Bolan Pass

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Bolan Pass
British troops cross the Bolan Pass in 1839

British troops cross the Bolan Pass in 1839

Pass height 1793  m
region Balochistan , Pakistan
Valley locations Sibi Quetta
expansion Pass road
Mountains Toba Kakar necklace
Bolan Pass (Pakistan)
Bolan Pass
Coordinates 29 ° 54 '0 "  N , 67 ° 7' 52"  E Coordinates: 29 ° 54 '0 "  N , 67 ° 7' 52"  E

Mountain passes in Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Bolan Pass ( Urdu : درہ بولان Dharaa Bolan ) is a mountain pass in the southern mountain region between Pakistan and Afghanistan .

The pass is located not far from the city of Quetta in the Beluchistan province , about 120 km from the Afghan border. It crosses the Toba Kakar chain at an altitude of 1793 m.


Because of its strategic location, the pass played a special role as a possible gateway for a Russian invading army during the Great Games . The British Army crossed the pass in the First Anglo-Afghan War on the way to Kandahar in February 1839. With the Gandamak Treaty of 1879 between Kandahar and Quetta, it came under British control again.


Rail and road over the Bolan Pass

The Bolan Railway , which was built between 1880 and 1891 and connects Sibi with Quetta , runs over the Bolan Pass . Part of the railway line was originally equipped with a rack .