The Bartang Valley is so narrow at points that it might better be called The Bartang Canyon. A river crashes through the valley floor and the mountains rise straight up out of its banks. The few stretches of flat land between river banks and mountains usually host small villages and are vibrant green with cultivation, contrasting to the barren browns and reds of the rock walls around them. A narrow dirt track runs through the valley but is sometimes washed out by flooding, leaving villages only accessible on foot. As with much of rural Tajikistan, no public transport comes here so your options are hitch hiking, private vehicle hire, walking or, if you speak some Russian and are willing to wait a couple of days in the town of Khorog, finding a space in a shared taxi. The people of Bartang are spectacularly hospitable and you may well be invited into their homes. Houses are still built in traditional Pamiri style. A village elder is consulted about which pillars and beams must go where and the completion of various parts of the house requires animal slaughter and feasting.