K-G Pass

K-G Pass, everything you need to know about this famed road

Khost-Gardez Pass (frequently abbreviated as the K-G Pass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.897m (9,504ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Paktia and Khost provinces of Afghanistan.

Set high in the southern Hindu Kush mountains, the road to the summit, also known as Seti-Kandow Pass and Satukandav Pass, was recently paved by construction crews as part of the international reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. The pass has been in use since antiquity, serving as one of the main routes connecting Kabul to Southern Asia. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: high amount of snowfall in winter months is common.

Set high in the southeastern part of the country, the pass is 102km (63 miles) long, running east-west from Khōst (the capital city of Khost Province) to Gardez (the capital of the Paktia Province). During the Soviet occupation the pass was a frequent location for mujahadeen attacks on Soviet convoys. If you do choose this route please check up to date information due to the security situation. Obviously you would have to really (!) check what is going on now. You might want to contact your embassy in Kabul as they have really the best info about terrorist attacks, ongoing armed conflict, risk of kidnapping and high crime rate.
Pic: Abdullah Noori

 

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