Getting there & away
The Salang Tunnel connects the northern and southern halves of the country. The main highway from Kabul to Mazar-e Sharif and on as far as Andkhoi is excellent, as is the road from the Pul-e Khumri junction to Kunduz and Taloqan. A 4WD is recommended for travel to Faizabad, and is essential further into Badakhshan. There are two border crossings between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, at Shir Khan Bandar (near Kunduz) and Ishkashim (in Badakhshan). The border with Uzbekistan at Termez is open, and with sufficient paperwork it’s just about possible to trek from Badakhshan into Pakistan over the Dilisang Pass.