In September 2015, ISHKAR co founder Edmund Le Brun, along with his friend Jonathan Rider, became the first people to raft from the source of the river Oxus in Afghanistan.
Having never rafted before this trip, the first time they put their rafts in the water was at 4500metres, 12 days walk away from the nearest gravel road, totally and utterly unprepared for the glacial whitewater which lay ahead of them.
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In 2018 ISHKAR co-founder Edmund Le Brun, and Jonathan Rider, rafted the length of the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan. Their calamitous journey revealed a side to Pakistan rarely seen in the news. Watch the BBC Travel Show's coverage of their adventure.
Afghan craftsmen create stunning geometric screens by linking together a web of intricate slices of walnut wood. This art form - known locally as 'jali' - was once found in buildings all over Afghanistan. Today, there are very few expert Jali makers left. Nasser Mansouri, is one of them.
90% of Afghanistan's carpets are exported to Pakistan, where they are cut, washed and sold onto international markets. By not finishing the carpets within Afghanistan, Afghanistan's economy loses approximately $450 million every year. ISHKAR's carpets are 100% made in Afghanistan - from weaving to the final finish - meaning the people who weave the rugs get more value for their work.