Dates of trips

  • 04/09/2021-19/09/2021

Description

Does Afghanistan always have to be considered as an extremely dangerous place? When you decide to visit Afghanistan, should your family panic and your friends knock on the forehead? It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. On the contrary, the trip to Afghanistan can give you many wonderful memories. The memories of hiking the montains without crowd of tourists, admiring the wild nature, or meeting the hospitable local people and their fascinating culture.

In fact, many regions of Afghanistan are dangerous. And we will avoid these ones. We will reach Afghanistan by land from Tajikistan and will go straight to the mountainous region isolated from the rest of the world. This fascinating area, being like moved from another era, is called Wakhan Corridor.

During the trek in Afghan Hindu Kush we will visit places which are important in the history of mountaineering in Poland and worldwide. Here, in the sixties and seventies, the best generation of Polish mountaineers was training before their historical climbs on 8000 meters peaks. We will reach base camps at the foot of Noshak and Kohe Mandaras.

When visiting Wakhan you shold definitely visit not only mountains, but also valleys. During our journey deep into the Corridor, we will meet its incredibly hospitable, cordial and hardworking peoples, who, thanks to their ethnic, cultural and religious separateness from the rest of Afghanistan, as well as an isolation by the mountainous area, have preserved their unique traditional lifestyle, architecture, costumes and crafts.

Group

4-12 persons

Time

16 days

Mountains

Hindu Kush

Activity

trek

Teams

4-12 persons

Price

6900 PLN + 885 EUR

Country

Afghanistan

Level

basic

Trip program

Day 1 – flight from chosen airport to Dushanbe (arrival at night / on the morning of the second day). Overnight in a hotel or apartment.

Day 2 – time for rest after rhe journey and for shopping. Early in the afternoon, set off by car to Khorog. Approx. 12-15-hour drive along the legendary Pamir Highway (M41) through the mountains of Tajik Pamir and along the river Piandż – the border with Afghanistan. Early morning arrival to the city. Overnight in a hostel. In case of problems on the route, possible overnight stay on the way and reaching Khorog in the morning.

Day 3 – obtaining Afghan visa, last shopping. Then, about 4 hours drive to the border crossing in Ishkashim. Crossing the Tajik-Afghan border. Transfer to Afghan Iszkaszim. Time to relax after the trip. Overnight in a small hotel.

Day 4 – visiting the bazaar in Ishkaskim, completing the formalities related to entering the Wakhan Corridor. Transfer to village of Qazi Deh located at the foot of Hindu Kush. Trip around the area, caravan organization. Overnight in a small hotel.

Days 5-7 – trek along the Qazi Deh valley towards the highest peak of Afghanistan – Noshaq (7492 m a.s.l.). Reaching the bace campe, surrounded by high mountains, with a viev of Noshaq peak. Accommodation in tents.

Days 8-10 – trek to the picturesque Mandaras Valley with views of Kohe Keshni Khan (6743m a.s.l.) and Kohe Mandaras (6631m a.s.l.). Accommodation in tents.

Day 11 – descent to Qazi Deh. Overnight in a small hotel.

Days 12-13 – a trip by car and hike into Wakhan Corridor. On the first day, drive to Qala-e-Panja, a picturesque village at the intersection of Hindu Kush and Pamir. For those who want to join, the short trek into the wild and beutiful valley (chance to meet snow leopard). Overnight in a small hotel. On the second day, drive directly to the border crossing to cross the Tajik border in the afternoon. Evening drive to Khorog. We Overnight in a small hotel in the city, or in case of difficulties on the road, in a roadside inn.

Day 14 – setting off early in the morning, drive via Pamir Highway to Dushanbe. If time permits, the optional trip to hot springs Garm Chashma – the well-known center of hydrotherapy. After arriving to Dushanbe free time in the city. Overnight in a hotel or apartment.

Day 15 – day in Dushanbe. Sightseeing the representative city center. A visit to the new shopping complex Mehrgon, which is an unusual combination of a traditional bazaar and an elegant shopping mall. Possibility to visit the chosen museum depending on the group’s interests. Overnight at a private accommodation. At night, transfer to the airport. Or: a reserve day in case of a delay in the program for reasons beyond the control of the organizer;

Day 16 – transport to the airport and flight home.

The trip price includes

  • service of the BluEmu tourleader and local staff in the mountains;
  • all car/bus transfers mentioned in the program;
  • all accommodation listed in the program: in hotels or apartments in Tajikistan, in hotels of basic standard in Afghanistan, as well as in the roadside inns in case of traffic problems or other unforeseen situations on the road;
  • accommodation in tents provided by BluEmu while trekking in the mountains;
  • half board during trekking (including kitchen utensils and gas cartridges). Meals are available in two options: meat and vegetarian (includes fish). Other options (e.g. vegan, gluten-free) are available after early notice and for an additional charge;
  • half board (breakfast and dinner) in a basic Afghan standard in hostels in Afghanistan;
  • breakfasts during stay in Tajikistan;
  • transportation of 10 kg of luggage per person by pack animals or porters during the trek;
  • medical expenses insurance and accident insurance for the entire duration of the trip (while in the mountains, the policy covers high-risk sports);
  • all necessary permits in Afghanistan;
  • support in obtaining Tajik and Afghan visas (BluEmu does not guarantee obtaining visas);
  • unique shirt and buff;
  • Polish Tourist Guarantee Fund contribution.

The trip price does not include

  • air ticket to Dushanbe and back;
  • the cost of the Tajik and Afghan visas and the formalities necessary to obtain them (BluEmu does not guarantee obtaining visas);
  • costs of optional trips;
  • access to facilities (e.g. hot springs, museums);
  • costs of possible transport of additional kilograms (over 10 kg per person limit) by animals or porters during trek;
  • lunches and dinners while in Tajikistan, meals at roadside bars while traveling, any additional meals or drinks;
  • the cost of individual transfers from or to the airport for arrivals or departures at a different time than most group members.

Equipment

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