Pakistan Travel and Tourism Guide

 

The Natural  Beauty In Pakistan Knows No Boundaries.

This country is packed with places that are soothing to the soul, brimming with glorious mountains, to the thundering waterfalls and rich backwoods. Every feature possesses extraordinary sentiments of supremacy that cannot be delineated through any photography yet still win the hearts of many. Mother Nature has blessed this country with some glorious and jaw-dropping views of lakes and rivers which will make you fall in love with this piece of land. Pakistan has got it all!

Terrorism, corruption, sectarianism, load shedding, inflation, and extremism are the only issues that are depicted by the media and daily papers. Amidst all this chaos they have forgotten the most excellent places to visit in Pakistan. The people of Pakistan undoubtedly acclaim the fertile green valleys, delightful lakes, beautiful feral life and mountains as high as you can imagine.

Tourism is a big industry in the northern areas and Kashmir regions of Pakistan. Tourists belong to every part of the world travel to this country to get enthralled by the spectacular and rare tourist destinations. There are numerous campgrounds where the traveler appreciates photography and climbing outdoors. Among the standout spots in the world let us show you five mind-blowing tourist spots you must visit to capture the astounding natural beauty in Pakistan.

 

1.   Dudipatsar Lake

Dudipatsar Lake

“Dudi” means white while “Sar” means lake so this is where the lake got its name. The color of the snow covering the surrounding peaks gives a white reflection on the surface of the lake that seems as if the lake is brimming with milk. The location of this lake is near Lulusar Dudipastar National Park which is situated in the extreme north side of Kaghan Valley. This striking bluish green lake is located at the high altitudes due to which its water is freezing cold.

 

2.   Hunza Valley

Hunza

Gilgit district has this precipitous valley namely Hunza which is another startling place of Pakistan. Voyagers love this valley and consistently capture the eye-catching picturesque perspectives of this valley. Numerous significant spots are present in the renowned Hunza Valley that is famous for their splendid scenery.

 

3.   Katas Raj

Katas Raj

This is a temple which is situated in the Chakwal district of Punjab within a village namely Katas. Surrounded by clear blue water and remains of Buddhist Stupa, Katas Raj is a legacy that belongs to Hindu community and is among the seven ancient temples known as Satghara.

 

4.   Neelum Valley

Neelum Valley

Messy mountains, lakes, streams, springs and lavish green spots that can allure any traveler, sums up the beauty of Neelum Valley. It is a standout among the list of some glorious and eye-catching resorts in the world. The most acclaimed are Ratti Galli, Athmuqam, Karen, Noori top, Baboon, Neelum, Kutton Jagran, Sharda Fort, Arrang Kel, Taobut, Halmet, Surgon and many more.

 

5.   Ghizer River

Ghizer River

The gateway to central Asia is a small river, long in length yet small in width which is surrounded by Ghizer Valley is known as Ghizer River. It is a tributary of the Indus River that is situated in the Northern regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. Another name of this enchanting river is River Gilgit that attracts lots of tourists around the world.

 

Must-Have Gears for Tourist Photographer

A traveling photographer must have a standardized set of gears other than journey essentials in their bag. Few of the accessories and gears are highly necessary without which you cannot leave your home while others can serve to be useful in specific situations. Here I have the list of top-must to go gears for photographers who wish to capture the natural beauty of Pakistan in their camera lenses.

Camera

A mirrorless and lightweight DSLR camera are preferable to take on your trips that do not carry much of a weight on your shoulders. Few of the cameras that fall under this category are Nikon D5600 and Nikon D750 for landscapes. As a traveler has to carry lots of other weight that is a why a lightweight camera that takes less space is the best journey partner.

 

Lenses

The types and number of lenses that you want to take with you greatly depend on what you are planning to shoot. For Nikon lovers, your choice of frame can be 14-24mm F/2.8G to ultra-wide 24-120mm f/4G. The lightweight lenses available at BNW Collections mostly cover all your travel photography needs.

 

Camera Charger and Spare Camera Batteries

Always take 3-5 camera batteries plus the charger while traveling to spectacular tourists spots in different parts of Pakistan. Get authentic ones here.

 

LED Flash Light

Another must-have item in your travel bag is LED flashlight. It must not be heavy or large rather compact and powerful. You can even use a rechargeable one that comes cheap and works wonders. Here’s your way to pick one, shop here!

 

Travel Tripod

BNW Collections’ Travel tripod is another perfect travel companion for a photographer that should be small and super light to carry. Always check your tripod at the time of buying because the biggest issue with them is the shaky legs that happen while putting a heavier load.

 

Travel Camera Backpack

If you are shooting in local location then a shoulder bag is convenient however if you are traveling on longer routes then travel camera backpack is a must. This is because a shoulder bag is unable to accommodate lots of gear and secondly if you get it all loaded up with essentials, then it will be too heavy to carry on a single shoulder. It is best to carry a lightweight backpack for Photographer geeks.

 

Lens Cleaner and Microfiber Cloth

A good quality liquid solution for lens/filter cleaning and microfiber cloth is a must for proper cleansing of filters and lenses. Every time you travel make sure you have placed lens spray in a plastic container especially landing or flying from airports. Grab your cleaning accessories from BnW Collections must-haves.

 

USB Port Charger

Long tours necessities a USB Port charger in your traveling bag. The size of the charger is crucial yet more power is also required to charge pretty much anything. Most of the batteries come with a respectable one year warranty and have built-in protection from excessive overcharging and overheating.

