. Despite its apparent remoteness (along roads that really don't deserve to be called such), the village is known for another kind of extreme sport as it forms the access point for an annual international rock-climbing championship at Yagnob Wall.
In and around Margeb many community elders speak Sogd[ian], a language largely unchanged since the time of Alexander the Great. Some 500 Sogd-speaking families were forcibly relocated to Zafarobad in 1970, partly as a modernisation initiative, but the language has survived.