What's the meaning of "advanced through the passes" in the following sentence?

On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through the passes, and was already deep in the enemy's country.

It's from the A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I couldn’t find any answer yet. I hope, you could help.

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It is literal. A "pass" is a gap between two summits in the mountains.

The corps (a group of soldiers) has advanced (gone forward) [from Bombay to Kandahar] through a mountainous region, probably Northern Balochistan.

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