 

If your traveling bag consists of all above-mentioned photography supplies then you are all set to go on a long trip to capture Pakistan’s stunning landscapes and charming sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Naltar Valley

Naltar Valley – The Land of Fairies.

Naltar Valley is situated in the north-west of Gilgit-Baltistan the 5th province of Pakistan (The Doorway of the World) and (The Township of the mountains). It is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit city across the nomal valley and its evolution is about 4,678 m (15,348 ft.).Naltar valley is well known for its beauty and it’s hi lakes. It is the most visiting area for the travelers across silk road, KKH( Karakorum highway) and now CEPC(China Pakistan economic corridor). People said it is the true paradise. That’s why every year more than fifty thousand visitors came to see its beauty and enjoy their summer holidays season. While in the winter season the national skating championship held on the 1st January to end of February every year.

Short History Of Naltar Valley

It is being said through the ancient history Naltar valley is the very first discovered village and birthplace of Gilgit. The ancient people of Gilgit were hunters and Shepherds They lived in Wild areas they used meat and Butter as only food to survive. As the time reviled the people were developed and migrate toward the cities they learnt everything about the world until the day that they got there identity.  The Naltar valley is famous for many reasons but few reasons I covered are below.

1 Snow capped Mountains

naltar mountains

Both summer and winter the mountains of Naltar Valley is covered with snow.There are two peaks in Naltar Valley.Maharbani Peak or Palo Peak and the hight of this peak is about 5,639 m. This mountain range connected with Karakoram Rang. Shani Peak is a mountain in the south of Naltar. It lies in the west of Snow Dome and in the northwest of Mehrbani Peak. To its east flows the Shani Glacier towards Naltar Valley and the hight of this peak is about 5,029 m this Peak is also known as Khaltar Peak.

2 The valley when summer is in full bloom.

naltar valley in summer

Naltar Valley starts blooms at the end of March after a removed covered snow.the main attraction of Naltar Valley has caved Greenery and caved forest which is completely covered by Mountains.and the r flow from North to south at the center of the greenery.It’s also one of the main attraction points

3 Naltar Lakes

Naltar Lakes

Naltar Valley is full of surprises. There are three Beautiful lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar lakes. Rainbow lake (Fish Lake)Lake at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m.Rainbow Lake is located at a distance of 12 kilometers (08 mi) from Upper Naltar (or the Naltar Bala) the road condition is not good from Naltar Bala to rainbow lake.The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winter it’s almost impossible to reach these lakes with any vehicles due to heavy snow.2nd one is Blue star lake the distance from Rainbow Lake to blue star lake is Approximately 1 Km North of Rainbow Lake.The quality of this lake is that its color is completely blue and the depth is very deep.The 3rd lake is also known as Bodroko Lake mean dusty black lake.Badroko lake is located at distance 0f 15Km from Naltar Bala and it is situated at the top of Kottay. Kottay is a name of a place which is covered with mountains.

4 The beautiful culture and people of Naltar Valley

people of Naltar Valley

Naltar is a rich culture and unique history. in Naltar there are two villages Naltar Pain and Naltar Bala and two ethnic groups speaking different languages Includes Shina and Gujjri.the current literacy rate of Naltar is 94%, compared with 45% in Pakistan in Naltar primary school enrolment is 100% for boys and 89% for girls.

5 Longest Chairlift in Gilgit Baltistan

Naltar chair lift

Naltar Valley is a home of all skiing activity in Pakistan.People can not afford skiing equipment because of its too much expensive. The ski chairlift has been installed in 2016 length 1.5 km its open now for Public too.

6 Peace

forest

Naltar valley is a such a peaceful Valley, The people of Naltar are friendly, loving and caring and the people of Naltar warmly welcome to a visitor.Because of Beauty Government of Gilgit Baltistan and Army are also engage issues of Naltar.

7: Climate

Naltar Climate

The climate in Naltar Valley is moderate during summers. The temperature in July-August reaches a maximum of 22 °C . If you are looking for a much temperate summer climate during your holidays, spend more time in Naltar Bala or lakes area because it remains much cooler even in summers.

8 Naltar Hydropower Projects

Naltar Hydropower Projects

Recently Government has constructed an 18 MW hydropower plant, Naltar Hydropower Plant-IV (operational since October 2007), near Naltar Pine, in addition to two smaller hydel power generating plants (Naltar I, II of 2.28 MW combined) already there, to fulfill the power requirement of the area as well as Gilgit. Naltar-III and Naltar-V Hydropower Projects of 16 MW and 14MW generation capacity respectively are under construction.

09 Wild Life

wild

If you want to see some of the very rare wild animals, you can find them in the Naltar Valley. The Lovely  Park is famous for harboring markhor and snow leopard are exist in Naltar Lovely Park.Park is situated beside ski slope under wildlife department.

10 International Ski slope

Naltar skiing

the resort is located, 40 kilometers northwest of Gilgit. It also serves as the main facility for the Ski Federation of Pakistan. It also hosted the 2016 Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup. Naltar is the oldest ski resort in Pakistan, however, is relatively less known and less developed than Malam Jabba ski resort. The major obstacle to Naltar’s development has been the dilapidated condition of the road leading from Gilgit to Naltar.

