Elum Ghar: The Largest Peak of Swat, Pakistan

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Elum Ghar: The Largest Peak of Swat, Pakistan

Elum Ghar (regionally known as da elum ghar) is a mountain situated between the Swat and Bunir districts of Pakistan. Elum Ghar is the greatest peak in the region, and is snow-covered most of the year except during the season of summer. It is situated west of Pir Baba in the Buner District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan. Its height is 2,800 meters (9,200 ft). Mingora, a city in the Swat District, can be seen from atop the mountain. The mountain is famous among hikers because of its several streams and lakes that can be seen while going up themountain.

History of Elum Ghar

Archaeologists have discovered ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization around the mountain, and believe that there might still be more buried ancient ruins. The top of the mountain is locally known as “Jogiano sar”.

The mountain has snakes and cobras near the top. There is a local proverb that says, Chey maar zuan shi nu elum ta zee, which means, when the snake becomes a youth, it goes to Elum.

Festivals

Every year at the end of July or at the beginning of August, the festival of “Jushn-e-Elum” is held. It is celebrated by the youth from nearby villages, significantly by Malakporians. The celebration is a chance to get out of the heat of the valley and stay for a couple of days on the cooler mountain.

 

 

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