National Geographic : 1950 Nov
© National Geographic Society + Altitude-loving Yaks Carry Afghans Across 14,000-foot Pamir Pass Easy-gaited and sure-footed, the yak is too broad backed to be comfortable. Grazing wherever it can, it weaves in and out of the trail, defying the pressure of a rope through the nostrils. These hardy soldiers formed the Shors' military escort. Kodachlronmes by Jean Shot 4 Up and Up the Panting Ponies Labor; Riders Dismount to Spare Them Where the Sarhad-Langar trail narrowed to two feet, Jean Shor's mount started bucking. Another horse dropped dead. Men grew so weary on the dawn to-midnight journey that they wanted to lie down on the rocks. Loose stones plunged thousands of feet.