Babusar Pass (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
Babusar Pass, the highest mountain pass in Kaghan Valley, is located at a distance of 66km from Naran. It is very cold even in the summer. It connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan with Korakuram Highway.
It is an interesting visiting spot, as one the enjoy the real coldness of the Kaghan valley there, most of the time, it has a freezing temperature. Due to height, the pressure of airflow is also much fast here, and it also becomes a reason for coldness there.
Moving on the zig-zag road toward Chilas is a real adventure of the beginning of Gilgit-Baltistan, moving toward the World's highest mountain ranges and peaks.
Kaghan Valley, a scenic wonderland, is at height of beauty among many beautiful valleys in Hazara in the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan. It is one hundred and sixty kilometers long valley in the Lower Himalayan mountain range, having an elevation of 2,134 feet to 13,690 feet at Babusar Pass.
The road to Kaghan is a little bit dangerous due to the deep slopes to the river on one side and the lofty mountains on the other side. The valley is fully covered by pine and fir trees densely overgrown with a variety of other plants, except at the Babusar Top area. The Babusar Top is highest point in the Kaghan Valley, and it is a gateway to access Gilgit-Baltistan. One can also get a view of the Nanga Parbat and mountain ranges in the Kashmir region.
The road from Balakot ascends along the Kunhar River that is flowing in deep ridges and through lovely forests. The spectacular views and sceneries are near Shogran, surrounded by peaks and pine forest, covering with a layer of silver shined clouds on the top. From Shogran, you can visit the famous peaks of Siri and Payee, with breathtaking views at their top.
Naran is one of the most attractive hill stations in Kaghan valley, with its pleasant and cool atmosphere. Saif-ul-Maluk lake can be accessed from Naran by a jeep within 30-45 minutes. One can also enjoy two hours trek from Naran to Saif-ul-Maluk lake. There is a number of glaciers in the passage of Kaghan to Narran and from Narran to Saif-ul-Maluk, and those are real enjoyment in exploring Naran. From Saif-ul-Maluk lake, a splendid view of Malka Parbat, the highest mountain in this valley, can be seen in clear weather.
Babusar Pass, a jeep track leads to Chilas on Karakoram Highway. Lulusar lake, on the side of road, gives charming view of the Khunhar River. Traveling from Lulusar Lake to Babusar pass is just like flowing on the top of mountains with a broader view of mountain ranges.
The river Kunhar, originating from Lulusar lake, runs through the valley and merges with the Jhelum River just outside Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. The shining green water of the Kunhar River with the flowing ranges of mountains, is the real beauty of this valley.
The Kaghan valley has number of lushgreen meadows on the top of mountain ranges, where one observe grazing herd of sheep, goats, etc. The Kundi Meadows, located behind Rajwal villageone, is a lushgreen plain on the mountain top. It can be accessed after 5-6 hours trekking.
Fishing is one of the best sports activities in Kaghan. In the upper parts of the valley, Brown Trout and Mahasher are stocked in pure silvery waters of the Kunhar River. The Kunhar river trout is considered to be the best throughout South Asia.
Babusar Pass Map
Babusar Pass Photo Gallery
Down Road to Chilas from Babusar Top
Travelling toward Chilas from Babusar Pass is real adventure in Northern Area of Pakistan. You can see a deep valley downward in front of you, along the Thak Gah toward Chilas in Gilgit Baltistan.
Moving toward Chilas from Babusar Pass
From Babusar top, you can see the mountains of Gilgit Baltistan beyound the deep valley of Babusar. Temperature dramstically changes as you move toward Chilas from the Babusar Top. Chilas is hot climate as compare to the Kaghan Valley.
Beautiful view from Babusar Top
From Babusar Pass, you can view a broader and beautiful view of the Kaghan Valley with snow-covered peaks and mountains. There is also a beautiful view of the Kunhar River flowing toward the Kaghan Valley.
Heavy Clouds at Babusar Pass
Weather conditions at Babusar Top are rapdily changing, most of the time, there are heavy clouds around it. There is cold weather even in summer, temperature normally falls below zero in nights. Winter season is more severe, as due to heavy snow and freeze temperature, it becomes difficult to stay there.
Temporary Shops at Babusar Pass
Temporary shops are consturcted on Babusar Pass in summer season to serve the tourists, whereas in winter season it becomes difficult to stay there as temperature remains below zero.
Snake road from Babusar Pass
A zig zag road leads toward Gilgit-Baltistan via Chilas from Babusar Top, it is considered as one of the most beautiful road, which looks like a snake in front of you while driving down from Babusar Pass.
Eye Catching view from Babusar Top
From Babusar Top, you can get eye-catching view of the snow-covered peaks in the Kaghan Valley as well as Gilgit-Baltistan. It is your luck to have a such a clear view at Babusar Top, some most of the time, there are heavy clouds and bad weather.
Sunset near Babusar Pass
Road leads to Babusar Pass
Road toward Chilas from Babusar Pass
Baltistan View from Babusar Pass
Coming Down from Babusar Top toward Chillas Side
Babusar Top the highest location in Kaghan Valley, road coming down to Chillas from Babusar Top.
Cloudy weather near Babusar Pass
Road leads to Babusar Pass
Babusar Pass is a higest point in Kaghan valley at the 13691 m above sea level.
Babusar Top View
Babusar Pass, a highest mountain pass in Kaghan Valley, is located at the distance of 66 km from Naran. It is very cold even in the summer. It connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan on Korakuram Hightway.