Pakistan’s Hunza Valley is home to some of the world’s most impressive mountain scenery. Located in northwestern Pakistan, several peaks in the region rise over 6,000m in elevation, providing truly world-class mountain views. In addition to mountains, the region boasts magical castles, watch towers, and forts to explore. The Karakoram Highway runs through the valley, and driving the winding road reveals why this region is so spectacular. From the sky-high Babusar Pass to the dense green river valleys, there are no shortages of picture-perfect spots. Off the roadway, the bright blue waters of the Attabad Lake are the perfect spot for a warm day of boating.
Aside from driving a road that’s considered to be the 8th wonder of the world, there is plenty of exploring to do on foot. A dizzying trip over the Hussaini suspension bridge, which is one of the longest of its kind, is the perfect way to admire the Hunza river delta. Traversing to nearby glaciers and mountain viewpoints will leave you with memories you’ll never forget.
Hunza Valley Highlights
- Unforgettable views of the Himalayas, including heavenly Duikar and Babusar Pass
- World-class sightseeing while driving along the Karakoram Highway
- Recreational boating and jet-skiing on Attabad Lake
- Incredible local history, rich culture, and welcoming locals
Best Time to Visit the Hunza Valley
The best time to visit the Hunza Valley is between April and October. For recreational activities on Attabad Lake, consider visiting in the summer months (June-August) for the warmest weather.
Hunza Valley Tours
One of the best ways to experience all that the Hunza Valley offers is a guided overland tour. This tour takes you through some of the most incredible scenery in the Hunza Valley. Drive across the Karakoram Highway, go boating or jet-skiing on Attabad Lake, visit the stunning Khunejrab Pass, and experience the culture and hospitality of Pakistan. You will be inspired by the incredible mountain views and excited by the unique opportunities for recreation and adventure the Hunza Valley offers.
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Chitral Valley is one of Pakistan’s most beautiful regions, and it’s a must for anyone seeking breathtaking mountain scenery. Located in northern Pakistan, Chitral Valley is surrounded by some of the world’s tallest peaks and is the perfect setting for the adventure of a lifetime. Among sulphur springs, forests, and flowing rivers, there is no place quite like it. Additionally, the culture of the region is unique and fascinating to immerse yourself in.
The region’s impressive history means you get the opportunity to explore historic gathering sites, visit beautiful mosques, and shop in dazzling markets. The indigenous Kalasha people are the perfect source of knowledge when learning about and exploring this amazing place. The huge Shandur Pass plateau is a once-in-a-lifetime camping spot, where you can lay out under the Milky Way and sleep under the watch of the Hindu Kush mountain range. Stopping by Chitral Gol National Park is a must, where three valleys join together and several glaciers move across the land. Keep an eye out for wildlife here, including ibex, snow leopards, lynx, and eagles. Visiting the Chitral Valley is a must for anyone keen to explore Pakistan’s beauty.
Chitral Valley Highlights
- Enjoy spectacular views of the Hindu Kush mountains
- Experience the unique culture and hospitality of the Kalasha people
- Camp under the stars at the impressive Shandur Pass plateau
- Sightsee and wildlife spot to your hearts’ content in the incredible Chitral Gol National Park
Best Time to Visit Chitral Valley
The best time to visit Chitral Valley is between April and October. If you enjoy hot weather, visiting from June-August is best. For more mild temperatures, spring or fall visits are ideal.
Chitral Valley Tours
This guided overland tour is the perfect way to take in the best scenery in Chitral Valley. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the culture of the local Kalasha people, shop in vibrant markets, and visit mosques and historical sites. The tour will show you the breathtaking Hindu Kush mountain range, and you’ll have the unique opportunity to camp under the stars in some of Pakistan’s most awe-inspiring scenery. You’ll travel through Chitral Gol National Park, where exotic wildlife and otherworldly views await.
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The Skardu Valley is nestled along the Indus River, which lies between the Karakoram range and the Himalayas. Perched under K2 and other imposing peaks, the Skardu Valley enjoys a prime location that makes it an ideal destination for those seeking an incredible trip. Mountaineers, hiking enthusiasts, and those with a love of high-altitude scenery will be amazed at the Skardu Valley.
The Skardu Valley shares cultural similarities with Tibet, and being near the Pakistani border with China gives it a unique cultural feel. The area that extends between Gilgit and Baltistan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its natural beauty. The largest protected area in Pakistan, Central Karakoram National Park, is also within the valley. Watching a sunset over the dunes in the Katpana Cold Desert is an unforgettable moment, and exploring the Deosai Plateau is exhilarating as you traverse sky-high scenery. The Skardu Valley is a must-see for anyone planning their Pakistan adventures.
