In the Gilgit-Baltistan district of Pakistan, there is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking mountainous valley called Hunza. It is located in the great northern part of our Country where it borders with Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and China’s Xinjiang region.
Hunza was previously a charitable state that used to have its borders with the autonomous regions of China i.e. Xinjiang and Pamir in the northwest region. It was disbanded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1974 and now this state is bordering the areas of Agency of Gilgit in the south alongside the east of Nagar state. The capital of the state was Baltit which was also known by the name of Karimabad or Ganish Village meaning “ancient gold village”. Around 900 years ago, Hunza was a self-governing territory until the British came and started controlling it along with its neighboring valleys such as Nagar during the years of 1889 till 1891. After the military conquest, the ruler Safdar Khan of Hunza valley escaped to Kashghar in China & took residence in a political sanctuary.
This part of Hunza Valley consists of the villages of Ayeanabad and then extends to border areas of Chuporson, Shimshaal, and Misgar. The central town of upper Hunza is the village of Gulmitbut for commercial purposes; the dry port of Sost is used. The subdivisions of upper Hunza Valley are Gojal 1, Gojal 2, Gojal and Gojal 4. Gojal 1 is serene with Shishkat, Ayean Abad, Ghulkin Passu, Hussaini and Gulmit. Gojal 2 is made up of Nazimabad, Hussainabad, Gircha, Sost, Galapan Murokhoon, Khyber, Khudabad, Misgar, and Jamalabad. Gojal 3 is the regions of Shimshaal and in the end; Gojal 4 is poised with the beauty of Zodokhon, Rashit, Kirming, and Khairabad.
During the monarchial ruling of the Ayashoo dynast, the central part of Hunza Valley remained very administrative due to which it was considered to be the center of Hunza Valley state. The center part of Hunza begins from a gorgeous town called Murtazabad and ends at Ataa Abad and embraces the townships of Aliabad, Shiras, Garelth, Dorkhan, Murtazabad, Ganish, Karimabad (Baltit), Hassanabad, Hyderabad,
It is an associate area of Hunza Valley and has its boundaries on the east and west sides of Nagar Valley. This part of Hunza is renowned for mulberries and the production of fine quality grapes. The cherries, apricots, plums and several other fruits cultivated here are sold throughout the country.
From Gilgit, Hunza Valley can be reached at a distance of the about100km drive. Most of the people who come here love traveling by rad and it takes them about two to three hours to reach Hunza Valley if they are coming from Gilgit. In town, you will find many booking agents that help you for traveling long distances through buses and jeeps. There is a usual international bus service given from the borders of China via Sost. From Sost, the travelers can take part in different activities such as trekking or a long drive to Hunza Karimabad.
People traveling by plane have to go to Gilgit airport from where they can reach Hunza Valley in just 45 minutes. Pakistan International Airlines offer regular flights to Hunza Valley of small planes between Islamabad and Gilgit but these flights depend realty on the weather conditions of Hunza Valley therefore during winters; most of the flights always cancel.
Comprehensive know-how in Hunza would have to embrace scenery, art, music, literature, history, and of course, a lot of genuine and native Hunza food.
When in Hunza Valley, visiting Atta bad lake is a must. Upon seeing the river, you will not believe that it has such a gloomy story behind it but the exquisiteness of it is startling. It has diverse shades and the mountains backdrop is very beautiful. The water is calm and fresh and you can take a deep breath there and sit on a yacht to see how beautiful nature can be the colors are exceptional and the echoes of the dry deserted mountains around it increase its attractiveness.
Altit and Baltit fort is important to stopover when visiting Hunza Valley. They both grasp a strong sight over the hill and both display orient always in their construction. For a small and fill, local chaperons will take you through individual forts. Their familiarity with the old times and flawless English will make the experience more substantial.
Passu glaciers are miraculous, deserted, and purifying to the soul due to its aloofness and make a great place to visit during vacations. Visiting Hunza River is considered worthy for the water sporting such as Rafting and Kayaking. It is a very picturesque area that has been fenced by tall mountain summits for example Rakaposhi.
Some of the best foods to look for when in Hunza valley are Go-Lee (savory breakfast served with namkeen chai), Harissa (made by wheat, simmered meat in some oil), Chapshuro (it is the Gilgit Baltistan sort of pizza which is a dough filled with a concoction of chopped meat, onions, and peppers), Shopan, Diram Fitti (prepared from sprouted wheat flour and served after mixing with almonds, apricot oil and butter), Mamtu (it is a delightful meal flour which is centrally packed with mutton/Beef and various other peppery ingredients).
