The Hunza beyond Karimabad – Pictorial

Many tourists, after visiting Karimabad, seem to think that they have visited the Hunza Valley. Their exciting posts here and there about ‘being there’ fall short of reality; what they have seen is maybe 10 percent of Hunza, or even less. The bigger Hunza is beyond Karimabad, stretching up to the Chinese border and also touching Afghanistan’s Wakhan region in the North-West, and Skardu district of Baltistan.

So, you may ask, what is it beyond Karimabad that one would like to see?

The answer to that will be simple, The Gojal Valley; the region that accounts for more than 80 percent of Hunza district’s total area, and where you can see a delicate and harmonious blend of the Wakhi and Burushaski cultures.

Here is what you can see in the Gojal Valley, Upper Hunza.


The Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnel

Southern opening of the Pak-China Friendship Tunnel. Photo: Kamran Baig
Southern opening of the Pak-China Friendship Tunnel connecting directly with a huge bridge in Ayeenabad, Shishkat. Photo: Kamran Baig

The Dammed Hunza River – Attabad Lake


Bautra Glacier

The 56 km long Batura glacier is one of the largest in the world. Courtesy: Summit Post

Shimshal Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Sost Valley


Chipursan Valley


Borith Lake


Batura Lake

Photographer: SyedMehdiBukhari

Ghulkin Glacier

Source: Wikipedia

Boiber Valley


Mintika Pass – Misgar 


Kalandarchi Fort (Misgar) 

18th century historical fort built by the British occupiers
18th century historical fort built by the British occupiers

Ondra Ruins (Gulmit)

Remains of an ancient hilltop fortified settlement. Photo: Zulfiqar Ali Khan 

Shutubar Glacier (Gulmit Tower) 

Remains unclimbed till date

Passu Glacier


Shimshal Lake


Mount Tupopdon (Passu) 


Khunjerav Pass 


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  1. There is literally nothing to be seen there at Karimabad except for the Baltit fort. Apart from that there is no such thing as “natural beauty” around Karimabad. Gojal is indeed a very beautiful place with beautiful people.

    1. Entire GB is very much beautiful, as far as Karimabad and upper Hunza is concerned both places have its own beauties, Karimabad give the look of ceneral Hunza and Nager and some unforgetting views of some of the beautiful mountain peaks of the world. Our Gojal, upper HUNZA has its own attractions many peaks and long treks for explorers.

      There is no question of one less and another more beautiful but different aspects of beauties…as it is said beauty is in the eyes of the looking person.

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