Darkot pass

darkut pass

Darkot pass (el. 15,430 ft., open May through October) is a high mountain pass that connects Baroghil Valley in Chitral and Rawat valley of Ghizer District in Gilgit, Pakistan. It is also known as “Darkut”.

The pass is about 10 miles to the east of Koyo Zom (Zum) (6872m), the highest peak in Ghizer district. The border between Chitral and Northern Areas runs through the pass over Darkot Glacier. Eight miles to the south is Darkot village on the River Darkot, a small tributary of Ghizar River). To the northeast of Darkot pass is Chitral. Ten miles to the northwest of the pass is Chilmarabad, a village one mile south of the Boroghil pass.

Darkut is a very beautiful village of Yasin Valley, in Ghizar district. It is the last village of Yasin Valley, moving towards Chitral. A glacier separates Darkut from Boroghil Valley, of Chitral. The local people speak Burushaski (Yasini) and Wakhi languages. At a distance of two kilometer is a hot spring, gushing from the ground, in front of the wild beauty of the majestic glacier. I went to Darkut Valley in 2003. It was an amazing experience.

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