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Hunza Valley- the first plastic free district of Pakistan

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Hunza Valley- the first plastic-free district of Pakistan
Hunza valley is amongst the top tourist destinations not only in Pakistan but in the world

Hunza valley is amongst the top tourist destinations not only in Pakistan but in the world. Surrounded by snow clad mountains and home to sprawling lush green meadows, the scenic Hunza valley has captured attention of local and international tourist alike for having scenic views, hospitable people and clean environment.

Of late, Hunza has yet again grabbed headlines for becoming the first plastic free district of Pakistan. Given the rise in awareness with regards to plastic pollution, which is attributed to be leading cause of environmental pollution, the local government joined hands with Gilgit Baltistan environment protection agency to roll out pilot ban. Moreover, in a bid to make the pilot a success, more than 10,000 biodegradable bags bearing anti plastic slogans were distributed amongst the local.

Atta Abad Lake Hunza

The pilot was run in the light of threat posed by plastic to the environment and the fact that Indus that runs through Pakistan happens to be amongst the second most polluted river in the world, with over 164,332 tons of plastic dumped in it annually.

It is well known that plastic can take centuries to decompose yet the demand for single use plastic continues to surge in Pakistan and across the world. It interesting that Hunza achieved what most metropolis from developed countries continue to struggle with.

With the introduction of ban on single use plastic in April 2019, the use of plastic, its export/ import and sale became a punishable offense. Although the ban was criticised by few factions of the society, the ban was eventually accepted by people, for it prevented landfill from appearing in GB.

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What initially was a pilot run program, turned into a comprehensive program against plastic also inspired other cities including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta to impose a ban on single use plastic; however, the level of success attained by Hunza is unmatched thus far.

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Recognising the dividends of efforts by local council, the government of Pakistan’s adviser to PM on Climate change Malik Amin Aslam commended the personnels involved in the comprehensive program and declared “Hunza the first plastic free district in Asia’- which is part of the district that had seen influx of over 1.72 million tourist.

The adviser congratulated the officials involved for the valuable contributions and hoped to replicate the model in other areas in Pakistan

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Hussainabad BroQ- Pakistans Trolltunga

Hussainabad BroQ- Pakistan’s Trolltunga!

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The Hussainabad BroQ is a rock formation, located above 4000 meters and is located in upper valley of hussainabad BroQ in skardu.

Someone rightly said that Pakistan is a jewel that remains significantly unexplored. Of late, we have seen surge in tourism in different areas of Pakistan. The north, in particular, has seen huge influx of tourists from across the globe. While foreign and local tourist alike relish memories of water streams, lush green valleys and unparalleled hospitality, few local tourists have gone beyond and discovered what is being termed as Pakistan’s Trolltunga.

Following the discovery of Pakistan’s Trolltunga’s picture online, the place has seen a lot of locals flocking to the place to get their fair share of pictures as Pakistan’s Trolltunga overlooks scenic Skardu valley, Sarfaranga desert, and parts of Shigar valley.

Where is actual Trolltunga?

Trolltunga is popular tourist destination in Norway, located in Odda at 11,000 ft above sea level in Norway’s Hordaland county. According to Norway’s official website, the trail is well signposted but the trek is strenuous as it may require a trekking enthusiast wanting to reach Trolltunga around 10 hours. Moreover, the website advices inexperienced individuals to opt for guided hikes.

Pakistan’s Hussainabad BroQ:

Coming back to Pakistan’s hussainabad BroQ, this is the name that locals have given to Pakistan’s Trolltunga which is becoming increasingly popular over internet and in Pakistan. The Hussainabad BroQ is a rock formation, located above 4000 meters and is located in upper valley of hussainabad BroQ in skardu.

Where is Hussainabad BroQ located?

Before we give out details to your dream hike, this place is reachable through trek. Hussainabad broQ is located 5 Kms from Skardu city and it may require several hours of hike.

You may begin your journey from Hussaini chowk which is 10 mins drive to Hussainabad. Once you have reached hussainabad, you will have to go offroad that will be a mix of steep ascending path. Recommended ride is 4 x 4 vehicle. After about 20 mins, the road ends at unnamed village at 3000m from where the ardous trek starts.

