Ulugh Beg (1394 – 1449), grandson of Amir Timur, was the greatest astronomer and mathematician in Central Asia of his time. He build several Madrasa (religious educational institution) as he believed in the importance of education. This one he build in Bukhara in 1417.
By coincidence I found this picture of the same place taken by my great-grandpa on his travels on the silk road in 1970.
The cosy Pik Lenin Basecamp (3.800m) serves as second home for climbers from all over the world. It’s hard to imagine, that we will spend the next three weeks only on this one mountain. Pik Lenin (7.134m) is in the back on the right.