Tajikistan Visa and GBAO Permit

If you hold a British Passport you need to apply for a visa before travelling to Tajikistan. You can check the entry requirements and any other relevant information on the FCO website. If you are planning to visit Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region you will also need to apply for the GBAO permit. This can be done by stating that you need GBAO permit on your visa application; No separate application needed for GBAO permit.

My experience of applying for the Tajikistan visa at their London consulate was a very straight forward and painless process. To download the visa application form and review the requirements for the visa application you can visit the Visa Inquiries page of the embassy website.

Tajikistan Visa cost: £20

GBAO Permit cost: £50

Processing Time: 1 week


Trek Across The Wakhan Corridor Into Pakistan

On the last leg of my journey I plan to travel from Tajikistan to Pakistan by land through the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. It will probably be the most challenging leg of my trip in terms of logistics, planning and physical demands.

So far discussing this route with friends, family and colleagues has drawn a lot of concern primarily for safety and security reasons; Alot of that seems to be based on the general perception of Afghanistan as a dangerous country, stemming from the popular Western media narrative as opposed to any sound evidence of security related incidents in the Wakhan.

The last published account of someone crossing from Afghanistan into Pakistan via Wakhan Corridor (that I have been able to find) was in 2004 by an American couple Mock and O’Neil. Even though it was more than ten years ago, their report has been a very useful resource to aid me in my planning. Fortunately, I have been able to locate the Pakistani guide who accompanied them on their expedition. He has been forthcoming with useful suggestions and recommendations.

In terms of online resources, there is not a lot out there on Wakhan, and certainly nothing beyond one expedition report on trekking across from Wakhan into Pakistan, but there is enough information to be able to plan a trip. Following are the top three useful online resources that I found particularly helpful in planning my trip; if anyone comes across any other useful resource, please do share.
1) Mock and O’Neil

2) Juldu

3) OffTheUnbeatenTrack

For those with deep pockets looking to avoid the hassle of planning a bespoke trip to the Wakhan and happy to join a small group rather than going solo – check out Secret Compass . They organize an expedition to Wakhan every year, which looks pretty interesting, but they don’t venture anywhere close to the mountain passes between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A Rough Sketch of The Route I intend to Take
Ishkashem -> Sarhad Boroghil (Wakhan) -> Wakhan Corridor -> Irshad Uween Pass (4979m)  -> Baba Ghundi -> Misgar -> Sost -> Gilgit -> Skardu

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: