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Hunza Valley (Gilgit Baltistan)

 

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).

Hunza valley has a number of important and popular tourist places such as Larimabad, Baltit Fort, and Altit Fort.

The climate of Hunza is cold, in winter, heavy snow blocks every access to the valley whereas summer is cool and pleasant and attracts tourists in this area.

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.

Hunza Map

Tour places in Hunza

  • Borith Lake

    Borith Lake is located in Borith village at an altitude of 8,500 feet, near Husseini village in Gulmit, Gojal in Gilgit Baltistan on Karakorum Highway. The lake is accessible via 2 km jeep route from Husseini village adjacent to Ghulkin village. Alternatively it can be accessed within 2-3 hour trekking route directly from Ghuylkin at the end of the Ghulkin glacier. Lake is home land of differnt type of birds, so tourists can enjoy natural views of those birds in the lake.
    Tourism in Borith Lake

  • Karimabad

    Karimabad, also known as Baltit, is the capital of Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, located at the distance of 100 km from Gilgit main city on the west bank of the Hunza River. It is the best tourist spot in Pakistan especially Baltiti Fort and Karimabad village are the main attraction of this area. Karimabad town, located on the west bank of the Hunza River, the landscape of Karimabad is made up of huge steep sloping terraces.
    Tourism in Karimabad

  • Rakaposhi

    Rakaposhi, also known as Dumani, is situated in the Karakoram Range and is located in the center of Nagar Valley. It is the 12th highest peak in Pakistan at an elevation of 25,551 feet. It gives an exceptional view from the Hunza valley and the Karakorum Highway. It is also a place of different endangered species such as snow leopard, brown bear, and Marco Polo sheep, etc. It is clearly visible from Karakoram Highway and its viewpoint on Karakoram Highway, is located in the town of Ghulmat in Nagar Valley.
    Tourism in Rakaposhi

Hunza Photo Gallery

  • Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort

    The beautiful lush green valley of Hunza, is situated on the Hunza River. The eye catching view of Hunza Valley can be seen from the Baltit Fort, which is the residency of Royal family.


  • Karakoram Highway in Hunza

    Hunza valley is the most beautiful valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan and attracts thousands of tourists from all over Pakistan and other countries. Karakoram Highway crosses in the center of the vally and gives memorable views while traveling through KKH.


  • Grapevine Orchards in Hunza

    Hunza is a lush green valley with different fruit orchards, fields and trees. These fruit orchards are famous for best quality of grapes, apricot, cherry, etc.


  • Cool view of Hunza Valley

    The surrounding mountains of Hunza, are normally covered with dense fog and clouds in the morning and give beautiful view of white straps over brown mountains.


  • Hunza Valley

    Hunza valley is lush green valley on the Hunza River with pleasant weather. Valley is covered with high mountains and has a beautiful view of Rakaposhi Peak top in clear weather. Its surrounding mountains are normally covered with fog in the morning. There are number of orchards, forms, and fields in Hunza valley, where export quality fruits can be grown.


  • Fog covers Mountains

    In foggy days in Hunza, you can see dense clouds and fogs cover the mountains around the valley. Fog just wraps the mountains and gives an attractive white straps around the brown color mountains.


  • Rakaposhi Peak behind Fog

    Mt. Rakaposhi peak top is visible all of the locatins of Hunza. During fog days, fog and clouds cover the mountain around the Hunza, so hidden view of Rakaposhi peak can be seen.


  • Beautiful View Hunza

    Hunza is a beautiful hill station on Karakoram Highway within the high mountains, with lush green landscape along the Hunza River in Gilgit-Baltistan.


  • Hussain Bridge Dangerous Bride of the World

    Hussaini hanging bridge is one of the most dangerous bridge in the world, in the village of Hussaini to cross the Hunza River, also known as Borit Lake. It connect Hussaini village with Zarabad hamlet with a shortest route, otherwise a long walk along the lake, is used to access the destination. It is located at 45 km from Hunza.