Tag: Valleys in Gilgit Baltistan

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    Gilgit

    Gilgit Baltistan is, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindukush, and the Himalayas – meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers, and anglers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area has remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.Five out of the fourteen mountain peaks with a height of over 8000 meters including the K-2 (world’s second heights peak) and some of the largest glaciers outside polar regions are located in Gilgit Baltistan. Acknowledging the vast potential of tourism and its effects on downstream industries, the Government of Pakistan, as well as the Gilgit Baltistan Administration, are focusing on tourism for the creation of employment opportunities, achieving higher economic growth and to introduce to the outside world, “the hidden treasures” of Gilgit Baltistan.Beautiful landscape, unique cultural heritage, and rich biological diversity has given the Gilgit Baltistan a competitive advantage in attracting tourists from all over the world. The number of tourists visiting Gilgit Baltistan has steadily increased over the years, not-withstanding the dip-in figures immediately following 9/11. However, the challenge ahead is not merely to increase the number of tourists visiting Gilgit Baltistan but also to consider how tourism can be better promoted without affecting the natural and cultural heritage of the area, while also improving the quality of life of people to the desired levels.

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    Hispar Valley

    Hispar Valley Overview Hisper Valley is the last village of Nagar Valley in Pakistan, and is about 28 km from the main town of Nagar Valley. It is the camping site for the adventurers who are interested in trekking over the Biafo Glacier, from Naar to Skardu and those seeking to climb Pumari Chhish or Kunyang Chhish will go through this village. This village consist of 150 houses and visitors can see the Hisper Glacier from this village.

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    Hopar Valley

    Hopar Valley Overview The Hopar Valley  is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan. It is about 10 km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. Hopar Valley is home of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers. The Hopar Valley is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley in northern Pakistan. It is about 10 km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. Hopar Valley is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers. Location Hopar Valley is a cluster of villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopar the white Bualtar is joined by the Barpu Glacier. This is a base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hispar Muztagh. The whole population of this valley is Burushaski speakers. Burushaski has always been a mystery for linguists. This valley has many natural resources and natural beauty but ignorance by the government and local politicians contributes to it not being realized for its potential.While Hoper valley is far away from Gilgit main city but very charming and tourists attraction spot and ancient history belong to this land. there are still ruins of old kingdoms and settlements ruins of ancient life..Hoper inn and a guest house of Forest and Power and water department serve the national and international tourist too. one can stay and dine there and enjoy nature fully.For further information and data one can consult free information giving center known as SALEH center .you can consult

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    Ishkoman Valley

    Ishkoman Valley Overview The Ishkoman valley lies in the north of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan, bordering Afghanistan and the Pamir Wakhan Corridor. It is located at a range of altitudes, from 7,000 to 12,000 feet (2,100 to 3,700 m). The valley consists of 20 villages, with a total population of 30,000 inhabitants. Four major languages are spoken here: Wakhi, Khowar, Shina and Burushaski. The Ishkoman River joins the Gilgit River at Gakuch. The Ishkoman valley, running north to south to join Gilgit, separates the Karakoram mountain range from the Hindu Kush. Incorporated into Pakistan in 1972, Ishkoman was vassal principality of Chitral in recent centuries and the ex-Raja of Ishkoman still lives at the capital, Chatorkhand. Most people speak Khowar, Shina and Wakhi. It is about 100 kilometers to Chatorkhand, reach the Ishkoman valley turnoff, after 68 kilometers, From Chatorkhand public transport goes up the east side of the Ishkoman River through Phakora to the road head a limit. It takes three and half hours drive from Gilgit to Imit and Ishkoman.Treks There are five possible treks from the Ishkoman River through Phakora across the 4,600-meter Naltar Pass, 55 kilometers long, Chipursan valley, Koz Sar 6,677 meters, Chillinji Pass 5,291 meters and Karumber Pass 4,343 meters. The Ishkoman Pass is well used by locals going to Darkot or upper Chitral, but the route is narrower, higher, less scenic and less populated than the Asumbar Pass. Just below Iimit, the Karambar River joins the Ishkoman River. Many Gujars, migrants form Indus Kohistan, have moved into the Ishkoman Valley. Imit and Bar Jungal Villages are predominantly Wakhi. Khowar is also widely spoken in Ishkoman, Imit and Bar Jungal. The two east-west passes, the Punji Pass (4680m) and the Asumbar Haghost (4560m) link the Yasin and Ishkoman valleys.

