Ghizer District

Ghizer District is the westernmost part of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Its capital is Gahkuch. Ghizer is a crossroads between Gilgit and Chitral, and also to China andTajikistan via the Karambar Pass through Ishkomen/Darkut Yasin (which are connected via Shandur Pass). Ghizer is a multi-ethnic district and three major languages are spoken; shina, khowar and Burushaski. There are also Wakhi speakers in Ishkoman and some Tajiks.

Passes

Some of the passes in the district are:

  • Shandur Pass (Punji-Lusht Plain between the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral District).
  • Qurumbar Pass, Chillingi Pass.
  • Hayal Pass and Naltar Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Gilgit Districts).
  • Bichhar Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Gilgit Districts).
  • Thoi Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral Yarkhon).
  • Darkot Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral).

Rivers

The main river in the district is Ghizer River, which comprises Gupis River and Ishkoman River; both meets at Hatoon valley at Hayim as the point of confluence. The other tributaries include Qurumbar River, Phakora River, Hayal River, Singul River and Yasin River also join the main stream at different points.