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Hunza Valley – A Travel Guide to Hunza Valley

Hunza Valley in Autumn Season
Hunza Valley Road Update 8th May 2022: Hunza Valley road has been blocked for traffic due to the recent bridge collapse by a flood in the Indus river on Karakoram Highway near Hassanabad. Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan vowed to re-construct the steel bridge within 4 months. Tourists are advised to take a detour from Nagar Khas while traveling to Hunza Valley.
Hunza Valley Update May 2022 - Karakorum Highway is Blocked to Bridge Collapsed near Hassanabad

Hunza Bridge Collapsed Near Hassanabad - Hunza Valley Road Update May 2022

Hunza valley is a mountainous valley, situated in the upper area of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley is bordering China (Xinjiang) in the northeast. The most historical place in Hunza is the Baltit Fort, founded in the 8th century. It was built under the ancient rulers of Hunza and offers an amazing view of the peaks of Nagar valley. 

Hunza district was an independent state until 1974 when it was finally dissolved by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Merge with Pakistan. The state was bordered by the Gilgit to the south, the former princely state of Nagar (Nagar District) to the east. The capital of the state was the town of Baltit (also known as Karimabad) and its old settlement is Ganish Village.

Hunza Valley is located 100 km away from Gilgit City. Hunza valley has unique features for its popularity in all over Pakistan as well as abroad. The climate of the valley is quiet for tourists in the summer season it gets chilly at night and somewhat warm in the daytime. Additionally, tourists are also found of the Autumn, winter, and spring seasons of the Hunza Valley. Here is how the valley looks like in different seasons:

 Hunza Valley in Autumn 

Hunza Valley is not less than Heaven for tourists and photographers in the Autumn season. The valley becomes colorful and quite attractive for its visitors.

Hunza Valley in Autumn SeasonAutumn Season starts in Hunza Valley after mid-October. The tree leaves start turning orange, red, yellow, and brown. However, the upper Hunza like Gulmit, Passu, and Sost border gets Autumn later than Aliabad and Karimabad, the difference varies from 8-10 days. 

Summer in Hunza Valley

Summer is the best time to visit Hunza Valley. The valley gets lush green as well as it gets crowded, and the temperature gets normal. It gets a little chilly at night in the towns of Hunza which are located in height, for example, the temperature of Karimabad gets chilly at night and it gets a maximum of 30°C in the daytime. Which is quite lower than the major cities of Pakistan, where tourists come to visit Hunza from. 

Sunset in Hunza Valley Karimabad

The view of Nagar valley mountains like Rakaposhi gets clear during warm summers in Hunza.
There are different types of fruits grown in Hunza valley during summer, which include apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, Cherry, and many more.   

Winter in Hunza Valley

Hunza valley receives snow from November to March, the maximum snowfall is at least 3 – 4 feet. The whole valley gets snow-coved and gives an exclusive view of Hunza. Here is the picture of the first snowfall of the year in Hunza valley.

Hunza Valley in winter

During the winter season in Hunza valley, locals tend to eat dried fruits and local soups to stay warmer. Locals also tend to wear traditional warm clothes and caps to stay warm during winters. 

Hotels to Stay in Hunza Valley

Hunza valley has various towns and places for a comfortable stay during your tour to Hunza. However, some hotels get closed during winters, so it is recommended to confirm your booking of a hotel in Hunza in advance to avoid any inconvenience. In summer the hotels in Hunza are crowded, so you need to confirm the booking in summer as well. Moreover, the best hotels in Hunza valley offer an amazing view of the mountains of Nagar Valley including the Rakaposhi. 

In the upper Hunza, you’ll find good hotel facilities in Gulmit, Passu, and Sost border. Most of the hotels in this area also offer restaurant facilities and guides about the local landmarks. If you would like to further explore the local areas, you can ask the hotel staff to arrange a local guide.

hotel in hunza with a double bed a view of the valley from windows

Additionally, if you are staying in Karimabad Hunza, then you can also visit Baltit and Altit fort. You can also shop the handicrafts from the main market in Karimabad.

Lakes in Hunza

In upper Hunza, Gojal Valley is famous for its lakes. Attabad lake is one of the most popular lakes in Pakistan,  which is situated in the Gojal Valley. The lake was formed as a result of a landslide in 2010, which blocked the water flow in the Hunza River, creating the Attabad Lake later on. Which now is the most tourist attraction point, landmark, and picnic spot. Attabad Lake is a great place for jet ski and boating lovers.

Attabad lake in Summer

The other lakes in Hunza include Borith Lake, which is situated near Borith village. The lake is also a natural habitat for migratory birds, especially Siberian ducks.

Borith lake hunza valleyThe road to Borith lake requires 4×4 vehicles, as the smaller vehicles are not recommended for this route.

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