The mesmerizing Hunza Valley, located in the Gilgit region of northern Pakistan, overlooks the Hunza river and the most majestic mountains in the world. The panoramic views from the lush green valley let you take in the vast expanse of the surrounding mountains and lakes that are spread across this region.
If you plan on visiting the Hunza Valley during the autumn, here are some of the best things to do and places to visit during your trip.
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The Hunza Valley
Situated in the northern part of the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan is the Hunza Valley, a popular destination among many adventure seekers. The valley borders Ishkoman to the northwest, the Wakhan Corridor to the north, and China’s Xinjiang in the northeast.
Hunza has its own distinct pace, culture and hospitable atmosphere that lures visitors from all over to witness the epitome of mountain grandeur.
The best time to go to Hunza Valley is generally from April to October since this is the tourist season. However, if you wish to experience the colourful autumn season, you may also visit Hunza from the 2nd to the 4th week of October.
Hunza Valley weather
The Hunza Valley has 4 seasons in a year; spring, summer, autumn and winter. Autumn is the most beautiful season in Hunza, while winters are harsh, dry, and cold, with heavy snowfall on the mountains and the valley.
Since the valley lies among the mountains, the summers here are moderate, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 31°C at their peak and sometimes going below 0°C.
How to get to Hunza Valley?
To reach Hunza Valley, you can take a flight from Islamabad to Gilgit and hire a vehicle to drive you to Hunza. The drive takes about 2-3 hours (depending on weather conditions) and covers a distance of 100 km.
You can also opt for the 24-hour bus facility that plies between Islamabad and Hunza Valley. Please note that the route could be subject to climate conditions such as heavy snow or landslides, which could sometimes result in traffic diversions or road closure. You can tour around Hunza and the different cities via bus or any rented transport as per your preference.
Best places to visit around Hunza Valley
Hunza Valley and Karimabad are the most visited places in Pakistan, with thousands of tourists flocking in each year to experience the ravishing mountains, quaint villages and picturesque lakes. The valley also offers visitors a long list of things to do, including swimming, hiking, eco-trips, skating, fishing, polo games, shopping, biking tours and lots more. You can also find affordable lodgings and accommodations in Hunza to maximize your experience.
Whether you plan on visiting Hunza during the autumn or any other season, here’s a list of Hunza Valley’s tour points and major attractions that are worth visiting:
Karimabad is the capital of the Hunza district and is located on the west bank of the Hunza river. The village was earlier a prominent region because it accommodated the royal family. You can find antique works of stones and stone walled steep sloping large terraces all around the village. If you’re up for a walk, you can easily explore Karimabad on foot since most of the attractions are all within walking distance; hence you may not need to hire a taxi. There are also several other places to visit in the capital city, some of which are mentioned below.
The Baltit fort is the main attraction in Karimabad and was built in the 8th Century CE. The spectacular fort surrounded by the snowy mountains has wooden-bay windows and rests on stilts.
The crystal turquoise lake is the major tourist attraction in the Gojal Valley, offering various activities like fishing, jet skiing and boating. Surrounded by the peaks of the Karakoram Mountains range, Attabad Lake is a spectacular beauty. The lake was formed due to a major landslide in Attabad a few years ago but is now one of the most famous attractions in the region.
Another lake worth visiting is the Rush Lake in Hunza, which is also considered one of the highest lakes in the world. Situated at a high altitude near Rush Pari peak, this lake will give you a taste of Himalayan trekking. You can access the lake from Nagar and Hoper Valley or via Hopper Glacier and Miar Glacier.
About 11 km from Karimabad is the high-altitude village of Duikar, which is perfect for sunrise and sunset views. You can also see the most prominent peaks (Rakaposhi, Golden peak, Ultar, Lady Finger, etc.) and the Hunza and Nagar valleys from Duikar.
Apart from these attractions, you can also check out the vast fruit orchards, Hunza river, Queen Victoria Monument, Khunjerab pass, and Hopar glacier located in Hopar valley.