The 10 Best Things to Do in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

February 1, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Gilgit-Baltistan (Urdu: گلگت بلتستان‬‎), formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. According to UNSC Resolution of 1947 the territory is part of the disputed Kashmir region along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.
Restaurants in Gilgit-Baltistan

1. Hunza Valley

Ghulkin, Hunza 15750, Pakistan +92 321 4364658
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5 based on 115 reviews

Hunza Valley

Reviewed By Martin J - London, United Kingdom

This is truly hidden paradise! when i book tour with the travel agent they said we will take you to heaven on earth which was nearly a joke to all of us but after reaching this amazing valley we realise that this is really heaven on earth! We spend few days in all Hunza valley which was not enough, we will come again in the near future to explore all the valley.

2. Deosai National Park

Gilgit-Baltistan province, in northernmost Pakistan, Skardu, Pakistan +92 312 5144464
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5 based on 82 reviews

Deosai National Park

Reviewed By afshan m - Calgary, Canada

Called Ghbiarsa in the local language, this place is only accessible in the summer months. Camping, fishing, hiking and climbing are just a few activities that can make one stay here for weeks on end.

3. Altit Fort

Hunza Valley | Main Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan +92 321 4364658
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Altit Fort

Reviewed By Dirk W - Mermaid Beach, Australia

Both Altit and Baltit Forts are important to visit. Both hold a commanding view over the valley and both show Oriental (Tibetan) influence in their architecture. For a small tip, local guides took us through each fort ; their knowledge of the history and perfect English made the experience more significant. The little street leading up to Baltit has some interesting shops with Hunza hats and a good selection of precious stones.

4. Baltit Fort

Karimabad, Pakistan +92-5821-57640
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Baltit Fort

This palace/fortress is over seven centuries old.

Reviewed By Dirk W - Mermaid Beach, Australia

Historically important and very well preserved, Baltit Fort is a must to visit. It holds a commanding position overlooking the valley, which means there are terrific views and photo opportunities from there. We were taken around by a local guide, whose knowledge and English was excellent. It is a pleasant uphill walk from the Hunza Cafe, through some pretty shops that sell nice artifacts and precious stones.

5. K2 Mountain

Skardu | Karakoram Mountain Range, 15100, Pakistan
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K2 Mountain

Pakistan has some of the best trekking in the world and several of the world's 2th highest Mountains, including k2. Many people visit the country just to trek and the tourism industry is well prepared to facilitate all manner of trekking styles and destinations

Reviewed By Juzmeantea - Singapore, Singapore

I been to K2 base camp trek last summer. Though the trek is arduous, the stunning scenery of different Mountains along the way, the tranquility and pure nature is simply a must to experience in a lifetime. Anyone who is a adrenaline junkie and a mountain lover, this is a trek you must go after Everest Base Camp trek. I would strongly suggest one to do a few trek before doing the K2 base camp trek.
I travelled to K2 Base Camp trek with Hunza Adventure Tours, though there were a few unforeseen circumstances along the way, the the company was able to handle various issues eventually and the trip ended pleasantly.The guide was able to rent be a brand new warm and comfortable sleeping bag upon my request. The company even had to pay out of their pocket money for extra fuels and payment for extras for accommodation. Of course, there are a few things I do hope the company could improve it. Still, I would recommend Hunza Adventure Tours as it is really fun to have these guys around, and safe.
The incredible view of K2 and Concordia is indeed my best memories and trip for year 2015.

6. Upper Kachura Lake

Skardu, Pakistan
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Upper Kachura Lake

Reviewed By Ali H - Karachi, Pakistan

Half hour drive from the shangrilla resort there is no proper road. Lake is at the high altitude. You have to park the vehicle 0.5 km away from the spot than you have to walk. Place is good picnic spot with family. Lake is nearly 70 km deep life jacket is necessary if you are boating.