Rohtas Fort – The Unknown Adventure of Pakistan

Rohtas Fort – The Unknown Adventure of Pakistan

 

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Rohtas Fort is a 16th-century fortress located near the city of Jhelum in the Pakistani province of Punjab. The fortress was built during the reign of the Pashtun king Sher Shah Suri between 1541 to 1548. The fort lies eight kilometers south of the Grand Trunk Road. It is approximately 16 km Northwest of Jhelum and is near the city of Dina. It is Sher Shah Suri Bridge on Kahan Seasonal River but I’m on Maloot Bridge Jhelum P D Khan Road 4 km South. It is the Rohtas road from Jhelum Cantt but till Maloot Bridge because of No road in the Kahaan River. It is an adventurous trip.

Reason to build the Rohtas fort. in order to help subdue the rebellious tribes of the Potohar region of northern Punjab that were loyal to the Mughal crown. The fort is one of the largest and most formidable in the subcontinent. Rohtas Fort was never captured by force and has survived unusually intact.

The fort is known for its large self-protective walls and several monumental gateways. Rohtas Fort was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 for being an “exceptional example of the Muslim military architecture of central and South Asia.

You may also Like to Read About Hunza Valley

 

Gates Of Rohtas Fort

gates of rohtas fort

Rohtas Fort covers an area of 70 hectares, enclosed by 4 kilometers of walls that were bolstered by 68 bastion towers, and 12 gates. The fort roughly forms an irregularly shaped triangle and follows the contours of the hill it was constructed on. The northwest corner of the fort is walled off from the rest of the fort by a 533-meter long wall. The enclosed section served as a fortress for bests and was more heavily guarded. The enclosed section is a site of much of the fort’s most notable remains. The fort’s Langar Khani gate opens into the fortress but is actually a trap that is in the direct line of fire from the fort’s supports.

The large fort could hold a force of up to 30,000 men. The northwest corner of the fort is walled off from the rest of the fort by a 533-meter long wall. The enclosed section served as a citadel for elites. Due to its location, massive walls, trap gates and 3 bales (stepped wells), it could withstand a major siege – although it was never actually besieged. There are no palaces in the Fort except for the Raja Man Singh Haveli, which is built on the highest point of the citadel.

Famous Gates in the fort are Sohail, Shah Chandwali, Kabuli, Shishi, Langar Khani, Talaqi, Mori or Kashmiri, Khwas Khani, Gatali, Tulla Mori, Pippli and Sar gate. Other places are the Royal mosque, Stepwells, Central baoli, Royal baoli and Sar baoli Rani Mahal and Raja Man Singh Haveli.

The fort was never popular with the Mughals because of its military character. Emperor Akbar stayed here for a single night. Emperor Jahangir rested here for a single night while going to Kashmir for a rest. He said the following about its location”

This fort was founded in a cleft and the strength of it cannot be imagined Emperor Jahangir again stayed here when he was being forced to go to Kabul by Mahabat Khan. Nur Jahan, his beautiful and ingenious wife obtained troops from Lahore and ordered Mahabat Khan to release her husband. Emperor Jahangir then proceeded to Rohtas and held his court here for a while. Then he went on to Kashmir and back to Lahore to die.

The later Mughals seem to have made no use of the fort. The reason is that they were allies of the Gakhars and consequently needed no troops to maintain their hold over this area.

 

The Karakoram Mountain Ranges

The Karakoram Mountain Ranges

mountain ranges of karakoram

The Karakoram, or the Karakoram, is a large mountain range spanning the borders between Pakistan, India, and China, located in the regions of Gilgit–Baltistan, Ladakh, and Xinjiang region. It is one of the Greater Ranges of Asia and is considered to be a subrange of the Himalayas.

The Karakoram is home to the highest concentration of peaks over 8000m in height to be found anywhere on earth, including K2, the second highest peak in the world 8,611 m. The range is about 500 km in length and is the most heavily glaciated part of the world outside the Polar Regions.

The Siachen Glacier at 70 kilometers and the Biafo Glacier at 63 kilometers rank as the world’s second and third longest glaciers outside the Polar Regions. Some of the debris-covered Karakoram glaciers are found to be expanding but other ones are retreating. About 28-50% of the mountains are glaciated.

The Karakoram is bounded on the northeast by the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, and on the north by the Pamir Mountains. The southern boundary of the Karakoram is formed, west to east, by the Gilgit, Indus, and Shyok Rivers, which separate the range from the northwestern end of the Himalaya range proper as these rivers converge southwestward towards the plains of Pakistan.

The Tashkurghan National Nature Reserve and the Pamir Wetlands National Nature Reserve in the Karakorum and Pamir mountains have been nominated for inclusion in UNESCO in 2010 by the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO and has tentatively been added to the list.

Name the Karakoram is a Turkic term meaning black gravel. The name was first applied by local traders to the Karakoram Pass. Early European travelers, including William Moorcroft and George Hayward, started using the term for the range of mountains west of the pass, although they also used the term Muztagh for the range now known as the Karakoram. Later terminology was influenced by the Survey of India, whose surveyor Thomas Montgomerie in the 1850s gave the labels K1 to K6 to six high mountains visible from his station at Mount Haramukh in Kashmir.

Exploration of the Karakorom Ranges

Due to its altitude and ruggedness, the Karakoram is much less inhabited than parts of the Himalayas further east. European explorers first visited early in the 19th century, followed by British surveyors starting in 1856. The Muztagh Pass was crossed in 1887 by the expedition of Colonel Francis Younghusband and the valleys above the Hunza River were explored by General Sir George K. Cockerill in 1892. Explorations in the 1910s and 1920s established most of the geography of the region.

The name Karakoram was used in the early 20th century, for example by Kenneth Mason, for the range now known as the Baltoro Muztagh. The term is now used to refer to the entire range from the Batura Muztagh above Humza in the west to the Saser Muztagh in the bend of the Shyok River in the east.

