A country that hardly needs any introduction, the very mention of Afghanistan will give politicians and journalists palpitations and have travellers salivating with expectation. Arid and mountainous, for centuries it has lain at the heart of the empiric machinations of world affairs; its extraordinary landscapes playing host to the great games of international politics. Its turbulent history though masks a culture of staggering diversity and its proud and hospitable people are amongst the most fascinating and courteous you could ever wish to meet.
So, follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and journey across mountains and plains that have changed little over the intervening centuries. Discover an extraordinary string of cities that lie spread across the landscape from Kabul to the Hindu Kush, visit the mountain caves of Bamiyan, the historic northern towns of Mazar-i-Sharif and Balkh and the famous Panjshir Valley.
Here the advances of 20th century have largely been left far behind and the horse and donkey still reign supreme. And then there is the remarkable Wakhan corridor, created by the British as a buffer-zone against perceived Imperial Russian expansionism. Best approached from across the border in neighbouring Tajikistan, it is politically and culturally another world…which leads us very neatly on to a whole new Central Asian adventure.
UK Passport holders require a visa to visit Afghanistan.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your trip, and it must have at least one blank page for each visa required. Please ensure the passport details we hold for you are correct.
In order to apply for your Afghan visa, you may need some supporting documentation from us (regulations are constantly changing & may vary from embassy to embassy) and we will forward this on to you nearer to your tour departure date.Please ensure that you have sent us a scanned/photocopied version of your passport details page at least 3 months before departure so that we can obtain the necessary paperwork.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa documentation when starting your trip. Country entry regulations can alter daily and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies for any changes.
If you prefer to organise the visa yourself this can be done through a visa company such as Travcour.
The weather in Kabul is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Dress in layers and keep the following in mind as you pack: versatility and modesty.
In the Wakhan Corridor the weather tends to be clear in the months between June and September, although rain and snow is not out of the question. The rest of the year the area is impassable.
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Afghanistan, although you should be up-to-date with Typhoid,Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is prevalent in a number of areas so we recommend protection against malaria and that you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. Should you be staying for longer than 4 weeks then ask your travel professional about immunity from Hepatitis B.
We also recommend:
• A dental check-up prior to travelling.
• You inform us of any pre-existing medical conditions or medication.
To be on the safe side you can also check here.
• Try & get to see a game of Buzkashi – once seen, never forgotten!
• Take a torch to be able to best see some of the Buddhist reliefs at the Bamiyan caves and at Samangan
• In Kabul, head for the historic Gandamack Lodge for a sneaky beer or two
• Walk the city walls in Kabul for a chance to escape the traffic!
• If visiting the Wakhan bring extra batteries for your camera as electricity supplies are either erratic or non-existent!
While in Kabul, check out Chicken Street - the favoured hang-out of the hippie era.