Hunza Pakistan

Visit the Heavenly Hunza Valley

 

 

If you’re looking for a family holiday with plenty of peace, quiet and beautiful surroundings, why not consider a trip to the stunning Hunza Valley in Northern Pakistan? Situated near the Chinese border, the Hunza Valley enjoys unparalleled natural beauty and seclusion, thanks to its high elevation and surrounding mountain ranges.

 

Described as ‘heaven on earth’ or Shangri-La by many awe-struck visitors, the Hunza Valley is lined with lakes and rivers fed by meltwater, dotted with lush terraces and shielded from the outside world by a 25,000-foot pyramid of snow. Shrouded in mystery and hidden from the outside world for centuries, travellers are now discovering the paradise of Hunza Valley and its many wonders.

 

Due to its remote location, travel to the Hunza Valley is best done by flying from Islamabad to the small Gilgit Airport. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) offer a variety of flights from Manchester Airport to Islamabad and from Islamabad to nearby Gilgit Airport.

 

Though you can drive to the Hunza Valley (the main road into the Valley is less than 40 years old), flying allows you to get there quickly and take in the mountainous scenery, akin to a flying safari. The mountain ranges that have shaped and protected the Valley are not a sight to be missed, so make the most of this leg of your journey.

 

A Land of Legend

 

When you finally arrive in Hunza Valley, you may be struck at the views of pristine wilderness and many terraced gardens. Remember to take a moment to catch your breath and adjust to the high altitude as the Valley is over 2,000 metres above sea level.

 

The region is as beautiful as it is mystical and rumours about its inhabitants – known as the Burusho or Hunza people – abound: Some accounts claim that they are descendants of Alexander the Great and can live to be 120 years old, thanks to their healthy lifestyles.

 

Though the rumours may be exaggerated, the Hunza people enjoy pristine mountain air, pure water from the mountains and a diet rich in raw fruit and vegetables, which offer many health benefits. We recommend trying the local delicacies and exploring the wilderness, especially the hills and mountains which offer unrivalled views.

 

 A Warm Welcome in the Mountains

 

As many travellers will attest, the Hunza people are hospitable towards outsiders, and the region is quite safe despite its isolation, making it a desirable destination for families. There are many family-friendly hotels, B&Bs and lodges and the local fare is hearty and wholesome, with a focus on fresh fruit and vegetables in summer and roasts, stews or pies in the winter.

 

Thanks to its location on the border between China and Pakistan, Hunza cuisine shares many similarities with traditional Pakistani food with some Chinese influences and the local produce is world-class. If you get the chance, make sure to try the famous Hunza apricots and dishes such as Gyal (flatbreads), Dowdo (noodle soup) and Harissa (a type of stew).

 

While you’re there, make the most of the local water, most of which comes from meltwater off the mountains, contains high levels of minerals and is alkali, helping your body neutralise acids.

 

Surprises Around Every Corner

 

Hunza Valley holds plenty of surprises for those able and willing to trek off the beaten path, whether you’re up for climbing a mountain or just fancy an afternoon’s hike. If you’re travelling with younger children, local guides can steer you towards more accessible attractions and 4x4 rentals offer an easy way to get around.

 

The scenic Attabad Lake (which was formed in 2010 after a massive landslide) is 13 miles long and over 330ft in depth. Make the most of the available Jet-Ski rentals or boat tours and take in the lake views if travelling during summer: As the winter snow melts, silt and minerals in the meltwater feeding the lake catch the sun and give the water a beautiful turquoise colour.

 

If the kids grow tired of soaking up the sun at the lake, why not travel to one of Hunza Valley’s historic forts, such as Altit Fort which features gardens, a museum and friendly local tour guides? The climb is worth it, as these forts offer a glimpse into Hunza history and unmatched views of the valley and surrounding areas.

 

Or maybe a relaxed stroll along the river is more your speed? The Hussaini Rope Bridge offers an easy way to cross Borit Lake, provided you’re brave enough. This rope bridge is one of the safest in the region and has been used by the locals for years, so you can let your kids indulge their adventurous side without worrying too much.

 

For more active visitors, an excursion to the Passu Cones provides plenty of chances to take in beautiful scenery on a hike, or maybe just to admire the conical peaks from afar. Stop in the nearby village of Passu if you change your mind about climbing – the peaks are visible for miles, after all.

 

If you’re feeling a little international, the Khunjerab Pass provides beautiful mountaintop scenery on the way to the Chinese border, though the views might just take your breath away as the path is over 15,000ft above sea level.

 

A Haven for Exotic Species

 

There’s plenty of activities to choose from, whether you want to relax in the midst of nature or soak up culture, but make sure to keep an eye out for the rare animals that call the Hunza Valley home. If you are lucky, you can spot a variety of wildlife during your trip, including Golden Eagles, Ibexes, Bears and maybe even Snow Leopards!

 

 

Packed full of natural wonders, pristine countryside and plenty of interesting things to do, the Hunza Valley is an amazing place, and one that your family will love! To see details of flights, accommodation and any available offers, visit our website or speak to a member of our team today!


Need some help?
Call us on
0161 225 1331
callback icon
We can call you
Call us on
0161 225 1331
 We can call you