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profile member asked on Feb 27, 2005

Khyber Pass - trekking in Afghanistan

2nd week of March I happen to be in Islamabad/Pakistan and want to take the opportunity take a holiday and do some trekking. But northern areas of Pakistan I heard are all snow-clad and no way we can trek there without equipment etc, so we're thinking now of heading towards Peshawar/Pakistan and Khyber Pass in Afghanistan.

Good idea? Is it safe? Do I need Afghani visa (I mean, I probably do need a visa to cross the border, but maybe trekking is all on Pakistani side?) Are those areas known for trekking?

thanks,
Pawel

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answered on 2/27/05 by
a VT member from Warsaw

2nd week of March I happen to be in Islamabad/Pakistan and want to take the opportunity take a holiday and do some trekking. But northern areas of Pakistan I heard are all snow-clad and no way we can trek there without equipment etc, so we're thinking now of heading towards Peshawar/Pakistan and Khyber Pass in Afghanistan.

Good idea? Is it safe? Do I need Afghani visa (I mean, I probably do need a visa to cross the border, but maybe trekking is all on Pakistani side?) Are those areas known for trekking?

thanks,
Pawel


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answered on 3/2/06 by
a VT member from Skagway

please ignore the ignorance of that last guy to reply. if you listen to everything the news and ignorant people say then you would newver leave your house. that area of the world is beautiful. i spent 2 months trekking that area and am planning on going back. you will have no problems. the people in the mountains are your basic mountain people. your taliban/problems are more in the south around karachi. now granted to go near the khyber pass you need permission slip from paki govt and driver/bodyguard but you can hire those from the govt too. for cheap. they take you into the tribal lands and show you the smugglers markets and such. um as for trekking anything in the north is amazing. nanga parbat, hindu kush, karakoram, kalash valley, and of the valleys are great, etc.. i will try to track down some paki contacts for you they are trekking guide that are based in islamabad and they are amazing guides. they showed me all of islamabad, planned my trip to the north all for free. just kick them a few bucks for meals or something. they love helping people out.. ok if you need any more info or help planning your paki trip let me know. and please ignore people that say dont go. if i would have done that i would have never gone to that amazing country.


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answered on 3/2/06 by
a VT member from Skagway

oh ya about the afghan visa you wont need one as long as you dont cross into afghan. you will need the permission slip i talked about to get near the border and inside khyber pass now as for trekking um no not in the khyber near yes but not in it if you saw it you would know what i mean. its simply a valley with a road. but its a nice side trip to go see the smugglers markets where they sell guns, drugs, stolen cars, food from u.n., you name it, you even get to meet a some warlords. they are use to people coming in. just one tip do not ask to look at something with your hands you touch you buy. learned that the hard way when i asked to look at what a kilo of heroine feels like. hard to explain i wasnt going to buy it lol. damn i am jealous..

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