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Hunza Valley

Hunza Valley




Location: Gilgit–Baltistan region   Map

Elevation: 8,000 ft (2,438 m)




Description of Hunsa Valley


Hunsa Valley is a picturesque valley in the mountainous Gilgit– Baltistan region in the North East Pakistan. Hunsa Valley was carved by a Hunsa river at an elevation of 8,000 ft (2,438 m). This high altitude ensures a fairly cold continental climate is prevalent here. Most of tourist visit this site from May to October. Other months of the year Karakoram Highway that leads here is blocked by the snow falls in the Khunjerab Pass. In summer the temperature reaches a temperature of 27 °C (81 °F) and in winter it might drop to −10 °C (14 °F).


Baltit Fort (Hunsa Valley)

The Hunza valley is situated at an altitude of about 2500 m. and, for many centuries, provided the fastest access to the kingdoms of Swat and Gandhāra for a person who had traveled on foot. The communication route was impractical for pack animals; only human carriers could have crossed it, and in any case only with the permission of the locals.

This region was easy to defend because the paths were just under half a meter wide. The mountain paths often climbed along desolate cliffs, crossing crevasses, with stones balancing high up, and so constantly exposed to the incurions of the weather and the fall of rocky blocks. These constituted the frightening "suspended passages" reported in the accounts of the Chinese stories that terrified everyone, including the famous Chinese Buddhist monks like Xuánzàng.

The temperature in May reaches a maximum of 27 ° C and a minimum of 14 ° C; while in October the maximum temperature is 10 ° C and the minimum is -10 ° C. The tourist season generally runs from May to October, since in winter the Karakorum road is often blocked by snow.

Today, the famous Karakorum Road runs through the Hunza region, linking Pakistan to China via the Khunjerab Pass. Traveling from the south to the valley, the Hunza region is on the left, and the previous state of Nagar to the right of the Hunza river. Regular bus and trucking services generally operate between Gilgit and central Hunza (Aliabad and Karimabad) and also between Gilgit and Sost Gojal. The PTDC office in Gilgit, Sost and Islamabad organizes travel and transportation for visitors.

Spectacular scenery
The Hunza is one of the most impressive places in the world. Many peaks rise above 6000 m surrounding the Hunza valley and providing spectacular views of some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountains in the world, including Rakaposhi (7788), Ultar Sar (7388 m), Bojahagur Duanasir II (7329 m) , Ghenta (7090 m), Hunza (6270 m), Darmyani (6090 m), and Bublimotin (6000 m). The Hunza valley is also home to the ancient watch towers, Baltit and Altit. The Rock of Baltit is located above Karimabad, while the Rock of Altit lies low in the valley.

It is popularly believed that the valley provided the inspiration for James Hilton for his 1933 Lost Horizon tale where he talks about the mythical Shangri-La valley. While traveling along the Karakorum road, beautiful scenery is revealed to the visitor, who can observe the 65 km long glacier 'Batura', the second largest in Pakistan, surrounded by the Shishper, Batura and Kumpirdior peaks. Coming to Sost, you can continue your journey to Khunzhrav or turn west to witness the mystical beauty of the Chipursan valley (also called Chapursan), which has some of the most exotic tourist spots in the area. From Yarzerech (or Yarzirich) you can see the majestic Kundahill (6000 m), or hike along the Rishepzhurav to Kundahill to experience the soothing scenery. After Yarzerech you can travel past Lupghar, Raminj, Reshit, Yishkuk to Bobo Ghundi (Oston), the shrine of Baba-e-Ghund, a saint of Afghanistan near the border between Pakistan and the Wakhan region of Afghanistan.





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