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Kayak Afghanistan

Kayak Afghanistan to experience some of the best white water in the world by applying to join this rare opportunity to kayak through Afghan waters.

Spend six days descending through the Panjshir Valley, immerse yourself in the culture of the local villages and even teach local kids how to kayak. It’s an exciting adventure that only one group has ever completed before.


  • Kayak the entire length of the Panjshir Valley
  • Explore the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud – the most revered Mujahadeen commanders in the Russian war.
  • Experience homestays with local villagers
  • Visit Kabul and take in the sights and sounds of this colourful town
  • Taste local and home cooked Afghani dishes
  • Immerse in the culture and language of the valley

Over the course of six days, you’ll kayak the entire length of the Panjshir Valley – following the routes discovered during a 2016 trip. Because this is a new adventure, it might be necessary to spend a day speaking with village elders in order to gain permission to paddle certain sections of the river. But it’s all part of the adventure.

At all times, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Afghan guide. While on the river, you’ll have two international kayaking guides with you who have been down the Panjshir Valley before.

Afghanistan poses unique security issues. The areas chosen for this expedition enjoy relative stability and friendliness.It’s important that all team members understand that your guides decisions, especially regarding safety, are final. This ensures the safest and most enjoyable experience for all.

This operator specializes in taking groups deep into some of the most inaccessible places. They define ‘off the beaten path.’ They utilize local guides and work hard to provide authentic experiences for all their groups. They have friends in these remote out of the way places, they speak the languages, and they know the history. This is as close to travelling with locals as most can get.

The operator pays special attention to local commerce and making sure that as many of your pounds go directly to local people. You’ll stay with locals or local run hotels and supplies are purchased from locals as well.

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Day 1
Kabul – 30 July 2017

Fly in.
Briefing. If there is time, we will be able to arrange a city tour to some of Kabul’s more interesting sights.

Days 2 – 7
Kabul – Panjshir 31 July – 5 August 2017

You will have 6 full days to kayak the length of the Panjshir Valley, following the routes of our groundbreaking 2016 trip. As this is a relatively new activity in the valley we may have to spend the first day meeting village elders and obtaining permission to kayak sections of the river.

As well as kayaking you will be able to visit the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the most revered of the Mujahadeen commanders from the Russian war and will be able to teach some of the local village children some basic kayak skills.

Accommodation options are limited in the Panjshir but homestays are available.

The final night the group will return to Kabul.

Day 8
Fly home – 6th August 2017

We will take you to the airport to catch your flight.

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We provide breakfast but not other meals in Kabul. We know plenty of places in Kabul. From traditional tea houses serving kebabs and huge Afghan naan bread to international restaurants (at International prices). When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend. When in the Panjshir we will provide all meals.


We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards and costs in Kabul cannot be compared to a guesthouse in Bamian. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room in Kabul and Bamian. In Panjshir you will be living in people’s homes in communal rooms.


Unless the group is very small we take 2 vehicles for safety when driving between towns. If there is a breakdown we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel (not a laughing matter in a country that should be the setting for a live action version of the Wacky Races). Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.


You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Afghan guide for the duration of the trip.

There will be one guide co-ordinating in Kabul and Panjshir. There will also be a local Panjshir contact who will act as a guide/translator in the Panjshir.

On the river there will be two international kayaking guides who have kayaked the Panjshir river before.


Trips to Afghanistan do create dangers all of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons.

Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.


Dates & Rates

Dates: 30 July – 6 August 2017

Price: 2,250 USD

What Is Included

  • All accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • All food in Panjshir
  • All ground transport
  • Guiding (including two international kayak guides)

What Is Not Included

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Flights to Afghanistan
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kabul
  • Drinks
  • Tips


Specialists in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, this operator aims to add positive benefit to the areas visited by ensuring that whenever possible, the money goose directly to the people of the region. In their words “small scale tourism might not change the world but every path starts with a single step’.

The founders met as intrepid travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of of Pakistan and Afghanistan, lands that are often described as dangerous and inhospitable.

Working with small groups of maximum 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year.

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