Or Pakistan KKH, China to Kashgar, Tourgart Pass to Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan to Azerbijan Turkey.
You would have to wait for the snow melt in KKH but it does have the most incredible mountains in the world. Kashgar is an interseting place and the road from Tashcorgan runs past the Mustag Ata. You would have to organise a guide for the China bit but you could do it easily in a week. Try Caravan cafe.com
Kyrgystan is relaxed with visas,Karakol and lake Issy Kul awesome but you should be able to organise one before hand. Pick up the the Uz and Tk visas in Kyrgystan. Great silk road cities and weird shit Turkmenistan await.
Duck down to Pamir highway.
I would avoid Afghanistan, recent reports from freinds working there in NGOs.
Shame to miss Iran but the alternative is probably better.
PS check out Vincent Dannas site and also Sean Howmans web page. Lots of photos and info.
[This message has been edited by simmo (edited 08 April 2006).]
Close to Antarctica and a long way from reality