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Hunza Orchards - Hunza

Hunza Orchards

Fruit Orchards. Fruit Orchards. Review

Hunza is an agricultural city. Miles and miles of fruit orchards can be seen as the tourist approaches Karimabad. Apricots are the major diet in summers and are stored throughout the winters. Some wonderful green fields with trees in them.

Address: Karimabad, Hunza Valley.

Directions: The Hunza Valley, in the north of Pakistan.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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At the Pass - Hunza

At the Pass

Khunjerab Pass Khunjerab Pass Review

Definitely Must See, The highest metal border crossing in the world. My first impression was that this place was going to be as tight as it could be but what can I say? It is quite open (and safe) up there though after Sust the road isnt in too great a condition and I would refer jeeps. It has its own special beauty up here and if your lucky (or unlucky) you might run into snowfall. You will definitely run into a couple of landslides at least one your way so keep an hour or two in advance. Khunjerab Pass is the northern border between Pakistan and China. Check my Photo Album in my Home Page for more details about this place.

Directions: Keep going on the Karakoram Highway north till you reach Khunjerab Pass

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 11, 2003
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Poppy - Hunza

Poppy

Poppies Poppies Review

Well, not much of a Must-See Activity but on the Karakoram Highway on a stretch somewhere in the Hazara and Kohistan region around the Thakot/Jaglot region, you will see some lovely flowers growing on both (or one) sides of the road. Yup, theyre poppies, the plant from which opium and herion is made. Now don't be foolish enough to take photos in front of the harvesters unless you got a pretty fast car! Anyhow, just recently after some skirmishes with the government, most of the poppy crop has been destroyed but there still will be some occasional patches.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 27, 2003
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The Hopar Massif - Hunza

The Hopar Massif

Hopar Glacier. Hopar Glacier. Review

The Hopar Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the Hunza Valley. It is located in the area of Nagar after crossing a cool suspension bridge over the Hunza River. The Nagaris are Shiites unlike the people on the other side of the road who are Ismailis and hence the Nagaris are more strict in religion than the Hunzakuts. The Hopar glacier is about an hour of a ride from Karimabad (depends on road conditions) in a jeep. Excellent place to visit. The glacier feels very alive and is very slippery too!

Address: Shimsal Valley.

Directions: North of Passu on the KKH, a dangerous and dodgy jeep track leaves the road upto Shimsal.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 16, 2003
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On the hike to Shimshal - Hunza

On the hike to Shimshal

Shimshal Valley. Shimshal Valley. Review

Shimshal Valley is one of the remotest valleys of the Hunza Valley. It was supposed to be a place of exile for theives and dacoits in the earlier times (something like Siberia and Australia) but it is no less beautiful. The jeep track just leaves the KKH just north of Passu for Shimsal which is one of the most wonderful places in Hunza. No thieves or dacoits now! You can also take the much more interesting hiking route to Shimsal. Porters are easily available.

Address: Shimsal Valley.

Directions: North of Passu on the KKH, a dangerous and dodgy jeep track leaves the road upto Shimsal.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 16, 2003
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Passu - Hunza

Passu

Colourful Passu. Colourful Passu. Review

Passu is a village of farmers and mountain guides 15 kilometres (nine miles) beyond Gulmit. This is the setting-off point for climbing expeditions up the Batura, Passu, Kurk and Lupgar groups of peaks, and for trekking trips up the Shimshal Valley and Batura Glacier. The Passu Inn, right beside the road, is the meeting place for mountaineers and guides.

Very friendly people here too. Cathedral Peak is the most beautiful mountains here. Its so steep very little snow sticks to it. The Golden Peak Range also lies near here. Check out the hanging bridges over the Hunza River.

Address: Passu.

Directions: North of Karimabad.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 30, 2003
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The Hunza River - Hunza

The Hunza River

The Hunza River. The Hunza River. Review

The Hunza River is the souce of life for the whole valley. Lots of trees and greenery right next to the river. Also source of some of the Hunza Water. Hanging bridges over the river at Passu are a must-do activity.

Address: The Hunza Valley.

Directions: Northern Pakistan.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 30, 2003
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Fall Colors - Hunza

Fall Colors

Autumn Glow

Although I didnt go in the autumn, I heard it has its own beauty in these areas. The colours of the trees are pretty interesting in autumn and the weather is still pleasant.

Address: The Hunza Valley.

Directions: Northern Pakistan.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 30, 2003
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The lush green Naltar Valley - Hunza

The lush green Naltar Valley

Naltar Valley. Naltar Valley. Review

Naltar is a wonderful valley just about 2 hrs drive from Gilgit. It has green fields and lush green alpine trees. The green and forested Naltar Valley receives more rainfall than other areas in the Hunza Valley, and its alpine scenery is a refreshing change in the arid Karakoram. The Naltar Valley runs north-west from Nomal village, on the west bank of the Hunza River 25 km north-east of Gilgit. Naltar was a hill station for the British and has some military facilities, including a PakiĀ­stan Air Force winter survival school. There is also a ski-lift at Naltar Valley and there are a few Naltar lakes higher up in the valley.

Address: Naltar Valley

Directions: Near Gilgit, Pakistan.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 19, 2003
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Stronghold of the Hunzakuts - Hunza

Stronghold of the Hunzakuts

Baltit Fort Baltit Fort Review

The Baltit Fort was an inspiration of the princess of Balistan who married the then reigning Mir of Hunza. She brought in Balti masons, carpenters and Craftsmen to build it and it's sister fort of Altit. The Altit Fort is well is over 1000 years old. Altit Fort is a three kilometer jeep drive from Karimabad.

According to local legends, Baltit fort is close to a thousand years old and was built by 300 laborers part of the royal dowry of the Princess from Baltistan who married the Mir of Hunza. The impression of Hunza is further reinforced by the turrets of the Baltit Fort, the traditional seat of the Mir for over centuries.

The Fort was the property of the Mirs of Hunza for over several centuries. The present Mir of Hunza Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan presented this historical monument to H.H. Aga Khan (Baltit Heritage Trust) for complete restoration and renovation.The Fort at present has been converted into a museum demising the lifestyle of the ruling Mir family and the people of the Kingdom of Hunza.

Address: Karimabad, Hunza.

Directions: Northern Pakistan.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 19, 2003
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