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Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor And Little Pamir Travel Guide

The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor and Little Pamir Mountains are one of the best offbeat adventures you can have. I had stared across three times from the Tajikistan side of the Wakhan Valley onto the Afghanistan side.

It was so close yet so far. The first time was in 2012, the second in 2014, and the third in 2016. Like many travellers along that route, the temptation to cross into Afghanistan is very strong.

In 2016 I finally did with a very cool Brazilian couple Roy and Michelle, and their mobile motorhome.

Now I will share with you how you can do this awesome adventure yourself.

I will run through all the points.

It was only over a week ago at the time of writing this that I left the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley so all the information is fresh in my head as I write this.

(Update 2021) After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021 the security situation is fluid and make sure to check with an Afghan embassy abroad, plus your own embassy, before thinking of going. If you do visit and anything has changed from this guide, please contact me at to let me know how it is, so I can update this article accordingly.

There is no reason to plan way ahead.

It’s easy as hell to just do this last minute in Khorog – Ishkashim.

I did the whole preparation within 24 hours of getting the visa in Khorog and the permits in Ishkashim.

Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor

The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor

Friendly people.

Afghan men in Ishkashim.
Afghan men in Ishkashim.

Unique cultures.

Kyrgyz community in the Little Pamir.
Kyrgyz community in the Little Pamir.

Stunning scenery and the remoteness of where you are.


The adventure of being in Afghanistan.

Little Pamir mountains Afghanistan

Every traveller loves an adventure! That’s all you need to know.

Practicalities for The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor





The Visa

The visa is easy to get.

Visit the Afghanistan embassy in Khorog in Tajikistan – it took me 45 minutes to apply and receive it.

As a British citizen I paid $150 for the visa, the USA pays $200. Sounds a lot but it is a very unique adventure to have and worth it.

Check online as the prices may change.

Some nationalities are not even on the visa price list.

The Brazil couple I travelled to Afghanistan with were not on the list and told, therefore, they couldn’t go.

But after pleading with the embassy person that it was their dream to visit they decided to charge them the same as me.

So if you have that problem try the same.

You might be able to get the visa cheaper if applying in your home country, but I’m not sure about that.

Plus travellers thinking of going would most likely be travelling in Central Asia anyway and decide last minute to go, in which case get the visa in Khorog.

IMPORTANT! – Make sure you get a double entry Tajikistan visa as you will need to come back into Tajikistan after Afghanistan.

If you don’t you will need to go overland through dangerous Taliban territory to Kabul to fly out of the country.

The Tajik embassy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) gives double entry. Make sure you get the GBAO permit for Tajikistan as well. You can get a Tajik e-visa these days but its only single entry, so don’t use that.



In Eshkashim in Afghanistan, you will need to get some permits to go up the Wakhan Valley and into the Pamirs.

Do not forget to do this!

You will need these permits otherwise you will not be allowed to pass through the various checkpoints en-route.

At these checkpoints going down the Wakhan Valley (the first is in Khundud village) you will show these permits to the police, and they will let you through, and sometimes you will need to get another permit.

In Khundud you will need to visit an office there in order to get an extra permit for example. Ask the police there where to go.

Have at least five passport photos with you for all this permit stuff. You can easily get them done in Eshkashim at photo shops there for cheap.

You will also need five photocopies of your passport page details.

Again that can be easily done in Eshkashim.

You will most likely be approached by a “guide” in Eshkashim (they will find you as there are hardly any tourists there) and offer to help you with this.

We paid a man who spoke good English $25 to help us and it was worth it as we had to go to three different places to get the permits.

We wouldn’t have a clue otherwise how to do it as it was all over the place!

The man in the picture below is a money changer on the “main street” and speaks a little English. So if no-one approaches you try and find him and ask for how to do the permits, if he’s still around.

You could do the permits yourself but it would be so much easier with the help of a local.


Eshkashim is a small place and businesses generally close for lunch just so you know.

Ishkashim "main street".
Eshkashim “main street”.

At the last village you reach in the Wakhan called Sarhad you will meet the local police commander and he will ask to see the final permit.

