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
Situated at an elevation of 2,438 metres, Hunza Valley's tourist season is
from April to October. The temperature in May is maximum 27 C and minimum 14
C. The October temperature are: maximum 10 C and minimum 0 C. However, one
can visit Hunza round the year.
Most of the people of Hunza are Ismaili Muslims, followers of His Highness
the Aga Khan. The local language is Brushuski. Urdu and English are also
understood by most of people.
Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, offers an awe-inspiring view of Rakaposhi
7,788 metres. The snows of Rakaposhi glitter in the moonlight, producing an
atmosphere at once ethereal and sublime.
The fairy-tale like castle of Baltit, above Karimabad, is a Hunza landmark
built about 600 years ago. Stilted on massive legs, its wooden bay windows
look out over the valley. Originally, it was used as the residence of the
Mirs (the title of the former rulers) of Hunza.
Mountaineering And Hiking
Hunza is ideal for mountaineering, trekking and hiking. Most of the
treks in Hunza area are in open zone, for which tourists do not need any
permit. However special permits are required from the Ministry of Tourism,
Islamabad for mountaineering, trekking in restricted zone & climbing peaks
over 6000 metres.
How to Get There:
Regular Bus and Van Services operate between Gilgit and Karimabad. PTDC
Office at Chinnar Inn, Gilgit, arranges tours and transport for visitors.
Where to Stay:
There are reasonably priced hotels, motels and rest houses at Aliabad,
Karimabad, Passu, Gulmit and Sost including PTDC Motels in Hunza and Sost.