Karakoram Geology and Glaciers karakorom glaciars

The Karakoram is in one of the world’s most geologically active areas, at the boundary between two colliding continents. A significant part, 28-50% of the Karakoram Range is glaciated, compared to the Himalaya and Alps. Mountain glaciers may serve as an indicator of climate change, advancing and receding with long-term changes in temperature and precipitation. Karakoram glaciers are mostly stagnating or enlarging, because, unlike in the Himalayas, many Karakoram glaciers are covered in a layer of rubble which insulates the ice from the warmth of the sun. Where there is no such insulation, the rate of retreat is high.

The Karakoram during the Ice Age In the last ice age, a connected series of glaciers stretched from western Tibet to Nanga Parbat, and from the Tarim basin to the Gilgit District. To the south, the Indus glacier was the main valley glacier, which flowed 120 kilometers down from Nanga Parbat massif to 870 meters elevation. In the north, the Karakoram glaciers joined those from the Kunlun Mountains and flowed down to 2,000 meters in the Tarim basin.

While the current valley glaciers in the Karakorum reach a maximum length of 76 kilometers, several of the ice-age valley glacier branches and main valley glaciers had lengths up to 700 kilometers. During the Ice age, the glacier snowline was about 1,300 meters lower than today.

Karakoram Highest peaks

The notable peaks of the Karakoram are:

K2 — 8,611 meters, Gasherbrum I — 8,080 meters,

k2

 

Broad Peak — 8,051 metres ,

broad Peak

Gasherbrum II — 8,035 metres ,

Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum III — 7,952 metres ,

Gasherbrum III

 

Gasherbrum IV — 7,925 metres ,

Gasherbrum IV

Rakaposhi Peak — 7,788 metres,

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Distaghil Sar — 7,885 metres

Kunyang Chhish — 7,852 metres,

Masherbrum I — 7,821 metres,

Batura I — 7,795 metres,

Batura II — 7,762 metres,

Kanjut Sar — 7,760 metres,

Saltoro Kangri — 7,742 metres,

Batura III — 7,729 metres,

Saser Kangri — 7,672 metres,

Chogolisa — 7,665 metres,

Haramosh Peak — 7,397 metres,

Momhil Sar — 7,343 metres,

Baintha Brakk — 7,285 metres,

Muztagh Tower — 7,273 metres.

The majority of the highest peaks are in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Baltistan has more than 100 mountain peaks exceeding 6,100 metres height from sea level.

K-names, K1: Masherbrum, K2, K3: Broad Peak, K4: Gasherbrum II, K5: Gasherbrum I, K6: Baltistan Peak, K7: 6,934 m peak near Charakusa Valley, K9: approx. 7,000 m peak near Trango Towers, K10: Saltoro Kangri I, K11: Saltoro Kangri II, K12: subsidiary peak of Saltoro Kangri, K22: Saser Kangri I Subranges

The naming and division of the various subranges of the Karakoram are not universally agreed upon. However, the following is a list of the most important subranges, following Jerzy Wala. The ranges are listed roughly west to east.

Batura Muztagh, Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains, Spantik-Sosbun Mountains, Hispar Muztagh, South Ghujerab Mountains, Panmah Muztagh, West Mountains, Masherbrum Mountains, Baltoro Muztagh, Saltoro Mountains, Siachen Muztagh, Rimo Muztagh, Saser Muztagh, Passes From west to east Kilik Pass, Mintaka Pass, Khunjerab Pass), Shimshal Pass, Mustagh Pass, Karakoram Pass, Sasser Pass

The Khunjerab Pass is the only motorable pass across the range. The Shimshal Pass is the only other pass still in regular use. Cultural references

The Karakoram mountain range has been referred to in a number of novels and movies. Rudyard Kipling refers to the Karakorum mountain range in his novel Kim, which was first published in 1900. Marcel Ichac made a film titled the Karakoram, chronicling a French expedition to the range in 1936. The film won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival of 1937. Greg Mortenson details the Karakoram, and specifically K2 and the Balti, extensively in his book Three Cups of Tea, about his quest to build schools for children in the region. In the Gatchaman TV series, the Karakoram range houses Galactor’s headquarters.

 

 

Heaven on Earth – The Nagar Valley

Heaven on Earth – The Nagar Valley

Nagar Valley is the prime attraction for tourists with spectacular sceneries of the surrounding mountains. A view of four 7,000 m high peaks, i.e., Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden, and Ultra, from various points of Hunza makes it unique. The valley is known for its delicious fruits, terraced fields, landmark monuments and also for its changing colors in various seasons. Burushaski and Wakhi are spoken languages of Hunza Nagar region but English and Urdu are widely used for communication with visitors. Nagar has been a state of equal status and importance as that of Hunza. Although the valley is spread in a vast region, however, the main village of Nagar is just opposite to Karimabad, across the Hunza River. Bar, Jaffarabad, Husanabad, Sikandarabad, Nilt, and Ghulmit are the major village in Nagar.

RakaPoshi Peak

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Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi-autonomous Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest. Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey, members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route. Both of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent to the summit on June 25. Another climber slipped and fell on the descent and died during the night.

The impressive ice walls of Rakaposhi 7788 m. Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi-autonomous Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest.

 

Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey, members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route.[3][4] Both of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent to the summit on June 25. Another climber slipped and fell on the descent and died during the night.

