The Wakhan Corridor Journey - Afghanistan to Pakistan

The Wakhan Corridor Journey - Afghanistan to Pakistan

The Journey: On ... Off ...On

Mid-July found us in Islamabad packed and as ready as we’d ever be to get on a flight to Kabul. But with 72 hours left before our flight, we still had no permission for our expedition. Our formal written requests had gone unanswered. Three bureaucracy-filled days later, after calls to the office of the renowned Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir; trips to the Ministry for Tourism and Ministry of Interior; meetings with the Federal Minister for Tourism, the Additional Secretary for Political Affairs, the Deputy Secretary, and the Section Officer; countless conferencing between government officials; and lengthy debate on the wording of the required letter, we had the document we needed!

That evening, after dining on kabobs and nan, we bought food supplies — coffee, macaroni, tea, milk powder, porridge — all dry food that would sustain us through Wakhan. Very little besides MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) was available in Kabul, we’d been told. We quickly settled our bill at the guest house and headed to the Islamabad airport.