The asshole commander we met in Sarhad was an illiterate ex Taliban (nobody likes him there) and kept the permit saying it was ok. It’s not!

Keep the final permit with you for the walk into the Pamirs as there is a military checkpoint at the start of the Little Pamirs after hiking for four days.

Also, take your passports as they will ask to see those at this checkpoint as well.

Sarhad village.
Sarhad village.

We had a fun adventure hanging with Afghan commanders, Chinese military, and Tajik soldiers, as we talked through all this shit at the military checkpoint in the Little Pamir, as we didn’t have the permit because of asshole ex Taliban commander keeping it.

We managed a way around it though which is all part of the fun.

If you take your own vehicle across then you will need extra permits which you can organise at the Afghanistan embassy in Khorog.

The Brazil couple I travelled with had a motorhome and we went into Afghanistan with it to drive around and camp out.

VERY IMPORTANT – Ask in the Afghanistan embassy in Khorog exactly what you will need to do with the permits etc as it may have changed by the time you go there.

Getting To The Afghanistan Wakhan Valley

Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.
Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.

This is the easy part if you are travelling around Central Asia already and have time on your hands.

However, if you are short on time and want to come in just for this Afghanistan Wakhan Valley adventure then it can get more expensive.

The main thing is to get to Khorog on the Tajik side to get the visa, and then head to Ishkashim. It’s called Ishkashim on the Tajik side and Eshkashim on the Afghan side.

You will cross into the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley at Ishkashim. This is the only safe place to cross into Afghanistan to get to the Wakhan Valley so this will be your only option to enter.

Ishkashim on the Tajik side is reached by shared taxi from Khorog that is cheap and takes around 3-4 hours.

Crossing the border is best to do in the morning to leave you time to get the permits sorted out in the Afghanistan Eshkashim, so plan to stay a night in Ishkashim on the Tajik side then get up early to cross.

You can walk from Ishkashim to the border crossing in around 30 minutes. It took us in the car around 15 minutes on the Tajik side and 30 minutes on the Afghanistan side to get all the paperwork done.

But we were in a car so it took a little longer because of that I think.

On the Afghan side, it’s around 5km from the border to Eshkashim and taxis are not so cheap (transport in Afghanistan, in general, is not cheap). So you could walk that 5km in around an hour or so.

It’s safe at the time of writing.

Afghan border Ishkashim.
Afghan border Ishkashim.


From Kyrgyzstan

The best bet if you are in Kyrgyzstan is to go from the city of Osh in the south across the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan to Khorog.

You could do this as part of a tour if you can get enough travellers together or just take a shared taxi.

Take the shared taxi from Osh to Murghab for around $20 and then Murghab to Khorog for around $15 – 20. It will take roughly 20 hours total but is cheap and a beautiful drive.

Or you could fly from Bishkek to Dushanbe (capital of Tajikistan) but that is an expensive option.

If you have the time travel overland.

Have a read of my adventure travel guide to the Pamir Highway for much more information on how to travel this route (opens in separate tab).

From Uzbekistan

Head to Dushanbe overland by shared taxi is the best option.


Inside Tajikistan

I’ve covered coming over the Pamir Highway to Khorog, and coming in the other direction from Dushanbe is easy as well.

You just take a shared taxi from Dushanbe to Khorog that takes around 15-20 hours and costs roughly $35. It’s a nice drive with half of it alongside the river bordering Afghanistan.


Flying Into The Region

Dushanbe is not the cheapest place to fly into Central Asia so check flights to Almaty in Kazakhstan and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

From Bishkek, you can fly to Osh for around $30 or fly from Almaty to Dushanbe for roughly $130.

Just use the flight search engines to find the cheapest way in. If you’re short on time and don’t care then just fly straight to Dushanbe then take the shared taxi down.

There is a flight from Dushanbe to Khorog but it’s constantly getting cancelled so do not rely on that option.

Flights inside Afghanistan itself are extremely expensive so unless you’re loaded with money don’t even think of it as an option to fly to Eshkashim.

Getting Around In The Wakhan Corridor

Ok, this is the bad part. Transport is not cheap!