Hopper glacier

hoper glacier

Hopper Glacier is located in the US state of Montana. The glacier is situated east of Sky Pilot Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3,400 m) above sea level.

The Hopar Valley (Urdu: وادی ہوپر) is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley in northern Pakistan. It is about 10 km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. Hope Valley is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers.Hope Valley is a cluster of villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopar the white Bualtar is joined by the Barpu Glacier. This is a base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hispar Muztagh. The whole population of this valley is Burushaski speakers. Burushaski has always been a mystery for linguists. This valley has many natural resources and natural beauty but ignorance by the government and local politicians contributes to it not being realized for its potential.

 

Rush Lake Nagar Valley Pakistan Highest Lake 

rush lake

 

Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan near Rush Pari Peaka at an altitude of 4,694 meters. Rush is one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. It is located about 15 km (9 mi) north of Miar Peak and Spantik (Golden Peak), which are in the Nagar valley.

Rush Lake and Rush Peak can be reached via Nagar and Hopar and via the Hopar Glacier (Bualtar Glacier) and Miar Glacier, which rises from Miar and Phuparash peaks. The trek to Rush Lake provides spectacular views of Spantik, Malubiting, Miar Peak, Phuparash Peak and Ultar Sar.

In winters Rush lake’s water freeze. The whole area becomes white and gives spectacular views that are beyond in description. The trek to Rush Lake can be reached without the need for a long and difficult climb. The treks provide some of most amazing mountains views on earth. The trek to Rush Lake provides magnificent and wonderful views of Spantik, Malubiting, Miar Peak, Phuparash Peak and Ultar Sar. Crossing glaciers, meadows and terraced fields of Karakoram mountains comes Rush Lake. Rush Lake offers the beautiful view with crystal clear water, surrounded by lush green slopes full of wildflowers and peaks as high as 7000 meters.

Its a 7 day trip from Karimabad (Capital of Hunza Valley).

Day 01: Karimabad-Hopar: Drive from Karimabad to Hopar.

Day 02: Hopar-Shishkin: It is a hot walk so keep your water bottles full. First, you have to cross Hoper glacier, then continue track along the lateral moraine (a mass of rocks) for about an hour and arrive at Shiskin.

Day 03: Shiskin-Barpu Giram: Trek over a stony and hot gully leads to Barpu glacier, then crossing Barpu glacier is bit steep and takes almost an hour or two.

Day 04: Barpu Giram-Rush Lake: It is an easy zigzag path; at the top of this path one can have extensive views of high mountains like Lupghar, Momhil, , and Bullring.

Day 05: Rush Lake Rest Day: A free day at Rush Lake; one can climb Rush Peak. It is an easy walk for superb views of Hispar Gorge and a 360-degree panorama of Golden Peak, Miar, all of Hunza with Ultar and Passu Peak, all of Nagar and mountains to the north of Hispar.

Day 06: Trek Rush Lake/Gutens (3/4 hrs) Day 07: Trek Gutens/Hopar (4/5 hrs) Walk down to Hopar and later drive to Hunza by jeeps.

Nagar valley In Autumn Season

Nagar Valley in autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunza Valley is located in the extreme north of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), fortified by the giant mountain ranges of Karakoram, Himalayas, Hindu-kush and Pamirs through the Wakhan Corridor and further north neighbored by the heavenly mountains of Tianshan and Kunlunsun and historic city of Kashgar. The legendary land of Hunza is most majestically placed on the roof of the world. It falls on a junction of old silk route, now replaced by the KKH, Karakoram Highway, “8th wonder of the world” snaking into the People’s Republic of China through the Khunjerab Pass 4733M, between Oxus and Indus. It is no doubt the SHANGRI LA, Heaven on earth. Hunza Valley in Autumn season

 

Hunza had been an independent state till 1974, ruled by the king,” tham”. Known for its far crag mountains, glaciers, men made oasis and fairy lands and known for bravery, hard work, longevity, hospitality and distinct cultural heritage, the people of Hunza have kept their autonomy for centuries and championed the ideals of freedom, equality, and peace in the region. Attaabad Lake(Newly formed on KKH)

 

Tour of Hunza commences with the visit of famous Baltit Fort 800 years old that has been restored by the Aga Khan Cultural Services. Altit Fort 900 years old that is located on the top of ruby marble rock cliff. The architure is clear indication of the Tibetan influence. This fort was built by the craftsmen from Baltistan when the ruler of Hunza has married a princess of Baltistan who bought with her many Balti craftsmen as part of her dowery to construct this fort. Ganish Fort is also worth to see that has been also restored recently. In Gulmit Village there is a local museum in the local traditional house with the unique collection of Hunza history, maps, utensils, musical instruments, a stuffed snow leopard, gems etc on display. You may visit Rock carving at Donaydas that is called Hunza scared rocks and ruby mine. You can have boat safari at the newly formed lake (Attabad Lake) due to the huge landslide that blocked the Hunza River.Hunza Valley View of Diran peak

 

The ancient “Silk Road” was lying buried in the history, mystery legends in some of the unbelievably terrible tales of the past. It is, however, possible to travel on Silk Road and visit the legendary city of Kashgar-China via Karakorum Highway (KKH) and Khunjerab Pass. In the annals of history the Khunjerab Pass and admired for pastures Autumn Season In Hunza Valley Rakaposhi (7788m)rather than the passage.

