|This online trekking guide has been compiled for indicative purposes only. Roads disappear, borders close, commanders change, bridges collapse, people move, etc. - nothing stay the same. Travelers to the Wakhan and Pamir are required to seek up-to-date information all along the way by talking to locals, authorities, other tourists, etc.
This guide has been compiled from a number of sources including a personal 5-week trekking expedition in the Wakhan and Pamir in July 2005. Therefore, I can guarantee the accuracy of only the information provided regarding the areas we visited and the routes we covered (Kabul to Qala-e-Panj by car; Qala-e-Panj to Sarhad-e-Boroghil by foot on the right bank of the Wakhan River; Sarhad-e-Boroghil to Bourguitiar in the Little Pamir via the Garumdee Pass and Aqbilis; Bourguitiar to Zor Kol via Garumdee, Qarabel and Showr Passes; and Zor Kol (Saremokor) back to Qala-e-Panj via Mollah, Bechkonok, Elghonok and Ghaz Khan - river route).
The information provided regarding other routes and areas have been derived from testimonies given by other travelers and locals as well as an extensive geographical investigation using a number of sources including UC Berkeley's maps of the area, GoogleEarth and earthsearth.net.
Therefore, there is a certain degree of uncertainty in the information provided. In particular, names of places contain a greater degree of uncertainty as they had to be translated from Dari, Wakhi or Kirghiz into English. I chose to translate the names of places according to the way I personally heard them pronounced. Other possible names and spellings for the same place are included in the road maps. Names of places in Dari language are also included in the road maps, they were written by our interpreter from Kabul the way he understood them from local people.
It is important to be aware that a trip in the Wakhan can never be guaranteed. Floods may prevent you from going anywhere. A new commander in Eshkashem may forbid you from going any further. You may never find a car to drive you anywhere east of Eshkashem. For political reasons, the Afghan government might suddenly decide that the Wakhan is strictly off-limit to foreigners.
Prospective travelers must be warned that Afghanistan is
still an extremely volatile country where warlords and
druglords still control certain regions.
Geographic co-ordinates given in the road maps were collected by myself during our trip using a GPS Garmin geko 101. Photos were made using a Sony Cybershot DSC-F77 compact digital camera.