If you have decent control over your hunger then you can always attempt these pleasant customs of Hunza valley. Hunza will provide you with the diversity of traditional items on many occasions. These yummy food items are very rich in flavor and you will discover the exact flavor of wildlife and pureness in them. Hunza valley is well identified all over the realm for the long life of the folks from here. Several investigators have done studies to discover the secret of the long lives of people of Hunza. Many of these examiners consider that it is the clean nutrition in Hunza Valley which makes the people relish so much.
Day 01: Board selected train from Karachi Cantt Station Green Line Express departure time Reporting time is 1 hour prior to departure time of train
Day 02: 08:00 PM Reach Islamabad 10:00 PM Visit Monal Restuarant (Dinner not included eat as you like)
Day 3: Departure for Chilas 12:00 AM (Pickup from Daewoo station for Islamabad members) Drive through Naran Route Breakfast on the way Short stops at Lulusar Lake / Babusar Top Reach Chilas in the evening Dinner and night stay at Chilas (If Naran road jams due to traffic, we will take KKH to reach Chilas and will cover Babusar Top & Lulusar Lake on return journey)
Day 4: Breakfast at Chilas 7:00 AM Departure for Hunza Photography stop at 3 Mountain Junction Point Visit of Rakaposhi View Point Traditional Music Night and Bonfire Dinner and Night Stay in Hunza/Nagar
Day 5: Breakfast call 7:00 AM Departure for Upper Hunza Valley Visit of Attabad Lake via Attabad Tunnel Visit of world famous Hussaini Bridge Gojal (If time permits) Photography stop at Passu Cones Visit of Khunjerab Pass (Pakistan-China Border) Reach back to Hunza, Dinner and Night stay
Day 6: Breakfast call 7:00 AM Visit of Eagle’s Nest (Dulkar) Visit of Altit & Baltit Fort Karimabad Market Dinner and night stay in Hunza / Nagar
Day 7: Breakfast call 7:00 AM Departure for Batakundi / Naran Reach Batakundi / Naran Rafting in River Kunhar (Optional) Dinner and night stay at Batakundi or Naran (If Babusar top is closed then we will take KKH to reach Besham, Dinner & Night Stay will be at Besham)
Day 8: Breakfast call 7:00 AM • Visit of Saiful Malook Lake • 12:00 pm Reach back and departure for Islamabad • Lunch Stop at Kiwai • Reach Islamabad till evening • End of services for Islamabad members • Dinner and night stay at Islamabad for Karachi members (If Naran road is closed the we will visit Shangla Top via Mardan route with Photography stopovers to reach Islamabad)
Day 9: Breakfast call Board Train selected Train from Station
Day 10: Reach Back Karachi End of services
SERVICES INCLUDED:- ✔️ Train Tickets Karachi – Islamabad – Karachi as per package. ✔️ AC Transport Islamabad – Hunza – Islamabad. ✔️ 2 times standard meals during trip (Breakfast & Dinner). ✔️ Comfortable family hotels throughout trip (3-4 person sharing). ✔️ From Karachi Couples with separate room will be charged extra Rs.7000/- for the whole trip. ✔️ From Islamabad Couples with separate room will be charged extra Rs.5000/- for the whole trip. ✔️ Jeeps for Saiful Malook Lake. ✔️ Tour Guide.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED: – ❌ Porter for Personal luggage. ❌ Medication, evacuation and rescue etc. in emergencies. ❌ Personal insurances of clients. ❌ Laundry, beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature. ❌ Extra expenses due to the acts of nature and political reasons etc. ❌ Entrance tickets at Forts & Museums. ❌ Lunch, tea or mineral water during travel. ❌ Meals in train journey. ❌ Boating & Rafting activity (will be charged on the spot per head basis). ❌ Anything not mentioned above.
THINGS TO REMEMBER: • Every member must keep his/her original CNIC. • KMT is neither responsible for any personal injuries and accidents. • Member must have to behave ethically with his/her fellow group members. • Maximum 10 Kg personal baggage is allowed & every member have to carry his/her own luggage. • Warm/thermal clothes are essential for this trip as it will be cold at nights. • Drugs and weapons are strictly not allowed. • No refunds shall be made in case a member leaves the group at any stage of the trip. • In case of theft, lost or damage to personal belongings during the trip, organizers will not be held responsible in any case. • On adventure trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond the control of organizers can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary Tour Leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. UNDERTAKING: I understand that the adventure/outdoor activities carry a potential risk of personal injury. I further undertake that neither I nor my heirs or legal representatives shall raise any compensation from KMT. Refund/Cancelation: – Train Tickets are non – refundable – 50% Refund of paid amount if Cancellation at least 15 Days Before the Event – 30% Refund of paid amount if Cancellation at least 10 Days Before the Event – 0% Refund if Cancellation Less than 10 Days Before Event
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