I was lucky being with the Brazilian couple in that we had our own transport which made things way easier and much, much, cheaper.

Brazil couples motorhome in the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor
Brazil couples motorhome.
Helping fix a broken down taxi in the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor
Helping fix a broken-down taxi.

The Afghanistan visa is valid for a month and if I went back again and had the time, I would honestly just say screw it and hike the road up to Sarhad village where the start of the hike into the Little Pamir is.

It’s roughly 200km from Eshkashim to Sarhad so would take around ten days walking to do it.

The “road” is mostly flat and very steadily goes upwards so you wouldn’t feel a hard uphill hike.

There is no tarmac whatsoever on the road – it’s all stones and dust. Not an easy drive.

That would give you around 20 days walk there and back plus 10 days to do the hike into Little Pamir.

I know a German girl who spent a month hiking around there.

Otherwise, you will have to use the shared taxis which cost roughly $400 one way!

You can try and bargain down to $350 but they will try and charge you $450 and the prices are generally controlled.

If you are by yourself this is very pricey, but if with four people it’s not so bad.

The problem is not many people do this trip, so unless you go with people already planning to do this, or wait around Khorog long enough to meet others wanting to do it, you will have to splash out.

Because apart from trekking the ten or so days to get to Sarhad, there is no other option.

The taxis will generally stop for a night at Panja village to break up the journey as its a hard drive.

According to the Afghanistan embassy in Khorog, there were only several people a week asking about the Afghan visa.

Naturally, you don’t have to go all the way to Sarhad (although hiking into the Pamirs is a highlight of the region), and you could just go as far as Panja at the end of the Wakhan Valley.

Seeing the Afghans on the Afghanistan side of the Wakhan Corridor is awesome in itself.

Places To Stay in The Afghanistan Wakhan Valley

At a guesthouse with the local Afghan army commander in the Little Pamir
At a guesthouse with the local Afghan army commander.

There are villages all along the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley up to Sarhad and you will find a homestay/guesthouse in most of them.

They have set prices throughout the valley for $25 a night including breakfast/lunch/dinner.

However, as we visited at the end of the season we paid $15 a night after bargaining when we stayed at Sarhad.

See what you can get.

Otherwise, go camping for free between the villages (if you have camping gear).

We camped out between villages until we got to Sarhad and the same going back to Eshkashim. It was great!

I’ll talk about where to stay when hiking in the Pamirs under that section.

Being woken by curious children when camping in the Wakhan Corridor
Being woken up by curious children when camping in the Wakhan Valley.

Trekking in The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor (Little Pamir Mountains)

Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor
Brazil couple take photos when trekking.

If you made the effort to get into the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley then you need to get to and go trekking in, the Big and Little Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan.

It was the best trek I’ve ever done.

Along with meeting the people of the Wakhan Valley it is the highlight of the trip.

There are two options for hiking into the Little Pamir, where you will find a remote community of Kyrgyz living in Afghanistan.

One is to do the low pass (4200 metres highest point) for four days and the other is the high pass of 4600 metres.

You can do a loop, which was our plan, but due to the snow we got in the Little Pamir, and conditions getting colder, we came back on the low pass which is what we hiked in on.

Part of the hike in is through the Big Pamir, but the Big Pamir is huge and we didn’t get anywhere near to what it has to offer.

There is a large wildlife conservation area and many hiking options in it.

It’s a good reason for me to go back again when slightly warmer in the summer months for the trekking there.

It’s easy to find out in Sarhad the possible routes to do in the Big Pamir.

Having said that, the Kyrgyz community are generally in the Little Pamir and that’s one place you must go to.

Naturally, you can carry your own backpacks, but for only $15 a day you can hire a man with either two donkeys, or a horse, capable of carrying roughly 50 kilograms.

This is an excellent option as it will save you lugging around heavy packs and allow you to enjoy the trek and view more.

Plus the man acts as the guide on the trail and he can help break the ice with the people you come across.

Donkeys carry our bags.
Donkeys carry our bags.

You can also hire a guide to go along with you which will cost an extra $20 a day who can translate with the locals, however, we didn’t take a guide and we got by fine.

