On Central Asian Tracks 16 -
Afghan escort with baggage preparing to cross affluent of Oxus. Colonel
Shirin-dil Khan on extreme right. - The only book in which this photo appears.
Stein was extremely greatful for the special permission from the Afghan Emir to
enter and cross the Wakhan corridor. (The only time his repeated requests to
visit Afghanistan was honored until much later in the 1940's on which occasion
he then died and was buried in Kabul.) But for this expedition he managed to
visit the locations of medieval Chinese army expeditions. And Colonel
Shirin-dil Khan supplied ponies, yaks and laborers to move Stein's luggage
across the snow-covered high pass into Sarikol.