On the road to Arkyt, Kyrgyzstan on September 15, 2015. (Alex Keshavjee/Flickr)
A horse rider gallops across the banks of Song Köl Lake, Kyrgyzstan on September 13, 2015. (Alex Keshavjee/Flickr)
Mother and daughter, Kyrgyz nomads, herd yaks at Lake Karakul, Xinjiang Province, China in September 2013. (Gaik Ping Ooi)
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Western branches of the Tien Shan mountains across Lake Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan on March 6, 2013. (Neil Melville-Kenney/Flickr)