Are you planning to visit Pakistan, or are you local and wanted to explore Gilgit Baltistan? This writing piece will help you get information about the Beautiful and adventurous places to explore in Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan).
Gilgit-Baltistan is located in the North of Pakistan, sharing the world’s highest border with China. It is known as Paradise; it offers a pristine natural landscape, mountain stretches, multi-languages, and cultural diversity.
Whether you visit during cozy summers or chilly winters, it has plenty to offer to the adventurer lovers. Meanwhile, during your stay, you can do many things, such as landscape photography, hiking, trekking, skiing, skating, trophy hunting, paragliding, rafting, ballooning, or exploring the beautiful valleys with their unique beauty.
How to Travel to Gilgit-Baltistan?
There are multiple ways to reach your destination; however, the best route would be by road if you are coming from any foreign country where you get to explore Pakistan’s real beauty. Though it’s a long journey; meanwhile, the landscape wouldn’t let you get bored on your way. You can either choose to go by bus, rental car, or get in touch with a travel agency, as you will find several travel agencies.
Secondly, if you chose to travel by airplane, you have a plan ahead. Make sure to check the weather and availability of tickets ahead of time. However, a road trip is less expensive, a little rough, but unique for people who love adventures.
Places you should visit while you stay in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Depending on your interest, you can choose to visit a different place; however, one thing is that most of these places are connected and close to each other, which saves you time.
If you love trekking, you might find Glaciers and the highest mountains, or if you are a landscape lover, you might want to explore the valleys.
Here are few best places that might interest you.
Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park is located in Skardu Valley. It is one of the most exciting parks with its incredible ecological values, majestic landscape, wildflowers, wild lives, and Himalaya Mountains. The park offers a unique environmental nature, an astonishing view, and rich biodiversity. Some of the rare species you can find here include Tibetan Wolf, Himalaya Ibex, Tibetan red fox, and Golden Marmots. For those who love fishing, snow trout is found here. It is also covered by sporadic butterflies, stunning wildflowers, and diverse birds—the best time to visit this park in the summer. For camping lovers, documentary makers, wildlife photographers, and those who love to be around nature, this is one of the fascinating places to visit. This must be on your list.
Rakaposhi View Point
Rakaposhi Mountain is almost 7,778 high mountain in Karakorum Range, located in Nagar Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. It is known as” Mother of Mist” or” Mother of Clouds.” It is one of the fascinating sky-touching Mountain View covered in snow and looks like a fairy in a white dress. It is an attractive place for nature lovers, mountain climbers, hikers, and trekkers. The best time to visit this place is from May to September; however, it gets windy and cold in October. You can also enjoy the view of Rakaposhi from the top of Hunza Valley. If you wanted to visit this place, like hiking or trekking, make sure to take weather proof jackets and check the weather situation before you leave. There have been many things written about this place, visiting and seeing it would be a great thing to do if you visit Gilgit-Baltistan.
Altit Fort in Karimabad Hunza
Hunza Valley itself offers plenty of things to explore around, from landscape to historical places. Altit fort is one of the historical sites in Hunza that has kept the values, crafts, and traditions of the Valley. It is a masterpiece of Architecture. It has been preserved as a Museum, and visitors are often taken on a complete tour of the place. There is another Fort that you can visit that is Baltit fort. Both of these forts represent the culture and history of Hunza Valley. It is a fascinating place for cultural researchers, documentary makers, photographers, architectures, and archaeologists. If you are interested in history, these places must be on your list to explore.
Glaciers to Explore
There are some of the highest and longest Glaciers you can find in Gilgit Baltistan to explore. Some of them include;
- Godwin- Austin
- Biafo Glacier
- Baltoro Glacier
- Siachen Glacier
- Batura Glacier
- Hispar Glacier
- Passu Glacier
All of the above Glaciers offers a spectacular view and the best trekking, climbing, and hiking spots for adventurers. Godwin-Austin is close to K2 Mountain; it can be reached through Balti town of Skardu. Siachen Glacier is one of the world’s second-largest Glacier and is the longest Glacier in the Karakorum mountain range. Meanwhile, these Glaciers are significant for environmentalists and climate change activists, researchers, and workers who can conduct their study and the impact of Climate Change on these Glaciers.
Hussaini Suspension Bridge
Hussaini suspension Bridge is an adventurous bridge, and it’s fascinating for the visitors. The Bridge is located in Upper, Hunza. Though it is quite dangerous to cross the Bridge, it keeps moving when you cross the Bridge. It is considered one of the most hazardous Bridges, but it is a center of attraction for tourists.
Khunjrab Top, known as Khunjrab pass, is the world’s highest border crossing and is located in the northern border of Pakistan and southern edge of China. It connects the two countries, China and Pakistan, in the Mountains of Karakorum. People who visit this top also enjoy the spectacular view and majestic roads, and the Karakorum mountain range. Being high in altitude, it’s quite cold and windy. The best time to visit this place in the summers; however, if you love snow, you can also see it in winters, but the weather gets harsh out there.
Eagle Nest Duiker
For nature lovers, Eagle Nest Duiker is the most beautiful place to enjoy sunrise and sunset over the Valley. You can also view the world’s most famous peak,” Rakaposhi” Ultar Peak,” Golden peak, and Lady Finger from the top of Eagle Nest. You can also view the famous forts, Balti-Altit fort from Eagle Nest. If you are a photographer, nature lover, or mediator, this place must be on top of your list.
Attabad Lake is in Hunza Valley; it’s a stunning Lake surrounded by the mountains and landscape. This is the best place for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, jet-skiing, and camping. The lake looks so refreshing and full of nature.
It is one of the un-explored lakes in Hunza Valley; however, it is one of the most peaceful places with stunning landscapes and surroundings. It is located in the northwest of Husseini, Gojal in Upper Hunza. You can see the clear sky or Milky Way at night and do meditation.
Valleys to Explore
Gilgit-Baltistan beauty does end with these places; some of the best valleys you can explore during your travel give an insight into the culture, food, traditions, and languages. Local food, music, dance, and folk traditions can only be explored by visiting these beautiful valleys. They are full of a spectacular view, landscapes, tasty food, different languages, and unique crafts. Some of the beautiful valleys include;
- Hunza Valley
- Skardu Valley
- Gojal Valley
- Thunder Valley
- Astore Valley
- Gojal Valley
- Shigar Valley
Make stunning pictures, enjoy tasty food and music, and explore more in the Valley. If you are fortunate to visit during a local festival, that would be great to explore the culture. Famous festival celebrations include Navroz Festival, ShandurPolo Festival (between Chitral&GB), and Harvest Festival, Gianni Festival, and Babusar Polo festival. You can explore Polo games, football, hockey, volleyball, Folk music, dance, and local dishes on these occasions. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan make the journey more memorable with their hospitality and politeness.