Some amazing mountain passes in Pakistan that you’d probably never heard of

  • The Mintaka Pass

    At over 4,700 metres above sea level, this famed high mountain pass in the Karakorams just west of Khunjerab was used by travellers on the ancient Silk Route. In this picture, the pillar marks the border between China and Pakistan.

  • Gondogoro La (Pass)

    At an astonishing 5,940 metres, this is one of the highest passes in the world connecting the Concordia region with Hushe Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. From its top one can see K2 and 3 other mountains that are above 8,000 metres. The picture shows top of Gondogoro La looking south towards Hushe Valley.

  • Chillinji La (Pass)

    Over 5,300 metres high, this pass connects the Karamber River valley in Ishkoman with the Chapursan River valley in Upper Hunza.

  • The Burzil Pass

     4,100 metres – situated in Astore district in Gilgit-Baltistan, just west of the Deosai National Park. This is a motorable pass – jeeps can reach the top – but since it is close to the Line of Control (it used to connect Gilgit with Srinagar), it is currently closed.

  • The Shimshal Pass

    At 4,735 metres it leads to the Shimshal Braldu River valley. Shimshal Braldu River is a tributary of the Shaksgam river which straddles the Pakistan-China border. This area is used by mountaineers approaching the north face of K2. The picture shows a stream running through the top of the pass.

  • The Karambar Pass

    At 4,300 metres, this pass in the Hindukush connects the Yarkhun River valley in Upper Chitral with Karambar River Valley in Ishkoman in Hunza district. It is also known for its famed Karambar lake, seen in the picture.

  • The Boroghil Pass

    At 3,800 metres, its relatively lower than the mountain passes found in the Karakoram. This mountain pass connects Pakistan’s Chitral District with Afghanistan’s Badaskhan province, which is in the legendary Wakhan corridor.

  • The Kachikani Pass

    At over 4,700 metres, this mountain pass connects Pakistan’s Swat Valley with Chitral Valley to its west – this picture is from the top of the pass looking east towards Swat.