Hunza Travel Guide

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Hunza Highlights

  • Pro
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     Mountains, wildlife, landscape, river and almost everything 

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     Expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     Hunza genuinely offers an experience of a lifetime! 

Hunza Things to Do

  • Khunjerab Pass

    The ultimate climax of the trip on the KKH is the Khunjerab Pass, which is at an altitude of 4,733 meters (15,620 feet). It is one of the highest paved road connecting Pakistan Northern area to China western provinces. From Sust, the immigration post on Pakistan's side, you climb gradually till you reach close to the pass, where series of hair-pin...

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  • Baltit Fort

    The state of Hunza was ruled for over 1000 years by the same family with their seat of power at the Baltit Fort. It is located on a large rocky outcrop at the base of the might Ultar Peaks (claimed by locals that no one has reached its summit). This fort was renovated and reopened in 1997, and gives a magnificent view of the Hunza valley. Doors...

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  • Hopar Glacier.

    From Hunza you can also arrange a trip to snow lake(Bifao,Hispar Glaciers) Hispar Pass - The crossing point between Baltistan and Hunza valley is the Hispar pass which is at the elevation of 5151 meters from the top looking back gives a feeling of vast snowy space without a hint of vegetation. Coiling out from snow lake smooth glaciers writhe...

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  • Rakaposhi Views

    Rakhaposhi is a magnificent peak, towering over 7,788 m and is easily visible from KKH and karimabad and its surrounding areas. The first major glimpse that you can enjoy is from an area called ZERO point (right on KKH) where you get a magnificent view of the peak, with glacier fed streams running down. It is also one of the easiest mountains to...

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  • Colourful Passu.

    You have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to see a beautiful sunrise over Gulmit or Passu cathedrals. The arches on the mountain makes a setting for a beautiful and colorful show, with sun's rays hitting the ridge at an angle...resulting in a panoramic dance of light and shadows observed on the mountain ranges. It is reccomended...

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  • Shimshal Valley.

    One natural & most dangerous thing is to cross the rivers in Shimshal valley by perilous aerial runways, alone among the powerful elements(cable bridges) but its all a great fun..These are made by local people with local resources & area used to carry people & luggage..

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Hunza Restaurants

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    Interior of Hunza Darbar

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    All kinds of foods are available at the Hunza Darbar ranging from Barbecue at nights to the delicious royal Hunza local cuisine. Foreigners' stomachs are sometimes upset by local foods so oriental and other foods are also available. Breakfast is free at Hunza Darbar. Food served by Baltit Inn is also good and PTDC's restaurant is excellent!

    Favorite Dish: Local Hunza Cuisine. Just delicious!

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Hunza Transportation

  • By Air

    Pakistan Airlines operates daily 2 flights from Islamabad to Gilgit, leaving daily at 0645 am and 0945 am (please check PIA website as time may change from season to season). Planes are new ATR 42-500, twin propeller with a seating capacity of 48, which have replaced the ageing fleets of FOKKER-F27. You need to book in advance for these flights as...

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  • Gilgit - Chitral Road

    This is the road from Gilgit to Chitral which passes through stunningly beautiful areas and the road is also stunning. It is a very rough ride and it certainly is the "highway to hell" (for some reason you get several of these in Pakistan's Northern Areas). However, this road passes through the Ghizar area which contains the beautiful areas of Sher...

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  • Karakoram Highway

    The Karakoram Highway starts from the town of Manshera and ends in Kashgar in China. The ride from Islamabad to Gilgit is roughly about 15 hours. However, for tourists who have time, there is another way which is much more enjoying. From Islamabad, leave for Nathiagali. Spend a night or two at Nathia Gali and go on the Nathi Gali - Abbottabad road...

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Hunza Shopping

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  • Hunza Caps/Hats

    The Hunza hats are famous through out the whole world. They are available at all common shops in Hunza and are very cheap. Hunza hats are embroidered by hand and are a must buy in Hunza. Hunza hats are very cheap, for less than 10$. Dont forget to negotiate. You are in PAKISTAN.

