Pictorial – Winter scenes from the Lawari Top

Photos: Gul Hammad Farooqi 

Lowari Pass (or Lowari Top) (el. 10,230 ft.) is a high mountain pass that connectsChitral with Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Lowari Top is a relatively low pass, by far the lowest pass to enter Chitral, the rest all being 12,000 to 15,000 feet.

Lowari Top is closed by snow from late November to late May every year. During this time, jeeps cannot cross so men must travel by foot. This is dangerous, as there are high mountains on each side of Lowari Top, and a deadly avalanche can come at any moment without warning.

Every winter a few persons are killed by avalanches while crossing Lowari Top. Their bodies are buried under the snow and it is only when the summer comes and the snow melts that their bodies are found and their fate learned. [Text: Wikipedia]

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Lawari Tunnel connects Chitral with Dir
The road between Chitral and Dir remains closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall
The Alpine mountains in the area are known of their natural beauty and forests
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The region receives heavy snowfall from November to end of April
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The Lawari tunnel project has been underconstruction since the early 1970s.
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Everyday, thousands of people use this route to travel out of and into Chitral Valley. It is an economic lifeline for the Chitral district
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A scenic view of the Lawari mountains

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