High in the Kopet Dag Mountains, the village of Nohur and the neighboring settlements occupying the terraced sides of the upland valleys are quite unlike other parts of Turkmenistan. The local Nohurli tribe retains conservative traditions protected by the remoteness of its settlements and has a reputation for religious piety, hard work, and in-breeding. Claiming descent from the army of Alexander the Great, Nohurli will show you a stone in the village said to bear a footprint of Alexander’s horse. The porches of Nohur houses are indeed supported by wooden columns that recall the Ionic style. But the inspiration here perhaps draws less from Hellenism than from the horns of the local sheep. Combining fascinating villages, beautiful scenery, and excellent opportunities for guided trekking.

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