Gilgit Baltistan is the land of Beautiful valleys first of all furthermore mountains, lakes, and most importantly glaciers. Formerly called as Northern Area of Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan is one of the most interesting areas of Pakistan. Here are the three highest mountain ranges in the world, The Karakorum, the Hindu Kush, and the Himalayas. The whole of Gilgit-Baltistan is like paradise for hikers, trekkers, and Englishmen. The region has a heritage and an abundance of rare plants and flowers. In this blog post, we are telling you about the top 10 although there are more than 10 places to visit in Gilgit-Baltistan. The top 10 places to visit in Gilgit-Baltistan are listed in a short detail below:-
Shangrilla lake Skardu also known as the lower Kachura lake is in the Kachura village of the district Skardu, Baltistan Division. The name Shangrilla is the Tibetan language word meaning “Heaven on earth“. Meanwhile, this beautiful place is only a 20-minute ride from Skardu city, and from Skardu airport, it is only 10 minutes ride. Moreover, Amazing and Beautiful location. Nice and clean huts by the lakeside. Most importantly, pristine nature delicious food, and mouth-watering Trout Fish. On the other hand, the food is good with the majority of local ingredients being all organic.
Attabad Lake Hunza is the result of a massive land sliding accident in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. In 2010 this accident cut off Hunza from the North. this results in destroying 26 homes and the killing of 20 people. Also obstructed the Hunza river for almost 5 months. Attabad lake Hunza is now a main tourist point in the Hunza Valley. People visit this lake and also enjoy boating there.
The Deosai National Park is a high-altitude plain and national park in the Skardu Baltistan region, the northern areas of Pakistan. Further, Deosai is also called the “Roof of the world”. Deosai means ‘the land of Jinns’ in Urdu. While People of Baltistan call this place Ghibarsa means Summer’s Place because it is only accessible in summer.
Rainbow Lake is a small lake but doesn’t at all lack beauty. Fed by freshwater streams from adjoining mountains, Rainbow Lake has crystal clear water that changes shades from turquoise to green during different times of the day. The lake contains good-sized brown trout and is popular amongst trout anglers.
The Upper Kachura Lake is another wonderful lake located in Kachura valley Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan. Also called “Froq xho” locally. The water of the lake is clean, clear, and ice-cold and has a depth of almost 70 meters. The trip to SKARDU is not complete if Upper Kachura Lake is not visited. Lake in between the majestical Skardu Valley mountains.
It’s approximately 30 minutes drive from Skardu city to Kachura. It takes around 15 minutes to walk from Parking to Lake and one really enjoys that walk as the track passes through a beautiful village and Fruit trees. The trees gather beautiful shadows and many of the buildings are very old. The combination of the lake and the lush green fields is special.
Kutwal lake is an amazing lake in the Kutwal village of Haramosh valley Gilgit-Baltistan. Greenery is spread around the lake and is surrounded by mountains from all sides. The most important thing about this lake is it has glaciers, mountains, forests, and postures are present around. That makes this lake unique from other lakes in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Fairy Meadows Astore
Fairy Meadows has fascinating waterfalls, natural springs, and stunning views of multifaceted mountains. To reach Fairy Meadows, you will have to take a jeep from Raikot Bridge. The track leading to Tattu village gets quite narrow after a while and one would need the services of an expert driver. After an hour’s drive the jeep track will end around a km ahead of Tattu village and from there on, one will have to walk on foot. After another 1.5 to 3 hours walk (depending on the fitness level), one reaches the fairyland.
Sarfaranga desert is also known as the Skardu Cold desert located at a height of 7,500 feet. On the way to Shigar, one cannot miss it. Nature unfolds itself with a vast variety there is a desert with cold winds surrounded by mountains and the Indus river flowing nearby. Sunset is beautiful here. The calmness of a desert is at its best a surprising and mesmerizing experience with sunset at top of sand dunes. Nice for a short trip to take group photos in a desert with the mountainous surroundings. Not far from Skardu city it’s hardly at 30 minutes drive.
Altit Fort Hunza according to the verbal history is almost 900 years old. The Altit Fort is present almost 3 kilometers away from Karimabad on the bank of the Hunza River. Karimabad is the capital of Hunza valley. The word Altit means the lower side. Like other Forts in Gilgit Baltistan, this is also made of strong stones and wood. Below it, the Hunza river looks like bowing in front of Fort. Seeing its construction we can imagine how hard-working people they were. The Altit Fort has a magnificent view over the Hunza valley.
Baltit Fort Hunza is an almost 800 years old Fort in the Hunza valley. The Fort is present on the top of the mountain like a Crown on the Valley. The old but wonderful building style of this fort is appreciable. The Baltit Fort build on a solid foundation of strong stones and wood was the palace of the rulers of Hunza.
Manthokha waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in Manthokha village Kharmang District, Gilgit Baltistan, Northern Areas of Pakistan. The waterfall is about 180 feet above the ground and is approximately 40 kilometers away from Skardu city. One has to Go on a link road from Skardu-Kargil road to reach this waterfall.
Khamosh waterfall is roughly 120km away from Skardu city. 60 km away from MehdiAbad, the first village of Kharmang District. Fresh crystal and ice cold water coming out of the Rugged rocks are surprising for the visitors. The beauty of the waterfall is spectacular. Water comes from almost 250 km in height. Water flows like a stream as it falls on the ground and later it joins the Indus River.