Very few people speak English in the Pamir’s but smiles and sign language were ok, plus it was fun learning some of their languages to communicate. 

Camping in the Little  Pamir.
Camping in the Little Pamir.

As for places to stay, you can camp everywhere if you want, or there are simple shelters scattered along the four-day trek from Sarhad to the Little Pamir.

Technically you wouldn’t need a tent to do this whole thing, as you can crash in simple shelters that are used by Kyrgyz and Wakhan people going along the route.

For example at the end of September and into October Kyrgyz yak caravans ply the trail bringing in winter supplies and they sleep in the shelters.

It’s a good idea to have a tent though, as if a shelter gets full the local people have first dibs!

Otherwise, you will simply run into the occasional horsemen riding through.

We never had a problem space-wise in the shelters and enjoyed eating and meeting with the Kyrgyz and Wakhan men taking in the supplies.

It’s also great trekking along with these caravans for a while as it gives a real unique feeling to the trek.

Trekking with a yak caravan.

The shelters are very simple with just the walls and sometimes a metal stove for cooking on.

You don’t need to bring a camp stove as you can have campfires everywhere to cook on.

You may want to bring one as a backup though as if its bad weather outside then the man with the donkeys/horse will get a fire going inside.

You will need a sleeping mat and sleeping bag for sure.

As for food you will need to be able to supply yourself for the first 3-4 days, and then after that, you will come across the first Kyrgyz settlements where you can stay with them and they will make you some food.

I had some of the best mutton on this trek.

If you are a vegetarian then make sure to bring plenty of fruit and vegetables with you (buy in Khorog) as your options are limited in the guesthouses.

Basic shelters can be found along the way where Kyrgyz and Wakhan traders stop for the night with their yaks in October.
Basic shelters can be found along the way where Kyrgyz and Wakhan traders stop for the night with their yaks.
Cooking in a shelter.
Cooking in a shelter.

The trek in is stunning with some village ruins en-route. Once on the trail, it will be the only trail you have for the entire four days trek into the Little Pamir.

Sometimes it’s little more than one metre wide, clinging to the side of hundreds of metres drops. I am scared of heights and was a little worried at first, but it was fine.

If caravans of heavy yaks can get across these narrow paths then it was all good.

The average height of the low pass hike was around 3700 metres.

The first two days were the hardest with the most up and downs, but you can take it slow, and the donkeyman/guide will stop for chai(tea) now and then, making a campfire every-time he does so.

I drank from the streams flowing down from the mountains the whole trip without purifying the water and didn’t get sick.

It’s fast-flowing water.

Kyrgyz settlement at the start of the Little Pamir mountains in the Afghanistan wakhan corridor
Kyrgyz settlement at the start of the Little Pamir.

You will meet one of the most remote communities in the world when you get to the Kyrgyz settlements in the Little Pamir.

Kyrgyz in the Little Pamir.
Kyrgyz in the Little Pamir.
Kyrgyz horseman in the Little Pamir.
Kyrgyz horseman in the Little Pamir.
Kyrgyz yak caravan.
Kyrgyz yak caravan.
Ruins in the Pamir.
Ruins in the Little Pamir.

The trek in the Wakhan Corridor is one of the most beautiful things I have ever done and is one of the best treks in Asia.

When To Go to The Afghanistan Pamir Mountains

Kyrgyz yak caravan in October.
Kyrgyz yak caravan in October.

The best time weather-wise for trekking is July through to September/Early October.

This is technically when you should get the warmest weather and best trekking conditions.

The rest of the year will get very snowy and cold making travel difficult at best. Forget about trekking then.

I visited in early October and had great weather, although it was definitely getting colder at night.

In nine days of hiking, we had one snowy day in the Little Pamir’s and the rest was sunny.

One of the great things about being there in early October is that the Kyrgyz start bringing in their winter supplies on yak caravans on the same trail that you trek on to get to the Little Pamir.

You will get to meet them and hang out in the shelters while hiking the four days in, and trek alongside them in parts.

