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Kayak Afghanistan 2017

Join us for a pioneering commercial trip to kayak in Afghanistan which offers up some of the best white water kayaking in the world. Over 6 days we’ll descend by river through the Panjshir Valley. Along the way we’ll visit the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the most revered of the Mujahadeen commanders from the Russian war. It will also be a culturally immersive experience as we’ll be staying in local villages and teaching children basic kayaking skills.

Start Point  :Kabul
End Point   :Kabul
Maximum number of people: 8
Cost: US$2250

Day 1 – Kabul
Fly in.
Briefing. If there is time, we will be able to arrange a city tour to some of Kabul’s more interesting sights.

Days 2 – 7 Kabul – Panjshir
You will have 6 full days to kayak the length of the Panjshir Valley, following the routes of our groundbreaking 2016 trip. As this is a relatively new activity in the valley we may have to spend the first day meeting village elders and obtaining permission to kayak sections of the river.
As well as kayaking you will be able to visit the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the most revered of the Mujahadeen commanders from the Russian war and will be able to teach some of the local village children some basic kayak skills.
Accommodation options are limited in the Panjshir but homestays are available.
The final night the group will return to Kabul.

Day 8 – Fly home
We will take you to the airport to catch your flight.

The trip includes:
All accommodation
Breakfast
All food in Panjshir
All ground transport
Guiding (including two international kayak guides)

The trip does not include:
Visas
Insurance
Flights to Afghanistan
Entrance fees
Lunch & Dinner in Kabul
Drinks
Tips

Cost – US$2250 per person
A deposit of US$400 is required to reserve your place on this trip.

If you have any questions regarding this itinerary or about Afghanistan in general, please contact us at info@untamedborders.com

Flights:
We do not directly arrange international flights to Afghanistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk
Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966

If you do want to extend your trip in Afghanistan either before or after this one please contact us for arranging something or simply for advice and suggestions.

Visas:
We do not arrange Afghanistan visas directly. We will provide visa support in the form of letters of invitation to assist in your Afghanistan visa application. If you are based in the UK or Australia then we can recommend using The Visa Machine as a visa agent.
Visit the Untamed Borders page at their website – untamedborders.thevisamachine.com

Food:
We provide breakfast but not other meals in Kabul. We know plenty of places in Kabul. From traditional tea houses serving kebabs and huge Afghan naan bread to international restaurants (at International prices). When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend. When in the Panjshir we will provide all meals.

Accommodation:
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards and costs in Kabul cannot be compared to a guesthouse in Bamian. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room in Kabul and Bamian.
In Panjshir you will be living in people’s homes in communal rooms.

Transport:
Unless the group is very small we take 2 vehicles for safety when driving between towns. If there is a breakdown we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel (not a laughing matter in a country that should be the setting for a live action version of the Wacky Races). Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.

Guides:
You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Afghan guide for the duration of the trip.
There will be one guide co-ordinating in Kabul and Panjshir. There will also be a local Panjshir contact who will act as a guide/translator in the Panjshir.
On the river there will be two international kayaking guides who have kayaked the Panjshir river before.

Security:
Trips to Afghanistan do create dangers all of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.

Contact us for further information at info@untamedborders.com