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Beautiful Pakistan: In this vlog we take you to Rakaposhi Nagar Valley and Attabad Lake in Hunza.
This is Day 4 of our travel in Northern Areas of Pakistan. We started our journey from Khuiratta, Kotli Azad Kashmir and have covered many areas such as Mansehra, Naran, Kaghan, Jal Khand, Babusar Top/Pass, Chilas, Gilgit and Hunza. In this travel vlog, we take you from Gilgit to Rakaposhi and then to Attabad Lake. Our journey along Karakoram Highway led us to see some amazingly beautiful places in Pakistan.
Tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan focuses on the mountains. Gilgit-Baltistan borders Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province to the west, a small portion of the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, Xinjiang, China to the northeast, the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to the southeast, and the Pakistani-administered state of Azad Kashmir to the south.
Gilgit-Baltistan is home to five of the “eight-thousanders” and to more than fifty peaks above 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). Gilgit and Skardu are the two main hubs for expeditions to those mountains. The region is home to some of the world’s highest mountain ranges. The main ranges are the Karakoram and the western Himalayas. The Pamir Mountains are to the north, and the Hindu Kush lies to the west. Amongst the highest mountains are K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen) and Nanga Parbat, the latter being one of the most feared mountains in the world.
Three of the world’s longest glaciers outside the polar regions are found in Gilgit-Baltistan: the Biafo Glacier, the Baltoro Glacier, and the Batura Glacier. There are, in addition, several high-altitude lakes in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Karakoram Highway is the major highway of Gilgit-Baltistan, which connects the region with the rest of Pakistan to the south and with China at its north end. It is highest paved road in world is sometimes termed as the “8th Wonder of World
Gilgit Baltistan is home of world highest and beautiful valleys. These include Ghancha, Shiger, Astore Valley, Gilgit, Ghizer Valley, Hunza Valley, Skardu and Nagar Valley.
Hunza Valley is considered one of the most beautiful valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan. It consists of Upper Hunza, Central Hunza, and Lower Hunza. Karimabad is the major city of the valley and has all facilities for mountaineers and tourists. The popularity of the Hunza Valley and the amount of tourism there is due in part to its relative accessibility and proximity to the Karakoram Highway.
Major tourist attractions in Hunza are:
Attabad Lake – A major lake of Hunza Valley. It was created following a landslide at Hunza River near Attabad village on 4 January 2010. The resulting damming of the river caused the lake to slowly form, submerging several villages and displacing up to 6,000 people.
Baltit Fort – An old medieval fort located in Karimabad. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hussaini Suspension Bridge – A long wooden suspension bridge over Hunza River near Husaaini village. It is sometimes referred locally to as the “Indiana Jones Bridge” It is termed as one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.
Khunjerab Pass – At 4,693 meters, this is the highest border crossing in the world. It is also the only modern crossing on the China-Pakistan border. Most tourists visit on a daytrip from Hunza to see the border and then leave. The surrounding area is also a part of the Khunjerab National Park, which was set up to protect local, endangered wildlife, specifically the Marco Polo sheep.
Rakaposhi is a mountain in north of Pakistan in the karakoram mountain range. It is situated in the Nagar valley in Gilgit Baltistan
Attabad lake is also situated in Hunza Nagar. Attabad lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan
Top places to visit in Pakistan
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