The former republics of the Soviet Union; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, are referred to as “the Stans”. As one of few regions in the world still unexplored, it spans over ancient cultures, remote living nomads, and unparalleled nature. From the Karakum Desert and the Tian Shan to the old Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand.

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