Central asia is covered by the highest mountains in the world. The western side of the Himalayan mountains
and the Pamir Mountains have many peakes above 6000 m2.
For thousands years they are the place of an intense mining activity producing the best Gemstones in the World.
Various countries share this treasure, and areas like Panjshir in Afghanistan, Gorno Badakshan in Tajikistan, Swat in Pakistan, Chatkal in Kyrgyztan, are famous around the
world for their valuable minerals.
The Panjshir stones are extracted from more than 400 mines along the 150 km Panjshir Valley. They belong to two categories :