Trekking into the Pamir’s as part of a Kyrgyz yak caravan is awesome.

It really added to the atmosphere of the journey.

Another great thing about being there in October was all the Autumn colours everywhere. It was like entering a fairytale land.

There will be more chance of a bit of snow as well as adding more beauty to the region, although some trekking will get muddy and slippery as a result.

Following a Kyrgyz yak caravan.
Following a Kyrgyz yak caravan.
Wakhan Corridor Afghanistan trekking

The Wakhan Valley is easier than the Pamir’s as it is at a lower altitude (average 2900 metres) although it will still be cold outside of summer.

When you stay at a guesthouse it will obviously be way warmer than camping outside.

Supplies For The Trip

Roy and Michelle wait for lunch at a guesthouse in the Wakhan.
Roy and Michelle (the Brazilian couple) wait for lunch at a guesthouse in the Wakhan Valley.

If coming from Dushanbe it’s a good idea to get some food supplies there, and the same if coming from Osh in Kyrgyzstan.

You can find food easily enough in Khorog as well, but Dushanbe and Osh will offer much more choice, such as sauces to go in meals etc.

In Khorog, for example, you can load up on snicker bars for trekking, as no chocolate bars like that will be found in Afghanistan.

Khorog market also has a much better fruit and vegetable selection.

Once on the Afghanistan side your food supply options drastically go down, and outside Eshkashim you are pretty much stuck with getting rice and bread only, and with maybe a bit of luck you can find some sweets at a guesthouse.

Long story short – get all the food supplies you think you will need before going into Afghanistan.

However all guesthouses in the villages of the Wakhan Valley can cook breakfast/lunch/dinner for you even if you’re not staying there, and once you’ve done the four-day hike into the Little Pamir you can eat with the communities there.

Be prepared to eat a lot of bread and rice, and drink a lot of tea!

Along the way, you may get the chance to eat with the Wakhan and Kyrgyz traders.

Drinking tea inside a Kyrgyz yurt in the Little Pamir.
Our donkey man Kaddam drinking tea inside a Kyrgyz yurt in the Little Pamir.

Is The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor Safe?

Children of the Wakhan Valley.
Children of the Wakhan Corridor.

Yes – as of now.

This post is obviously about visiting the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor and trekking into the Little Pamir Mountains, and at the time of writing these are perfectly safe to visit, and have been for a long time.

The Taliban have not entered this remote part of Afghanistan, and there is a large police garrison at Eshkashim which is the only way to get into the Wakhan Valley when travelling inside Afghanistan.

Plus there are security checkpoints all along the route of the Wakhan Valley.

That being said on the first night of camping it was slightly unnerving knowing that I was camping in the wild only 35km from the nearest Taliban position.

Afghan man in Ishkashim.
Afghan man in Eshkashim.

But all the people I met in Eshkashim, the Wakhan Valley, and Pamir’s, were very friendly and welcoming.

Having a British passport I was a little nervous, but it was no problem at all. They were happy to hear that I was from the U.K.

Families in the Wakhan Valley.
Families in the Wakhan Valley.

IMPORTANT – When at the Afghanistan embassy in Khorog ask about the current security situation as they will have all the best and latest information on the situation.


This whole trip to the Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor cost me, for 16 days of adventure including everything, visa, transport (my share of permit cost and fuel), food, accommodation, donkeys etc, a total of around $600.

I really wish for you the adventurous travellers who may have read this post and have a huge passion for getting to less-visited destinations like myself, that you will someday get to the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley and the Pamir Mountains.

And for those readers not planning on going I hope this shows another side to Afghanistan than the mostly negative things about the country that you see in the news.

Enjoy The Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor if you get there!

This is a post with 30 photos from the Afghanistan Wakhan Valley trip.

Also my ultimate guide for travelling the Pamir Highway in neighbouring Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan.

This is an article I did for Lonely Planet about some of this adventure, where it goes into the more personal interactions with the people and place.

If you liked this article about the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan and want to share the adventure it would be cool! 

