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Pari (Paari; Bari), Kharmang District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistani
Regional Level Types
Pari (Paari; Bari)Pocket (Inactive)
Kharmang DistrictDistrict

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
35° 1' 8'' North , 76° 7' 47'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Pocket (Inactive) - last checked 2018
Deposit first discovered:
Köppen climate type:
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Gharmung area

Several pockets in a pegmatitic formation where a number of nice crystals of orange color scheelite on quartz were found in summer 2007. The specimens were at first distributed in early 2008 by Dudley Blauwet (Mountain Minerals International), who has traveled many times in the area and published several great reports, and a few months later by Rob Lavinsky as well, but I have recently (as of 2019) seen other similar pieces that had been offered for sale by Dave Bunk, John Betts, Luís Burillo, Anton Watzl, GeoKrazy, Khyber Minerals, Herb Obodda, IC Minerals, Well Arranged Molecules, Gem Hunters, etc, unfortunately many of them with either an imprecise or a wrong locality. Specimens from this deposit have been in a number of prominent collections, such as Joan Massagué's, Bill & Carol Smith's, and others. However, the first pieces to be marketed were labeled ambiguously by some as coming from "Gharmung Area, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan", a practice not uncommon with new localities, but thanks to the track that goes to Dudley Blauwet the exact locality was eventually determined with more precision near the village of Pari, which is currently in the Kharmang Valley, in the District of Kharmang, administratively split from the Ghanche District several years ago.

A photo of an unambiguous label pointing to the locality of Pari, produced by Blauwet's business, is available at You may also want to see the map above on this page.

Bill Smith, a collector expert on minerals of Pakistan that wrote some articles for The Mineralogical Record, very well connected with Dudley, owned two specimens of such scheelite labeled as coming from Pari (also spelled by some as Paari or Bari), near Khapalu, Ghanche District.

Indeed, Mindat has already an entry for Karman, linked to the Ghanche District (although Kharmang has been recently become a District itself), so I guess Gharmung and Karman pages should be unified for being different spellings of the Balti language toponym Kharmang and producing very similar specimens of scheelite. I think one of them is redundant. Pari is the locality registered for two specimens of this kind in the Bill & Carol Smith collection, totally (or partially) being dispersed by Dave Bunk, and also in the Online Mineral Museum by John Betts (please see external links below). Its geographical position has been found just in the Kharmang Valley by using Google Maps and Google Earth, and can be seen in the map at (close to the lower right corner).

So all the photos of scheelite with quartz posted at Mindat with the localities named "Gharmung area, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan" and "Karman, Ganache District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan" should be moved to "Pari, Kharmang District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan".

The position of the village of Pari is 35° 1' 8" North, 76° 7' 47" East, or 35.019,76.130 (decimal).

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

2 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: SiO2
Reference: Carles Millan
Formula: Ca(WO4)
Reference: Carles Millan

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si

List of minerals for each chemical element

O ScheeliteCa(WO4)
O QuartzSiO2
Si QuartzSiO2
Ca ScheeliteCa(WO4)
W ScheeliteCa(WO4)

External Links - A typical specimen from Pari - Useful map of the main sites at Gilgit-Baltistan, Pari included - Screenshot showing the surroundings of the village of Pari in the Kharmang Valley,76.130 - Location of Pari in Google Maps - Map showing the location of Pari relative to Khaplu and Skardu

Other Regions, Features and Areas containg this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate

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