Hunza Valley is a beautiful valley located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Karakoram range and is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and hospitable people. The valley is situated at an altitude of 2,438 meters (7,999 feet) above sea level and spans an area of approximately 7,900 square kilometers.
The valley is home to several small villages, including Karimabad, Altit, and Baltit. These villages offer a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the local people, who are predominantly Ismaili Muslims. The people of Hunza are known for their hospitality, and visitors can expect to be warmly welcomed.
One of the most famous landmarks in the valley is the Baltit Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was built in the 8th century and served as the residence of the Mirs of Hunza until the 1940s. Today, it has been restored and turned into a museum that showcases the history and culture of the region.
Hunza Valley is also known for its stunning natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Rakaposhi, Ultar Sar, and Ladyfinger Peak. The valley is also home to several glaciers, including the famous Batura Glacier, which is one of the largest glaciers outside of the polar regions.
How to get around?
From Islamabad/Rawalpindi to Hunza it was very easy and comfortable bus ride with “Faisal movers”, they have wide coverage and can be suggested for the ones who prefer more comfortable rides. The price for this journey at the summer of 2022 was less than 20USD (20h journey, depending on various conditions).
Hunza-Gilgit-Skardu – there is a regular minivan service between, they can be pretty packed and the price was just couple of USD, however the road condition at the summer of 2022 was surprisingly good.
When i was returning from Skardu, decided to try small minivan, since from this city options are more limited. The journey, was aproximately two times shorter and cheaper, however it was one of the least comortable rides throughout my travels.