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by ventureforthphoto
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Re: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir

Tiny bit of connection with my Tajik SIM card in Ishkashim, Qala Panja, and Khandood, otherwise zero connectivity.

I carried a satellite that let me text with folks back home, but there is NO local connection in most of the Wakhan.
by ventureforthphoto
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Re: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir

I've been in touch with my Wakhi guide Ibrahim recently, and just wanted to make sure folks had the current contact info for him.

On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ibrahim.hamdard.100

Phone: +93 74 922 9030

He lives in Khandood, and has a small pharmacy there.
by ventureforthphoto
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Re: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir

You’re very unlikely to find a donkey man who speaks any English. You also might have trouble choosing your own donkeyman. There’s a system, and whoever’s turn it is, that’s generally who you’ll get. That said, if you got an older (35-40) donkeyman who was from Sarhad, he would likely be pretty fami...
by ventureforthphoto
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Re: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir

Here’s a note I just posted to the LP Tt in response to a question. Do you have a rough idea of your total on the ground costs for the month? ——————————- I didn’t do a very good job of tracking, and I went pretty deluxe (guide, horse), here’s a bit of a breakdown. Guide: $25 a day x 23 days Donkey a...
by ventureforthphoto
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Just back from a month in the Wakhan/Little Pamir

Just spent a fantastic month in the Afghan Wakhan, and wanted to report back a few things. Guides: My primary piece of advice, if you’re planning on using a guide, is to do everything in your power to get a Wakhi guide. It will give you a far more authentic local connection as you travel through the...
by ventureforthphoto
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Wakhan corridor - tour operator Q&A
Replies: 16
Views: 8285

Re: Wakhan corridor - tour operator Q&A

I’ve just returned from a month in the Afghan Wakhan (great trip!), and am going to be writing up a trip report, but wanted to get a bit of information out there more quickly. My biggest advice would be to do everything possible to get a Wakhi guide. None of the guides based out of Ishkashem are Wak...
by ventureforthphoto
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Chinese Road Through the Wakhan Corridor?
Replies: 1
Views: 1091

Chinese Road Through the Wakhan Corridor?

Just returned from a month in the Afghan Wakhan (great trip, report coming), and wanted to relay an interesting experience regarding the rumored Chinese Road. I started my trip by walking from Qala-e-Panja to Sarhad, and that first day out of Qala I noticed this car coming up behind me but making ve...
by ventureforthphoto
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy reports: Afghanistan Visa in Khorog
Replies: 12
Views: 4104

Afghan Visa in Khorog: $220 for US Passport

Got my Afghan visa here in Khorog this morning, and was surprised that the price for US passport holders has jumped to $220, plus $50 “urgent” fee to get it in an hour rather than two days. There didn’t seem to be any room for negotiation on the fee.
by ventureforthphoto
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)
Replies: 14
Views: 7830

Re: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor

Fantastically helpful, thanks!

I'm also curious if yo hired a guide just for the formalities in Ishkashim, or for the entire trek.
by ventureforthphoto
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Wakhan corridor - tour operator Q&A
Replies: 16
Views: 8285

Re: Wakhan corridor - tour operator Q&A

I'm planning a trip for this July, and have been in communication with Yar Mohammed about possibly hiring him, and have gotten a sense that he's trying to gouge me. We agreed to a per day price, which was already pretty steep, then he told me that it would not be him, but another guide who he would ...

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