Time required to reach Hussainabad BroQ?

Honestly, it depends on your physique, stamina and a lot of other factors. According to locals, the trek should not take more than 3 hours, and in terms of difficulty, it would be categorized as moderately difficult. Likewise, descent may take 1.5 hours if you are well aware of shortcuts. Therefore, it is recommended to keep ample supplies of energy bars and water.

Have you been there? Share your experience below in comments.

6 Days Itinerary / Travel Plan For Hunza Valley

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Hunza Valley is a former Princely State, bordering with Uyghurstan (Xinjiang) China in North-East, to Pamir (roof of the world) in the North-West, to Gilgit Agency in the South and to Nagar Valley in the East. The capital of the State was Baltit but now it’s Karimabad.

The Valley is surrounded by hovering mountains in its surrounding including, Hunza Peak, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Ladyfinger Peak, Ghenta Sar, and Darmiyani Peak.

 

The Plan:

The basic purpose of an itinerary/ travel plan to any place is to enjoy the tour with energetic and adventurous journeying around. The two basic rules are to be followed for an excellent, exploring, joyful and soulful tour planning are:

  1. Discover
  2. Plan

Location Of Hunza Vally:

The Budget:

Although it is a six-day travel/ itinerary plan to the Hunza valley, you will need a well-organized budget; which must include all the essential expenditures:

  • Total Expenditure: (in PKR/duration)
  • Hotel/Accommodation: (Prior booking)
  • Transportation Fares
  • Eating Out Charges
  • Sight-Seeing/Ticketing Charges
  • Camping Apparatus Expenditure
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

The Luggage:

  • Casual Shirts
  • Casual Pants
  • Shoes: (for trekking, with a durable rubber sole)
  • Sandals/ sleepers: (for walking during camping)
  • Water Proof Jacket & Trousers or Rain Suit
  • Pairs of Trousers & full Sleeves Shirts
  • Pairs of Socks: (Woolen Stuff)
  • Woolen Hat/Cap:
  • Sleeping Suit
  • Pair of Gloves: (Woolen/Water-Proof)
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking Stick
  • Water Bottles
  • Emergency Light
  • Pocket Knife
  • Map and Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Sun Block
  • Camera

The Medication:

  • Allergy Medicine
  • Eye Drops
  • Aspirin & Pain-Killers
  • Band-Aids
  • Sickness Medicines
  • Tranquilizers

Itinerary / Travel Plan

Day 01:

  • Islamabad to Chilas Via Babusar or Besham
  • Night Stay at Chilas

Day 02:

  • Chilas to Hunza
  • Stop at Garam Chasma
  • Stop at Junction point of Highest Mountain Ranges of the World
  • Stop at Rakaposhi view point
  • Visit of Hunza Market (Karimabad)
  • Night stay in Hunza

Day 03:

  • Visit of Attabad Lake, Passu Cones, Sost Dry Port and Khunjurab National pass (if open)
  • Back to Hunza in the evening

Day 04:

  • Visit of Baltit Fort and Altit Fort
  • Visit of Eagle Nest, Duiker Valley or Hoper Glacier

Day 05:

  • Hunza to Naltar Valley (Naltar Lake)
  • Back to Chilas in the evening
  • Night stay at Chilas

Day 06:

  • Departure for Islamabad

A Complete Travel Guide On How To Plan a Tour To Hunza

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Hunza Valley is a former Princely State, bordering with Uyghurstan (Xinjiang) China in North-East, to Pamir (roof of the world) in the North-West, to Gilgit Agency in the South and to Nagar Valley in the East. The capital of the State was Baltit but now it’s Karimabad.

Pakistan has been bestowed with many beautiful natural landscapes and if we get a chance to watch those pieces of heavenly beauty undauntedly, we will erupt saying ‘I have found Heaven on Earth’.

Once in Gilgit, you can’t stop yourself without traveling to Hunza Valley as it is must visit Place.

