Babusar Pass Reopens After Six-month Period

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Babusar Pass Reopens After Six-month Period

The authorities in Gilgit-Baltistan have announced that Babusar Pass has been reopened to all types of traffic after a six-month closure caused by heavy snowfall.

The pass, which was closed in November of the previous year, has reopened just in time for the start of the tourist season, offering access to one of Pakistan’s most scenic routes.

In a statement released on Monday, the Gilgit-Baltistan Information Department confirmed the reopening: “The picturesque tourist destination Babusar Top in Gilgit-Baltistan, which was closed due to snowfall, has been reopened for traffic after a long break of 6 months.”

The statement also noted that the district administrations of Diamer and Mansehra, after mutual consultation, decided to allow vehicular traffic on the Babusar-Kaghan Highway from 5 AM to 5 PM until Eidul Azha. This decision aims to ensure safety, as melting snow and ice formation at night could pose risks to travelers.

To further ensure safety, the road will be closed from 5 PM to 5 AM. New traffic movement timings will be announced after Eid ul Azha, according to the information department.

A meeting regarding the reopening of Babusar Pass was held on Sunday in Babusar, attended by key officials including Divisional Commissioner Diamer-Astore Division Faisal Ehsan Pirzada, DIG Diamer-Astore Division Farooq Rasheed, Deputy Commissioner Diamer Fayaz Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Hazara Dr. Adnan, SSP Hazara Iftikhar, and Assistant Commissioner Balakot Basharat Shah, along with other security heads.

Deputy Commissioner Diamer stated that local community volunteers have taken on the responsibility for security in their areas.

The Commissioner of Diamer-Astore Division, DIG Diamer-Astore Division, and Deputy Commissioner Diamer interacted with tourists, offering detailed briefings on safety measures and security clearances following the highway’s reopening.

Situated at 13,691 feet, Babusar Pass is celebrated for its stunning views of lush green valleys, snow-capped peaks, and tranquil lakes. It has long been a favorite destination for tourists seeking panoramic vistas and a serene natural environment.

The Babusar-Kaghan Highway, which connects Diamer and Mansehra, is typically closed from October to June due to severe weather conditions. The pass offers a shorter journey of seven hours compared to the 14-hour route on the Karakoram Highway, making it a preferred route for tourists visiting Gilgit-Baltistan.

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