Kotal-e Darwazah

The road to Sangarkish Pass is not for the faint of heart

Kotal-e Darwazah (Sangarkish Pass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.202m (10,505ft) above the sea level, located in Daykondi Province, in the central part of Afghanistan. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward.

The road to the summit is dangerous. Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs. The road is totally unpaved, with rocky sections, and very narrow, so proceed cautiously and hope no other vehicles come from the other direction. It's called V 220902. 4x4 vehicle required. The road to the summit runs south-north from Sare Kajgir to Aghelak.

The drive is very steep. Starting from Sare Kajgir, the road is 4.1 km (2.54 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 580 meters and the average gradient is 14.14%, hitting an 18.4% 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&video: Central Afghanistan

 

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