Hiking in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor

17/08/2017 08:43

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

One of the world's most remote landscapes, the Wakhan Corridor is a narrow strip of territory in northeastern Afghanistan, wedged between the snow-capped Pamir Mountains to the north and the Karakoum range to the south. The home of nomadic Kyrgyz communities, this breathtaking region of verdant valleys and bewitching plains have been attracting adventurous travellers for many years. Travel photographer Jonny Duncan recently returned from a 16-day hike through this isolated stretch – here are some of his favourite photos from the experience. 

Ishkasim Afghanistan Jonny Duncan
© Jonny Duncan

Metalworkers in the town of Ishkashim stop for a chat.

Children Wakhan Corridor Afghanistan © Jonny Duncan
© Jonny Duncan

Children in a village in the Wakhan Corridor pose for a photo.

Wakhan Corridor Afghanistan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

Families working during the harvest stop to see foreigners passing through.

Little Pamir Mountains © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

The striking scenery you encounter when hiking through the Little Pamir Mountains.

Burial tombs Kyrgyzstan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

Old burial tombs line part of the route on the Kyrgyz side. 

Kyrgyz community Kyrgyzstan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

A Kyrgyz community, where people live in traditional gers or yurts, in the mountains of the Wakhan Corridor. 

Kyrgyz woman Wakhan Corridor © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

Local Kyrgyz women stand outside their yurt home with their dog.

Little Pamirs Afghanistan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

Snow appears in early October in the Little Pamirs.

Yaks Little Pamirs Afghanistan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

Yaks are used as the primary source of transport on the four-day hike to get supplies to a remote Kyrgyz community by the lake. 

Shepherd Little Pamis Afghanistan © Jonny Duncan 
© Jonny Duncan

A shepherd watches his flock near one of the small homestays for travellers hiking in the Little Pamirs. 


Travel photographer Jonny Duncan has been travelling the world for over 20 years and recently returned from a 16-day hike through Afghanistan's Little Pamirs and Wakhan Corridor. He blogs about his journeys, and you can see more photos from his travels by following him on Facebook and Instagram.  

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