Hunza, Gilgit

Called 'The ultimate manifestation of mountain grandeur', Hunza is home to 'the shining wall', a gemstone lake, and two incredible forts. And those are just the highlights.

 

This vast valley, which stretches over 110 km and varies from 1500 meters to 8000 meters, offers travelers some of Pakistans most majestic views. Rolling green meadows, stone fortresses, seductive streams, and lush orchards spread out, with the magnificent Rakaposhi looming above them all. In the region, Hunza is also referred to as heaven on earth.

Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is situated in the extreme northern part of Pakistan, bordering the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China. The state borders the Gilgit Agency to the south and the former princely state of Nagar to the east. It is located at an elevation of around 2,438 meters.

The capital of Hunza, Karimabad, offers a breathtaking view of the Rakaposhi, which is an iconic peak in the Karakoram range and is situated in the middle of the Nagar valley district. Here you will see dazzling snowcapped mountains, surrounded by white clouds, the peaks rising through and above them. In the local Burushaski language, Rakaposhi means “Shining Wall”.The valley can be divided into the upper and lower valley. The upper valley is called Gojal valley and is straight out of a storybook due to its beautiful emerald meadows, cooly glinting glaciers, and mesmerizing mountains. In Gojal you can also sit by the banks of one of a kind Turquoise Lake. The Karakoram highway also makes it the most accessible its ever been in history. From Islamabad, via the Karakoram highway, it takes around 15 hours and 25 minutes to get there. The construction of a new road, involving 4 tunnels, was completed in 2016, which happens to be one of the most convenient routes for people in North, ensuring a smooth, memorable journey. In addition to this natural majesty, two historic Forts are major attractions of the valley: the 900-year-old Altit and 300-year-old Baltit Fort. Sitting quietly atop rocky outcrops, they bear silent testament to the Mughals and Maharajas that once breathed and fought here. Not to be forgotten is the highest pass in the world, the famous Khunjerab.

Reasons to go

  • Rakaposhi (Karimabad)- The shining wall

  • Gojal valley

  • Attabad Lake

  • Altit Fort

  • Nagar district

  • Baltit Fort

 

 

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