Attabad Lake (Gilgit Baltistan)
Attabad Lake, also known as Gojal Lake, is located in Gojal valley in Gilgit Baltistan at the distance of 122 km from Gilgit main city on Karakoram Highway. It was created accidentally in January 2010 by a massive landslide in Attabad village.
After the destruction of Karakoram Highway, a 24 km portion of Karakoram Highway including 7km long five tunnels is a world-class masterpiece in the mountain crossing trek.
Its bluish-green water surrounded by brown color hills is very attractive and splendid. Crossing the lake before the new construction of the tunnel was one the best adventure of one's life.
About Gojal Upper Hunza
Gojal is the largest city in Baltistan next to Hunza, having a border with China and Afghanistan. It connects with China through the Khunjerab Pass and with Afghanistan through the Chapursan Valley. Gojal, also known as Upper Hunza, is the highest mountains area in the Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, at an average elevation of 4,000 meters.
Gojal is the largest district of the Gilgit-Baltistan and its the homeland of highest mountain valleys and hills. Shimshal valley is the largest and highest valley in the region, at the altitude of 10,170 feet above the sea level. Shimshal is the most favorite place for tourists. Distaghil Sar in the Karakorum Range, the seventh highest mountain in Pakistan, is the highest hill in the Shimshal Valley. Other prominent hills in the Shimshal Valley are Kunjut Sar, Trivor, Pumari Chhish, and Yukshin Gardan Sar. It is also known as the Valley of Mountaineers.
Gulmit is another most important tourist spot in the Upper Hunza at the altitude of 7,900 feet above the sea level. It has number of facilities like hotels and shops for tourists. There are number of beautiful lakes in the Gulmit valley.
Passu is situated on the Karakorum Highway in the Karakoram Range. It is the most dangerous place due landsliding and flood in rivers. It is also known the most ancient village in the region. Two gigantic glaciers, Batura and Passu Glacier, are also located in Passu. Batura Glacier, 56 km long, is the third longest glacier of Pakistan. Passu Cones, the most beautiful range of mountains, are also located in Passu. A magnificient and beautiful view of Passu Cones is clearly visible from the Karakoram Highway.
Shishkat is a beautiful place in the Gojal district that attracts number of tourists. Attabad Lake is also located in the Shishkat that is formed accidentally in 2010 due to massive landslide in the Hunza River.
Sost, the village on the Pakistan - China Border, is an important town in the Gojal. The importance of this town is due to the dry port which is the main hub of trade between China and Pakistan. The highest Khunjerab Pass, a gateway to China, is also located there. The Khunjerab Pass has its international importance, as it is a trade gateway between Pakistan and China.
The Karakoram Highway is the most wonderful adventure while traveling toward Khunjerab Pass from Hunza. One can see number of beautiful and attractive peaks and scenic valleys while traveling among the highest peaks in the Karakoram Range. One can also enjoyed the scenic views of the Hunza River that is fed by number of small rivers and streams in the region. Then finally, it merges with the Gilgit River in Gilgit.
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Beautiful View of Boat in Attabad Lake
Boats are still in operation to cross the Attabad Lake to access other part of the valley. These colorful boats give fantastic view within the deep blue color waters of Attabad Lake.
Attabad Lake outcome of a Disaster
Attabad Lake is real wonder in the Hunza Valley near Attabad village which was an outcome of a disaster in Attabad by blockage of the Hunza River by landsliding in the nearby mountains. That blockage became as lake in the area and now called as Attabad Lake.
Colorful Flowers around Attabad Lake
Hunza valley is lush green valley with full of colorful flowers everywhere. A beautiful view of Attabad Lake with colorful flowers can be the main attraction on some spots of lake.
Travel through Boats in Attabad Lake
Boats can be used to travel from one side of Attabad lake to other side by locals, as it is the only alternative to move other side of lake except Karakoram Highway Tunnel.
Rain near Attaabad Lake
Attaabad Lake in High Mountains
Broader View of Attaabad Lake
Attaabad Lake a gift from disaster
This beautiful lake at Attaabad is a gift from God, after a natural disater.
Beautiful View of Atta Abad Lake