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Best Hiking Trails in Afghanistan

Overview

This beautiful country in Central Asia has experienced protracted political instability and has largely been off limits to tourists for many decades.  Afghanistan could be a dream for hikers as it contains some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world, but unfortunately is not safe to visit much of the country. As of 2021, the Taliban has taken control of the country.  The main area for hiking, currently, is in the Wakhan Corridor, but a few other places that could be accessible are Band-e-Amir National Park and Nuristan Forest Reserve. Read on for more information on hiking in Afghanistan. 

Capital: Kabul

When To Hike in Afghanistan?

July – August: Warmest and best chance of snow-free trekking
September – June: Cold and snowy

Climate: Arid continental – cold winters and hot, sunny, summers

 

Afghanistan Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Hard – You would need to go with an organized tour group and the security situation is constantly changing. 

Most popular hikes in Afghanistan

While the country has some of the mightiest mountain ranges in the world within its borders (including the Hindu Kush, Pamir, and the Karakoram), the Wakhan Corridor is the only relatively safe place for hiking in this country. This area has little infrastructure; apparently cut off from the rest of the country. Highest Mountain: Noshaq (7492 m).

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Wakhan Corridor

  • Wakhan Corridor is the narrow strip in the northeast of the country squeezed between Tajikistan and Pakistan extending to China; seems that most people enter from Tajikistan
    • Wakhan Corridor Nature Refuge

Long Distance Trails of Afghanistan

Many of the hikes that one would undertake in Afghanistan are long distance trails (multi-day treks).

Afghanistan's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Afghanistan Hiking Books:

  • Trekking in Tajikistan: The northern ranges, Pamirs, and Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, by Jan Bakker & Christine Oriol, 2019, Cicerone Guide – https://amzn.to/3Vdblju

 

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What Else To Do

Some of the other places that may be accessible for hiking are:

  • Nuristan Forest National Reserve
  • Band-e-Amir National Park

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