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Monday, August 15, 2011

Hispar Pass & Delicious Glacier.

Hispar Pass - The crossing point between  Hunza valley and Baltistan is the Hispar pass which is at the elevation of 5151 meters from the top looking back gives a feeling of vast snowy space without a hint of vegetation. Coiling out from snow lake smooth glaciers writhe between nameless and unclimbed peaks the highest peak due east is the Baintha Brak 7285 meters high. In the west the Hispar glacier forceful and snow covered stretches down as far as the eye can see, Separating the Hispar Muztag range on the right from the Rakaposhi and Balchish range.

Baltit Fort Hunza Nagar.

Defiying Time... the Baltit Fort. Eleventh-century Baltit Fort, hanging 2,800 m up the Himalayan peaks, was built to resist time, enemies and frequent earthquakes. Until 1950, the fort was the residence of the Mirs of Hunza, but was then left to go to ruin. Its recent restoration, proposed by the Aga Khan Trust, has carefully respected the original building techniques. Though rainfall is rare in the Hunza Valley, it is irrigated by an ingenious earliest system of canals fed by glaciers
Historical Aliti Fort HunzaValley Gilgit.
Hunza is the northernmost part of a region known as the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is a real life green heaven on earth.
For many centuries it has provided the quickest access to Swat and Gandhara (in modern north Pakistan) for a person on foot. The route was impassible to baggage animals, only human porters could get through, and then only with permission from the locals.

Traveling up the valley from the south, Hunza is the land to the the left, and Nagar to the right of the river. They traditionally have been separate principalities.

From hunza there are spectacular views of the beautiful and wonderful 7,788m (25,551 ft) Rakaposhi.

The famous Karakoram Highway crosses Hunza, connecting Pakistan to China via the Khunjerab Pass.

Hunza has three parts, not divided administratively but ethnically: Gojal, mainly populated with Wakhi speakers; Central, with Brushaski speaking people and Shinaki, the Shina speaking people. Brushaski is understood throughout Hunza.

Until 1974 Hunza was a princely state with its capital situated at Baltit (also known as Karimabad). It is now lined directly from Islamabad through the administration based in Gilgit, the regional capital of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Hunza was an independent principality for 900 years. There is a common missbelief that Hunza was under the rule of Maharajas of Kashmir, but it never was. The British failed to expand control over Hunza and the neighbouring valley of Nagar until 1889.

Altit Fort Hunza Nagar.

Altit Fort is located in the village of Altit about three kilometers from Karimbabd. It has been built on a sheer rock cliff that falls 300 meters (1,000 feet) into the Indus River. The fort is a 100 years older than the Baltit Fort and weas at one time settled by the ruling family.
Today there is a museum built inside the Fort for the traveler. A trip to the Baltit & Altit is must while your tour to Hunza Valley.


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