Passu is a village on the Karakoram Highway, beside the Hunza River, some 15 km from Gulmit, the Tehsil Headquarter of Gojal in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and about 150 km upriver from Gilgit. It lies very near the tongue of the Passu Glacier, and just south of the tongue of the Baturaglacier. The latter is the fifth longest non-polar glacier in the world at 56 km,and reaches very near to the highway. .Tupopdan, 6,106 metres (20,033 ft), also known as Passu Cones or Passu Cathedral, lies to the north of the village; it is the most photographed peak of the region.Also nearby are the high peaks of Passu sir and shispare and Batura peak
|Yunz Valley:||The yunz valley connected the passu and batura glacier through an easy and scenic treak with a great views of two glacier and a zarth sar panoramic view around the passu village.see rock carving around the valley.it take five to six hours around hiking.|
|Ultar Sar:||The right way to lake Borit leads from the moraine as close as possible to the rocky ridge. If you choose the side descent path, you can still link to the right path in the small pass under you.|
|Local Language Name:||n/a|
|Coordinates :||36°28′N 74°54′E|
|UTM:||43S 491041 4035715|
|Religious :||Ismaili, a sect of Shia Islam.|
|Passu Cones:||6,106 metres (20,033 ft)|
|Weather: :||2°C, Wind SW at 6 km/h, 38% Humidity|
History in Passu
- A fascinating land with an amazing diversity of places, people and customs, Passu is the mixing bowl of ancient civilization and dream of nature lovers, is well known about its extraordinary contrast of landscapes of the world. Passu is one of the most beautiful village of Pakistan . From times, immemorial the village has been promising Mountainous resort. Situated in the spectacular karakoram Mountains on the old silk route 150 km from Gilgit in the west banks of Hunza River and border on China .
- It has a unique place on the World map. With a rich history and deep rooted culture .It invites to its breath taking surrounding many adventurers, eco-tourist, historians and nature lovers. This famous village, its towering peaks ever flowing streams its fascinating heritage and above all its hospitable People make it a place worth visiting.
- Passu is considered the worlds heights landmass, where there is nothing below 2500 matters ,Passu is surrounded by some of the world most famous peaks, glaciers and lakes, such as Passu peak 7284, Shisper peak 7611, Batura, 7785, and the most remarkable is Passu cathedral peak 6500, in the shadow of lofty mountains are the Passu glacier with white skin and Batura glacier with both at the length of 56km, which is the fifth largest glacier of the world.
- Humans era passes generation to generation. Passu village is devastated four times in the past. Its first era of human generation is included 3000bc to 5000bc. we saw many arts of ibex and zebra in different rocks. It shows that people are started to live here so early.After a few decades this village had destroyed by flood, sliding and erodes of rivers. Thats why this village had been empty for a long time.
- Its second era was pretty historical coz Chinese people lived here, who followed Buddha. Buddha religion came through Gandahara, Swat, Gilgit, Passu and reached China . Its great memory is at karga Gilgit and khuram Abed Passu.
- Its third era is called Islamic coz there is QURANI AYAT written on the mountain. Islam came here in 9th century through Arabs soldiers when Buddha left.
- Its fourth era also called Islamic, which had been started from 18th century at the time there were 315 families. During sliding the river was blocked and again this village was destroyed by natural disaster. This time only few families were safe.
- Later on, again this village was destroyed by natural disaster in 1964. Now the population is around 1000, most of their economy depends on agriculture, tourism and cattling. this village is famous for its high literacy rate in the region. Where you can find hundred percent educated. In this village every one wants to be educated because the environment can change the peoples. Now a days people are doing their education in diffrent cities of Pakistan.
ABOUT PASSU VILLAGE
Passu village on the Karakoram Highway, beside the Hunza River, some 15 kilometers from Gulmit, the Tehsil Headquarter of Gojal in the territory of Hunza/Nagar District of Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and about 150 km upriver from Gilgit. It lies very near the tongue of the Passu Glacier, and just south of the tongue of the Batura glacier. The latter is the fifth longest non-polar glacier in the world at 56 km, (Citation needed) and reaches very near to the highway. The people are Wakhi and speak the Wakhi Language. Religiously they are Ismaili Muslim, the total population of Passu village is 1050 with 115 Households. The Major earning of Passu village from Tourism, Agriculture, especially fruit (Apple, Apricot and Cherry).
