("white mountain") is a range of mountains on the Pakistan
border, up to 15,620 ft (4,761 m) above sea-level
at Mount Sikaram
, straight and rigid, towering above all surrounding hills, it is near the Kabul River
. A spur of the range is crossed by the Khyber Pass
. The lower slopes are nearly barren; pine and deodar formerly grew on the main range, but devastation during the Afghan civil war
reduced timber resources. The valleys support some agriculture.