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Top 10 Best Hiking and Trekking in Hunza Valley

Hunza Valley is a beautiful place and home to some of the best hiking and trekking in the world. Towering mountains, lush valleys, dramatic rivers, dazzling lakes, and stunning nature.

The hikes and treks we recommend in the Hunza valley ranging from a few hours to a few days. We realize that these are not all the hikes and treks available in Hunza Valley however have chosen these due to their beauty and popularity. For those people who want longer or more adventurous treks let us know and we can assist you in organizing a trek that best suits you.

Hunza Adventure Tours is one of the most trusted names in the field of adventure travel within Pakistan, especially in Hunza Valley.

We are experienced in the field of quality trekking and adventure trips. From the stunningly high peaks and glaciers of the Hunza Valley in the Karakoram mountain range in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Visitors to Hunza Valley are deeply overwhelmed by the rugged charm and the fragrant breeze singing through graceful trees and the luscious green attractively carpeted fields all set against a background of snow-covered mountains.

Hunza Valley is a remarkably peaceful and beautiful place situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, it is situated 112 km north of Gilgit on the west bank of the Hunza river. 

  1. Hunza Patundass Trek

Hunza Patundass trek is probably the most exciting trek of all the foresaid treks. The trek carried out over Passu glacier before arriving at the charming Patundass Meadows from this high location nearly sixteen peaks can be viewed all around ranging at a height of 7,000m this meadow is perched just above the Yunz valley which is a large deep valley above the passu village to the north of Patundass is the largest glacier called Batura glacier which is 65 kilometers long at a height of 4570 meters.

It is the second-largest glacier next to the polar region. This location can be climbed by any individual. Since the locals are used to climbing no matter whatever age.

  1. Shatubar Glacier Trek:

Shatubar trek is a unique one of its kind for the undisturbed natural ambiance. The grand Shatubar tower stands hovering over the fortified glacier which is the plane’s highest point of flight from Islamabad to China. In order to conduct the trek, you need to hire a jeep all the way from just above Gulmit.

This trek comprises a few kilometers. The glacier can well be viewed from Gulmit, reaching the glacier you will highly attract by its utmost glamour plus the fascinating view around the grand Shatubar range is just behind this glacier with long massif ending at Hassanabad Nulla.

This trek is apparently an ultimate experience to all the amateur trekkers who plan for a superb trip to this magnificent glacier. There has been a fairy tale regarding this glacier which has been astonishing the locals for the strange things that happened up there.

  1. Golden Peak base camp Trek:

The Spantic peak which is also called the Yengutz peak lies between the Arundu valley of Baltistan and the Nagar valley near the Hunza valley. Locally there exist some names for this peak such as the”ghenish chish” facing Nagar of the northwestern side. This word is brushaski which means the golden mountain. This really gives a splendor sight when viewed from karimabad the topmost village of Hunza. The sunsets behind the golden column of the peak presenting a golden color effect.

Some local people also call it the queen of the mountain whereas the Baltistan side of the mountain peak is less tortuous with a normal route leading to the top which is at the end of chogolungme glacier. The surrounding peaks such as Rakaposhi Diran and Ulter can be well viewed on sunny days being on the golden summit. Whereas the three are still other prominent peaks such as Batura, Shatubar,Shisper Kunjat sar and many more  the nearby distances remain obscure.

  1. Batura Glacier Trek:

Batura glacier is famous the world over for its longest icy bed and longest trek which is 56 kilometers. There are around 14 lofty peaks you come across during your trek which exceed 7,000 meters. You will be able to see the breathtaking views of the glacier and the splendid peaks and pastures.

You will also experience the small touch of the culture of the families and shepherds driving the flock of sheep goats and yaks to the pasture. This scene would definitely please you coming across wakhi people with the central Asian mode.

  1. Shimshal Pass Trek:

Shimshal Pass lies in Shimshal valley and is the farthest end of the Gilgit Baltistan to the northeast of Gulmit and particularly Passu village. It takes two days from the Shimshal valley to reach a high altitude of 4,700 meters. The pasture over here is so desolate stretching all the way to China and widely known as the Pamir pasture which has some peaks ranging 600 meters and this is one, by the way, is called the mingling sar. There is another one called quz sar which means the top of the shade where there is no sunshine at all. These peaks are the focal point of the trekkers for being spectacular in the vicinity of these peaks lie some beautiful lakes with grassy banks.

There is a pass that leads one to Askole village of Skardu, right from the edge of the mingling sar. The mighty k-2 can be spotted from the mingling sar. An animal celebration the yak race festival is organized at this high altitude .this festival is conducted at the end of the season before the cavalcade returns back to the Shimshal village. All but yaks return back home because yaks are used to the cold and frigid temperature of the altitude.

  1. Hunza Rush Lake Trek:

The Hunza Rush Lake trek is one of the charming and strenuous trek which lies to the east of Nagar and Hunza valley along the desolate glacier and mountain ridge and eventually the lake is spotted perching on top of the pasture. The trek starts from a settlement of Nagar valley with gorgeous terraced fields and vegetation.

Our journey starts off in Islamabad before reaching the Hunza valley the grand Rakaposhi peak of 7,788m can be viewed from the south. Reaching Karimabad the top village of Hunza the Rakaposhi with its glamour becomes even more conspicuous. Our journey now continues for a trek across the Hunza river and into the Hoper valley, a coarse winding road starts off the Karakorum highway from the concrete Chinese bridge.

