My move to Pakistan three years ago was a mix of anxiety and excitement. Mostly framed by perceptions from news coverage, that was often biased and one-sided. Pakistan is often portrayed as a danger zone rife with militias running amok. While in reality, most parts of the country are relatively safe and make for an epic adventure. Very little is known about the postcard-like scenery of its northern areas, that have earned it top spots on coveted global travel hot-lists. Forbes included Pakistan in its top 10 cool places to visit in 2019 and CNN travel named it one of adventure travel’s best-kept secrets in 2018.
First up on the sight-seeing list are the Altit and Baltit Forts. For those that are culturally inclined, these heritage sites have a lot to offer in terms of local history.
The sacred rocks of Haldeikish are marked with ancient graffiti dating back as early as 400 AD
The Passu Glacier, dazzling with deep crevasses, is a sight to behold as it appears to be part of an unfamiliar planet
The landscapes are marked by contrasts that are hard to imagine. The pastel tones of grey and brown surrounding most of the valley are a testimony to this.
Life should either be a daring adventure or nothing else. This could not be a more poignant reflection when you swing trough the Hussaini bridge. It instantly imbues your primal pleasure, mostly because you are surrounded by the most spectacular landscape.
As the weather changes rapidly, so does the impeccable view of the mountains leaving you wide-eyed and exhilarated
The deeply alluring Attabad lake is emblematic of when nature gets things right.
Northern Pakistan is increasing in popularity for solo as well as group travellers. Tip – while it is easy to gallivant around the valley on your own, local guides can be quite handy in showing you the off-the-beaten track spots. We bumped into these fellow tourists in Passu
If you are there for shopping, then do not miss the entrepreneurial women of Hunza selling stunning hand-made carpets from a centuries’ old house in Gulmit area. It is worth noting that the literacy rate in the area is estimated at 98% which is no wonder that tourists are easily welcome to the area.
To cup it up is the warm hospitality and collegiality of the locals who are always ready to offer you a cup of chai
Read more tips on how to get to Hunza valley and where to stay on this @travelnoire article.