Welcome to Northern Afghanistan
North of the Hindu Kush is a rather different Afghanistan – akin to the Central Asian steppes. Indeed, prior to the modern obsession about borders, the Afghan nomads were quite at home on both sides of the Amu-Darya, which now separates Afghanistan from both Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Salang Tunnel through the Hindu Kush connects the region to Kabul.
The shimmering blue domes of Mazar-e Sharif, and ancient Balkh draw travellers, while the Wakhan Corridor in the high Pamirs offers trekking as remote as anyone could desire.