HUNZA, PAKISTAN — “For those seeking a break from the monotony of urban life, Hunza Valley offers a veritable escape to the heart of nature, surrounded by majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and hospitable locals,” exclaims Hans Mueller, a German tourist who recently embarked on a journey to the heart of northern Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Embarking on a 700-kilometer drive from Islamabad to Hunza Valley, Hans was treated to the breathtaking beauty of the Karakoram Highway (KKH), a scenic mountain road that winds its way through the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Hindu Kush ranges. Despite the road’s challenging conditions, including steep climbs and hairpin turns, Hans was astounded by the well-maintained condition of the KKH and the magnificent views it offered of the surrounding mountains.
Upon arrival in Hunza Valley, Hans was enchanted by the region’s natural splendor, particularly the famous Attabad Lake, created by a landslide in 2010, with its crystal-clear, turquoise waters surrounded by lush green hills. The local markets, where Hans had the opportunity to interact with the locals and purchase traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, were another highlight of his journey.
Hans was moved by the warmth and hospitality of the local people, despite the lack of modern facilities in the region. “The people of Hunza Valley are incredibly friendly and welcoming, despite cultural differences,” says Hans.
“I felt a deep connection with the locals and was moved by their kindness.”
Local resident Ali Raza states, “Hunza Valley is a gem of a place, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains and blessed with a rich cultural heritage. We are proud to welcome visitors from all over the world and show them the best of our region.”
Another local, Fatima Khan adds, “The warmth of our hospitality is a reflection of our strong cultural values and love for our visitors. We hope that each and every one who comes to Hunza Valley leaves with memories that will last a lifetime.”
In conclusion, Hans’ journey serves as a testament to the breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage that can be found in northern Pakistan, and the incredible hospitality of the local people. Despite the lack of modern facilities and infrastructure in many areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hans highly recommends a visit to anyone seeking an escape to the heart of nature and a truly unforgettable experience.
Related Information: GOVERNMENT OF GILGIT BALTISTAN