The best lakes in Hunza

By Momina Aftab

Apart from the astounding mountain ranges and meadows Hunza has to offer, the city is also famous for its mesmerising lakes.

Here are a few lakes in Hunza that you must visit the next time you head there…

Attabad Lake

Born from a catastrophe, Attabad Lake is known for its crystal blue water and captivating aura. The lake was formed in 2010 when a massive landslide occurred in Attabad Village, killing twenty people and blocking the flow of Hunza river for five months. The spread of the lake goes as far as 13 square kms and 358 feet deep.

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Nestled by the magnificent mountains on all sides, Attabad Lake leaves a lingering effect on the mind and soul of its visitors, inducing a trance like state. Over the years, it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan offering activities like boating, jet skiing, fishing and other leisure activities. The best time to visit Attabad Lake is spring season, as it looks even more breathtaking than usual with its vibrant hues and visage.

Borith Lake

Located in Gulmit, the saline waters of Borith lake are a sanctuary for migrating wildfowl and is a popular, go-to spot for the bird-watching community. With a surface elevation of 2600 meters, the lake is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The lake can be reached via a 2 km unpaved jeep route from Husseini village, which lies adjacent to Ghulkin village. It is also accessible by a 2-3 hour trekking route directly from Ghuylkin, across the end of the Ghulkin glacier.

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The best time to visit are the months of March to June as one can bear witness to the glorious migration of thousands of ducks from South of Pakistan to the heavenly North.

Naltar Lakes

Technically not located in Hunza but quite accessible from the valley, Naltar Lakes are three in number. Widely known for their uncanny characteristic to change their color according to the time of the day, the lakes are also known as ‘Bashiri Lakes’ or ‘Satrangi Lakes’. Locals also address one of the lakes as ‘Pari Lake’ due to its icy, deep blue color.

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These lakes are ranked among the highest mountain lakes of the world as they are located at an altitude of 3050 to 3150 metres. Apart from the deep blue beauty, one of the lakes is green colored due to growth of grasses and the other is azure-colored. The beauty of the lakes is further enhanced by the presence of vivacious pine trees around them. The best time to visit the lakes is before proper winter that is May-October because the area becomes inaccessible due to snowfall in Naltar Valley post-October.    

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