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    Khaplu Valley

    Khaplu Valley (Urdu and Balti) also spelled Khapalu, is a town that serves as the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan, in northern Pakistan. Lying 103 km (64 mi) east of the town of Skardu, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of the Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River.Khaplu is a very beautiful and scenic place in Gilgit Baltistan, Northern areas of Pakistan. Khaplu has many picnic spots and tourist points. Khaplu is also rich in cultural places and spots as well. If you are planning a visit this summer in Gilgit Baltistan, you must not miss an adventurous tour to Khaplu district of Gilgit Baltistan. Khaplu is famous for its cultural beauty, natural feel, and diverse tradition. Gilgit-Baltistan’s Ghanche district stands almost aloof with its beautiful valleys and settlements inhabited by the most hospitable locals and river irrigated lands.The central location in the district is Khaplu, which is a beautiful landscape with high summits, flowing blue waters, and waterfalls. The people of this small settlement on the bank of River Shyok, are warm and loving, as they were centuries before, when travelers, wandering through Yarkand and Saltoro, first arrived here.

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    Kharkoo Valley

    Kharkoo Valley Overview Kharkoo Valley is a beautiful valley in Ghanche District (Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan). Kharkoo Valley is located on the right bank of Shayok river between Daghoni and Saling and thus on the old connecting route between Khaplu and the other regions of Baltistan. Kharkoo belonged to the Kingdom of Khaplu before 1840 according to Tibet-encyclopaedia. Due to its longitude side location, it has hot climates normally hotter than other areas of Gilgit Baltistan. Location of Kharkoo Valley Kharkoo Valley is situated in the series Karakorum Mountains and along the Shyok River off side of Siachen Road nearby Khaplu Town. It borders with Daghoni, Balghar to the west, Macholu and Hushe to the east, Thally valley to the northwest. Barah is situated in south of Kharkoo across the river. Kharkoo is encircled by grey-brown colored mountains, which hide the 8,000 meter peaks of the nearby Karakoram Range. There are total six muhallahs…mandik, malayar, thana, tranzong, garbong, yuskil and lahar….its population is almost 4000. Accessibility The region of Kharkoo is accessible by the bridges Kharfaq, Balghar and Saling. The normal road route into Kharkoo is through the Siachen Road and a link road into the Khaplu from it. Villages There are ten villages in Kharkoo by namely Mandik, Arapa, Malayar, Thana Trangzong (Gamba and Gongma), Garbong, Youskil, Piyara, Shopacholi and Lahar]. There is a Federal Government boy’s and a girl’s High school. The Kharkoo Polo Ground is the most ancient and historical polo ground in this region.

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    Kunar Valley

    Kunar Valley Overview Kunar Valley is a valley in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan the length of the valley is almost entirely narrow with steep and rugged mountains on both sides. The center of the valley is occupied by the Kunar River flowing south where it joins the Kabul River. Subsistence farming and goat-herding are the extent of agriculture production on the valley floor and lower elevations. There are limited and small forested areas in some side valleys but more than 95% of the valley has been deforested. In limited areas at higher elevations there are sustained grassy mountain meadows. Overwhelmingly though the Kunar Valley is an arid, rocky, steep landscape with a fast-moving muddy river as its primary geographic feature. Kunar (Pashto: کونړ‎, Persian: کنر‎‎) is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It has a population of about 428,800. The Kunar River  is about 480 km long, located in north-western Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. The Kunar river system is fed from melting glaciers and snow of the Hindu Kush mountains. The river rises in the far north of Chitral District in Pakistan. Downstream as far as Mastuj it is known as the Yarkhun River. From there to its confluence with the Lutkho River just north of the important regional centre of Chitral it is called the Mastuj River.It is then called the Chitral River, before flowing south into the upper Kunar Valley in Afghanistan, where it is referred to as the Kunar River. The Kunar River empties into the Kabul River just to the east of the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. The combined rivers then flow eastwards into Pakistan, joining the Indus River at the city centerock. There are limited and small forested areas in some side valleys but more than 95% of the valley has been deforested. In limited areas at higher elevations there are sustained grassy mountain meadows. Overwhelmingly though the Kunar Valley is an arid, rocky, steep landscape with a fast-moving muddy river as its primary geographic feature.

