Hunza Valley in Pakistan is popularly believed to be the inspiration for the mythical valley of Shangri-la in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.
Hunza Valley is popularly believed to be the inspiration for the mythical valley of Shangri-la in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. As one travels up on the Karakoram Highway, the beautiful sceneries keep on revealing themselves. Hunza is one of the most exotic places in Pakistan to visit whether you’re travelling for sightseeing and relaxation, adventure treks, local foods or meeting generous people, Hunza offers everything a traveller can think of.
Hunza Valley is divided into three geographic subdivisions, Upper Hunza, Central Hunza, and Lower Hunza.
Lower Hunza is a sub-region of Hunza, boundaries with Nagar valley on the east and on the south. It starts from a village Khizirabad and ends at Nasirabad, Lower Hunza composed of Khizirabad, Mayoon, Hussainabad, Khanabad and Nasirabad. Nasirabad location on Kakarakoram Highway makes it a centre village of Lower Hunza Valley. Lower Hunza Valley considered non-commercial in terms of tourism, offers splendid landscapes of surrounding mountains and gardens full of cherry, apricot and apple trees.
Centre Hunza starts from a beautiful village Murtazaabad and ends at Attaabad. Central Hunza Valley includes the villages of Murtazaabad, Hassanabad, Aliabad (Captial of Hunza District), Dorkhan, Shiras, Garelth, Hyderabad, Ganish, Karimabad (Baltit, main tourist town of Hunza Valley), Mominabad, Altit, Ahmedabad, Gama Sareth and Attabad.
Central Hunza Valley is home to the ancient watch towers in Ganish, Baltit Fort and Altit Fort. Watch towers are located in heart of Ganish Village, Baltit Fort stands on top of Karimabad whereas Altit Fort lies at the bottom of the valley. Dating back to the 8th century AD, a huge Buddha figure surrounded by small Buddhisatvas is carved on a rock. Pre-historic men and animal figures are carved on rocks along the valley.
The upper Hunza starts from Ayenabad village, nowadays affected with a natural hit (Attabad Lake Disaster) and sunk completely in the artificial lake; Upper Hunza extends to Misgar, Shimshal and Chuporson, (Border areas). Gulmit village is the capital city of upper Hunza, and Sost is an important village for commercial purposes due to Sost dry port. Upper Hunza is subdivided into four regions, as Gojal1, 2, 3, 4 respectively. Gojal one composed of Ayenabad, Shishkat, Gulmit, Ghulkin Passu, Hussaini. Gojal two composed of Khyber, Galapan Murokhoon, Jamalabad, Gircha, Nazimabad, Hussain Abad, Sost, Khudabad and Misgar. Gojal 3 composed of Shimshaal and finally Gojal 4 composed of Khair Abad, Rashit, Kirming, Kill, Espangi, Shersaabz, and Zodokhon.
The Karakoram Highway runs from this region of Hunza and exit to neighbouring country China, at Khunjareb Pass area of upper Hunza. From Chopurson the Wakhan corridor opens and this piece of land isolates this region from the former USSR.
Khunjerab Pass is a 4,693-meter-high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains, in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan and on the southwest border of China is also located in Hunza. Eco-friendly Hiking treks like Ondra poygah Gulmit and Leopard Trek Shiskhat are also famous for their scenic views.Share this tour
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