Passu Village has a unique Historical background three major custom of peoples are settled that is called in local language “Skoin” or “Kuch” one family member are Quli Kutor (Magh Kutor, Sakhi Kutor and DinAli Kutor), Alvi Kutor and Quba Kutor. Passu has a vast historical places and beautiful places but the major popularity of this village is Rock Carving which is correlated with Budha civilization 2000 BC, were found in Yeshvendan “Taqla Ghar”, Yunz valley near Passu Glacier and Khuramabad. According to the local history there was a Sham-Shan Ghat of Hinduism who burned the human body at Tipeskin at Khuramabad Passu, but it needs more research work to identify the truth.
The famous natural beauty of Passu is Tupopdan Peak, 6,106 metres (20,033 ft), also known as “Passu Cones” or “Passu Cathedral”, “Victory Peak” (because of its V Shape) lies to the north of the village; it is the most photographed peak of the region, Also nearby are the high peaks of Pasu Sar, Shispare Sar, and Batura 1,2 and 3 .
- Sitting between the black Batura Glacier and the white Passu Glacier, this is another place to stop if you like to hike. At 2400m, Passu is the base for some dramatic hikes and longer treks.
- Although Passu is one of the oldest settlements in Hunza-Gojal, a kind of geographical curse has prevented it from growing into a town. As glaciers periodically dammed the Shimshal River and then broke, floods have gradually torn away Passu’s riverfront land. The 1974 mudslide at Shishkut Nala created a lake that submerged parts of the village and choked the valley with sand and gravel. At one time Passu had extensive orchards, a polo field and nearly five times its present population.
- The highest point of the stunning rocky cathedral ridge across the river is 6106m Tupopdan (Wakhi for hot rock, because in winter its slopes shed the snow quickly). On lower slopes are messages, spelt out with painted rocks, dating from the Aga Khan’s 1987 visit to Gojal.
- The village is below Passu Inn, where buses usually stop. Buses will also drop or collect you at hotels out on the KKH.
Tupopdan, “The Sun Drenched mountain”, also know as Passu Cathedral, or Cathedral Spires, towers over the tiny village of Passu. Passu is a tiny bastion of humanity surrounded by the overwhelming power of nature.Passu Cones are inspired by its unique structural attributes. Tourists have promoted the peak by giving it new names. Some call it “Passu Cones” and others “Passu Cathedral”. Mount Tupopdon is the most photographed peak of the region.
The Passu Glacier is one of the white glacier in hunza valley. many tourist vist passu glacier every year. If you look at the grey area on the right, this shows the historic level of the glacier, at a time when the Silk Route passed across the top of the glacier
The yunz valley connected the passu and batura glacier through an easy and scenic treak with a great views of two glacier and a zarth sar panoramic view around the passu village.see rock carving around the valley.it take five to six hours around hiking.
The top before Passu Sar 7 478 m asl
Unpleasant ascent to the moraine offers views of about 7 000 meters high mountain top before Passu Sar. To the left above insignificant ridge separating the glaciers towers just the tip of the amazing mountains Shispare Sar.
View of the valley of Hunza
Once you scramble high enough to the moraine, the fantastic view back into the valley of Hunza River opens. In the gap between the spiky mountains blinks at you the ice pyramid of mountain Karun Kuh (6,977 m asl) towering above the fabled valley Shimsal that fails to belong to the VIP group of six thousand high mountains by only a few meters.
The right way to lake Borit leads from the moraine as close as possible to the rocky ridge. If you choose the side descent path, you can still link to the right path in the small pass under you. Lake Borit lies on the right under irrigational channel. If you go down by mistake through the valley to the left, it is again ok you will come across KKH after a while and you are in 10 minutes in the village Husseini under the lake.
View of the rocky ridge is a beautiful from here at the very right is the flat top of Ultar Sar (7 388 m asl), which you’ve probably already watched from the other side of Karimabad.