LOWER WAKHAN
NOSHAQ BASE CAMP
DURATION 5-6 days round trip
STANDARD moderate
START/FINISH Qazideh
visit base camp (4450m) of Noshaq (7492m), Afghanistan’s
highest summit and second highest peak in the Hindukush
superb close-up views of four 7000m peaks
Wakhan’s best short trek
trailhead less than one hour’s drive from Ishkashim

UPPER WAKHAN
QILA-E PANJA TO SARHAD-E BROGHIL
DURATION 3-4 days one way
STANDARD easy
START Qila-e Panja
FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
walk along road visiting friendly Wakhi villages
alternative when road to Sarhad-e Broghil
is blocked by landslides or floods
good views of Baba Tungi (6513m)
ideal for donkey trekking
BROGHIL PASS (see on route map)
DURATION 1 day
STANDARD easy
START/FINISH Nirs
broad, grassy (3882m) pass on Afghanistan-Pakistan border
perfect for horseback riding
historic pass, lowest pass across Hindukush Range
side trips to ancient forts above villages en route
Warning: Crossing the Broghil Pass into Pakistan is not permitted.

BIG PAMIR
ZORKOL RIVER ROUTE
DURATION 8 days round trip
STANDARD moderate
START/FINISH Goz Khun
Zorkol, largest lake in the Afghan Pamir (20km by 2-5km)
stunning scenery along Pamir River with no passes to cross
easier and shorter route than Zorkol High Route
side trips possible to several side valleys linking to Zorkol High Route
ZORKOL HIGH ROUTE
DURATION 10 days round trip
STANDARD demanding
START/FINISH Sargez or Wuzed
challenging route crosses three passes (4300m-4500m) each way
wildlife watching
trekking peak possibilities
Wakhi summer settlements and Kyrgyz camps

ROUTE DIFFICULTY
EASY: trails below 3500m, 3-4 days
500m daily elevation change
no pass crossings, no glacier travel
MODERATE: trails below 4500m, less than 1 week
1000m daily elevation change
cross a pass below 4500m
DEMANDING: trails below 5000m, 1 week or more
1500m daily elevation change
cross a pass below 5000m
less than one day nontechnical glacier travel
VERY DEMANDING: rugged trails below 5000m, 1 week or more
2000m daily elevation change
cross a glaciated pass above 5000m
one day technical glacier travel
KOTAL-E SHAUR
DURATION 10 days round trip
STANDARD demanding
START/FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
links Upper Wakhan with Zorkol
option to link Big Pamir with Little Pamir routes
cross three passes each way: Daliz (4267m),
Kotal-e Qarabel (4820m) and glaciated Kotal-e Shaur (4890m)
impressive high mountain scenery from Kotal-e Shaur

LITTLE PAMIR
KASHCH GOZ HIGH ROUTE DURATION 9-10 days round trip
STANDARD demanding
START/FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
cross three passes each way: grassy Daliz (4267m),
snow-covered Uween-e-Sar (4887m) and
flower-carpeted Aqbelis (4595m)
petroglyphs at Sang Nevishta
Wakhi summer settlements and Kyrgyz camps
accessible during summer when Kashch Goz River Route
is blocked by high water
KASHCH GOZ RIVER ROUTE (see on route map)
DURATION 6-7 days round trip
STANDARD moderate
START/FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
cross one pass each way: Daliz Pass (4267m)
one day shorter than Kashch Goz High Route
Wakhi winter settlements at Langar, and Kyrgyz camps
route along Wakhan River used only when low water and in winter

CHAQMAQTIN LAKE
DURATION 9-11 days round trip
STANDARD demanding
START/FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
renowned lake, source of Murghab River or Aksu
second largest lake (9km by 2km) in the Afghan Pamir
follow Kashch Goz High Route or River Route to Kashch Goz
allow at least 1 day each way between Kashch Goz and lake
Kyrgyz tombs at Bozai Gumbaz
several Kyrgyz camps along route
hot spring
side trip to Tegermansu (3-4 days one way from Chaqmaqtin
Lake) and Kotal-e Tegermansu (4872m) on Afghanistan-China
border, easternmost area of Little Pamir
Warning: All passes leading into Tajikistan and China
are strictly off-limits to foreigners.

WAKHJIR VALLEY
DURATION 14-16 days round trip
STANDARD demanding
START/FINISH Sarhad-e Broghil
superb wildlife viewing in upper Wakhjir Valley
remote wilderness of breathtaking beauty
primary source of the Oxus River
follow Kashch Goz High Route or River Route to Kashch Goz
Warning: The Wakhjir Pass (4927m) on the Afghanistan-China
border is strictly off-limits to foreigners.