The Silk Road is a term coined in the 19th Century. Contrary to what the name leads us to believe, it isn’t an actual road, but a series of routes that connected East Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean. Much more than silk was traded and carried through these routes.

Spices, china, exotic fruits, carpets and all sorts of goods flowed through the roads and, with them, religions, philosophies, science and even gastronomy spread between Europe and Asia. One can say that the two main terrestrial routes of the silk road can be divided into the northern route (through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan) and the southern route (through Pakistan and Afghanistan).

This guide will focus on a more northern route, avoided more unstable areas, (namely West Pakistan and Afghanistan).