The point of the trek starts off at a junction of two glaciers one called the baultar and the other called barpu. According to a local observation of folk there are two kinds of glacier one is male and the other one a female as soon as they join each other a baby glacier is born.

After an exhausting trek of 5 days, you would be able to arrive at the elegant rush lake. After a considerable pause at the lake you would surely enjoy the view of the lake and the magnificent peaks and glacier around and the moment of tranquility. The return back to karimabad hunza is done through a different route which is along the barpu trek. Your stay at Karimabad is full of fun with narrow road leading up to the baltit fort through a number of hotels and bazars.

The bazars deal in various items particularly locally made handicrafts which are much liked and purchased by the tourist. Here you have time to roam around to buy items of your choice. After a relaxation, you will make you way back to Gilgit and eventually fly back to Islamabad.

The rush lake trek is most importantly convincible to nature lovers in order to rejoice at the beauty of the glacier pastures and the culture of the local people in Nagar valley. The barpu glacier that just lies alongside the valley. Flocks noticed grazing on the pasture and rocky surfaces and within wild trees and weeds such as willow tamarisk and others. The Nagar valley was formed in the fourteen century when some balti tribes left Baltistan for Nagar via Hisper pass which is 5,150 m. Nagar is geographical to the east of Hunza across the river and in the foreground of the mighty Rakaposhi and Diran glacier. In order to visit Nagar valley, a jeep is being hired with posh seating will take you in less than half an hour time.

  1. Diran Peak base camp Trek:

The Hunza valley is naturally designed to have located within hovering and towering snow-shrouded peaks such as  Ultra which is to the west of Karimabad Hunza and Rakaposhi shrouded white in snow and Diran peak to the immediate north of Rakaposhi can be clearly viewed from Hunza particularly from Karimabad. Rakaposhi 7,788m and Diran which stands 7,266 m and their base camps can be approached from various sides.

The Rakaposhi base camp is approached from a tiny village called Minapin which is at an abrupt diversion from the Karakoram highway Nagar Southside. Whereas the Diran is accessible from Bagrot which is near Gilgit and the mountain peak lies among Hunza and Bagrot valley. Since Bagrot is cornered and remains unvisited mostly but due to the Diran base camp trek route people get to know about this lush green valley.

  1. Chafchingol Pass Trek

The word Chafchingol is a wakhi word that means to scramble up the Gujerab which means cow gorge is so vast stretching over a large area. Here the inhabitants of Shimshal valley tend their livestock for several months there are few pastures across the Shpodeen Pass which can be approached via a steel cable bridge this crossing is so exciting with a blush water river running underneath.

There is a peak called Sonia peak which falls on the other side of the river whereas the Chafchingol lies on the right side these passes lead to the Khunjerab Pass which is the highest border point connecting China with Pakistan.

This far-flung village is located to the farthest end of the Hunza valley connecting Baltistan to its southeast and bordering China at its north this valley stands at an elevation of 2,880 meters. It’s 52 kilometers and a jeep drive of 3.5 hours starting from the Karakoram highway. Shimshal is inhabited by wakhi people comprising of 150 houses and the population is 15,000 individuals.

Shimshal Pass starts to the northeast side of Passu village and the road leads through tortuous defiles and steep slopes and by glaciers and eventually reaching Shimshal village with an amazing beauty this valley possess peaks and numerous lakes and unmounted peaks ranging in height some 7,000meters and above.

The Shimshal region is home to wild plants and wildlife such as yak which are tamed, wild leopard, and white snow bear living in the snowy glaciers. There are still many more natural resources to mention such as passes, gushing streams, and desolate pasture called Pamir which lay further to the north of the Shimshal village where they take their flock for rearing in the early spring to the end of the autumn season. Since Baltistan stands next door therefore there is a pass that leads to the Askole village of Baltistan along the glacier to the base camp of mt K-2. Another pass called Chafchingol leads to the world’s roof the Khunjerab Pass which is Pakistan’s gateway to China.

  1. Batura Round Trek:

The Batura round trek is normally carried out all the to Chapursan valley to the northward of Passu village via the Batura glacier. This trek in a way is like visiting numerous paradises and even the mighty Batura view is so spectacular with the mountain peaks of the Karakorum on either side and the massive icy white bed winding a long way like a rebellious river.

  1. Rakaposhi base camp Trek:

Rakaposhi with its graceful look stands 7,788 meters with a gigantic protruded mass covering a large area between Hunza and Gilgit. This rising Phenom can be visualized from over Gilgit Baltistan is a prevalent mountain landmark.

The good thing about glancing at this magnificence is the Karakoram Highway lays twining to its bottom all the way from Gilgit to Hunza Valley the valleys pasture on its back are Minapin, Bagrot Haramosh, and Jaglot with massive glaciers spreading downhill above these valleys two adventurers Vivian and Campbell scaled the northwestward peak 6858 meters in 1938 around Jaglot a joint Pakistan army and British team led by captain Michael E.B bank tried via the Kunti glacier the north side the peak resembles “monk’s head they were successful in scaling the top.

The route around Ghumet is rather less steep and warm leading to the ridge all the way to Pisan glacier Tagafari and Kachli are rather the most beautiful route accessible to the top there are lush green valleys, meadows jungles lie on the way the Jaglot gorge trek is more convenient to approach the base camp in order to climb the top.


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