Gilgit Baltistan Tourism

Gilgit Baltistan is, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindukush and the Himalayas – meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and anglers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora.


Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan which is endowed with most unique geographical feature in the world. In an area of about 500 kms is found the most dense collection of some of the highest and precipitous peaks in the world, boasting more than 700 peaks above 6000 meters, and more than 160 peaks above 7000 meters.

These include five out of the total  fourteen above eight thousanders, namely the second highest rock pyramid – the K-2 (8611 m), the killer mountain Nanga Parbat (8126 m), the Hidden Peak, Gasherbrum I (8068 m), the Broad Peak (8047 m) and the Gasherbrum II (8035 m). The area is aptly called a paradise for mountaineers, adventure seekers and nature lovers. The compelling charm of these high, challenging, endless sea of rugged rock and ice pinnacles lure large- number of climbers, adventure seekers and nature lovers to Gilgit-Baltistan each year.

Places to Visit

Gilgit, strategically the most important region in the Karakorams and the trade centre of the region for centuries, is the capital town and administrative centre of the Federally AdministeredGilgit-Baltistan.

The land of lakes. It borders the Wakhan strip of Afghanistan on its north-west, and China on its northern borders. The valleys include Punial, Ishkoma, Yasin and Phandar. Fishing is the main sport of the area . The rivers are rich in trout. 

Hunza valley is the prime attraction for tourists as the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains is overwhelming. A view of four 7,000 m high peaks, i.e., Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden and Ultar, from various points
of Hunza makes it unique.

The Ghanche District is the easternmost district of Gilgit baltistan. With its administrative headquarters in the historic city of Khaplu, the Ghanche District is famous as a tourist destination for its outstanding scenery and high altitude landscapes. Khaplu Fort attracts tourists from aroud the globe.

The Astore Valley is comprised of numerous valleys and villages where the prominent ones are Rama, Gorikot, Rehmanpur, Rattu. Bunji, Dashkin and Chilim, among others.

The Diamer District is the gateway to the Gilgit-Baltistan if driving from Islamabad via the Karkorum Highway (KKH) or Kaghan Valley through Babusar or Butogah passes. Fairy Meadows, at the base of Mount Nanga Parbat is heaven on earth.

Skardu town is located near the confluence of Shigar and Indus rivers, and is watered by the stream flowing down the Sadpara Lake. 
Skardu serves as the base camp for the routes to some of the world’s highest peaks, low altitude mountains surround the town.

Ghanche has two major divisions, Khaplu and Mc’herbrum. Hushe, under the shadow of Masherbrum Peak, is the gateway to various important peaks and glaciers.

The Shigar Valley is a valley in Gilgit Baltistan in northern Pakistan that is watered by the Shigar River, and centred on the town of Shigar. The valley stretches about 170 km from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to the high mountains of the Karakoram.