Arrival at the border town of Ishkishim. Usually the border opens at 8:00 AM. It usually takes half a day to process the permit. Once done with the process, we will have time for the final preparation and make sure we have everything well arranged. Have lunch at the Marco Polo Hotel, named after the famous Italian world traveler as one day he has walked through this region. In the afternoon we continue to explore towards Qazida village. Usually it takes an hour to reach Qazida, but we can often stop to see or picture more on the road. Have a day tour around Qazida to see the Qaqa fort close by and you will have time to explore the local environment and understand some of the Wakhi culture through the people in the area.
Overnight: At Qazida village, Amrudin G.H.
Overnight: At Qala-e-Panja, Ehsamudin G.H.
Overnight: At Kurat, Khyal Beg G.H.
We make our way to the furthest point that we can by vehicle from Kurat to Sarhad-e-Brughel through a three hours drive. Have lunch at Zarik or Quchbig G.H. and have an afternoon full visit of Sarhad-e-Brughel as it is a huge area consisting many villages. At Sarhad e Broghil the road ends, the Paamirs begin and any further journey must be made on foot or by horse. We will have further preparation to make ourselves ready for a long trek.
Overnight: At Sarhad-e-Brughel, Zarik G.H.
We are ready to hit the narrow road by foot. The first day would be a bit difficult to trek since we are still not used to walk up the passes and differ our way from the Panj river. We will continues up the Daliz Pass like 4200 meters aiming to reach Baharak after almost a seven hours of trek.
Overnight: At Baharak (Camping)
Overnight: At Langar (Camping)
Overnight: At Buzai Gunbad (camping)
The last and the shortest trek will be from Buzai Gunbad to Chaqmaqtin lake where nomads graze their livestock and an important water sours for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and even Turkmenistan that produce the electricity and sells back to Afghanistan. It will be our stop for the journey. Will have lunch, rest in the afternoon, mix with Kirghiz people and dig deeper about their way of life.
Overnight: At Chaqmaqtin lake
Overnight: At Kurchin (Camping)
Overnight: Ghurumde (Camping)
Overnight: Nawabad (Camping)
Overnight: Shawar (Camping)
Overnight: Qala-e-Panja, Ehsamudin G.H.
Will try to drop you on time to cross the Ishkashim back to Tajikistan. The last point we will say goodbye to you.
We are member of Afghanistan NGO Security Organization (ANSO) that reports any security issues going around Afghanistan. A text message comes to our phone immediately if something happens and we can decide what to do and where to go in a second.
We can send you a Letter of Invitation (LoI) to easily process your visa through our company. But, it is not a requirement for the tourist visa when you fill the form in the Afghanistan embassy. Most of the time they don’t even ask for a LoI.
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- All accommodations.
- English speaking local guide.
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Drinks (water and soft drinks).
- All pick-ups and drops.
- Permits at the border.
- Visas and tips.
Comfort, location, character and historical interest is considered and it will be based on you having a private room.
As your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority, we choose our vehicles and drivers based on local acceptance, road conditions and the length