Camping in Khosh Valley Reviews
Oct 18, 2007
Khosh Valley is about two hours from Faizabad, Afghanistan, in Badakhshan Province in the Northeast part of the country.
You will need to stop in Faizabad and visit the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to get a letter of permission to present to the local authorities in Shohran, the head village in the valley.
There are a couple of places to camp. The first is the Garden of Shohrani. It is near to the village of Shohran. You can also camp in the "Iloq", or summer grazing grounds of the valley. The locals move up to the sides of the mountains in the summer to graze their animals, make yogurt and watch their crops.
Their is not much to do in Khosh other than hike, chill with the locals, and drink 'shur-chai' or salt tea. The area was never under contest throughtout the years of war so there have been no mines laid. There are a couple of high peaks surrounding the valley, the highest of which is called 'Cargasi Piozi' or the Black Onion in Uzbek. The are would be termed 'trekking peaks' since the can be climbed without technical climbing abilities or gear.
One contact in Shohran is Noor-Aga. He runs the local phone call center and drug store and speaks enough english to be helpful. He could probably even arrange a homestay. The languages of the valley are Dari and Uzbek.
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