Welcome to Pshart & Madiyan Valleys
Two photogenic valleys (Долины Пшарт и Мадиян) strike west from either end of Murgab. Pshart, the more northerly valley, is initially arid and colourful with mineral layers. In contrast, the Madiyan Valley's rugged rock walls are set against lush green riverside pastures and even copses of small trees. This makes for an especially lovely sight before sunset around the tiny hamlet of Ak-Tal (Km32), whose tiny whitewashed mosque adds foreground to the rugged scene. From Ak-Tal, a corrugated 4WD track crosses the river and winds through the landscape towards isolated and barely accessible hot springs.