Approaching the Salang tunnel from the south. The Salang Tunnel is the major route between Kabul and the north of Afghanistan. At the time the tunnel was completed in the 1964, it was the highest road tunnel in the world. It shortened the route from Kabul to the northern provinces by almost 200 miles and cutting travel tiem from more than 70 hours to 10 hours. A village on the mountain side. The Blair Brainard Peace Corps in Afghanistan Photographic Collection captures the photographers experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, primarily in the city of Herat, 1965-1968.