Access to Afghan Wakhan (July 2014):
- the Ishkashim checkpost is open
- the Afghan consulate is still operating in Khorog, visas are available
either in 15 min ($100) or in 3 days ($60).
Below are the most useful links I have found on getting to and around the Afghan Wakhan:
Beautiful virtual tour - see
2018-2019 practical advice from "Backpackingman" - see
here. "Backpackingman" also has good advice
on travelling the Pamir Highway - see
2018 practical advice from a Chinese trekker - see
A report (May 2014) by James D. Poborsa, with striking portraits of the Wakhi people there (and,
perhaps inevitably in a blog, of the author); see
A superb BBC film by Kate Humble, who - with appropriate humility - describes the life of Wakhi shepherds; see
78 min. film on Afghan Wakhan by CÚdric Houin - see trailer and order
A beautiful brochure published by the Aga Khan Foundation, a little outdated but with a
good map of the little Pamir:
Trekking information by Julien Dufour, who has probably the most informative website on the Wakhan:
Very practical travel advice:
The following website by Nicole Smoot
contains all the information you will need for travel (and trekking) there - see
Nicole also has a page dealing specifically with the Tajik Wakhan, here.
N.B. See however a June 2016 report on Taliban presence in Afghan Badakhshan -
More practical travel advice by the authors of the AKF brochure (see above):
Swiss newspaper report in German by the founders of the charitable association "Pamir Bridges"
"I am proud that I am Wakhi, I was Shepherd, I am Shepherd
I am the language of absolute faith, I was Shepherd, I am Shepherd"
- Nazir Ahmad Bulbul (Article in the Express Tribune of Pakistan)
Plan for a group tour by mountain bike in the Wakhan in July 2013
Article in National Geographic February 2013
Article in DestinAsian December 2012
Steve Swenson's Blog - August 2013
Afghanistan Analysts Network: fascinating article on the Ismaili community in the Wakhan. See
National Geographic post by Avery Stonich (for Dylan Taylor) - November 2013 -
note the comment about the incorrect visa (visiting the Afghan Wakhan from Tajik territory requires a double-entry Tajik visa for the return).
Comprehensive report with superb photos and excellent maps by Steffen Graupner, Kristina Kunze, Christine Fischer
& Matthias Muelleron on their 2016 expedition to the source of the Oxus and ascent of "Koh-i-Wakhan" (6094m).
Recent (July 2018) post by Marta Pascual Juanola on the Western Australia website.