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    Nagar Valley

    Nagar Valley (formerly State of Nagar) is a district with namesake town as district's headquarter, in northmost autonomous territory of Gilgit–Baltistan. It was created in 2015 by subdividing the Hunza-Nagar District. It is located at 35°24'0N 73°48'0E with an altitude of 2688 metres (8822 feet). Today, the famous Karakoram Highway crosses Nagar, connecting Pakistan to China via the Khunjerab Pass. The road follows the Hunza-Nagar River for some distance through Nagar and into the hunza region. Pakistan encompasses numerous magnificent valleys in its various cities. In Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan, Nagar Valley is located which is sited near Gilgit Valley, which is also a well-known valley of our country. It is a division of Hunza Nagar District. The valley is directorially further subdivided into two tehsils and they are named as Nagar-1 and Nagar-2. The estimated altitude of the valley is about 2,438 m. The main town of the valley is Nagar Khas and was also the capital of the earlier state of Nagar. In Nagar the most bravura and illustrious tourist attraction is Gulmet because of the landscape of the adjacent mountains. The mountains that are near to it include Rakaposhi which is at a height of 7,788m, Diran and more than 30 peaks are sited near the valley.

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    Shigar

    Shigar is a district in the Baltistan division of Gilgit–Baltistan in the north of Skardu in northern Pakistan. The Shigar River, bisecting the Shigar valley, falls in the Indus River at Skardu city. The town is a popular site for tourists and trekkers and contains many historical buildings of architectural significance associated with the all communities. The town is inhabited 100% by Balti people of Tibetan descent. Almost 95% people belongs to Shia sect of Islam and the remaining belongs to the Sunni and the Norbakshi sects. It is the gateway to great mountain range of Karakorum including where 5 Eight-thousanders of the world falls, including the K2 . The valley is very fertile and rich in fruits including apples, cherries, apricots, pears and walnuts. Popular historical tourist sites in the town include: Shigar Fort Amburik Mosque Khilingrong Mosque Khanqah e Muallah Shigar Hashoo pi Bhag Marapi Ranga Ree masjid K2 Basecamp Astana of Syed Mir Yahya Khureed Ranga Gulabpur Choutran (Garam Chasma) Ticho Ranga Gulabpur Khanqah Gulabpur Wazirpur Khanqah Bissel (Garam Chasma) The town serves as a gateway to the Karakoram mountains including K2 ,via the Shigar Valley.

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    Shigar Valley

    Shigar Valley is one of the most Beautiful valleys,  and Tourism Places in Pakistan.Shigar Valley is a district in the Baltistan division of Gilgit–Baltistan near Skardu in northern Pakistan. Nearby is the Shigar River. The town is a popular site for tourists and trekkers and contains many historical buildings of architectural significance associated with all communities.The town is inhabited 100% by Balti people of Tibetan descent. Almost 95% people belong to SHIA sect out of 100%. It is a gateway to the great mountain range of Karakoram including K2, the world's 2nd highest peak. The valley is very fertile and rich in fruits apples, cherries, apricots, pears, and walnuts. Shigar is a beautiful village just a few miles North of Skardu its picturesque village with beautiful terraced fields growing all sorts of crops. Shigar was once a small kingdom and the Shigar fort was once residential fort of the local ruler. Recently the Aga Khan has shown interest in the fort which has now been renovated and is open for tourists. The Shigar fort has been made to be a residential fort once again. The Shigar Valley, 32 km (20 miles) from Skardu and 2 hours by jeep, is watered by the Shigar River. It forms the gateway to the great mountain peaks of the Karakoram, including Mount K-2. The valley has an extremely picturesque landscape and abounds in fruit such as grapes, peaches, pears, walnuts, and apricots.Shigar Fort is at distance of 32 Km from Skardu. This meticulously restored 400 years old fort is an outstanding example of the wealth of architectural and cultural heritage in Baltistan. One may stay in the restored suites and experience what kings and queens experienced 400 years ago.

