Kōtal-e Darah-ye Rāst

Dare to drive the dangerous Kōtal-e Darah-ye Rāst

Kōtal-e Darah-ye Rāst is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.188m (13,740ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Kabul and Parwan Provinces, in Afghanistan,

The road to the summit is totally unpaved and very steep, hitting a 20% through some of the ramps. 4x4 vehicles only. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not advised night drive. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.
Starting from Paghman, a town in the hills near Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, the road to the summit is 12km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.745 meters. The average gradient is 14.54%. If you do choose this route please check up to date information due to the security situation: terrorist attacks, ongoing armed conflict, risk of kidnapping and high crime rate.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson


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