Gojal Upper Hunza (Gilgit Baltistan)
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.
Gojal Upper Hunza is famous for Valley of MountaineersGojal, Upper Hunza, is famous for the number of mountaineers in the Shimshal Valley.
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Tour places in Gojal Upper Hunza
Altit Fort, a historical landmark almost 1100 years old, is located on a big rock in Altit town in the Hunza valley, Gilgit-Baltistan at a distance of 5 km from Hunza Valley on the bank of the Hunza River. It was the old residency of Rulers of Hunza before Baltit Fort and it is also considered as the oldest building in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Tourism in Altit Fort
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.
Tourism in Attabad Lake
Baltit Fort is situated on Old Fort Road in Karamiabad, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan just at the distance of one kilometre on a big rock. It was constructed in 17th century for the daughter of the balti ruler on the top of hill. Fort is presenting in Balti-style with balconies, windows, fireplaces, etc. Tourists can have beautiful scenery view of the fort with broader view of background mountain ranges.
Tourism in Baltit Fort
Duikar is the highest village at the altitude of 10,000 feet in Hunza valley and is located at the distance of 11 km from Karimabad. It is a very interesting point to visit due to its height and you will get a broader view of high mountain peaks in front of you. The most common peaks such as Rakaposhi, Lady Finger, Ultar, Golden peak, etc. can be viewed at this spot.
Tourism in Duikar
Gulmit, a historical town, is located in mountains, peaks, and glaciers in Gojal Upper Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan at the distance of 140 km from Gilgit on Karakoram Highway on the bank of the Hunza River.
Tourism in Gulmit
Hunza, a mountainous valley in Gilgit Baltistan, is situated at a distance of 98 km from Gilgit city. There are several high peaks above 20,000 feet in Hunza Valley and provides a splendid view of many high mountains such Rakaposhi (25,551 ft), Bojahagur Duanasir II (24,045 ft), Ghenta Sar (19, 980 ft), and Hunza Peak (20, 571 ft).
Tourism in Hunza
Hunza Peak is located in Karakoram Range on the right side of Ladyfinger Peak, on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar massif in Batura Muztagh, at an altitude of 20,570 feet. Ladyfinger, Bublimating Peak, is a distinctive rock spire and snowless peak at this height of 20,000 feet. Both can also be seen from Altit fort within a beautiful landscape of Hunza valley.
Tourism in Hunza Peak
Khunjerab Pass is a gateway between Pakistan and China, at an elevation of 15,397 feet in the Karakoram Range in Nagar, Gilgit. It is the highest border crossing in the World and is located at a distance of 270km from Gilgit main city.
Tourism in Khunjerab Pass
Passu is a small village located on the Hunza River at the distance of 150 km from Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway next to Gulmit in Gojal on the edge of the Passue Glacier and the Batura Glasier. Passu Cathedral, also known as Passu Cones, at an altitude of 20,033 feet, provides very attractive view for tourists from the Karakoram Highway. The Cathedral Ridge has beautiful view just from the Karakoram Highway near Passu village.
Tourism in Passu
Passu Cathedral, also known as the Tupopdan Peaks or Passu Cones, is located at the altitude of 20,033 feet in Passu village on Karakoram Highway near the Hunza River. It is the most beautiful picturesque peak in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is worth staying here to get the beauty of this town in the high mountains before moving toward the Khunjerab Pass.
Tourism in Passu Cathedral
Shimshal is a largest village located in Hunza district in Gilgit-Baltistan on Pakistan China Border. It is the highest settlement in the Hunza district at the altitude of 10,170 feet above the sea level, and located at 210 KM from Gilgit City. Shimshal valley is scattered around the Shimshal River that is a tributary of the Hunza River.
Tourism in Shimshal
Sost is the last town in Gojal, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan at the distance of 184 km from main Gilgit city on Karakoram Highway before China Border at Khunjerab Pass. It is the last town inside Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway before the Chinese border. Thi is the small market and Dry Port for the carge coming from China, so custom departments and immiration offices are also located in this town. In winter due to heavy snow, border crossing between China and Pakistan through Khunjerab Pass remains block.
Tourism in Sost
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Due to disaster in Attabad, Karakoram Highway had damaged totally by landsliding and blocking of the Hunza River and resulting in Attabad Lake accidently. At that time, boats were used to cross the Hunza River through Attabad Lake. By the support of China, a new tunnel has been constructed here to rejoin the broken part of Karakoram Highway.
Tunnel on KKH near Hunza
Beautiful Waterfall in Hunza