Skardu Valley Highlights
- Experience sights that only come with being nestled in between the world’s highest mountain ranges
- Explore stunning natural areas, like the Central Karakoram National Park and the Katpana Cold Desert
- Marvel at the unobstructed Milky Way from wilderness campsites on lakeshores
- Immerse yourself in unique culture reminiscent of Tibet
Skardu Valley Highlights
The best time to visit Skardu Valley is between April and October. For hotter temperatures, visit during the summer months (June-August). If you prefer milder temperatures, a spring or fall visit is ideal.
Skardu Valley Tours
The best way to explore the remote Skardu Valley is a guided overland tour. This tour takes you through the majestic scenery of northern Pakistan, where a drive down the Karakoram Highway reveals why it’s called the “8th wonder of the world.” A 4X4 Jeep ride over the Deosai Plateau, the second-highest plateau in the world, will thrill you. Camping on the shores of Sheosar Lake is an incredible chance to stargaze, and the remoteness of the location makes it a truly unforgettable night. Sunsets over the Katpana Cold Desert are a treat, and watching local dancers twirl around a bonfire makes you feel right at home in the mighty heart of northern Pakistan.
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No trip to Pakistan is fully complete without appreciating the sky-high mountains of the region. Nanga Parbat, often called Diamer by locals, is the ninth tallest mountain in the world. At an imposing 8,126 metres above sea level, it’s a spectacular sight! This mountain is the far-western anchor of the Himalayas and a dramatic sight.
The dramatic Rupal Face rises 4,600m from the base of the mountain, making it a must-see feature. The mountain is one of only two in the world that rank in the top twenty as both the highest mountains and the most prominent peaks. The other? Mount Everest. The perfect way to view Nanga Parbat is from Fairy Meadows and Beyal base camp, which makes for an unforgettable trip.
Nanga Parbat Highlights
- Marvel at the beauty of the ninth-tallest mountain in the world
- View the historic climbing routes and dramatic faces that make this mountain so famed
- Explore the lush forests and glacial fields that make this region so unique
- Drive down exhilarating 4×4 roads not often traveled
Best Time to Visit Nanga Parbat
The best time to visit Nanga Parbat is between April and October. Temperatures and weather can be extreme in the region, so consider booking in the summer months if you prefer hotter temperatures, and in the spring or fall for more varied weather conditions.
Nanga Parbat Tours
The best way to explore Nanga Parbat is a guided tour. This tour gets you up close and personal with this stellar mountain, all from the comfort of a private, air conditioned vehicle. Driving across the Fairy Meadows gives you ideal views of the mountain’s faces. Then, trekking through forests and past glaciers up to Beyal base camp makes you feel like you’re about to truly ascend the mountain! This tour is an unforgettable Pakistan moment and sure to impress.
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Perched 8,848m above sea level, K2 is the second-tallest mountain in the world, behind only Mount Everest. It straddles the border between China and Pakistan, and is a sight seen only by a lucky few. Visiting Pakistan gives you the rare chance to marvel at K2’s splendor in person!
K2 is both the highest point of the Karakoram range and Pakistan. The King of Mountains is a notoriously dangerous and difficult climb, perhaps more difficult than Everest despite being shorter. No worries! You can appreciate its beauty from the safety of the ground. Trekking to base camp is a simply unforgettable peek at a part of the world only a select few ever experience.
- K2 is the second-tallest mountain in the world, making it a marvel-worthy sight to behold
- Climbing K2 is said to be the peak mountain challenge, and you can view the historic faces that climbers attempt
- Camping at the renowned Concordia campsite surrounds you in some of the most splendid scenery on earth
- Challenge your mountaineering skills by crossing the Gondogoro Pass
Best Time to Visit K2
The best time to visit K2 is during the summer months when the weather is mild- from June-August. Outside of the summer season, weather can be extreme and unpredictable.
Exploring K2 is best on a guided tour. A guided trek to K2 base camp is the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate the mountain while respecting safety. This tour gets you up close to K2 with the comforts of experienced tour guides. Camp at the world-renowned Concordia campsite, where you’ll sleep under the vast stars and mountain peaks. Challenge yourself to trek across the Gondogoro Pass for a taste of the thrill of mountaineering. And of course, be inspired every day by the grandeur of K2 and the mountains around you.