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  • Tip 1

    There are at least 50 shops restaurants hotels etc in Karimabad's bustling street, the best way is to bring lots of cash money to grab whatever you want. I saw so many Lapis Lazuli and other stones in multicolors. Almost everything except internet, it cost 600R an hour, if you can afford. US$10.05 converted using VT-currency converter.

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  • The StrongHold of Shopping.

    Gilgit is a very large city and you can basically get there everything you want ranging from everyday goods to luxury items like Silks from China. Most of the items are smuggled (no you wont be caught or anything!) and is extremely cheap, especially Electronic stuff. The Cinema Bazaar and the China Bazaar are major places for shopping! Silks,...

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Hunza Local Customs

  • Bargaining

    The inhabitants of Hunza are poor people.If you r bargaining for animal or birds and you have set price for it then after this if you don't buy it.the honour of the animal will force you to buy it because it is thought to be un luckey to bring the aminal back at home if the customer has set its price.so don't bargain for fun if in u r not serious...

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  • Play some volleyball

    I started by playing a soccer type game with some local kids (kick the ball over the wall), but was then invited to join a volleyball game.The court was in an emptied reservoir, which provided great walls.In the summer when the snow melts the reservoir fills up (and you can apparently swim in it).

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  • Get a shave

    This is my travel friend Dave getting a shave after 6 weeks traveling.Beware of unclean places (you don't want to get hepatitis!)Otherwise it's a cheap thrill (20 rupees = 30 US cents)

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Hunza Warnings and Dangers

  • Landslides

    KKH is a feet of engineering where over 1000 people lost their lives. The road is carved through various mountains passes and is subject to landslides, especially during rainy season. When a landslide occurs, traffic can be blocked for days. However Pak Army engineers of Road Maintenance Battalion (RMB and FWO) makes it a top priority to clear and...

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  • Falling Rocks

    KKH is a feet of engineering where over 1000 people lost their lives. The road is carved through various mountains passes and is subject to landslides, especially during rainy season.When a landslide occurs, traffic can be blocked for days. However Pak Army engineers of Road Maintenance Battalion (RMB and FWO) makes it a top priority to clear and...

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  • Internet

    When I was there, I asked a shop owner regarding the charges of internet surfing, he said something like 600R an hour in daytime 150R night. I take a peep at the internet room has two sets of PCs but nobody. I guess internet is still very expensive in Hunza. Most of them are using the satelite dish, saw so many on the roof.

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Hunza Tourist Traps

  • Gilgit City

    The city of Gilgit is impressive, but then again not so impressive. It is a big city, with restaurants, houses, hotels, etc but has no major attraction. However, it has benefited from the beauty of its northern counterparts. People usually stay here a lot. It can get very good in Gilgit, upto 40 Celsius is normal in summers. There is little...

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  • Gilgit

    The city of Gilgit is impressive, but then again not so impressive. It is a big city, with restaurants, houses, hotels, etc but has no major attraction. However, it has benefited from the beauty of its northern counterparts. People usually stay here a lot. It can get very good in Gilgit, upto 40 Celsius is normal in summers. There is little...

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Hunza What to Pack

  • Things you can get in Pakistan.

    All kind of luggage bags are available in Pakistan. Some are a bit expensive though! Western clothing is available in Pakistan (no shorts in the Northern areas). Quality shoes also available in Gilgit. For Stomach problems, try Hamdard's Ispaghol Or Husk as its called. Very effective. Have one table spoon every night with water in Pakistan. For...

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  • Things you need to bring from home

    Normal luggage and bags. Be sure about the kilograms limit. They can overcharge you quite a bit for heavier stuff. If you go in the summer, bring normal light clothing for Hunza and nearby areas. Sweaters will be required for Khunjerab expeditions. Bring good hiking joggers. No serious weather gear required. Bring something for your stomach ....

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Hunza Off The Beaten Path

  • Gulmit

    A quaint little hamlet about 20 minuted further north from main Karimabad. Nice place to go for a short hike that takes you to an old fort, as well towards Gulmit Glacier, and you end up near Borith Lake. Very quite and serene surroundings, and early in the morning you can view the sunrise over Gulmit/Passu cathedrals. Manager at the hotel told...

