If you’ve seen our last post, Travel Guide to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, you’ll know that we absolutely loved our trip to Pakistan. The major cities each offered us a unique and amazing experience. Something you’ll need to experience yourself to truly understand. But in all honesty, none could match what we experienced when we went to Hunza, a city in the northern mountainous regions of Pakistan. And we can’t thank Baydaar Travels enough for making it happen for us.
The northern regions have been on our bucket list for quite some time, and they are for most Pakistanis. But, it should be on even more people’s bucket lists.
Solely from the perspective of sights to see, you won’t find anything like Hunza. Tucked away in remote mountains of the Gilgit-Baltistan regions of Pakistan, Hunza wasn’t easily reachable until pretty recently. Much of the beauty of Hunza is untouched, as is the route to get there. Just getting there, you get to ride along the world’s highest paved road. But it’s not just sightseeing if you don’t want it to be.
For the thrill seekers and adventurers, the Pakistan has some of the most challenging rock climbing in the world. Five of the world’s 14 highest peaks are in Pakistan, and you’ll get to experience things like the Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. Not to mention the food!
Day 1: Depart from Islamabad at 3am in the morning. Breakfast at Chattar plains. Reach Chilas for the night at around 7pm. Dinner at the hotel
Day 2: Leave for Hunza at 8:00am after breakfast Reach Hunza by 2pm. Visit Baltit fort and the market place. Night stay and buffet dinner at Karakoram hotel
Day 3: Explore Altit fort and the Royal Gardens. Visit cafe de Hunza and then leave in the evening for Ataabad lake for boating and bonfire dinner at a camp site for the night
Day 4: Leave for Khunjerab top. Visit Gulmit, Passu and Sost on the way. Stop over at Fallen Man’s Heaven (now known as Mokshi). Back to Karakoram hotel to stay the night
Day 5: Free day in Hunza. Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the local culture and time to visit the local gemstones and dry fruits market in detail.
Day 6: Early breakfast at the hotel at around 6am. Leave for Besham. Reach Besham by 9pm. Dinner at the hotel
Day 7: Breakfast at 8:30am at the hotel in Besham. Leave for Islamabad by 9:30am. Reach Islamabad by 8pm
If you’re coming from out of the country, our last post on Pakistan will have most of the travel details. But if you’re going to Pakistan just to visit Hunza, we recommend flying in straight to Islamabaad. From there, using a tour group like Baydaar Travelswill get you to Hunza with no problems at all.
Our tour group had about 15 people, we took a Coaster (van) up to Hunza. Up through the mountains, passing beautiful mountains, natural waterfalls, and delicious local foods along the way.
To be clear though, the route up is a no-frills experience, and we loved that. Hunza has not been easily accessible for the majority of the region’s history, short of the silk trade route (which you can see for a majority of ride up). With recent infrastructure improvements and a spike in tourism interest, much to the credit of the Aga Khan Foundation, Hunza has begun to see a lot of development. However, most of the north has not seen a lot of luxury development, so go with those expectations in mind.
Again, this is largely covered in our previous post. However, a few things we highly recommend bringing along are:
Some of our favorite memories during our trip weren’t necessarily things we could capture in pictures of videos. They were moments, events, and conversations. A lot of stuff just happens by luck, but some stories we tell are:
Maryam Ishtiaq is a content creator and social media strategist who currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
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