Vakhan Passage
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alikarim
Dallas, TX1,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Wakhan Corridor or Valley stretches from Khorog to past Langar, along the Panj (or Amu Darya) river which forms the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The river itself is green/turquoise in color due to the minerals it carries, and the landscape along this valley is spectacular in both countries. We were on the Tajik side, and along the alley, you get hot springs (Bibi-Fatima, Garam Chasma), ancient fortresses (Yamchun), ancient Buddhist Stupkas (at Vrang), Museum at Yamg and great farming etc etc. This is definitely a must do
Written 17 August 2020
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MichelleEllaEllaEhEh
Seattle, WA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
I cannot recommend taking a drive through the Wakhan Valley enough. The scenery is so incredible that it's practically alien. You get a view into Afghanistan, and even some peaks that might be in Pakistan? Centuries-old fortresses line the valley and perhaps the final resting place (?) of a few famous figures in Islamic history. You should also stop and see the open-air Zoroastrian temples, which are demarcated by the ibex horns on stone walls (and not much else). Look for hot springs - Bibi Fatima is a worthwhile stop for one night in the hotel and several hot springs trips. Talk to the women who run the restaurant, they might even gossip with you, fix your scarf the Pamiri way, and sit and drink tea with you when the men are all taking their time at the hot springs.
Written 24 March 2018
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Donna B
Fountain Hills, AZ174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
We took six days to travel from Khorog, Tajikistan, to Osh, Kyrgystan via the Vakhan Passage (more commonly called the Wakan Valley) and the Pamir Highway. We hired a guide and driver for the journey. As all accommodations are in home stays lacking in plumbing, electricity, and other amenities this adventure is not for the hygienicly squeamish, but it was truly phenomenal. The first two and half days follow the Panj River which separates Tajikistan from Afghanistan. We could actually throw rocks into Afghanistan at some points. Then the road turns north to meet up with the Pamir HIghway. We also added a stay at Bulunkul which we highly recommend. The scenery is jaw dropping - the Pany River, the HIndu Kush mountains in Afghanistan, the green valleys, the stark highlands, the Pamir mountains. The people are so warm and hospitable. I cannot reccomend this trip highly enough.
Written 10 September 2016
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JGDynamo
Canada2,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Vakhan Passage is actually a part of Afghanistan but you can drive on the Tajik side of the border along the Panj river and pretty much roll all the way along on some bumpy but uniquely situated roads with some amazing scenery and notes of ancient civilizations along the way. Our guide Cruise was instrumental in getting us through the area as our languages at the time would not have been good enough as it is a fun mix of everything. Afghanistan is literally right across the river, some places it is 100m or possibly less away which is really great to see and friendly people waving and going about their daily lives. Parts of the river are shallow and man-made boundaries drawn on maps would show you where you were wading, you were actually in Afghanistan. Fairly certain we could see mountain tops in Pakistan which was breathtaking as well. Be sure to be well supplied, your guide should be able to fix you up with everything you need, be prepared to have some slow areas especially if there are washouts or rock slides but we did not encounter any during our days in the pass. If you want relatively untouched beauty, kind people (who you possibly have no common words with) and some adrenaline pumping moments on treacherous roads then we would highly recommend this for you.
Written 29 June 2018
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Rifky K
Miami Beach, FL136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
What a beautiful drive through the mountains where every turn is more beautiful then the one before. The striations on the rocks, the symitry of the mountains the waterfalls was indeed a wondrous sight.
Written 31 July 2017
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JJ
Berlin, Germany699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Simply great area to travel, both for its history as well as its impressive size and great views.

Homestays etc. are often of limited quality, yet stops such as the Bibi Fatima hot springs and Yamchun fortress (great views of the passage in both directions).

When traveling west to east, don’t forget to look back once in a while, as the views when coming in from the North are stunning.
Written 22 September 2018
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
In the Whakan Valley, Afganistan is right across the Panj River, a stones throw away in some places. Villages are on both banks where there are streams and some reasonably flat land. Mountain views are constant. Ancient history abounds as this was the main route to/from India from China and Central Asia.

Few luxury services are available here. Sleep at homestays and eat the local food. Road conditions vary from fair to awful. But it is a trip of a lifetime.
Written 20 September 2018
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Chilliepadee
London, UK1,982 contributions
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Jul 2019
The Vakhan Valley came into view right after we passed the Khargush Pass, and it was the most breathtaking views I have seen in the whole of Tajikistan. The fertile plateau of Afghanistan n the valley, surrounded by huge mountains was so picturesque, it looked like a painting. It was a great feeling to see a part of Afghanistan which was not that as always portrayed by the media. It was just absolutely stunning, and we can highly recommend all visitors to the country to take a detour from the famous M41 Pamir Highway, to drive through this part, just to see this Passage!! I will let my photos describe this amazing place. They will be better than words.
Written 19 August 2019
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Parts of the road can be tricky. Watch for sheep, goat and horse herders as they use the roads as well. Some parts with guard rails, and dirt roads.
Written 14 May 2019
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