Join a team heading to one of the world's most remote corners, to trek the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.
Trek the Wakhan in Afghanistan
This 22-day journey to trek the Wakhan will visit the land of the Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamir, considered to be one of the world’s least visited nomadic cultures.
The trip which will be made by vehicle and by foot, begins and end in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. You’ll travel along the dramatic Pamir Highway, one of the world’s highest roads before and crossing over into Afghanistan. You will then pass through the Wakhan Corridor to the Afghan Pamir. The last section of this journey will be made by foot, with the team and pack animals carrying everything you need for this self-sufficient trek to the summer grazing grounds of Chaqmaqtin Lake where the Kyrgyz nomads graze their sheep and yaks.
The trip is an amazing experience into one the world’s more remote and difficult to reach areas with snow even in high summer up in the Afghan Pamir. It is a tough and rough trip. In Afghanistan, you will be staying in communal rooms or camping. The food will be basic and will consist of whatever can be sourced from Ishkishim. Vehicles and roads in are rugged and bumpy and you’ll be crossing passes over 4000 metres high. The acclimatisation is gradual but you will need a certain amount of fitness to enjoy the trip.
You will have the opportunity to meet Kyrgyz and Wakhi nomads who graze their livestock here during the summer months as well as seeing ancient tombs and Buddhist engravings, which live as a reminder of this once great section of the Silk Road. Travelling in this remote region is a rare opportunity, a unique experience and one which travellers don’t forget.
- Discover the culture of the Wakhi and the Kyrgyz nomads of this rarely visited corner of Central Asia
- Travel along the Pamir highway, one of the world’s highest roads
- Explore parts of the ancient silk route
- Camp next to gorgeous alpine lakes in the high Pamirs
- See spectacular mountain wildlife like the grey wolf, red fox, ibex, and Afghan urial
Why you'll love this adventure
- Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Hsuan Tsang on this ancient silk route
- The trip offers a wonderful combination of physical challenge and cultural exploration
- Visit one of the most isolated places in the world
31 August 2020
21 September 2020
30 August 2021
20 September 2021
The itinerary for this trip - to trek the Wakhan - is an outline of what is to be achieved. Travel in such a remote region does not lend itself to tight schedules and September is a good time to visit. It is a little colder but the rivers are much lower so the chance of being delayed due to high water is much reduced. Please make an enquiry for the full itinerary.
- All accommodation
- All food in Afghanistan
- Breakfast in Tajikistan
- International guide
- Local guides
- Local cook
- Tents and camping equipment
- Pack animals
- Permits to visit the Wakhan region
- Any necessary visas
- Entrance fees
- Lunch and dinner in Tajikistan
The operator does not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on the itineraries. They consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when choosing where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room when that is available. When in the Wakhan area you will be staying in tents and in local guesthouses that sometimes only offer central communal areas to sleep in.
Outside of Dushanbe options will be limited and once you are on the trek you’ll only be able to eat what what the group has brought, or bartered for from the nomadic people. Any specific allergies or dietary requirements can be accommodated if given prior warning.
Who is this trip for?
- Solo travellers
- Basic fitness required
You will need double entry Tajikistan visa with GBAO permit and an Afghan Visa for this trip. We will assist with advice on how best to obtain these visas as visa requirements vary from country to country. If you are based in the UK or Australia then we can recommend using The Visa Machine as a visa agent.
The Wakhan and Afghan Pamir regions are both very remote areas in one of the least developed countries in the world. Please ensure that your insurance covers you both for visiting Afghanistan and for rescue in the Wakhan region of Afghanistan. If you have any questions about which insurance company to select please contact us.
For this trip we use team leaders who have experience of guiding in the Wakhan. In addition to these experienced leaders, we will be working with local Wakhi guides and porters.
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 that 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.
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 travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of Pakistan and Afghanistan, lands that are often described as dangerous and inhospitable.
Working with small groups of a maximum of 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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