Roof of the world festival

The goal of the festival is to increase dialogue and cultural awareness among various central Asian countries: Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan; as well as promote sustainable alternative technologies and natural resource management practices. The evening was wrapped up with a beautiful traditional Pamiri concert.
At the festival I was put in charge of the solar panel/light bulbs for a while. A group of men came by from a village high up in the Bartang valley. They explained that they had no more power, since their supply from the hydro dam had been damaged. So two villages are without any electricity and they are interested in solar panels, which I found totally awesome! The price is $1000 per unit, or $10 per watt, which is pretty steep. I will follow up on what we can do for them.
The festival was also a great place to meet people. Over 1000 people were in the park, from Khorog and surrounding villages, as well as many tourists. Manfred, a German whom I met the day before, biked from Dushanbe to Khorog and on to Murgab, KaraKul, Kyrgystan, China and then to Islamabad. Amazing! He met a French couple who have biked here from…. FRANCE. That’s over 8000 km, and I don’t even want to start thinking about the altitude…

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