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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.

28 MustSee Attractions in Hunza Valley

If youre looking for breathtaking views and unending adventure, look no further than the Hunza Valley. This remote destination in Pakistan is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. From mountaintop villages to glacial lakes, there is no shortage of natural beauty to explore in the Hunza Valley.

Here are 28 mustsee attractions in the Hunza Valley that should not be missed:

1. Altit Fort

 This 11thcentury fort was built by a local ruler and perched high above the town of Altit. It offers stunning views of the Hunza Valley below and is a great spot for photo opportunities.

2. Baltit Fort

Another historic fort located in the town of Baltit, Baltit Fort was built in the 15th century and served as the royal residence for centuries. Today, it has been turned into a museum where visitors can learn about the areas rich history and culture.

3. Rakaposhi Base Camp

Rakaposhi is one of the tallest mountains in Pakistan and offers hikers an incredible challenge. The base camp is located in Nagar Park, just a short drive from Hunza, making it an ideal day trip from your hotel or guesthouse.

4. Attabad Lake

Formed in 2010 after a landslide dammed up the Hunza River, Attabad Lake is now one of the highlights of any visit to this region. Visitors can take boat rides on the lake or go for a swim at one of its many beaches.

5. Naltar Valley

This valley is home to some of Pakistans best ski slopes and is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. There are also numerous hiking trails that wind through the valley, offering stunning views of the Naltar Peaks.

6. Shimshal White Glacier

Situated in the Shimshal Valley, this glacier can be reached by a challenging trek from Hunza. The effort is well worth it, as youll be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

7. Rakaposhi View Point

As the name suggests, this vantage point offers stunning views of Rakaposhi Mountain, one of Pakistans tallest peaks. Its located just outside of Nagar Park and can be reached via a short hike from the park entrance.

8. Passu Cones

These striking rock formations are located near the village of Passu and offer some of the most incredible views in all of Pakistan. They can be best seen from Passu Glacier Viewpoint, which can be accessed by car or by foot.

9. Baltit Village

Baltit Village is home to Baltit Fort, one of Hunzas most popular tourist attractions (see number 2 on this list). In addition to being a historic site, Baltit Village offers visitors a look into traditional life in Hunza Valley with its traditional architecture and local shops selling handmade goods.

10 . Borith Lake

This small lake is located near the village of Borith and can be easily accessed by car or by foot. It provides breathtaking views of adjoining glaciers and mountains, making it a popular spot for photography lovers.

11. Hussaini Hanging Bridge

This rickety bridge is located in the village of Hussaini and crosses the Hunza River. Its said to be one of the most dangerous bridges in the world, but that doesnt stop visitors from crossing it for the incredible views.

12. Khunjerab National Park

 Pakistans highest mountain pass, Khunjerab Pass, is located within this national park. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including markhors, ibexes, and snow leopards.

13. Lake Amazing

As its name would suggest, this lake will leave you truly amazed with its turquoise waters and surrounding mountainscapes. Its located just outside of Gilgit and can be reached by car or by taking a short hike from Nilawiri Viewpoint.

14 . Nangimali viewpoint

This viewpoint offers 360degree panoramic views of the entire Hunza Valley below. Its located near Baltit Fort (see number 2 on this list) and can be reached via a short hike from the fort or by taking a taxi from anywhere in Hunza Valley.

15 . Rakaposhi Viewpoint Restaurant

As one of the only restaurants with a view of Rakaposhi Mountain (one of Pakistans tallest peaks), this eatery is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. Its located just outside Nagar Park (see number 3 on this list) and can be reached via a short walk from the park entrance.

16 . Shah caddu waterfalls Gilgit

These tall waterfalls are located near Gilgit town and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. They can be best seen from Jamrud Fortress Viewpoint, which is accessible by car or by foot.

17. Shatial rocks

 These unique rock formations are located in the village of Shatial and can be reached by car or by taking a short hike from the village center. They offer incredible views of the Hunza Valley below and are said to be one of the most photographed spots in Pakistan.

18 . Sost dry port China

As Pakistans only dry port, this is an important spot for trade between Pakistan and China. Its located in the town of Sost and can be easily reached by car or by taking a short bus ride from anywhere in Hunza Valley.

19. Sultanabad viewpoint

This vantage point offers panoramic views of Rakaposhi Mountain, Attabad Lake (see number 4 on this list), and the Hunza Valley below. Its located just outside Nagar Park (see number 3 on this list) and can be reached via a short walk from the park entrance.

20 . Ulter meadow

This beautiful meadow is blanketed with wildflowers in the springtime and offers stunning views of Ulter peak (one of Pakistans tallest mountains). Its located near the village of Passu (see number 8 on this list) and can be accessed by car or by taking a short hike from Passu Glacier Viewpoint.

21 . Eagle Nest Viewpoint

As its name would suggest, this viewpoint provides visitors with an upclose look at eagles nesting atop rocky cliffs. Its located just outside Gilgit town and can be reached by car or by taking a short bus ride from anywhere in Hunza Valley.

22 . Ganesh Himal base camp Nepal

Located just across the border in Nepal, this is one of the starting points for treks to Mount Everest (the worlds tallest mountain). While it may require some extra effort to reach, Ganesh Himal Base Camp is well worth it for diehard adventure seekers.

23 . Hussaini Brakk China

This dangerous cliff is said to be one of the most difficult rock climbing spots in all of Asia. It attracts adrenaline junkies from all over the world who come to test their limits against its soaring heights. Hussaini Brakk is located near Sost Dry Port (see number 18 on this list).

24 . K2 base camp concordia Pakistan/China

 K2 is Earths second highest mountain and considered to be one of the most difficult climbs in the world. The base camp for K2 expeditions is split between Pakistan and China, with both sides offering different challenges for climbers looking to summit the peak.

25. Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated among pine forests at high altitudes, Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of animals including ibexes, snow leopards, red foxes, brown bears, and weasels. The sanctuary also has several lakes which make perfect picnic spots during summer months. Its located in the Naltar Valley (see number 5 on this list) and can be reached by car or by taking a short bus ride from anywhere in Hunza Valley.

26. Batura Glacier

At 59 kilometers long, Batura Glacier is Pakistans longest glacier and one of the largest in the world. Its located in the Gojal region of Hunza Valley and can be reached by car or by taking a short hike from Passu Cones (see number 8 on this list).

27. Diran base camp

Diran is a popular mountain for climbers looking to tackle one of Pakistans 7,000meter peaks. The base camp is located in Nagar Park (see number 3 on this list) and can be reached via a short hike from the park entrance.

28 . Lake Kachura

This tranquil lake is surrounded by mountains and forests, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers. Visitors can take boat rides on the lake, go for a swim, or simply relax on its shores and take in the stunning views. Lake Kachura is located near Skardu town and can be reached by car or by taking a short bus ride from anywhere in Hunza Valley

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