Introducing Karimabad (Baltit)
Baltit is Hunza’s ancient capital. Its magnificent fort, on a throne-like ridge with Ultar Nala yawning behind it, has always been the kingdom’s focal point. The fort served as the royal palace for over 750 years until last century, when sounder quarters were built below in what came to be called Karimabad. The name is now also used for Baltit and the complex of ancient tribal hamlets around it.
Since the arrival of KKH tourism and overseas aid, Karimabad has prospered and the bazaar has filled with hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and handicraft shops. The superb setting, grand fort, good food, friendly locals and opportunity to swap tales with other highway travellers make Karimabad an ideal stopover.