 

Top 20 Reasons to visit Hunza valley

   1.Beauty of Hunza valley

Hunza valley is probably Pakistan’s most visited valley, by the tourists. It is a fairy tale land surrounded by beautiful rugged & snow-capped mountains. Only at a distance of 100 Kms. from Gilgit, Hunza is a small town on Karakorum Highway. At the altitude of 7000 – 800 feet it is the first main town or stops if you are entering Pakistan from China. Hunza valley has beautiful lakes, high mountains, and white glaciers.it provides a beautiful scene that entertains tourists. The view of Hunza valley in autumn season is very nice and in winter the sheet of white snow covers the whole valley.

hunza

     2. Peaceful Valley

Peace is the identity of Hunza people. The villagers are very friendly and eager to help. They will make you feel at home. That’s why Hunza is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Culture

   3. Hunza Culture

The popular festival is at the beginning of the Spring Blossoming season which gives the people an opportunity to get together and enjoy life. Exhibitions, sports programs, and cultural shows attract tourists. This festival is the cultural heritage of the region. The culture of this area comes out from social customs and as well as from religious practices on births, marriages, and deaths.

The main occasions celebrations are Novroz, Ginani, and Salgirahs, on these occasions delicious food traditional touch manufacture in the region, especially Sharbat and Harisa. The region is famous for mulberry and high-quality graphs, beyond these apricots, plums and cherry are other fruits. People grow maize, wheat, peas, and vegetables.

Hotels Facilities

   4. Hunza Hotels Facilities

Considering the limitation of Hotels rooms and crowded environment, they presenting you a fully furnished guesthouse which feels like at home. In the price of any other hotel standard room, you will get the deluxe room, with all modern amenities. Calm & Quite atmosphere in the midst of the Karakorum Mountains.

There are some hotels they offer standard services for there guests.

Hunza Serena Inn is the finest hotel in the Karimabad central Hunza, it offers 4-star standard rooms with breathtaking views of Ultal mountain and the Baltic village, the hotel is owned and operated by Serena hotels. The hotels are small but worth every moment in it, one can stay a week without getting bored of seeing just the scenery of Hunza valley.

One of the most popular hotels in Hunza valley. Located at the centre of Karimabad. Hunza Darbar Hotel offers 40 rooms with all amenities of a 3-star hotel.

Hunza Hilltop hotel Karimabad is a 3-star hotel with very friendly service good food and reasonably clean rooms. Te Hotel has a breathtaking view of Rakaposhi mountain.

Formerly mountain view renovated and converted into a 3.5-star hotel in Hunza opened in 2005 offers 3-star facilities and very good food. Hunza Embassy offers a magnificent view of Rakaposhi mountain the 27th highest mountain in the world.

Hunza View Hotel is a 2-star hotel in Karimabad Hunza it is located just below the main town 5 minutes walk from the main bazaar. It is a good choice if you need a budget hotel but clean room and good food.

   5. Khunjerad Pass

Khunjerab Pass is a huge mountain pass while the Karakoram Mountains in a vital location on the northern border of the Pakistani region of Gilgit–Baltistan, its altitude is about 4,693 meters or 15,397 feet. Hunza – Nagar District on the southwestern border of the Xinjiang region of China.The pass remaining closed on NOV to April over four months owing to heavy snowfall,

The Khunjerab Pass is worth visiting with its scenic beauty, awesome mountain views, and amazing destinations. it is also a  remarkable place to see wildlife.

If you want to visit there be sure that there are no restaurants or shops at the Khunjerab Pass so you have to bring eatables and coffee with you if you. You also have to eat lots of Apricot on the way to Khunjerab to overcome the lack of oxygen that you feel at this altitude. Also, wear warm clothes and Jackets to face the cold weather, there. Remember to bring the camera with you so that you can have your photographs with the Chines and Pakistani Security Guards for your collection.

   6. Hunza lakes

lakes

Hunza valley contains around four huge lakes but one of them is very famous around the world is ATTABAD LAKE.

In  Jan 2010 a massive landslide created a giant lake by blocking the narrow Hunza valley with its river around Attabad. Attabad lake is about 20km in length and up to 100m (300ft) in depth, With the creation of this lake, more than 18 kilometers of the Karakoram Highway has been submerged, lost somewhere in the depths, suspending transportation by road. the only option is to cross the lake, reach the Hussaini Village, and get on the Karakoram Highway again.

But Now the Lake has developed again and used as a tourist spot. The lake is used for boating, water sports, and fishing.

hunza River View

   7.River View

Hunza River is the principal river of Hunza in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. It is formed by the confluence of the Kilik and Khunjerab nalas (gorges) which are fed by glaciers. It is joined by the Gilgit River and the Naltar River before it flows into the Indus River. The river cuts through the Karakoram range, flowing from north to south.

The Karakoram Highway (KKH) crosses the Hunza River near Hunza and Nagar valleys. The river is dammed for part of its route. In January 2010, the Attabad landslide disaster in January 2010 completely blocked the Hunza Valley. A new lake — now called the Attabad Lake or Gojal Lake which extends 30 kilometers and rose to a depth of 400 feet, was formed as the Hunza River backed-up. The landslide completely covered sections of the

Karakoram Highway

   8.Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway, which is also known as the eighth wonder of the world. it stretches from the ancient Silk Road, this highway goes through the bluish waters of the Karakul Lake, settlements of nomads, and through the areas harboring wild mountainous camels with two humps, and finally ends at Kashgar. a road leads to Yarkand, and another leads to the Taklamakan Desert, which is the world’s second largest desert, with shifting sand dunes.

