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Reason and Places to Visit Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Reason and Places to Visit Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Written by Daniyal Ahmad

Reason and Places to Visit Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Ever heard of Gilgit Baltistan?

Well certainly yes, Gilgit Baltistan the northern area of Pakistan. One of the most beautiful places in the world. Gilgit-Baltistan covers an area of over 72,971 km² and it is highly mountainous. Gilgit Balitistan is home to three of the world’s longest glacier outside the Polar Regions. It’s one of the best places for trekking and hiking. It is also home to more than 21 peaks with over 20,000 feet including K-2 the second highest mountain on Earth. Other peaks include Masherbrum, Gasherbrum II,  Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Hidden Peak,  and Chogolisa. Moreover Gilgit Baltistaan is one of the most attractive tourism sights because if it’s natural beauty, climate and area. People of Gilgit Baltistan speak “Shina” Language.  Let’s have a look on some exciting things and places about Gilgit Baltistaan. Following are the reasons you should visit Gilgit Baltistaan once.

Gilgit Baltistan

1-K2

Gilgit Baltistan

K2 or Mount Godwin-Austen, and Chhogori Balti , is the world’s 2nd highest mountain at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) above sea level. It is the highest point in Karakoram and yet most attractive place in Gilgit Baltistaan. Moreover The interesting part K2 has never been climbed during winter due to its harsh climate.

2-Fairy Meadows

Gilgit Baltistan

Fairy Meadows one if the most beautiful place in the region is 3,300 meters above sea level. Its local name is Joot. It is a green base camp near Nanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is in Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan. Furthermore It is declared a National Park and its home for trekkers of the region. Tourist season at Fairy Meadows starts in April till September. This area generates PKR 17 million revenue from tourism.

3-Nanga Parbat

Gilgit Baltistan

Nanga Parbat or in English naked mountain is the 9th highest mountain in the world at at 8,126 meters  (26,660 ft) above sea level. It is one of the eight-thousandths , having summit elevation of 8,126 meters (26,660 ft). Moreover A harsh, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, Nanga Parbat is notoriously difficult climb. It has tremendous vertical relief over local terrain in all directions.

4-Deosai National Park

Gilgit Baltistan

Deosai National Park is located in between Gultari, Skardu, Kharmang & Astore Valley, in the Gilgit-Baltistan. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit during ur Gilgit Baltistaan journey. It’s also known as the land of giants. Deosai Plateau is the second highest plateau of the world. Furthermore It is home to Himalayan ibex, red fox, golden marmot, gray wolf, the Ladakh urial , the snow leopard , and over 120 resident and migratory birds. Including the golden eagle, lammergeier, peregrine falcon,  laggar falcon, kestrel, griffon vulture, sparrowhawk  and snowcock.

5-Baltit Fort

Gilgit Baltistan

Baltit Fort is is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. And it has been on UNESCO’s list. It shows the great image of old heritage in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The fort has built 700 years before. It had a museum, library and a restaurant in 1996. Now, it is triple storey building with 53 rooms.

6-Festivals

Gilgit Baltistan

The major festival of Gilgit Baltistan includes Shandur Polo festival. shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m)) lies betwee Ghizer and Chitral Districts. Shandur is often called the ‘Roof of the World’. It is the world’s highest polo field. Moreover Every year the government organizes polo festivals which attract tourists from all over the world. Other festivals include Babusar Polo Festival and Jashn-e-Baharan / Harvest Time Festival including, Old Man Dance, Cow Boy Dance, Sword Dance and a few to name more.

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit Baltistan

7-Climate

Gilgit Baltistan

The climate of Gilgit Baltistan is quite fascinating. It varies from region to region, surrounding mountain ranges creates sharp variations and in the eastern part it has the moist zone of the western Himalayas, but Karakoram and Hindu Kush, the climate dries considerably. Gilgit and Chilas are very hot during the day in summer but cold at night and valleys like Khaplu, Yasin, Hunza, and Nagar the temperature remains cold.

8-Lakes

Gilgit Baltistan has many high-altitude lakes including, Naltar lakes in the Naltar Valley,  Sheosar Lake in the Deosai Plains, skardu, Gilgit, Satpara Tso Lake in Skardu, Baltistan, Katsura Tso Lake in Skardu, Baltistan, Phoroq Tso Lake in Skardu, Zharba Tso Lake in Shigar, Baltistan, Baltistan, Lake Kharfak in Gangche, Baltistan, Byarsa Tso Lake in Gultari, Astore, Borith Lake in Gojal, upper Hunza, Gilgit, Rama Lake near Astore, Rush Lake near Nagar, Gilgit, Kromber Lake at Kromber Pass Ishkoman Valley, Ghizer District, Barodaroksh Lake in Bar Valley, Nagar & Ghorashi Lake in Ghandus Valley, Kharmang.

Lower Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake

Satpara Lake

Sheosar Lake

Rush Lake

Khalti Lake

Karambar Lake

Dudipatsar Lake

Borith Lake

Bashkiri Lake

Attabad Lake

Rama Lake

So, have you made a plan to visit these beautiful place? If no then you better do because it definitely would be a life changing experience. You will experience some great places, a different culture, traditions and life. Do let us know about trip and activities too.


Reason and Places to Visit Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
  • K2
  • Fairy Meadows
  • Nanga Parbat
  • Deosai National Park
  • Baltit Fort
  • Festivals
  • Climate
  • Lakes

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