Kotal-e Unak

The road to Kotal-e Unak is not for the faint of heart

Kotal-e Unak is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.056m (10,026ft) above the sea level, located in Daykundi Province, in the central part of Afghanistan.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved but navigable by all passenger vehicles in dry conditions. The pass road is 8.8 km (5.46 miles) long, running west-east from Qawme Shirin to Chahar Sad Khaneh. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. The road is steep, hitting a 23.5% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. 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
Pic: D H