Tour De Hunza

It’s been so late now to share about the most marvelous trip of my life so far. It was June of 2017, Me, my brother, my sister and our two friends decided to explore beauty of Hunza valley. We booked Hiace van, packed gas cylinder, oil, sugar, tea, milk, rice, spices, cutlery items, camps and water for this 7 days long adventurous trip.

we left Islamabad at 7 AM. Our first stop was Naran. I have been to Naran in 2016. We camped in Naran. Even in month of June, the water was freezing-cold and nights were bone-chilling.

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Camp site at Naran

We left Naran in morning and our next destination was Rakaposhi View point.

Before reaching at Rakaposhi view point, we witnessed many beautiful sceneries of nature. we passed by very peaceful Lulusar lake.

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Lulusar Lake

After spending some time and taking lots of pictures at Lulusar Lake, we headed towards Babusar Top.

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On my last visit, I made a pledge to myself to reached at top of Babusar top, but I could only accomplished only 70-80 percent.

Then, our next stop was Nanga Parbat view point.

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After saving Nanga Parbat from far away into our memories, our next stop was Juglot. Juglot or Jaglot is a town in Gilgit District, Pakistan, and is situated 45 km south east of Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway. It is located at the junction of three mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakorum, Hindukush, and Himalayas. These mountains are masterpieces of Allah’s power and Jaglot was one of the glorious views.

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Juglot

The most astonishing part of this road trip was the road – the mighty Karakoram Highway – the 8th wonder of the world. Beautifully constructed road among the tough mountains was source of amazement for us. Hats off to the all labors involved in the construction of Karakoram highway. It is one of the highest paved roads in the world, passing through the Karakoram mountain range.

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Karakoram Highway near Khunjerab pass

We reached Rakaposhi view point by afternoon. The view point was picturesque. We spent our evening at one of the restaurant near glacier coming from Rakaposhi.

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Glacier coming from Rakaposhi

Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Northern Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km (62 mi) north of the capital city Gilgit of the semi autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist” or “Mother of Clouds”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan.

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Rakaposhi

We ate fries and drank tea on one of the view point’s restaurants. We camped there and cooked matar pulao for dinner.

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Our camps at Rakaposhi view point

In the next morning, we drove to Hunza, the main destination of our trip. While entering Hunza, we encounter the traditional edible of Hunza valley named “Chup churu”. It was filled with meat of Markhor (as said by locals) and onions.

 

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Then, we reached Hunza, one of the most beautiful valleys of Pakistan I have ever visited. Here are the few glimpses of the Hunza valley on our tour of the Altit Fort, Baltit Fort and Bazar of Hunza. You would fall in love with the cleanliness, the people and the beauty of this amazing valley. We also tasted the most famous and delicious Walnut cake of Cafe de Hunza. And, don’t forget to taste cherries if you visit Hunza, the best cherries I ate ever.

 

Our next target was Khunjerab border – The border between Pakistan and China. Khunjerab Pass  is a high mountain pass on the northern border of Pakistan with China, at an elevation of 4.733 meters (15,528 feet) above the sea level. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest border-crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. On our way to highest border in the world, we witnessed the stunning beauty of Attabad Lake.  Attabad Lake also known as Gojal lake, is a lake in Gojal Valley, Hunza, Pakistan that was created in January 2010 by a landslide. The lake has since become a tourist attraction itself for its unique blue color and dramatic mountain backdrop. We loved boating in lake. The water was very calm and silent surrounded by astonishing mountains.

On way to Khunjerab pass, we made a stay at small village restaurant in the area of Sost. We had breakfast there and spend time just appreciating the beauty in surrounding.

We were excited about seeing chineses at khunjerab pass, but we were surprised to see that there is no chinese at the border, only three Pakistani soliders were standing there. Later on, we came to know that the entrance of chinese’s area is on the other side of the mountain. It was snowing, the some group of young boys were dancing on Indian movie songs in front of border gate. We took lot of picture there. Khunjerab pass has the world’s highest ATM of National Bank of Pakistan. We also met the ‘yakk’ there. Yakk is the name of animal used for trade in ancient times by chinese. Now it’s becoming extinct.

Along the way, we kept finding the Piala Lake. Piala Lake is situated on the way to Lulusar from Naran. The name comes from its round shape. We also stopped at Batakundi. It’s water was bone-chilling.

After spending our last day at Hunza, we started our journey back to home. We stopped at Gilgit and spend a night at house of a friend of my Uncle. After breakfast, we traveled towards Islamabad.

This trip was the most dreamy trip of my life.  The things that took my breath away was the beauty of Hunza valley and the Karakoram Highway. No doubt, Pakistan is a very beautiful country. The landscape of Pakistan is really diverse. There are many beautiful landscapes in Pakistan which are mesmerizing and hypnotizing. May Allah keep my beloved country safe. Ameen

 

 

6 thoughts on “Tour De Hunza

  1. I am thinking that….. How much enjoyable the real journey will be…. When a one person enjoys in just reading it ……..
    It was a good piece of writing by you….. Keep it up 👍

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