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52 thoughts on “Afghanistan Wakhan Corridor And Little Pamir Travel Guide”

  1. Explorer la planète

    Thanks for sharing this incredible experience. I have been myself to Kirghizistan and Tajikistan this summer and totally fell in love with this part of the world. As I was travelling on the pamir highway on the Tajik side, I was wondering how it looked on the other side of the river. I’m glad you went to Afghanistan and in the little Pamir to share those superb pictures! The more I read on this part of the world, the more I want to discover it by myself! If you want to know me a bit more, feel free to visite my website (it’s a french canadian website, but the pictures speak by themselves usualy)! Take care!

  2. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow

    Wow, this is quite incredible. I think this is what my husband would like to do as he likes destinations where few people have been before! Me, on the other hand…I’m not so sure! Part of me thinks it would be incredible to visit Afghanistan. The other part of me thinks there are also lots of other places I’d prefer to spend money on first ha ha! But what a wonderful experience. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out in future.

  3. Great report! I am Afghan and I wish one day I can trek into Wakhan. It’s great to see a few brave people making the Afghan, Wakhan journey! Man, I was kind of disappointed that you were being a bit on the cheap end ;-). You could have spent a little more money, and added a few more dollars to their livelihood:-). Next time be a bit more generous.

  4. As an Afghan, it is nice to hear about the nicer side of Afghanistan. It was a very interesting read. I would love to join if any group decides to go on a similar adventure again.
    Thank you.

  5. Hi Jonny,

    You are amazing with hiking in these types of places on the earth specially country like Afghanistan with all these safety and security challenges, I am an Afghan Canadian citizen spent most of my life in Afghanistan Takhar province which is located northeast of Afghanistan neighbor to Badakhshan province but I never been and seen Pamir, Wakhan valley or Eshkashem but after reading your story and seeing all the picture I am excited to go there.
    Please let me know if anyone you know is going to Pamir for hiking I will join them and could help them with translating both in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. this is my email ( )

  6. Great report and lovely pictures. Wakhan truly is a different Afghanistan. So happy to read that you enjoyed the whole trip. I don’t know you are related but your family name would have got you a lot of attention. Most of people know Dr. Alex Duncan who had great service to people of Wakhan for over five years. and people remember him with good memories.

    Hope you come back soon for Nowshakh and Big Pamir.


  7. I was thinking of possibly running an adventure tour to the area next summer as is best time to go. I haven’t done a tour before but people are showing interest in doing this trip so I may try and get a group together and head back there. I know the area well and can show everyone who comes how to travel this way 🙂 Subscribe to me by email that way if i do this and you’re interested you won’t miss the news.

  8. I mentioned to someone else who commented that I may run an adventure tour to the region next summer as people are showing interest in doing this. We would all do everything together, finding taxi, organising everything last minute at the start of the trek when in Wakhan. I would show everyone how to do it the way I do. It’s a lot of fun! Subscribe by email so you won’t miss the news if I end up organising this for next summer. It would be cheap enough as I wouldn’t charge much for this and would help everyone by skype beforehand on booking flights and getting there etc. It is not a luxury holiday though!

  9. Hope you get there someday as well! The thing with long term budget travel like I do you have to be realistic in not under-paying where you are to the people but not spending over what is realistic to the standard wage of the area. It’s all relative to where you are in the world. Hope you understand.

  10. Hey John, how are you? That was an amazing trip and guide. In April I am heading to this part of the world, starting from Pakistan and planning to stay in the area for around 6-7 months. I will definitely try to enter in Afghanistan from Tajikistan. One question, cause I think I didn’t see it in your guide. How long is the Afghan visa for?

    Also, no way I can’t afford the taxis t the Wakhan. So, you say it’s $400 one way, meaning that round trip will be $800, right? If I don’t find anyone to share it, I won’t go to the Wakha. What could you do instead besides chilling at the border villages? Cheers mate,

  11. hi Jonny, im interested in joining such a trip to wakhan. do let me know if there’s any plan in place . btw, I’m from Malaysia.

  12. Hey, the Afghan visa was for 30 days. Yes would be around $800 return. Go into the Tajikistan Pamirs and Tajik side of the Wakhan, they are also beautiful with friendly people. I may run a tour into Afghanistan that would be less than half price of other tours offered to the area but still would be too pricey for you maybe. I’ll be updating whether I do this on social media.

