Backpacking in Iraqi Kurdistan

Tripoto
3rd Jan 2015

Amna Suraka, Sulaymaniyeh

Photo of Amna Suraka, Sulaymaniyeh by Jonny Blair

Rose Jam and Bread for breakfast

Photo of Rose Jam and Bread for breakfast by Jonny Blair

Kurdish and Iraqi souvenirs

Photo of Kurdish and Iraqi souvenirs by Jonny Blair

Backpacking in Duhok, Iraq

Photo of Backpacking in Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair

Kurdistan Flag in Duhok

Photo of Kurdistan Flag in Duhok by Jonny Blair

Flying into Erbil, Iraq

Photo of Flying into Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair

Backpacking in Erbil, Iraq

Photo of Backpacking in Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair

Backpacking in Amadiya, Iraq

Photo of Backpacking in Amadiya, Iraq by Jonny Blair

The ruins at Amadiya, Iraq

Photo of The ruins at Amadiya, Iraq by Jonny Blair

This is a really cool and insightful week long travel trip. It's a backpacking journey through Iraq. You will be staying in the Kurdistan part of Iraq which is in the north and you will be touring the main cities there while enjoying the local food, history and culture in a country not often associated with backpacking. It might be a tad cliched to use the term "off the beaten track", but travelling in Iraq is exactly that.

We start the journey in Zakho having crossed the border from Turkey. A little bit of an introduction into Kurdish culture in this quiet town and a night with local food, we will check out the famous bridge before heading onto Duhok the next day.
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Zakho, Kordestan, Iraq by Jonny Blair
We will spend 2 days and 2 nights in Duhok but this will also include the day trip out to Amadiya to explore an ancient city on the top of a mountain and enjoy the views. In Duhok, we will visit the Bazaar, Mosques, Waterfalls and Dam.
Photo of Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
The day trip to Amadiya will be memorable. This old town is on the top of a mountain. We can visit the Mosque and the old gates and walls to the city and grab lunch up there in the quiet town.
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Amadiya, Duhok, Iraq by Jonny Blair
We will spend a total of 3 days exploring Erbil including a night out in Ainkawa and an afternoon in the Christian Quarter. This will also include a visit to Sami Abdulrahman Park and Erbil Citadel.
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Erbil, Iraq by Jonny Blair
We will finish the 8 day tour in the city of Sulaymaniyeh, which is by far the most "westernised" city in Iraq. Our time in Sulaymaniyeh will involve a pub crawl and a visit to the Amna Suraka Red Security Museum, which is where hundreds of Kurds were tortured and killed during Saddam Hussein's regime.
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair
Photo of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq by Jonny Blair