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Passu Cones
Passu Cones

Passu Cones | Gilgit – Baltistan | Pakistan

Passu Cones Gilgit-Baltistan

This village is the place of great significance when we talk about Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the junction point of three great mountain ranges of the world. The highest peaks like K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Rakaposhi lie there. Here are Deosai Plains as well as mighty Glaciers like Baltoro, Batura, scenic valleys.

There are so many places to wander about the Gilgit-Baltistan Region but a tiny area in Hunza has a great distinction and immensely famed among the tourists from all over the world because of its location along the Karakoram Highway (KKH). It plays a role as a junction point between the nearby Passes and Glaciers. The village is 14 kilometres away from Gulmit. It is the Tehsil (Sub-Division) Headquarters of the Gojal Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is about 150 kilometres upward of Gilgit and along the brink of Passu Glacier.

Passu Cones/Credits: Mubashir Jadoon


Batura glacier (the fifth longest non-polar glacier of the world) is in the South of Passu and just 56 kilometres away from the Karakoram Highway (KKH). This village is between Hunza and Sost. It is adjacent to Khunjerab Pass from where the border of China is on a distance of a few kilometres. Total surface area of the village spreads over 1,050 square kilometres. It has a picturesque landscape with the highest mountains, meadows, terrains, plateau creeks as well as the glaciers.

The highest point of the area is Too Popdan, at an altitude of 6,106 metres (20,033 feet) above sea level, also known as “Passu Cones” or “Passu Cathedral”. On the Northern side of the Passu village are Passu-Sar, Shispare-Sar and Batura Glaciers.

The Village:

The people are of Ismaili Sect and Tajik origin who speak Wakhi language. This place is famous for its routes and junctions of mountain peaks.

Tupopdan (The Sun Drenched Mountain) also known as Passu Cathedral or Cathedral ridge stands tall along-with the small village, which is blessed with captivating charm by the mother nature. The Cathedral has been given the different names but the most popular are “Passu Cones” and “Passu Cathedral”. Mount Topopdan is the most publicized Mountain Peak of the Region.

The Glacier:

This Glacier (White Glacier) is in Hunza Valley and in the South of Passu village. Passu Peak is on the back of the glacier. This very glacier links the Batura Glacier with other glaciers of the area and it is the major tourist attraction. Initially KKH was passing through this glacier, but now the route is shifted away of it.

Yunz Pasture:

Yunz Pasture/Credits: Shehper Afroze Rana

Yunz Pasture is a linkage between Passu Glacier and Batura Glacier. It is a green grassy land with abundant shrubs and Alpine trees on its surroundings. The trek is easy and full of panoramic view of the two glaciers and Zarth-Sar. Tourists can see ridges and rocks all around the valley. It takes five to six hour hiking to reach to the Yunz Pasture.

Avdegar Meadows:

Yak Meadows of Avdegar presents a spectacular look, especially when a tourist takes a glimpse from the helicopter. The huge glaciers and mighty KKH are visible from the far off places which are not so easy to access. Camping along with the eye-catching and stunning scenery of Shishper is awesome. The Batura and sky-scrapping peaks create a magnificent panorama of sweet memories during the trip.

Batura Valley:

Batura Valley is the home of 65 kilometres long Batura Glacier, one of the longest glaciers of the region, which takes refuge between the lofty mountain peaks of the world. The trek is mainly a comfortable strolling along the flowery patches between the moraine ridges and the mountains. This is a rare chance to observe the rotine life of Wakhi people of Gojal (Upper Hunza). Ultar-Sar (7,388 metres), Passu Peak (7,478 metres), Karon Koh (7,200 metres) and Batura Glaciers (7,500-7,785 metres) also exist there.

Suspension Bridge:

Passu/Credits: Shafqat Altaf

Tourists will cross two bridges while trekking to Passu and adjoining areas:

i. Suspension Bridge

ii. Hosseini Suspension Bridge

First suspension bridge comes on the way to Khuramabad on the River Hunza. The distance from Khuramabad to the main village takes an hour to access to the second suspension bridge. Khuramabad connects to Zor-Abad, in Hosseini. The trekking of area takes about five hours.

Passu Suspension Bridge
Passu Suspension Bridge/Credits: Sher Ali Saafi

Accommodation facilities are readily available for the tourists at all the major places. Four wheel vehicles approach Shimshal Pass, Sost, Chipurson, Khunjerab and downtowns of Hunza and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan

About FFK

A freelancer, blogger, content writer, translator, tour consultant, proofreader, environmentalist, social mobilizer, poetess and novelist. As a physically challenged person, she extends advocacy on disability related issues. She's masters in Economics and Linguistics along with B.Ed.


  1. Good write up about Passu and its cones. I was there once and I wrote about it in my blog.

  2. Hi,
    Gilgit-Baltistan is truly heaven on earth. Very well written as well!

    Ali Hameed

  3. Very Good article, Just loved it. Thank you for writing about Passu Village.

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