Visit Guide to Shangla Pass

Shangla Pass connects Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan with Shangla District, with further connections beyond Gilgit Baltistan. It certainly is one of the most beautiful parts of Pakistan. You can see the Hindu Kush with glaciers in the northwest and the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas – which really looks like a big wall.

Getting There

Shangla Pass is located in Shangla district Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It is about 172 km from Islamabad.

By Air: The nearest airport to Shangla Pass is the Bacha Khan international airport.

By Road: Through a car, bus and Jeep you can reach Shangla Pass from Islamabad in three and a half hours. The distance of Shangla Pass is from Islamabad is 172 km.

There is no direct railway connection to the Shangla Pass. Those trying to reach Shangla Pass can use the train to Peshawar station from there on can reach the Shangla Pass via local transport.

What to Expect

There are well-known tourist spots like Shangla pass, Jaba and Bishigram. Shangla District, like neighboring Swat, has an exotic landscape that can charm any visitor. Ancient relics from Greek and Hinduism are also found in the region at Pirsar, Chakesar, and Martung.

The area has a variety of rare Fauna like Markhor, Brown Bear, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Wolf, Monkeys, Pigeon, Chakor, etc. the lush green slopes and valleys of Shangla present a charming view for the tourists. There are well-known tourist spots like Shangla Pass, Jaba, and Bishigram.


Shangla Pass is a mountain pass that connects Shangla district to Swat Valley. It is the shortest route between the two districts. It has very panoramic views of Himalaya mountain peaks covered with snow, Hindu Kush glaciers, and forests full of Pine and cedar trees. Shangla Pass receives heavy snow during winter times. Alexander’s army passed through this route in 320 BC.

Facilities Available

  • A lot of hotels and motels are located on the road side with beautiful views of the mountains.
  • Bazaars with local food and handicrafts are the main attraction of the area.
  • Landline and mobile connectivity makes it comfortable for the tourists to communicate.
  • Local tourist’s guides are also available for tourist facilitation.
  • Local and private transport is easily available 24/7.
  • There is a bus stand in Shangla for public transportation.
  • Filling stations are available which includes Petrol and Diesel