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Shimshal Village (Gilgit Baltistan)

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.

From Passu at Karakorum Highway, jeep road turns right to access shimshal village. It has number of lush green meadows, where you can see yaks, goats, and sheep. While travelling toward Shimshal, you can get a beautiful veiw of Odver Sar, also called Shimshal Whitehorn.

Shimshal is one of the major attraction for tourists in the Gilgit-Baltistan. Distaghil Sar which is 7,885 meters high, is the highest mountain in Shimshal valley. Gigantic glaciers such as Malangudhi and Khurdopin give most fascinating views to tourists.

Shimshal is very beautiful village with number of snow capped peaks in the surrounding. One of those highest peak in area is the Shimshal Pamir, attracts number of tourists Pakistanis as well as foreigners.

Shimshal Pass above the Shimshal village, that leads to the valley of the Shimshal Braldu River. There is an annual festival at Shimshal Pass in the last week of July or beginning of August. Yak race, dancing and signing are common events in that festival.

Shimshal is famous for Mountaineers

Shimshal is famous for mountaineers and tour guides. More than twenty well known mountaineers from the Shimshal valley. It is also known as the Valley of Mountaineers. Rajab Shah and Aminullah Baig are most famous and also climbed all five peaks having more than eight thousand meters in Pakistan. Samina Baig, the first woman climber who conquered Mt. Everest, also belongs to Shimshal valley.

Shimshal Map

Shimshal Photo Gallery

  • Moving toward Shimshal Village

    Shimshal valley is famous for its gigantic glaciers. Moving toward shimshal village, tourists have to cross different glaciers, so it becomes difficult to travel without four wheels.