The Sunday Herald says Afghanistan is trying to promote mountaineering tourism by publicizing its virgin 6,000 metre peaks in the Hindu Kush and is training 12 former guerrilla fighters to become alpine guides and the country has a special landmine bureau to warn you where not to go (don’t go to the old smuggler trails).
Afgahnistan’s only ski resort near the Salang Pass north of Kabul is a place where you can snowboard and off-piste ski.
Another advantage of climbing is you don’t have buy permits.
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One of the countryÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢s great draws is Mir Samir, made famous by travel writer Eric NewbyÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢s failed attempt to climb it, and memorably described in NewbyÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢s travel classic A Short Walk In The Hindu Kush
AfghanistanÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢s highest peak Noshaq, a 7492-metre giant of rock and ice on the border with Tajikistan. It was scaled in 2004 by by Sir Chris Bonington — the first major expedition since the 1979 Soviet invasion.