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    Skardu Valley

    Skardu Valley Overview The Skardu Valley is located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley is about 10 km wide and 40 km long. It is at the confluence of the Shigar River and Indus River. It surrounded by the large Karakoram Range. With the nearby lakes and mountains, it is an important tourist location in Pakistan. Skardu is the main town of Baltistan along the wide bank of the river Indus. Skardu is the largest district of the Northern Areas. Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, the Karakoram Range, Skardu is very popular with Mountaineering Expeditions. It is equally popular with high altitude trekkers, who treks to Baltoro Glacier, K2 Base Camp and Concordia. Skardu by road, lies approximately 5 hours away from Gilgit and 10 hours drive from Besham.Skardu is famous for the many trekking and adventure spots around it. There are numerous treks starting from Skardu. The nearby Satpara Lake and Shangri-la resort are very famous among the local travelers and is visited by people from all over the country during June & July. The Skardu region has the four of the world's fourteen Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above) this makes it a heaven for trekkers expeditions enthusiasts and mountain climbers. The main tourist season is from April to October Amidst towering snow clad peaks with heights varying form 1,000 to 8,000 meters, the picturesque & panoramic Baltistan speak volumes about its unmatched beauty. Out of 14 highest peaks in the world (over 8,000 meters high) 4 mighty peaks are found in the Baltistan's Karakoram Range. These mighty guardians include K.2/ Mount Godowin Austin (8611m world's second highest), Gashabrum-I (8,068m), Broad Peak (8,047m) and Gashebrum-II(8,035m). For the climbers and adventures it is a dream come true as all the great challenges are found at the top of the world. A large number of climbers have so far attempted, but quite a few have succeeded in scaling the mighty K.2. standing at 8,611m and being the second highest peak in the world. The traditional route to K.2 base camp goes from Skardu via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier a trek of 6 days. It is a wonderful trek that provides an awesome journey through the mighty riggers, peaks and glaciers leading to the base camp at K.2. Whether you want to trek to the base camp or attempt to subdue the amazing monster it is and experience worth remembering. For Trekking, Baltistan provides the most scenic and longest treks in the world. It offers a unique opportunity to get close to the longest glaciers outside Polar region,Siachan (72km),Biafo (60km),Baltoro (60km),and Batura (64km).Walking in fresh air during the day and lying under the stars at night makes trekking in Baltistan an unforgettable experience. Minerals: The nature has blessed Baltistan, with invaluable deposits of the quality minerals and over 25-30 types of precious and semi- precious gemstones alluring world wide attentions of the beauty queens. These include Emerald, Ruby, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Quartz, Topaz, Kunzite, Granite, Jade, Fluoride, and Peridot etc. Baltistan enjoys the lion's share in the mineral deposits of the Northern Pakistan. These minerals and gemstones are being produced in the legendary mountain ranges of Karakoram, Himalayas, and Hindukush and have a fair demand in national and international markets. Trophy Hunting/Games: Like some other parts in Northern Areas, Skardu is best for Trophy Hunting. This region provides a unique opportunity for those willing to brave the terrain and wait for the perfect kill. In different valleys of Skardu like Basho, Shagarthang, Kachura,Skoyo, Karabathang, and Basingo are found Himalayan Ibex (Capra Ibex sibirica) and Astor Markhor (Capra falconen). For centuries trophy hunting in the valleys of Baltistan has been the past time of kings and now the same thrill and excitement is provided to the adventurous visitors who have the license for this game. In Baltistan some of the watersheds have great potential for sports Angling. Some renowned species like: exotic brown trout( salmo trutta fario)& rainbow trout (saimo linneaus) are common in Kachura, Sadpara,Basho & other rivers of Kharmang Nullahs. The local carp (caprinos) & shchizothraz species are found in different areas of Baltistan particularly in Deosai Plain & in Indus River. So if you wish to enjoy fishing in these beautiful valleys, just lay back on the bank of the great rivers of Baltistan & wait for the fantastic catch.This unique area offers short trekking, traditional foods, boating, mountain climbing and sight of the great Indus River. Polo: Baltistan is said to be the birth center of "Polo". "The game of kings and the king of games" is played here even today in its original form. This royal sport is indigenous to the Karakoram Range. It was Ali Sher Khan Anchan the Maqpon ruler of Baltistan who introduced this game to other valleys upon his conquests that stretched beyond Gilgit and Chitral. If you are genuinely interested in adventurism, just come and witness the mighty sport or even you may learn to play the game from the grand masters of Polo. Transfers from Skardu Skardu to Islamabad Drive to islamabad aproximatly 750 KMs  via Chilas this is a 2 days transfer with an overnight stop at Chilas contact us for booking details Skardu to Hushe This is a transfer by Jeep takes about 6 hours to Hushe village which is the starting point for trekking at different treks. Skardu to Askole Askole is an other village which takes trekkers to treks in different directions it is about 5 hours drive by Jeep. Skardu to Shigar 2 hours drive from Skardu by jeep or by car Skardu to Khaplu A 4 hours drive from Skardu by jeep or car the asphalt road is in good shape. Skardu to Rama Drive to Rama the point in Deosai planes there is a PTDC motel for you to stay here. It takes about 6 hours by jeep. All above transfers are available any time for groups and individuals. Tours In Skardu. Half Day Skardu Visit the Puran Bazaar (Old Bazaar) Skardu , Polo Ground and then walk to the Dogra Fort built in Dgra times. Half Day Sadpara Lake & Sadpara Buddha Tour Drive to Sadpara Buddha visit the the Buddha carved in the mountain, later visit Sadpara lake and take your time to absorb the beauty of this beautiful lake. Half Day Fishing In Sadpara Lake Visit the lake and Relaex while fishing in the lake Fishing permit and Fishing gear provided. Full Day Khaplu Drive by Jeep to Khaplu and Visit the picturesque Bazaar of Khaplu and Khaplu fort later drive to a Photo point and return to Skardu in the evening. Full Day Shigar Valley Tour Drive to Shigar Valley via the scenic road Visit Shigar Fort resort and have Lunch there later drive back to Skardu. Full day Deosai Planes. Drive to Deosai and visit the remarkable Plateau at 4000m above sea level evening return to Skardu.

