Almaty, Kazakhstan and the Silk Road Northern Route

Leaving Dunhuang, instead of taking the northern or southern branch around the Taklimakan Desert, one Silk Road Northern route continued north and did not re-join the other traders at Kashgar. This took the caravans up into the Tian Shan Mountains through Turpan, Talgar and then into Almaty in modern Kazakhstan. It is most likely that this route came back to the main Northern Route at Kokand, after passing by Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan.

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