Fortress in Karimabad (Baltit)

Baltit Fort

The oldest parts of Baltit Fort date from the 13th century. Over the years more houses and towers were added, and it was fortified. To cement an alliance with Baltistan's Maqpon dynasty in the 17th century, Mir Ayes…
Landmark in Karimabad (Baltit)

Mominabad Village

In the Northern Areas there are traces of an ancient caste system, in which musicians and artisans ranked low. In the past they were often segregated in their own separate villages. Though it's quite ordinary lookin…
Museum in Ganish

Ganish Village

The restoration of Ganish Village is particularly good and won a Unesco Asia Pacific Heritage Award. While Baltit Fort shows how the cream of society lived, Ganish shows another side of traditional Hunza life. Behin…
River in Karimabad (Baltit)

Channel Walk

A three- or four-hour walk along the main water channels from Ultar Nala is a good way to see Hunza at its best. Try to avoid the delicate side channels.
Canyon in Around Karimabad


At about 2800m, Duikar is said to be Hunza's highest village. It's about 11km and 25 minutes by jeep or a 2½-hour walk from Karimabad, past gravity-defying terraced fields. The rewards include immense valley vi…
Monument in Karimabad (Baltit)

Queen Victoria Monument

The Queen Victoria Monument at the top of the rock face behind Karimabad can be reached in an hour from Baltit. Take the channel path above the polo ground. Five minutes out, cross the channel and climb stone steps …
Fortress in Around Karimabad

Altit Fort & Village

The picturesque fort overlooking the village of Altit beside the Hunza River was undergoing extensive renovation at the time of research and was closed to the public. The 1000-year-old village has been renovated and…
Glacier in Around Karimabad


A climb to the beautiful Ultar icefall with its amphitheatre of peaks including the 6000m pinnacle, Bubulimating, or Lady Finger, will give you an appreciation for the vertical lie of the land. This can be a strenuo…
Archaeological Site in Ganish

Sacred Rocks at Hunza

Sacred Rocks at Hunza is about 1.5km east on the KKH at a place called Haldekush are several stony rises. The rocks, with pictures and inscriptions from as early as the 1st century, are a 'guest book' of the valley.…