Hunza Valley: Pakistan’ s Ultimate Weekend Getaway

Hussaini bridge one of the world's famous dangerous bridges

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.

My friend and fellow curious traveller, Belinda (find her on Instagram @atibwanji2000) and I spent three days exploring the un-spoilt beauty of one of Pakistan’s hidden gems, Hunza Valley, in the northern part of the country. Read our top 10 reasons why Hunza Valley should be on your travel bucket list published by Travelnoire.

Our photo travelogue is highlighted below:

Gilgit airport, Hunza Valley northern Pakistan
Arriving at Gilgit airport, Hunza Valley Pakistan
Pakistan's Hunza Valley,
Amazing views surrounding the Hunza valley
Altit and Baltit Forts in Hunza Valley
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.
Haldeikish sacred rocks in Hunza Valley
The sacred rocks of Haldeikish are marked with ancient graffiti dating back as early as 400 AD
Passu glaciers on a cloudy day northern areas Hunza Valley Pakistan
The Passu Glacier, dazzling with deep crevasses, is a sight to behold as it appears to be part of an unfamiliar planet
Snow-cupped mountains in Hunza Valley northern areas Pakistan
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.
Hussaini bridge one of the world's famous dangerous bridges
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.
Stunning mountains in Hunza Valley
As the weather changes rapidly, so does the impeccable view of the mountains leaving you wide-eyed and exhilarated
emerald green Attabad lake against stunning mountain backdrop in Hunza
The deeply alluring Attabad lake is emblematic of when nature gets things right.
Tourists traveling in Hunza Valley
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
Hunza women entrepreneurs make beautiful Pakistani carpets
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.
Tea with a view of the mountains of Hunza Valley Pakistan
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.

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