Why should you visit Hunza Valley? Hunza Nagar is a hamlet surrounded by the most mesmerizing mountains of the Karakorum group, including Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden, Shisper, and Passu Peaks. The views are simply breathtaking and feel like a paradise on earth. The two kingdoms of Hunza and Nagar coexisted as rivals, and this barbaric tradition kept them battle-hardened and creative. The ancient Silk Route also passes through the valley, and its traces are found in many places; it was used to connect Indus Civilization with the Chinese Civilization.

Modern-time Hunza Valley is synonymous with women’s empowerment and cultural emancipation. Winter sports, including Ice Hockey, are a new addition to the atlas of the region and have added color to the otherwise dull winter life in the area. Cherry blossoms and dry autumn leaves are unforgettable scenes. Attabad lake and Altit/Baltit Forts are places of particular significance in the region. The details will answer Why should you visit Hunza Valley?

The traces of global warming and climate change have been seen firsthand on the glacial slopes. These beauties and trails are along the Karakorum Highway (KKH), and the place is a comfortable rendezvous for travelers. Why should you visit Hunza Valley?

Why Visit Hunza Valley?

  • Adventure lovers can find extreme ventures closer to the main road, including river rafting, rock climbing, glacier/snow trekking, paragliding, river crossing on a suspension bridge, mountaineering, wild polo playing, yak riding, and trophy hunting.
  • Nature lovers can find peace and happiness in pollution and a noise-free environment. Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Qarchnai Lake, and Shimshal Pamir lake can allow you to see your shade in the deep blue water. The ‘flora and fauna on the high pastures of Khunjrab Pass and other places can give you a soothing fragrance not found in any cologne or body perfume.
  • The geography/geology/genealogy students can follow the traces of ancient gypsies found along the routes leading to and beyond Khunjarab Pass, Shimshal Pass, Mintika Pass, Klik Pass connecting Pakistan and China, similarly, Chilangi Pass and Irshad Pass bordering Afghanistan. Altit Fort, Baltit fort, and Nilt Fort speak of the ancient glories of Hunza Nagar.
  • The gold sand particles along the Shimshal river, ruby, and aquamarine in central Hunza and Nagar are of value to the customers.
  • The ‘religious travelers’ can search for inner peace in the mountains of the Karakorum. God has created the mighty mountains and rivers to challenge the character and faith of the believers. Let the human of faith accept the challenge and find lasting peace within and without.
  • The Buddhist rock carvings and Muslim Astans (places dedicated to some religious personality) are the main attractions along the KKH. The mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Shams at Shimshal, the mausoleum of Hazrat Baba Ghundi at Chipurson, and the mausoleum of Shah Wali at Nagar are places of holy pilgrimages in Hunza Nagar.
  • The corporate gurus and marketing researchers may find the ‘Sost Dry Port’,  Karimabad/ Gulmit Hunza, and Minapin Nagar a lucrative business opportunity.
  • Social scientists and women enthusiasts may be fascinated by women’s emancipation and empowerment in Hunza and visit all women’s hotels and carpentry shops.
  • The Sports zealots may find it fascinating to play winter sports in Hunza Nagar. Ice Hockey, Ice Skating and skiing are the new fascinations in the region, and it has transformed the dull winter season into a festive season of sports and social networking. Ghulkin, Altit, Khyber, Chipurson, Shimshal, and Hoper are the main winter sports venues.
  • Passu, Minapin {Pisan}, Asqurdas, and Sharisubz are the summer cricket/football playing grounds.
  • The ‘trophy hunters’ can visit Hunza Nagar to hunt for Ibex and Blue sheep. The Hunting season starts in October and ends in April. The Government offers a special license in conservancy areas. 80% of the income generated through this activity goes to the local villagers who take care of the wildlife and conserve it for trophy hunting.
  • The mountaineers find Hunza Nagar heaven for mountaineering. In addition, the beautiful slopes of Rakaposhi, Deran, Shisper, Passu Peak, and many others attract adventure lovers. Of late, downhill skiing, paragliding, and other extreme sports have also come up.
  • Honeymoon couples find Hunza Nagar a place of peace, love, and care. They identify with the mesmerizing views of Doiker, Attabad, Mamobakor, Hussaini bridge, and Borith lake. A chat with some Chinese love birds on Khunjrab is an added happiness for these young and fascinating couples.
  •  The performing art lovers will find the dancing Shamans an exciting event. All folk in Hunza Nagar are dancers who dance with full zeal and enthusiasm. You see some music and are welcome to join in the dance.
When to Visit Hunza Valley?
  • Hunza Nagar is an all-weather visiting place; however certain times/seasons are dedicated to unique visits.
  • Cherry Blossom Tours, from 10 Match to 10 May (10 March starts at the southern end and 15 May Northern end).
  • Autumn Tours, 15 October to 30 November.
  • Winter Sports Tours, 20 December to 20 February.
  • Trophy Hunting Tours, 15 October to 15 April.
How to Visit Hunza Valley?
By Air

Islamabad to Skardu and by road to Gilgit and Hunza NagarLahore to Skardu and by road to Gilgit and Hunza NagarKarachi to Skardu and by road to Gilgit and Hunza Nagar

By Road (Bus/Coaster/Car)

Islamabad – Mansahra- Kaghan- Naran- Babusar pass – Chilas- Gilgit – Hunza Nagar (follow Indus valley – KKH)

Islamabad – Mansahra- Thakot – Besham – Dassu – Chilas- Gilgit – Hunza Nagar (follow Kaghan Valley -M 35)

Peshawar – Chitral – Shandur- Phandar – Gupis – Gilgit – Hunza

Kashgar – Tashkurgan – Khunjrab PASS – Sost Dry Port- Hunza (From China Side)

Pakistan Famous Places – Hunza Nagar Valley
  • Khunjrab Pass (16000 Meters) is the Border crossing between Pakistan and China.
  • Shimshal Valley. The border crossing between Pakistan and China connects Shimshal, Baltistan, and  Nagar through the snow lake and Braldo glaciers.
  • Irshad Pass. The border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Rakaposhi Mountain.
  • Shishper Peak.
  • Deran Peak.
  • Passu Peak.
  • Nilt Fort/Baltit Fort/Altit Fort/ Ondra Fort (remains).
  • Baba Ghundi Astan.
  • Attabad Lake

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