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Summer 2015 

In this issue:

  • A note from James
  • Upcoming trips
  • Meet Jan, our newest team member!

A note from James Willcox, Founder

This October sees the inaugural Marathon of Afghanistan in Bamian in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan. Held at an altitude of 2500 metres in the peaks of the Hindu Kush, it will start and finish under the niches that once held the world's largest Buddha statues. A symbolic place for an event that embodies the rebirth of sport in Afghanistan. It has been great helping to organise this event and we're excited to experience it.

Competitors include international and Afghan runners, such as Zainab and Zelofar, two incredible Afghan ladies fresh from their Gobi desert ultramarathon (read about their 80km day in 40C heat here) and Baryalai Saidi, the self styled Afghan Skyrunner who trains on the mountains that circle Kabul. 

The event is the brain child of adventurer James Bingham. He has visited Afghanistan three times, once to climb Afghanistan's highest peak Nowshak (see report by the BBC here), once to climb the fabled Mir Samir and once to do an ultramarathon in the Wakhan Corridor. As well as having climbed Everest and attempted a crossing of the Bering Straits he organises an ultramarathon each year on the Isle of Anglesey called the Ring o Fire.

We have an incredible organiser and inspirational Afghan competitors. We just need a few more Internationals to take part. If running 26 miles in the heights of the Hindu Kush appeals, just get in touch. 

Take a trip with Untamed Borders

A full list of our fixed date trips for 2015/2016 can be found on our website. Some highlights are below:
Wakhan Corridor photo_copyright Untamed Borders

Trek the Wakhan Corridor  

In September 2015 we will be heading to one of the world's most remote corners. A 22-day journey to visit the land of one of the world's last and least visited nomadic cultures: The Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamir. We begin in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe before travelling along the dramatic Pamir Highway and crossing over into Afghanistan. We then pass through the Wakhan Corridor to the Afghan Pamir. The last section of this journey will be made by foot as we make our way to the summer grazing grounds of Chaqmaqtin. 
Afghanistan photo_copyright Untamed Borders

Melons and Grapes – Grand Afghan tour

Each Autumn we run a trip to Afghanistan and we think it is the perfect time to visit. Summer can be blisteringly hot and winter icy cold. Spring has its charms, but for us Autumn is the best, and all because of the fruit. How a land that appears to be made entirely of bare rock can produce melons as large as beach balls and grapes bursting with juice is one of life’s great mysteries. This trip shows the best of Afghanistan with as much fresh fruit thrown in as you can eat.
Ski Afghanistan photo_copyright Untamed Borders

Ski Afghanistan

We will be back in 2016 for our 6th Afghan Ski Season, concentrating on skiing in the Bamian region of Central Afghanistan. This trip will be led by an internationally certified mountain guide assisted by local Afghan ski guides. Guests do not need any prior experience of ski touring and we know slopes suitable for all standards of skier. It is a chance to experience the incredible natural beauty of Afghanistan combined with skiing in one of the least visited regions in the world. 

Meet Jan!  

Jan is an experienced mountain guide who will be joining the Untamed Borders office team. Part of his role will be to work on expanding and managing our trekking and expedition trips. If trekking expeditions to Kurdistan, Kashmir, Tajikistan or Chad sound exciting then please get in touch with Jan. We thought it would be nice for our guests to get to know him, check this out to find out more about Jan and his past adventures.
If any of the above trips sound tempting or you'd like to have a chat with one of the Untamed Borders team please get in touch.

Untamed Borders Team

July 2015

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