7. Attabad lake

Attabad lake Hunza, Hunza, Pakistan +92 321 4364658
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5 based on 22 reviews

Attabad lake

Reviewed By Muhammad S - Al Kharj

The lake was formed due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gojal Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan that occurred on 4 January 2010. The lake reached 21 km long and over 100 metres in depth.
It is about 20 minutes drive on karakoram highway from karimabad.
The sight is cool & soothing. One can spend several hours in boating & sitting on it's beach. The water is green-blue crystal clear & ice cold.

8. Karakorum Highway

From Hassanabdal to China border, Pakistan +92 315 5544434
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5 based on 28 reviews

Karakorum Highway

Reviewed By Nawab T - Karachi, Pakistan

The Karakorum Highway, considered as the eighth wonder of the world due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, starts from the Abbottabad Mor near Hassanabdal (Islamabad) and enters Xinjiang Uyghur Region of China from Khunjerab Pass (Gilgit-Baltistan) at an altitude of 16,200 feet after covering distance of nearly 806 KM, making it the highest border crossing of the world. The breathtaking beautiful surrounding, the Mountains and the river Indus traveling along with this highway make the traveling on this highway a Journey to remember for a lifetime. At the start, the highway crosses through Mansehra the region surrounded by high Mountains, the enters Chillas where the highway moves alongside the Indus river where the highway is at the edge of the mountain and you can see the river Indus flow hundreds of meters below. Then the highway enters the Gilgit-Baltistan region, the region of Nanga Parbat and K2 Mountain. There is a point at Karakoram Highway where on a clear day you can view the awesome peak of Nanga Parbat, at the Raikot Bridge a road connects with Karakoram Highway that leads to the Fairy Meadows, the base camp of Nanga Parbat. As you get closer to Gilgit city there is a Junction point of Karakorum, Hindukush, and the Himalayas, a must point to stop for photography. There is also the Confluence of River Indus and River Gilgit at this point. The scenic beauty and awesome mountain views start as soon as the Karakoram Highway enters Hunza region, the Paradise on Earth. At Hunza from Karakoram Highway, one can see the 1100 years old Altit Fort, there is also a 1000 years old village called Ganesh on the way to Attaabad. Near Attaabad, there is an archeologic site that contains the store carving that belongs to Romans when they travel to China through Silk Route. The highway traveled till the Khunjerab Pass at the altitude of 16,200 feet the border that connects Pakistan and China. There are many Hotels and Restaurants alongside the Karakoram Highway where one can spend a night or two with peace and comfort or eat local food. For those who love scenic beauty, awesome mountain views and flowing rivers, this is a journey one must have and do remember to bring your camera.
For more on my trip “From South End (Karachi) to North End (Khunjerab Pass) of Pakistan [-12ft to 16002ft]” visit mday-1-rawalpiny pagedi-to-naran.html

9. Kunjerab Pass

Pak China border, Hunza, Pakistan +92 321 4364658
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Kunjerab Pass

Reviewed By Lien_Ta1980 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

We drove to Khunjerab pass from Pasu and the scenery along the road is really amazing in autumn with many small villages under the colorful autumn foliage. The people in this region are really hospitable. They always welcome us to their houses to take milk tea and pick fresh apple from their Gardens.
Khunjerab national park is beautiful as well with majestic scenery along the roads. We could even spot a flock of ibex from far away on the Mountains. The temperature near the border dropped down below zero when we got there and it was freezing but the view there was really impressive with snow Mountains all around.

10. Base Camp Nanga Parbat

Fairy Meadow / Raikot, Near Gilgit, Gilgit, Pakistan +92 345 5061634
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Base Camp Nanga Parbat

Reviewed By Sidekick18 - London, United Kingdom

But it is now utterly spoilt by the total lack of respect shown by a vast majority of visitors. Rubbish strewn around, lime green plastic bottles just thrown by the track and around the camp site along with anything else that people can't be bothered to take with them. It is now overwhelmed with very large and noisy groups who have more interest in having a selfie and playing loud music instead of absorbing the amazing scenery. The people running the various huts and garish tents show no interest in a sustainable approach to managing this unique place. One of the biggest disappointments of my trip.

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