Join a team heading to one of the world's most remote corners, to trek the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.
A 22-day journey to visit the land of one of the world’s last and least visited nomadic cultures: the Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamir. You’ll begin in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe before travelling south and crossing over into Afghanistan. You’ll then pass through the Wakhan Corridor to the Afghan Pamir where you’ll meet your guides and pack animals to continue your journey.
The middle section of this journey will be made by foot as the group make your way to the summer grazing grounds of Chaqmaqtin. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter Kyrgyz and Wakhi nomads who graze their livestock here during the summer months, as well as seeing ancient tombs and Buddhist engravings and ancient Rock Petroglyphs, which live as a reminder of this one great section of the Silk Road. The journey will end in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
- Cross into Afghanistan and travel through the remote North of the country.
- Discover the culture of the Wakhi and the Kyrgyz nomads of this rarely visited corner of Central Asia
- Explore deep into territory where few outsiders have ever been
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
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 outside the capital cities
- Breakfast in Tajikistan
- Breakfast in Kabul
- International guide
- Local guides
- Local cook
- Tents and camping equipment
- Pack animals
- Permits to visit the Wakhan region
- Any necessary visas
- International flights
- Entrance fees
- Lunch and dinner in Tajikistan
- Lunch and dinner in Kabul
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, 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 two people sharing a room when it is available.
When we are in the Wakhan area we will be staying in single tents and in local guesthouses that sometimes only offer central communal areas to sleep in. Pamiri style communal homes generally open-plan sleeping areas, though there are occasionally individual rooms for one or two people. At the end of the trip, we will stay in a hotel in Kabul.
Options will be limited outside of Dushanbe and once we are on the trek we will only be able to eat what we bring with us or barter for from the nomadic people.
Meat, milk, bread, and salt tea are the bases of a typical meal in the Wakhan, however specific allergies or dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are given prior warning. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered for with enough notice.
Please feel free to bring your own energy bars/trekking snacks from home to supplement what we provide.
Who is this trip for?
- Solo travellers
- Basic fitness required
You will need a Single entry Tajikistan visa and an Afghan Visa for this trip. The operator will assist with advice on how best to obtain these visas as visa requirements vary from country to country once you’ve made a booking enquiry.
Obtaining a Tajikistan e-visa is the quickest method.
For the Afghan visa the operator will assist in arranging in Dushanbe.
Please note that the location where the operator suggest you obtain the Afghan visa may change.
Please not that you may or may not require the GBAO permit.
Please do check with the operator closer to the time of the trip.
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 from the international operator who have experience of guiding in the Wakhan. In addition to these experienced leaders they 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 the operator considers to be relatively stable things can change and they may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
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 be it a ski festival or marathon event!
Trek the Wakhan in Afghanistan
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