Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is located at a distance of 100 km from Gilgit and about 600 km from Islamabad. Geographically, Hunza consists of three regions, Upper Hunza (Gojal), Central Hunza (Hunza Valley), and Lower Hunza (Shinaki). The main town of Hunza, Karimabad (formerly known as Baltit) is the capital, as well as the most popular tourist destination of Hunza. As famous as the valley is for its beauty, the people of Hunza are also known for their friendliness and hospitality. Hunza’s tourist season is generally from May to October, though the Karakoram Highway remains open throughout the winter season. Unlike most places in Pakistan, Hunza Valley has a very high literacy rate of over 90%.
99% of Pakistan is just as safe as anywhere else, and Hunza Valley is even more peaceful than central Europe these days. Hunza Valley is one of the main stops on the legendary Karakoram Highway, and it´s a comfortable place to stay for many days. On the road from Islamabad to Gilgit, it is around 18 hours journey. All places around Hunza are absolutely safe. However, traveling after dark on Karakoram Highway from Besham to Chilas is not allowed.
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Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in Karimabad, Hunza Valley, and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The fort dates back to 700 years and has been rebuilt and altered over the centuries. It is located at a higher ground than the rest of the town, and one must either walk or take a jeep to reach it. From the terrace of the Baltit Fort, one can have a splendid bird’s eye view of the town of Karimabad.
Altit Fort is located in the village of Altit and is about 3 km from Karimabad. Altit Fort is about 800 years old and it was the first residence of the Mir of Hunza. It is a very well preserved place with lots of ancient artifacts on display. A guided tour is highly recommended, which is included in the entry fee, though a tip is always a kind gesture for the hard-working guides. The Altit Fort offers spectacular views of Karimabad, Hunza River, and the surrounding majestic mountains and should not be missed during a visit to Hunza.
Eagles Nest is a viewpoint located in Duikar Village in Hunza valley at an altitude of 2,850 m. Duikar is the highest village in Hunza Valley and is located above Altit Village. It is at a distance of nearly 11 km from Karimabad, about 25 minutes' drive by car.
The view point offers magnificent views of Rakaposhi, Ultar, Golden Peak & other snow-capped mountains. It is one of the best and most easily accessible viewpoints in the whole of Hunza Valley. Even if one does not have time to stay for long, it is worthwhile to come up for the sunrise or sunset views of Hunza Valley, Rakaposhi and other peaks surrounding Eagle’s Nest.
Borith Lake is a lake located near Gulmit, Gojal, in the upper Hunza area. The altitude of Borith is roughly 2,600 m above sea level. The lake can be reached via a 2 km unpaved jeep route from Husseini Village, and is also accessible by a 2-3 hour trekking route directly from Ghuylkin, across the end of the Ghulkin Glacier. The site is an important sanctuary for migrating wildfowl and is a must-visit for bird-watchers and nature lovers. During the months of March and June, one can witness a large number of ducks arriving from the warmer parts of southern Pakistan, and from September–November, the same happens in reverse.
Attabad Lake is a lake in Gojal Valley, Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan The lake was created in January 2010 as a result of the Attabad earthquake. Attabad Lake has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan offering activities like boating, jet skiing, fishing, and other recreational activities. One can spend a good part of one’s day here, immersed in the beauty of turquoise blue water and the glory of surrounding majestic mountains.
Khunjerab Pass (elevation 4,693 m) is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan (Region of Gilgit–Baltistan’s Hunza and Nagar Districts) and on the southwest border of China (the Xinjiang region). Khunjerab holds the title for the highest international border crossing and one of the highest paved roads in the world. It can be easily reached by car, traveling around 90 km from Karimabad on a great metalled road which would take around 3-4 hours one way. Khunjerab is the pinnacle of one’s visit to Hunza Valley and should not be missed at any cost.