When people say there’s no place like the northern valleys of Pakistan, its places like Astore they have in mind. Lush greenery and blue skies coupled with impossibly high peaks going right through the clouds. This district, easily accessed by road from Gilgit, offers something for everyone. From the fittest die-hard adventurers to the family with members of all ages looking to take in some views and make the most of their summer.
There are gorgeous valleys, incredibly solemn campsites, treks ranging from a day to two weeks with varying difficulty, and scenic rivers. Furthermore, there are rare animals, glaciers, pines, and peaks. Eighteen of the worlds highest mountains are found in the Gilgit region. Many of these can be viewed, or if arrangements are made, trekked to, from Astore and the nearby village of Tarashing. It also hosts the Rama polo festival and offers food that is quite a change from the typical Pakistani palate.
Although the locals only have running water in winters, the area is equipped with many comfortable lodging options, notably the high-quality PTDC motel. Even those seeking luxury can be accommodated if they make the short trip to the Serena hotel in the area, while Four Seasons resort is also found in the vicinity. In order to make the most of this paradise, however, you have to experience the thrill of trekking. One can trek through multiple passes without any concern or care for the world outside it. For this happens to be one of the safest areas under Pakistan’s control. Regional and national tourism development institutions also provide jeeps for rent so you can get around and be assured of reliable and safe transport. Read on for more details
Reasons to go:
- Rama Lake
- Rama Meadows
- Mazino pass
- Kaala Paani valley
- Tarashang Glacier
- Harpo pass
- A view of the Naked Mountain: Rama lake offers a spectacular view of one of the monster mountains eastern face