This highway has many beautiful spots such as Mansehra, Thakot, Abbottabad, Besham, Pattan, Sazin, Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan and Hunza, connecting China’s Xinjiang region.

Altit Fort

   9. Altit Fort

The Altit Fort is the oldest Fort in northern areas which is located at the bottom of the Hunza valley. Altit Fort was constructed under the king of Hunza who is famous as Mir.

It has own historical value. it considered to be the birthplace and capital of Hunza city. it was built in the 11th century and also it is the wonder of the art of ancient people and the technology of that time. not only has it survived many attacks from aggressors but also withstood several earthquakes since it was built, perhaps making it one of the most astonishing architectural structures of its time.

In its earlier days, the fort was surrounded by the settlers of the city and traders who would bring along goods from across the world making their way to the land from China through the ancient Silk route, and soon it became a cultural hub of the region. But since 1990  the fort is under the Aga Khan Foundation and operating as a tourist museum.

Baltit Fort

   10. Baltit Fort

About 700 years old historical building of Baltit Fort is located on the top of karimabad of Hunza valley. in the ancient time, the Baltit Fort is used to be the seat of governance for the ‘mirs’ time. the royal family used to live altit fort before moving to Baltit Fort they ruled over 1000s of years in the surrounding areas.

Its unique structure is destroyed by the Maharaja of Kashmir and many other rulers on the war attack but, Later the Aga Khan development foundation rebuilt it to its original looks.

Today it stands as a symbol of the region’s history and is one of the major tourist attractions in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Karimabad

   11.Karimabad

Karimabad is the capital of Hunza Valley, Baltit is the old name of Karimabad. It is named after Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual head of Shia Ismaili Nizari community. People still refer to Karimabad as Baltit. The Guardian ranked it as one of the five Best Tourist Sites in Pakistan Both Baltit Fort and Karimabad village received the World Award of Tourism in 2000 when Indonesia, Australia, India and Britain and other countries competed.

Ali Abad

   12.Ali Abad

Aliabad (Burushaski) is the administrative and commercial center of the Hunza District of Gilgit Baltistan, formerly in the State of Hunza.

Fruits of Hunza valley

   13. Fruits of Hunza valley

Hunza people developed their agriculture system and has grown the best crop. while the Hunza fruits are very delicious and unique.

There are many kinds of fruits cultivated, eg. apricots, cherry, nectarine, peach, apple,  plum berry, grapes, pear etc. When we talk about the Hunza fruits we can not forget about Hunza apricots. Apricot trees are more common in Hunza valley, which is famous legend fruit of the valley and in ancient time was the main source of the food. hunza people used apricots juice as diet they dried them in summer and used them in winter season  That’s why they never had cancer or low cancer rate. while the other stone fruits are also significant crops in these areas.

   14.Glaciers

Hunza valley has got the natural beauty of glacier that is very high on the mountain. Tourist visits these glaciers for enjoyment and to be near to the beauty of nature. God blessed the Hunza valley with a beautiful glacier which includes:

Hisper Glacier

1. Hisper Glacier :

Hisper Glacier is Located in Nagar Valley. But the viewpoint of that Glacier is Hunza valley.  If you want to make the trip wonderful then Visit Hisper valley to see the Glacier. This glacier is one of the main attractions of tourism.

biafo glacier

2.Biafo Glacier

Biafo Glacier is Also Located in Hopar Nagar Valley. This Valley is near to Hunza. Tourist can visit this amazing glacier. It’ll take a few hours to reach this location.

Passu Glacier

3.Passu Glacier

Passu Glacier is located on the south side of “Passu village” is also known as the home of Glaciers. This glacier is linked with Batura Glacier and many other glaciers in these regions. The Glacier is visible and can be seen on the way towards khunjerab pass. After Ghulk In the village. An excellent scenery and also a good place to take some rest while heading towards the end line of your journey. The glaciers are easy to access with your private card, you can plan the trip even if you have a short time to see the glacier and enjoy some moments of the cold breeze.

4.Batura Glacier

Batura Glacier is also located in the beautiful village passu. its length is about 57km and spread over 285 sq km, Batura is 5th longest Glacier outside the polar regions. its tail end with 8th wonder of the world “KKH”. Its average height is 3800m. On the Glacier wild alpine flowers filled meadows, birch trees and where roses and juniper trees are common.

Ladyfinger Peak

   15.LadyFinger peak

Ladyfinger Peak is a distinctive rock spire in the Batura Muztagh, the westernmost sub-range of the Karakoram Range in Pakistan. It lies on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar massif, the most southeasterly of the major groups of the Batura Muztagh. The whole massif rises precipitously above the Hunza Valley to the southeast. Bublimotin, while having little prominence above the saddle with nearby Hunza Peak, is particularly notable for being a sharp, relatively snowless rock spire among snow peaks. This, combined with its height above the valley, makes it quite eye-catching; hence the distinctive name. It provides a 600 m  rock climb and has been the scene of some notable paragliding.

Diran peak

16. Diran peak

Diran is situated between Rakaposhi & Haramosh massif of Karakoram Range, one of the most beautiful mountains with an easy climb of its snow dome. its Altitude is about 7273m. This peak has a fame for its dangerous snowstorms and avalanches. Lying with the Rakaposhi and Haramosh high peaks which beset by Minapin Barpu Boulter glacier, it increases a scenic view of the Hunza valley.

Diran was first ascended in 1968 by three Austrians Rainer Goeschl, Rudolph Pischinger, and Hanns Schell. Initial trials by a German team in 1959 and an Australian expedition in 1964 remained stuck.

