Hired a mule in the village of Haniz to help carry our backpacks to the 3870 m saddle where we camped. The next day, climbed Siyalan and bagged Kandigan Peak and then descended the very long northern slopes. By dusk, had not found a flat area to set up our tent so ended up sleeping in the open forest. Got some drizzle but fortunately no down pour. On the third day, hiked to Asal Mahaleh.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."