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The heavenly Gondogoro La Pass sits 5585m high in northern Pakistan. Those seeking the most epic travel experience possible will revel in its scenery! The pass is 25km south of K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world. It serves as the connection between the Gondogoro Glacier and the Vigne Glacier, and provides unforgettable views of the Karakoram range, making it one of the most impressive vistas in the world.
The trek across Gondogoro La Pass is an exceptional opportunity to exercise real mountaineering skill in some of the most rewarding terrain on earth. Trekking across the pass provides views that many mountaineers have called the finest in the world, and well worth the physical challenge. Peaks including K2, Gasherbrum II-IV, Broad Peak, and Laila Peak are all included in the views.
Gondogoro La Highlights
- Views that are regarded as some of the finest alpine vistas in the world
- Admirable trekking through real mountain terrain
- Viewpoints of K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain
- Staggering views of the Karakoram Range
Best Time to Visit Gondogoro La
The best time to visit Gondogoro La is during the summer months. Early summer (June) provides the easiest time to cross the pass, as snowmelt in August can increase technical demands.
Gondogoro La Tours
Adding a trek of the Gondogoro La Pass to your Pakistan itinerary should be done through a guided tour. A tour ensures all mountaineering challenges are as safe, enjoyable, and amazing as possible. This tour not only leads you across the Gondogoro Pass, but also takes you to K2 base camp, an unforgettable location. Camp under the stars at the world-renowned Concordia campsite and revel in your rare proximity to the most incredible mountains in the world.
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Snow Lake (Lupke Lawo)
The ethereal Snow Lake is a glacial basin high in the Karakoram mountain range of northern Pakistan. 4,877m above sea level, Snow Lake is one of the most unique sights you can find while exploring Pakistan.
While not actually a lake, Snow Lake spreads across the basin between the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. This forms a 100km long river of ice, which is a rare sight outside of the Arctic. The first foreign visitor to Snow Lake, Martin Conway, described it as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold.” Visiting the vista inspires awe, to say the least.
Snow Lake Highlights
- An expansive view of a rare geological ice basin phenomenon
- Surrounded by some of the highest mountain peaks in the world
- The chance to camp beside Snow Lake provides a rare opportunity to experience Pakistan’s finest scenery
Best Time to Visit Snow Lake
The best time to visit Snow Lake is in the summer months, from June-August. The weather in summer is less extreme and much more enjoyable than any other time of year at this altitude.
Snow Lake Tours
Trekking to Snow Lake is an exceptional experience for any traveller. Trekking with an experienced tour guide makes the trip as enjoyable and relaxed as possible. This tour immerses you in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains, where you’ll camp right beside Snow Lake. Trek across the Hispar Pass for an authentic mountaineering experience, and experience the warm hospitality of locals after your high-altitude adventures.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pakistan
Is it safe to travel in Pakistan?
Many travellers enjoy safe, pleasant trips to Pakistan. Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK’s Foreign Office and the Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that travel advice may change depending on your nationality.
Do I need a visa to travel to Pakistan?
Check with your local country about visa requirements. Pakistan allows certain nationals to apply for tourist visas on arrival. If you are from a participating country, you can apply on the Government of Pakistan website.
What is the scenery in Pakistan like? Is Pakistan beautiful?
Pakistan is home to some of the most renowned alpine scenery in the world. The country contains several of the world’s highest mountain ranges, and visitors often regard the views in Pakistan as exceptional.
What is traditional Pakistani cuisine like?
Pakistani cuisine is often considered to be reminiscent of Indian and Chinese food. Eastern areas tend to have spicy, highly-seasoned food. Western and northern provinces tend to serve milder dishes.
What are the highlights of Pakistan’s culture?
Thanks to its geographical, historical, and ethnic diversity, Pakistan boasts a vibrant culture. There are over 15 distinct ethnic groups in Pakistan, each of which enjoy their own customs, dress, food, and celebrations. There are over 70 languages spoken in Pakistan, and each cultural group provides their own distinct contribution to Pakistan’s rich culture as a whole.
Is Pakistan expensive?
Pakistan is generally regarded as having a low cost of living. Travellers should consider the costs of mountaineering equipment and guides when budgeting for their travel plans.
Do I need special vaccines to travel to Pakistan?
Check with your family doctor or travel doctor. Those planning a stay longer than four weeks may need to provide proof of polio vaccination. Vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis and antimalarial drugs may be recommended based on your itinerary. IAMAT provides up-to-date vaccine suggestions for Pakistan.