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HUNZA VALLEY is located in the Northern part of Pakistan near the borders of China and Afghanistan. Hunza is well known for its picturesque beauty and as well as the culture and tradition of the mountain people. Apricot blossom or spring season is one of the best and interesting periods to visit to the mountain valley of Karakorum, “HUNZA”. During the spring season the fruit trees erupt in white blossom and down the valley looks like white carpet. The blossom starts first by the almond trees then apricot trees, cherries, apples, peaches and pears, give wonderful contrast of blossom among the high snow capped mountains. These fruits are an integral part of Hunza diet. Apricot trees are more common in Hunza and Nagar valleys, which is famous legend fruit of the valley and in ancient time was main source of the food.

Normally blossom starts from end of March to end of April in the valley and best to start the trip in the first week of April. Hunza is long valley starting from Gilgit to Khunjerab Pass 190 km border with China. The summer season starts from May till the mid of September during which the weather is moderate as compared to the down cities. Some of the famous mountains, peaks and glaciers are situated in Hunza Valley like the Rakaposhi, Lady Finger Peak, Ultar Peak, Passu Cones and Batura Glacier (Asia 2nd longest glacier). Some of the famous tourist spots to visit in Hunza valley are:

  • Baltit Fort
  • Altit Fort
  • Duikar Resort
  • Ultar Meadows
  • Attabad Lake
  • Bulbulik Music School
  • Gulmit Suspension Bridge
  • Hussaini Suspension Bridge
  • Borith Lake
  • Passu Cones
  • Passu Galcier
  • Batura Glacier
  • Khunjerab National Park (Pak China Border)
  • Baba Ghundi Shrine Chipurson
  • Pamir Pasture Shimshal

Hunza is connected from the capital, Islamabad by road through the Karakorum Highway (KKH) and by air to Gilgit then by road to Hunza Valley 2 hours drive on KKH. All the flights to Gilgit from Islamabad are subjected to weather condition.

Trekking & Camping

Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps. The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping.It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.

In the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and United Kingdom, hiking means walking outdoors on a trail, or off trail, for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day. However, in the United Kingdom, the word walking is also used, as well as rambling, while walking in mountainous areas is called hillwalking. In Northern England, Including the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, fellwalking describes hill or mountain walks, as fell is the common word for both features there.