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To the Babusar Pass

Getting there & away

Until the road improvements have finished, only a small 4WD jeep can manage the narrow, rocky track over the pass in July and August, though even then monsoon rains make it problematic. A one-way jeep rental from Naran to Babusar village/Chilas costs about Rs 3500/5000. The pass is also feas­ible as a day trip from Naran, for about Rs 3000. Cargo jeeps sometimes go up as far as Besal.

On foot, give yourself at least a week from Naran to Babusar village, which allows for some side trips. Trekking may be possible as early as mid-June (though you’ll still find snow) into October (though most villagers will be gone for the winter by then). Snow normally begins in November. A local guide might be helpful from Gittidas to Babusar village, as not everyone is friendly en route. Naran to Chilas is about 130km.

To the Babusar Pass