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Passu in Gilgit Baltistan

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Passu is a beautiful village located on Karakoram Highway at a distance of 150km north of Gilgit and 50km from Karimabad. This is a popular destination and stopover for travellers to Khunjerab Pass. 

Passu is famous for Passu Cones and Mountain Peak called Passu Sar with an altitude of 7478m. 

Exploring Passu and Shimshal Valley in Gilgit Baltistan

Ibextrails team travelled to Passu from Gilgit before heading out to remote locations in Hunza for trekking and hiking. The regions explored in the trip include Pamir Valley and Shimshal Valley in Upper Hunza region. This area is home for Himalayan Ibex, Blue Sheep and Snow Leopards. Our team captured images of these unique animals at an altitude of 20000 feet. 

Upper Hunza region is a heaven for mountaineers and hikers. With temperatures dropping below zero degrees even in Summers, the weatherproof outfit is vital for any expedition in the region. Some well-known mountaineers in Pakistan come from this region. 

Local guides and trekkers are available at an affordable price as they speak local languages and have extensive regional knowledge of the valleys and remote locations.

A road trip was organized from Gilgit to Khunjerab Pass along Karakoram Highway. The road is covered with snow in Winters and chains needs to be mounted on the jeep approaching Khunjerab Pass.

Passu Cones
Passu Cones

Some people experience altitude sickness when approaching zero points because of lack of oxygen in the air. It is advisable to carry medication for altitude sickness.  A common practice is to eat apricots which helps to a certain extent. However, a quick walk, running or spinning should be avoided. 

There is limited access across the border in winters due to extreme road conditions.

Exploring Shimshal and Hunza Region

Shimshal valley is one the remotest region in Gilgit Baltistan comprising of a number of small villages extending over an area of 3800sq.km. The area is accessible by jeep track from Passu and the road traverses through rough terrain and pastures. The road is made accessible by a number of wooden road bridges connecting this remote region to the rest of the country. 

This settlement is located at a distance of 3100m and is one of the largest settlement in the northern territory. 

Shimshal region is popular with mountaineers from around the world with some of the highest peaks including White Horn (6000+m) and Manglik Sur. This area has produced some of the best mountaineers in the country. 

The people of the region are Wakhi and speak Wakhi language, with most people belonging to Shia Ismaili sect. 



Visit to Skardu ,Upper Kachura Lake and Basho Valley

In late April 2019, I decided to explore the Skardu area with a few friends. The weather is still cold in the North as the month of March marks the beginning of spring. The snow on the mountain tops thaw and feed little brooks and rivulets which join the major rivers in the region. Early spring is a great time to explore this region, as the tourist season has not started and you find only commercial traffic on the roads. Most roadside hotels offer off-season rates and you get great services at the cafes and restaurants. 

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