by Asghar Khan
The Yasin valley (old name Warshi Ghoom) runs north to south, joining the Ghizer valley at Gupis and lies in the Ghizer District. It is located at a distance of 142 Km and three hours drive form Gilgit. It lies to the east of Ishkoman, at an altitude of 2,100 to 2,750 meters. In its lower 60 kilometers, the valley is wide, flat and well watered, making it comparatively fertile, with irrigated fields on either side the river. There are no rocky defiles, so communication along the valley is easy, with roads on both sides of the river.
The people here speak the aboriginal language; Burushaski, as in Hunza and the upper class also speak Khowar, as in Chitral. There are five possible treks out of the Yasin valley. Asumbar Pass about 4,400 meters begins at Sandhi village, Ishkoman Pass; Darkot Pass to Boroghil begins at Darkot and end of the Yarkhun river of Chitral, Thui Pass and the other over the Nazbar and Zagar Passes.
It is 30 minutes drive from Yasin to Hundur, the village of Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, Nishan -e- Haider, where Hundur guesthouse offers three rooms with restaurant, and onward tour to Darkot and the valley goes to Yarkhun.
For more detail about the history of Yasin and famous ruler of Yasin Gohar Amna you can visit the website www.yasinvalley.com