Shounter Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.420m (14,501ft) above the sea level, located in Neelum Valley, in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.
Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. The pass is accessible only few months of the year due to heavy snow and harsh weather conditions.
To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills. It can be accessed through a jeep track from Kel which only gets opened for a few months of the year. The valley possesses scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelam river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings.
Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to inclement weather. The road condition is not well and not suitable for low floor vehicles. In winters road onward Keran block due to heavy snowfall and it is very difficult to reach upper parts of the valley. It’s a 4 wheel trip.
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