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Inverness friends complete Kyrgyzstan expedition

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Image caption The expedition involved a trek into the Djenghi-Djer mountain range

Six friends, five of them from Inverness, have completed a month-long expedition climbing in Central Asia.

The group set out to explore poorly documented areas of the Djenghi-Djer mountain range in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Calum Nicoll, 25, Struan Chisholm, Sam Newmark, Neil Smith, who are 24, and Sandy Fowler, 23, are from Inverness, and Mark Chonofsky, 24, is from Boston.

The six opted to travel through the region on horseback and made a journey of 50 miles (80km) using 10 horses.

Often expeditions in the area involve travel by helicopter or 4x4 vehicles.

Their expedition in July was supported Christopher Ward Challengers Programme.

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Image caption Three of the group of six on one of their climbs
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Image caption The five from Inverness swapped their more familiar surroundings of the Scottish Highlands for Kyrgyzstan's uplands
Image copyright Christopher Ward Challengers Programme

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