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Trip to Karimabad

Heart of Hunza

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Trip to Karimabad
Inserted: 19.08.2014
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Hunza valley enclosed by ice karakorum giants offers countless number of amazing long treks and one day trips. Also lovers of history will like it here, because there are ancient fortresses built on tactical places over the river. Everything is easily accessible from the tourist center of the valley – Karimabad.  

Day 1

Seeing Karimabad

Journey to Karimabad along the Karakorum highway is long and tiring whether you come from the south from Gilgit or you come to Pakistan from the north via Khunjerab pass. The rest of the day can be used to explore the old part of town and relax on the rooftop with stunning views of Rakaposhi and Diran peak.
 

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Day 2

Seeing the fort in Karimabad and Altit

The next day visit the old castle in Baltit and another in neighboring Altit. In the castles are small exposures of original life and in addition, from there are beautiful views of the surrounding stunning countryside.
 

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Day 3

Ascend to Ultars meadows

The third day is for lovers of high mountain hiking. The most typical hike from Karimabad is long ascent to Ultars meadows surrounded by massive peaks headed by Ultar Sar (7 388 m asl). The most photogenic rock tower, however, is Lady Finger.

  • If you want to extend this trip for a day, spend the night in the hut in the meadows and set out early in the morning to Honn pass for the best view of Hunza valley. 
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Tips for trips for other days

Karimabad is the starting point for a wide range of treks, so if you have free days available, do not hesitate and go towards Karakoram.

  • The best known and most popular trek in the surroundings is the walk to the amazing lake Rush (4 618 m asl)
  • Nice is also the walk to Rakaposhi BC
  • Even if you do not plan to continue on to the north, take a trip to lake Attabad
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