  13. Hi Tom,

    I did the trek in the Afghan Wakhan and Pamirs in 2016 and was thinking to run an adventure tour there this summer around August time. I will have to see in the next few months the feasibility of that.

    If you haven’t already subscribe to my newsletter through one of the email forms on my website (no spam) as I would send an email announcing if I do. I will also share the news with a blog post on my website and on social media.

  14. Hi Jonny
    Your guide has been a great source of information in helping myself plan for my own trip there this coming summer.
    What sort of insurance cover did you have and from which company? I am struggling to find one to cover me, at a reasonable price, for visiting the Wakhan Corridor.
    Many thanks

  15. Hey Jono.

    My insurance at the time didn’t cover me either. Most won’t so I don’t know how to help you there. I’ve been thinking to run an adventure tour there this summer in August. People are interested 🙂

  16. Hi Jonni, first of all, congratulations for this blog and the amazing trip to Wakhan. I am curious if there is any problem in having the stamp of an afgan visa in the passport for entering other countries such as USA. I am going to travel to Central Asia in June-July this year and I would like to visit Iran but somewhere I read that you wouldn’t allow to enter USA if you have a stamp from Iran (among other countries) in your passport. What do you know about this?
    Greetings from Venezuela

  17. I had no problem entering USA last year with the Afghan visa in my passport. But you will have to apply for a different visa for USA if you have an Iranian stamp in your passport.

  18. Comment
    Hi, I am an Italian boy and this July I would like to spend my holidays in the Afghan wakhan.
    I think I will arrive from dushanbe and from there I will begin the adventure. having only 2 weeks available and going to photograph, I would like to find a rental car with driver. do you have any contact? is the taji-afgan border now open ?!
    I read your adventure, WONDERFUL

  19. It’s easy (or was) to just show up in the Afghanistan Ishkashim and organise a driver and car from there in a day. As for the border being open it fluctuates. It’s best to get in touch with the Afghanistan consulate in Khorog (Tajikistan) (Google them) for the latest information. Have fun!

  20. Hi Jonny,

    I am thinking about a trip to Wakhan corridor in August and I find that your blog is fully of exciting info and inspirations points. My main interest is meeting etnhic communities so my question is which area/villages wold you recommend ? is it possible to get there just hiking o by road? we might be not exercised enough for long hikings. In your opinion how many days we should plan to spend there al least? thank you for sharing, I’ve already subscribed to receive your updates

  21. I’m assuming you mean this Afghanistan side of the Wakhan and not the Tajikistan side. All the villages and communities up the Wakhan are ethnic communities you will meet. Just head up the corridor and stay at whatever villages you like, they are all similar, except for when you go hiking for 4 days (all mentioned in the post) to the remote Kyrgyz community. I was not that fit and I’m slightly overweight, but I managed to do the hiking. You can see all the other villages by the road. It’s just the remote Kyrgyz that you will have to hike to, but they have a different ethnicity to the rest of the Wakhan. Spend at least a week if you’re just heading up the road as far as you can go. We spent 16 days total, including hiking to the Kyrgyz. Hope that helps!

  22. Saskia van der drift

    I am!!! We planned our holiday last week of August until half September. Is there any possibility to join this trip??

  23. Just discovered your Wakhan notes and pictures. Really want to visit! Finding someone else interested is proving difficult….

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  25. Hi Jonny – any reason why I couldn’t fly out with my mountain bike and cycle the 200km stretch and then hike, picking the bike up on the way back?

  26. Hi Jonny- any reason I couldn’t fly my mountain bike out and cycle the 200kms, leave it with a family while hiking and collect it on return for the trip back?

  27. Can’t see any reason why not. There are small guesthouses in Sarhad you could leave the bike with, we entrusted them with the 4wd we had and no problems. You can cycle the road up there but just be aware that in parts it is VERY rocky, even in our 4wd we were doing like 20km an hour in parts. But most of the road is doable no problem.

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