An extension of the Wakhan Valley, the word "little" in the name of this place certainly does not refer to area's mountains. They are so tall that even the passes between them and stone hut villages nowhere near the peaks can be snow-blanketed in midsummer. Trade caravans of donkeys, horses and yaks ply a one-month trade route through this roadless wilderness, stopping at villages where people live in near-mediaeval conditions. Around Lake Choqmaqtin, a four-day walk from the nearest road or shop, the villages end to be replaced by yurt encampments belonging to the world's last nomadic Kyrgyz. These stretch out for another three days, all the while getting further and further away from the road. The isolation here is so extreme that it really is like delving into another world. Bring plenty of food, as locals eat only hard bread for breakfast, hard bread for lunch then hard bread, rice and yoghurt for dinner every day. Bring warm clothing, a tent and a sleeping bag even in summer. Bring altitude sickness medicine, as even the passes between mountains can reach 5,500 metres.