Wildlife

   17.Wildlife

Hunza Valley provides an excellent habitat for wildlife in the form of alpine grazing lands, sub-alpine scrub and temperate forests. These habitats support a variety of wild animals. The areas are difficult for human beings to access, hence, most wildlife is present in reasonable numbers though some are endangered.

Marco polo sheep

Marco Polo sheep

The Marco Polo sheep is a subspecies of sheep, named after the visit of Marco Polo . Their habitat is the mountainous regions of central Asia. Marco Polo sheep are distinguishable mostly by their large size and spiraling horns. and keep them from commercial hunting. It has also been suggested that crossing them with domestic sheep could have agricultural benefits.

Tunnels on CPEC Route

   18. Tunnels on CPEC Route/Karakorum highway

The seven-kilometer long five tunnels are part of the 24 KM long portion of the Karakorum Highway which was damaged in 2010 due to land sliding at Attabad. These tunnels constructed by Pakistan and China government for the easy transport of goods from China to Gwadar. These tunnels are the sign of friendship of Pakistan. Before these tunnels there was no sign of road and goods were transport through boats in Attabad lake.

gemstone valley

   19.gemstone valley

Hunza Valley is blessed with the precious stones in its area, which are very famous in the whole world. Vibrant Ruby really should embellish the many who throughout July right after beginning, so it will likely be exempt and also free of issues and also stress and anxiety of enthusiast. Ruby would be the natural stone of July along with the natural stone of loved-one’s birthday with regard to 15 several years and also forty-five several years of marriage

Your warning on the Zodiac, cancer, in addition, does respond towards Emerald, Sardonyx, Ruby, Globule and also Moonstone.

Hunza special Recipes

   20.Hunza special Recipes

The cuisine of Gilgit Baltistan is as distinct as it is unique. Some of the special dishes are more famous traditional food dishes are : Chapshoro, Dawdoo, Chamus, Mamtoo, Sharbat, Harisa, Molida, Garma, Berikutz, Harissa, Diram, Mull, Gooli, Suppra, Khamuloot.

     Chapshoro                                                                               Mamtu

Chapshoro               Mamtu

      Harissa                                                                                     Sharadi

Harissa                Sharadi

      Sharbat                                                                                       Gooli

Sharbat                 Gooli

      Chupati                                                                                       Diram

Chupati                 Diram

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World Of Colors

The Hunza Valley (World Of Colors) is a mountainous valley in Gilgit- Baltistan region of Pakistan.Hunza was formerly a princely state to the northeast and Pamir to the northwest, which survived until 1974. which is an area under the government of Pakistan.

Baltit

Capital Of Hunza Vally

The main town of Hunza, Karimabad (formerly known as Baltit) is the capital as well as the most popular tourist destination of Hunza. Hunza valley is famous in entire Pakistan for its beauty, civilization and unique identity.

Hunza People

People Of Hunza Vally

The people of Hunza are also well-known for their friendliness and hospitality.Hunza valley also hosting to the ancient watchtower, in Ganish, Baltit Fort, and Altit Fort.Watchtowers are located in heart of Ganish village, Baltit Fort stands on top of karimabad whereas Altit Fort lies at the bottom of the valley.

Visit Hunza Vally

Why Visit Hunza Vally ?

Hunza valley is perhaps one of the most beautiful and attractive areas in northern areas.this area boasts of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. many of the highest mountains in the world are located in Hunza and Gilgit. Hunza Valley is really a paradise with regard to backpackers and climbers, as a result of higher hills that encompass this Valley.    Natural beauty and a very attractive culture that results in a lot of people visiting Pakistan every year. Hunza is just 100 km drive from Gilgit, and most people arrive by road and it takes almost 2-3 hours to reach Hunza from Gilgit.

Hunza Border

Hunza Borders

Hunza shares its borders with the Wakhar corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China.It is some 100kms away from Gilgit city.State of Hunza and state of Nagar were princely states and came under control British between 1889 and 1892. Hunza people are probably the most friendly people the region.This valley is located from Gilgit Baltistan and it is very beautiful and amazing views.

Hunza Culture

Hunza Culture

They have the beautiful culture . their ladies work all kind of work.I love Hunza people and places.The valley is one of the only few part of Pakistan that has 98 percent literacy rate and 90 percent of them are postgraduates.The local language spoken include Burushaski and shina. Almost every child is educated up to the at least high school level.The people of Hunza are very healthy and have the longest lifespan in the world. They remain strong and robust even in old age. This is because of the pure water they drink and their natural diet. The people walk a lot on the rugged terrain every day which serves as a physical exercise for them.

Attabad Lake

 

Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake, also known as Gojal Lake, is a lake in the Gojal Valley of northern Pakistan that was created In 2010 a landslide blocked the river and created Attabad lake.which threatened 10 to13000 people in the valley.This landslide occurred in Hunza valley.most of the people of the valley were killed and some of the people were saved by the local organisation the lake was formed due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gojal Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, 9 miles (14 km) upstream (east) of Karimabad that occurred on 4 January 2010.

Water levels continued to rise on 18 June 2010 caused by a difference in the outflow and inflow of the new lake. As bad weather continued, the supply of food, medicine, and other goods was stopped as all forms of transportation including helicopter service to Hunza could not resume. Now, this lake is a part of the natural beauty of Hunza valley and most of the foreign and local tourist visit this lake and people enjoy by getting a ride on the boards present on the lake.most of the people of Hunza valley get financial support by constructing shops and selling their local products.

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