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Phandar Valley, Ghizer

Ghizer is district and is the westernmost part of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Its capital is Gahkuch. Ghizer is a crossroads between Gilgit and Chitral via Shandur Pass, and also to China and Tajikistan via the Broghil Pass through Ishkomen Valley . Ghizer is a multi-ethnic district and three major languages are spoken: Shina, Khowar and Brushashki. There are also Wakhi speakers in Ishkoman and some Tajiks.

The word Ghizer came from the name “Gherz” which means “refugees” in Khowar. “Gherz” is a village in Golaghmuli Valley, which is now known as Golaghmuli. The Chitral in the Suzerainty of the British Raj forced some people to migrate towards Gupis, Yasin, Phander Ishkomen and also to Punial. They were settled in the area between Chitral and Gupis and the area called Gherz and the people were called Gherzic. When Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto the President of Pakistan abolished the FCR system and gave another administrative district comprising the Tehsils (Political districts) the name Ghizer was given and agreed on unanimously. The then Resident and Commissioner for Gilgit and Baltistan, Ijlal Husain [ An Officer of the now defunct Civil Service of Pakistan- CSP] played an important role in creating this administrative division in 1974-75. 

Ghizer District comprises Punial, Gupis, Yasen, Phander and Ishkoman Valleys. The major portion of its area was ruled over by Brooshay Rajas known as Raja Sha Burush, Khan Bahadur Issa Bahadur Akber Khan, Raja Anwar Khan, Raja Mirbaz Khan and last Broosh families Raja Jan Alam and Raja Muzafer (who was living in Golodas, also known as Anwerabad as its second name). Currently the living Raja families in the District have no administrative function but act as a leading role in the development of society. Their linkage goes back to Sha Burush. Sha Burush, Sha Katur, and Sha Khushwaqt are three brothers.

The Punial is famous in regional history for the polo game. Historically these Rajas were the best polo players and had a polo team of giants.

Historically two main characteristics of the folk dress of Ghizer is the khoi and the shokah. The khoi is headgear made of homespun woolen cloths, while the shokah is a homespun woolen cloak reaching to the ankle with long sleeves.

History: Historically the region has been ruled by ethnic Kho Rajas (Katoor, Brushay, Shins) indigenous to the region. They all lead tribes which were considered brothers but some Baltimehtars had also governed for some period in Mehraja’s period. The longest period of rule was by Katur Dynasty and later it was divided between the Mehtar of Chitral and the Maharaja of Kashmir. After 1895 all of Ghizer was annexed to Gilgit Agency, which was directly ruled by the British Government and not by the Kashmiri people.

The Rajas of Yasin Suleman Shah and Raja Gohar Aman stretched their rule to Gilgit Bagrot by pushing back Dogras and at some particular part of history remained undefeated rulers of the region stretching from Yasin to Gilgit. Later on, after the death of Gohar Aman due to the internal conspiracy, the Dogras of Maharaja Kashmir came to Yasin and the Mudoori debacle occurred in Yasin. The Mudoori were just not against the Mehtars but also the Muslims of the region.

Tehsil Gupis is the central part of Ghizer district. There are many villages and lush green places, such as Shandur, Phunder Lake, Khalti Lake. The largest lake, Khalti, is famous for its trout. There are PTDC hotels available and also some private hotels in Ghahkuch.


Passes: Some of the passes in the district are:

  • Shandur Pass (Punji-Lusht Plain between the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral District)
  • Kurumbar Pass, Chillinji Pass
  • Chumarkhan Pass (Barsat in Ghizer to Chapali village in Chitral)
  • Hayal Pass and Naltar Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Gilgit Districts
  • Bichhar Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and and Gilgti Districts)
  • Thoi Pass(on the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral Yarkhon)
  • Darkot Pass (on the boundary of Ghizer and Chitral.


  • Handarap Lake
  • Phandar Lake
  • Khalti Lake
  • Karambar Lake
  • Baha Lake (Langar Khukush)
  • Shandur Lake
  • Attar Lake 
  • Mathantar Lake




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