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    Turmik is a valley in the Karakorum mountain ranges in the Skardu District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley has its source at the Stak-la and Basha valley lies to its east and Stak Valley to its west. The valley is the second largest valley in term of population and area, Stak Valley being the first, in the Roundu Subdivision

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    Yasin Valley

    Yasin , also known as Babaye-i-Yasen  or Worshigum is a high mountain valley in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the northwestern Ghizer District in Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan. Yasin Tehsil is situated on its territory. Although sparsely populated, Yasin was of strategic importance because it leads to a high mountain pass, to Yarkhun in Chitral, and then to Broghol Pass, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and into Tajikistan. Thus, Yasin could have formed an invasion route from Czarist Russia into British India From 1880, Yasin was under the suzerainty of the Maharaja of Kashmir, initially ruled by the Mehtars (princely rulers) of Chitral, until it got its own ruler again, now also styled Mehtar, in 1892. The primary languages of Yasin Valley are the (Khowar and Burushaski language). The Shina language is also spoken. The majority of the people in Yasin are Ismailis, who lead their lives according to the Islamic principles more concerned with the imam of the time. Currently Aga Khan IV is the imam and spiritual leader of the Ismailis. However, other branches of both as Sunni and Shia Islam also live in Yasin. Ethnically, the people of Yasin are of Burusho origin; however, there are the migrants from different parts of the country, mainly from Afghanistan. The people of Yasin are known for their honesty, hard work and bravery.