Hunza Valley is a former Princely State, bordering with Uyghurstan (Xinjiang) China in North-East, to Pamir (roof of the world) in the North-West, to Gilgit Agency in the South and to Nagar Valley in the East. The capital of the State was Baltit but now it’s Karimabad.

The Valley is surrounded by hovering mountains in its surrounding including, Hunza Peak, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Ladyfinger Peak, Ghenta Sar and Darmiyani Peak.

 

Location Of Hunza Vally:

Distance from Islamabad

Islamabad to Hunza Via Babusar Pass (Route 1):  Approximately, 16 hours (600 km)

It takes the route from Islamabad to Abbottabad to Balakot to Naran to Kaghan to Babusar Pass to Chilas to Gilgit to Hunza Valley. Relatively, short route but is open only in summers from May to December.

 

Islamabad to Hunza Via Besham (Route 2):  Approximately, 22 hours (715 km)

It takes the route from Islamabad to Abbottabad to Besham to Kohistan to Chilas to Gilgit to Hunza. Relatively, long and curvey route but remains open all over the year.

 

Gilgit to Hunza: 2 h 3 min (100.3 km) via Karakoram Highway.

 

Means of transport:

By Air: Flight from Islamabad to Gilgit will take One hour and fifteen minutes, and in two hours you can be in Hunza Valley traveling by road from Gilgit Airport.

By Road: You can take any vehicle more than 800cc along with you on this trip, the only thing that needs surety i.e. Is your vehicle is well equipped and maintained properly for Road Trip?

The Geography:

Hunza is divided into 2 geographic sub-divisions:

  1. Upper Hunza
  2. Lower Hunza

When To Visit:

The tourists who plan to visit always seek to enjoy the valley during the days of its full bloom and beauty. t is therefore advised to visit Hunza Valley after March because the weather gets warm and cold spells are leaving the valley.

In April and May, the Blossom is at its peak.  June and July provide you with a great opportunity to visit nearby lakes, rivers, base camps, boating, fishing, trekking, camping, etc.

If you want to witness the mesmerizing Autumn colors regarded as the true beauty of Hunza then end of September and in October is the best time to go.

After October, From November to March Hunza Valley takes on the Cold blanket with heavy snowfalls.

Things to do in Hunza:

There are numerous activates in the valley which the tourists can opt according to their preference i.e.

  • Fishing at Hunza Valley River
  • Boating at Borith Lake
  • Legal hunting (Duck/Ibex) at Khunjarab National Park
  • Horse Riding and Polo in Hunza Valley
  • Trekking to nearby base camps
  • Camping amid plateaus and green meadows, also it proves to be a much-liked destination for climbers to surrounding high peaks.

 

Places to Vist:

 

Rakaposhi and its View Point:

At an hour’s drive from Gilgit, there is a point on KKH known as Rakaposhi Viewpoint and it’s a first tourist attraction of Hunza Valley.

The Rakaposhi mountain, a 7,800-meter-high peak, located in Nagar Vally.  The Rakaposhi peak is the 27th highest mountain on Earth but considered one of the most beautiful ones.

Karimabad:

Karimabad is capital of Hunza valley.  The Guardian ranked it as one of the five “Best Tourist Sites” in Pakistan.

Altit fort:

Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan.

Baltit Fort:

Another great ancient sight of Tibetan and Balti heritage is more than 700 years old fort in Hunza Valley

Eagle’s Nest:

The highest place to view whole of Hunza, on its right you will find Ladyfinger peak and on left the magnificent Rakaposhi.

Attabad Lake:

A disaster made two mountains meet together and they stopped the flow of Hunza River, turning it into a beautiful lake. Starts from Ganish Village and is about 29.3 kilometers in length.

Passu:

The most romantic places in Hunza Valley. Passu is along the Hunza River, some 15 kilometers from Gulmit, the Tehsil headquarters of Gojal. Upper Hunza, also known as the Gojal Valley.

Rush Lake:

One of the highest alpine lakes in the world and difficult to trek as well.

Khunjerab Pass:

The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway.

Have you been to Hunza? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below.