The Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas) of Pakistan are a rocky wilderness of 27000 Sq. Miles (about 68000 Sq. Km) containing the biggest cluster of majestic mountains anywhere in the world and the biggest glaciers anywhere outside the polar region. The mighty Himalayas come advancing into this region from India, Tibet and Nepal and north of them spread the more localized but still majestic Karakoram Range, both heading northwest while in between flows the mighty Indus River. Along the Indus are many lovely valleys along side the main river and in the path of its tributaries.
Skardu, capital of Baltistan is perched 2438 meters above sea level in the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range. Skardu is linked to the national capital, Islamabad by PIA which operates one flight daily. The air journey is full of thrills and would itself be regarded as the highlight of the visit. After following the same air route which connects Gilgit to Islamabad/Rawalpindi, the plane turns right and flies over the gorge of the Indus River. Enormous rock faces rise on either side and at times it seams as if the wing tips of the plane would almost scrape against them. They never do. Baltistan is known as the “Tibet -e- Khurd” or little Tibet since its life style reflects that of the roof of the world and land of Lamas.
Khaplu (35° 10′ 0 N, 76° 19′ 60 E, altitude 2,560m) is the capital town of the Ghangche District of northern Pakistan. Lying 103 km (64 miles) east of Skardu town, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. Sailing the most important and beautiful place of Whole District Ghanche the Largest Forest plantation of Baltistan and the Cricket Stadium with side a beautiful Lake, and also you can find there fruit nursery in the central of Ghanche and many more…………….
At an elevation of 1,454 meters lies the Gilgit Valley. The quaint little town of Gilgit has spectacular science beauty. The peak tourist season is from May to October though the tourist season is round the year. The maximum temperature in May is 33oC and minimum 16oC and in September. Maximum 28oC and minimum 11oC.
10 kms from Gilgit town is a beautiful rock engraving of Buddha of 7th century A.D. at the mouth of the Kargah Nullah. A victory monument of Taj Mughal, built 700 years ago, is 30 kms. Jeep drive from Gilgit town.
The bridge over the fast flowing Gilgit River is the largest suspension bridge in Asia (182 meters long and 2 meters wide) permitting enough room for one jeep at a time to cross.
The visitors to Hunza are overwhelmed by the rugged charm, the fragrant breeze singing through graceful poplar trees and the velvet-like green carpet of wheat fields, set against the background of snow-covered mountains.
Situated at an elevation of 2,438 meters, Hunza Valley’s tourist season is from May to October. The temperature in May is maximum 27oC and minimum 14oC. The October temperatures are: maximum 10oC and minimum 0oC.Most of the people of Hunza are Islamili Muslims, followers of His highness the Aga Khan. The local language is Brushuski. Urdu and English are also understood by most of the people.
Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, offers an awe-inspiring view of Rakaposhi (7,788 meters). The snows of Rakaposhi glitter in the moonlight, producing an atmosphere at once ethereal and sublime
A holiday in the Kaghan Valley, the Himalayan hide-away, north-east of the Hazara district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, is an unforgettable experience.
Its mountains, dales, lakes, water-falls, streams and glaciers are still in an unbelievable pristine state, an unspoiled paradise. That is why it can be such a deeply satisfying experience to spend a few days in Kaghan. The Valley extends for 155 kms. rising from an elevation of 2,134 meters to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,173 meters. Kaghan is at its best in the summer months (May to September). In May the temperature is : maximum 11oc and the minimum 3oC. From the middle of July up to the end of September, the road beyond Naran, snowbound throughout the winter, is open right upto Babusar Pass. Movement is restricted during the monsoon season also.
The Kaghan Valley is accessible by road from Islamabad and Peshawar. You can drive in your own or a rented car, taxi, station-wagon or bus to Abbott bad which is 122 kms from Islamabad and 217 kms from Peshawar. Abbott bad is a Charming town spread out over several low, refreshingly green hills.