Photographer's Note

This is the famous (or infamous) Khyber Pass on the Pakistani side. The picture is taken from the most scenic spot with the road curving and twisting it's way down to Peshawar. I'm on my way up, over the top and into Afghanistan.

To travel across (or even just up) the Khyber Pass it is necessary to obtain a permit. It's also compusory to take an armed Pakistani policeman as a guard. This is potential smuggler and bandit territory, although the situation now is more stable than in the past.

I have to say that I wasn't as impressed with the pass as I'd expected. For a place that is steeped in history and evokes thoughts of a wild and remote border in the mountains, it just didn't deliver. Maybe I'd set my expectations too high, but the things that disappointed me were:
* The pass is actually not that high, only 1070m at the summit
* It's not remote, with lots of traffic and settlements along the way
* The border is not at the top! It's after the road has dropped down to the Afghan side.

In any case the scenery is still very attractive and the thrill of crossing into Afghanistan is enough excitement on its own.

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