Hunza, the valley of dreams where cherry blossom trees put on a spectacular show in summer, and the snowy mountains and icy Attabad Lake create a scene straight out of a snow globe in winter, is found in Gilgit–Baltistan.

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Attabad Lake with its stunning aquamarine waters lies peacefully in Hunza Valley               Credits: Qammer Wazir

There’s a reason Hunza is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Pakistan. A week in the majestic Karakoram mountain ranges is enough to transform you. It offers something for everyone, be it mountaineers, explorers, couples, tourists or corporates.

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Rakaposhi peak- locally known as Dumani (“mother of mists”)- rises over Hunza Valley        Credits: Qammer Wazir

Let us take you away from the monotony of everyday life to the bliss of our northern valleys. A trip to Hunza begins from Islamabad at 2 am, from where buses are headed for Besham. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Besham— a small commercial city that often serves as a stopping point for tourists.

After a stopover at Besham for breakfast, it’s off on a 6 hour journey to Chilas. Chilas is a small bazaar town known for ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) often dating back to the Stone Age left by travellers in the past along the Karakoram Highway. After dinner, it’s time to stay the night at a hotel in Chilas. The next morning, you leave for Hunza after a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

One of the highlights of the trip is travelling along the Karakoram Highway— dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the world—which is among the highest paved roads across the globe. It runs through the magnificent Karakoram Mountains presenting two famous viewpoints en route.  The first of the two is the Nanga Parbat viewpoint where you can behold the “Killer Mountain” rising at 8,126 metres in all its glory.

Next up is the Junction Point of three of the world’s highest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas. Make sure you get a photograph of this unique geographic marvel.

The night is spent at another hotel we arrange for you, offering the most delightfully scenic views of Hunza. The third day brings with it a dose of history as you travel to the ancient Baltit and Altit forts where the Mirs of Hunza once held court.

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The Hunza river runs through the ancient town of Altit where the Altit fort is located           Credits: Qammer Wazir

The Baltit fort was built atop a mountain some 700 years ago and recent restoration work has made it accessible to tourists. Whereas the Altit fort, with its foundation dating back some 1100 years, is considered the grander of the two and is located in Altit town.

As the trek ends, you head towards Karimabad to freshen up, eat and roam the great Karimabad Bazaar. The locals and shopkeepers are incredibly hospitable and friendly, but please be mindful of their customs.

Taste the famed Hunza apples, apricots, peaches and dry fruits, and take some back home as lovely souvenirs. Also, remember to try the delicious Chapshoro– traditional baked bread filled with a mixture of chopped meat and spices.

Then, head back to hotel and get a good night’s sleep to prepare for the adventurous day ahead.

The fourth day of your trip will take you to the iconic Khunjerab pass that connects us to our friendliest neighbour, China. The journey takes around 4 hours and is filled with some of the most beautiful stops along the way. The higher up you travel, the colder it gets. Don’t forget to layer up! First up is Attabad lake in Gojal valley. In winters, a sheet of ice covers the deep turquoise water of the glacial lake with the dark mountains forming a gorgeous backdrop.

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Tourists taking leisurely boat rides along the beautiful Attabad Lake                                       Credits: Qammer Wazir

A few hours from the lake are the magnificent Passu cones, also called the Cathedral Range—narrow jagged peaks which are the most photographed feature of the peaceful Passu region. The snow-capped cones surround you as you make your way along the Karakoram Highway to Sost valley.

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The Passu cones, known as the Cathedral Range, are sun-drenched jagged mountains along the Karakoram Highway                                                                                                                               Credits: Qammer Wazir

Khunjerab Pass, at 15,397 feet above sea level, is the highest paved international border crossing in the world. The usually green meadows around it are laden with snow. Nearby is also the highest ATM point on earth. Take in this scene to your heart’s content.

The following morning it is time to bid farewell to the dreamy valleys, lakes, mountain viewpoints and meadows and return to Chilas for dinner and a night stay at your hotel. A final breakfast in the morning and the time has come for the bus to take you back to Islamabad.

Book your trip now at: https://www.findmyadventure.pk/trip/trip-to-naran-and-hunza-by-pakistan-tour-and-travel

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DO:

  • Pack sweaters, shawls, jackets, trekking shoes
  • Carry torches, power banks and sunblock
  • Bring your CNIC

DON’T:

  • Misbehave with the locals
  • Litter