Band-e Amir

Very remote and desolate, they are most easily visited from Bamiyan. Shared minivans leave in the high season on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and cost 150 Afg. Otherwise take a minivan towards Yakawlang 200Af and get off at the turn-off to the lakes. From there it's a 3 hour hot walk... bring some water.

Private hire minivans are also available 3 hours and should cost 2000-2500Af, but you will have to bargain very hard for this price. You could also negotiate an overnight stay into the price for a little extra. Don't be shy to ask them to stop for pics en route to the lakes, the scenery is stunning.

All services at the lakes close up around mid-November and reopen around March.