Embark on a journey through Darkot Pass, a high mountain pass standing at 15,430 ft above sea level. that links Baroghil Valley in Chitral and Yasin Valley of Ghizer District in Gilgit, Pakistan. This perilous passage, open from May to October, boasts a rich history and breathtaking scenery, situated near the towering Koyo Zom.

Historical Significance:

Darkot Pass is not only a geographical marvel but also a site shrouded in mystery. Explore the enigmatic life and tragic death of George Jonas Whitaker Hayward, a 19th-century English explorer, whose demise in South Asia during “The Great Game” period remains surrounded by controversy.

Controversial Demise of George Hayward at Darkot Pass:

Hayward’s death is clouded by two conflicting narratives. Was it a political assassination orchestrated by Mir Wali on Aman ul-Mulk’s orders, or did the Maharaja of Kashmir seek revenge for Hayward’s exposé of Kashmiri atrocities in Dardistan? The intrigue deepens as Hayward’s body is recovered, buried in Gilgit, and marked by a tombstone funded by the Maharaja.

Tour Description:

Explore Darkot Pass in Pakistan, a mountainous marvel connecting Chitral and Ghizer District. Uncover the mysterious death of English explorer George Jonas Whitaker Hayward, adding intrigue to this breathtaking yet enigmatic location. Join us on a journey through history and breathtaking landscapes.


Darkot Pass, with its stunning landscapes and a history marked by tragedy, invites exploration and contemplation. Join us as we unravel the secrets of this high-altitude gateway to the Pamir steppe.T