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Current plan - suggestions, tips, advice, sights I might have missed, dos, do nots?

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Hi all,

I'm currently in the Caucasus and will most likely be entering Iran from Kurdi Iraq in the next few weeks.
Was hoping to enter from Armenia but it won't be possible if I can't get a multiple entry Iranian visa in Yerevan.

So here's the plan so far. :D

into Iraqi Kurdistan from Turkey.
Zakho
Dohuk
Amadiya
Erbil
Suleimaniyah
Halabja
into Iran, Penjwin-Marivan crossing
Tabriz?
Gilan?
Tehran (Uzbek visa first (same day with LOI), then Turkmenistan, then Afghani?)
Esfahan
Persepolis
Shiraz
Bushehr and KUWAIT return?
Yazd
Mashad
into Afghanistan, Taybad-Islam Qala crossing
Herat
Jam?
Bamian?
into Turkmenistan, Tawraghudi-Serkhetabat crossing
Merv
Ashgabat
Darvaza
into Uzbekistan, KonyeUrgench-Khujayli crossing
Khiva
Bukhara
Samarkand
Tashkent
into Kazakhstan, Zhibek-Joly crossing
Turkestan
into Kyrgystan, Sypatai Batyr crossing
Bishkek
Burana Tower
back into Kazakhstan, Korday or Karasu crossing
Almaty
Kolsai and Kaindy lakes
into Kyrgyzstan, Karkara crossing (closes around 30th Oct)
Son-Kul Lake
Tash-Rabat
Osh
Pamir Highway
into Tajikistan, Kyzylart crossing (need GBAO permit buy online at same time as visa)
Khorog
into Afghanistan, Ishkoshim-Eshkashem crossing (get permit)
Wakhan Corridor (might be too late to go as snow will make roads impassable)
into Tajikistan, same crossing
Pamir highway part 2 to Dushanbe
now what?

If anyone has advice on rejigging the itinerary to make it work smoother, easier, better with the oncoming winter, etc. Please let me know.
Would love to see Wokhan but it's probably not likely this time around.

I'm going to be heading on to Pakistan/India/Bangladesh/Sri Lanka or thereabouts afterwards so any flight advice would be great as well.
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Re: Current plan - suggestions, tips, advice, sights I might have missed, dos, do nots?

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Hi,

I don't know anyone who works in Afghanistan who advises tourists to still do overland travel there. The last tour operator stopped after his van got blown up by a rocket - the tourists miraculously survived.

Not sure what your budget is - Wakhan corridor is expensive. The road from Naryn to Jalalabad could take some time to find a ride if you don't have the money to pay for one. It also closes in winter, so you might have to detour via Bishkek there.

I think there was a flight from Dushanbe to Islamabad but it seems cancelled - only direct flight now seems to go to Delhi. Since Afghanistan is an attraction, perhaps fly Dushanbe - Kabul - Islamabad with Kam Air?
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Cheers for the response Steven.

Checked out the attack you mentioned. Yes, very fortunate. In contact with one of the tour operators on the security situation in Afghanistan now.

Yes, Wokhan is going to have to be next time or never unfortunately.

Flying into Islamabad will depend on timing for the visa - sending to London or Melbourne.
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