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  • See The Sun Rise

    The dawn in these areas are mostly missed by travellers who are tired at want to sleep but please wake up for a few minutes and experience this. The dawn is beautiful, Azaa'n (call to prayer) from the Muezzin has a strange echo in this mountainous region which is refreshing. See the mountains with the sun rising over them, see their colours...

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  • Beautiful Village

    A quaint little hamlet about 20 minuted further north from main Karimabad. Nice place to go for a short hike that takes you to an old fort, as well towards Gulmit Glacier, and you end up near Borith Lake.Very quite and serene surroundings, and early in the morning you can view the sunrise over Gulmit/Passu cathedrals.Manager at the hotel told us...

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Hunza Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking/Trekking

    This trekking is for beginners and amateur hikers. The area between Gilgit and Chitral areas is called Ghizar and provides great chances for trekking and hiking. The most famous areas are Naltar, Yasin, Phander, Fairy Meadows, Hopar, Nagar and Shimsal Valleys. Especially in Naltar Valley, where a trekker can hike up to the Naltar Lakes. All...

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  • Play Polo

    The Horse Polo of these Northern Areas are famous throughout Pakistan. The ball is hit around at amazing speeds and the horses do well to keep up with the ball. The spectators also have to be brave and sit above a low wall to which the ball hits and rebounds into play. The music also dictates the game. The famous polo teams are Gilgit and Chitral...

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  • Cycling

    Cycling on one of the highest roads on Earth. Gotta be mad? Well no. Several foreigners are seen biking on the highway from Besham to Khunjerab. Thats a very tough job, about rises in height from 800 m to 4880 m and similar falls. Never tried it (thankfully). Try searching for websites on cycling the Karakoram highway on net.

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  • The Golden Peak Range

    The Golden Peak Range is located it the Passu-Gulmit area and are a wonderful chain of mountains that look gold in the sunlight. The best place to view them is near the Hunza River which is quite flat near this area and provides wonderful reflections of the mountains.

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  • Hanging Bridges

    Probably the most scariest part of the journey! The deadly hanging bridges of Passu over the Hunza River. The first bridge is ok but the second bridge spans the river for a distance of about 100 - 150 m ! If its windy, it can get real scary! The bridge isn't too much above the Hunza River but it certainly is very much like Indiana Jones!

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  • Fairy Meadows.

    Fairy Meadows lie below the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat, which is the largest mountain in the world and the last bastion of the Great Himalayas in the West. Below it lie the calm and serene Fairy Meadows, one of the most beautiful places in this world and a definite must-see on everybody's list. The Fairy Meadows are the base-camp of Nanga Parbat...

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Naltar Valley.
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The Hunza River.
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Fruit Orchards.
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White Water Rafting
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Fishing
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Rock Climbing
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Fruit Orchards.
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The Hunza River
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Meat
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Awesome Flight
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Glacier fed streams
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Colorful Cathedral Sunrise
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The ultimate high!
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Baltit Fort
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Rakhaposhi - Goddesses of the Snow
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Kargah Buddha Statue
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The Silk Road
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Site of the Greatest 19th Century Ambush
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Rock Carvings
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Dangerous But Adventureous...Cable Bridges
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Farming Heaven..Shimshal Valley
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Magical Miar Lake..
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Miar Peak & Glacier...
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Barpu Glacier..
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Khunjeerab Pass..The highest border in World
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Sacred Rock of Hunza
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Mount Rakaposhi..(Hunza Valley)
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PHANDER LAKE:
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HISTORICAL ALTIT FORT...HUNZA VALLEY
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Lady Finger Peak...
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Ultar Glacier..
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Gulmit Village
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Ultar Glacier..
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Bifao,Hispar Pass & Glacier..
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Nagar Village...
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Legendry Hopar Glacier...
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Historical & Natural...Passu
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Batura & Passu Glacier..(Hunza)
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Aliabad..Hunza Valley
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Ultar Glacier..
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