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Karimabad (aka Baltit) is the capital of Hunza Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

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The Capital of Hunza Valley - Karimabad is just 100 KM drive from Gilgit, and most people arrive by road and it takes almost 2 - 3 Hours to reach Hunza from Gilgit. The main bus stand is on the KKH - Karakoram Highway 'Aliabad'. There are booking agents in town for long distance buses & jeeps along the KKH. The journey from Islamabad can take as long as 24 hours.

Gilgit Airport (IATA: GIL) is small and has 45 minute flights to Islamabad on PIA

From Kashgar (China) there is a ¥270 regular bus service to Hunza via Sost crossing over the Khunjerab Pass (about 5000 meter high). Across river Hunza at Sost, there is a village called Khuda Abad. People usually do not stop at Khunjerab Pass, they just carry on their journey to Sost with the bus. From Sost, you can do a number of activities around like trekking in the valleys, or drive to Hunza-Karimabad (2 hours), where the Baltit Fort is standing. The Khunjerab Pass is usually open from April 1st to November 31th, but closed in winter.

By Bus[edit]

  • To China

Thrice-weekly bus service was scheduled to begin crossing the border from Gilgit, Northern Areas, to Kashgar, China, and road widening work was scheduled for 600 kilometres of the Karakoram Highway. There were also plans for one daily bus in each direction between Sust and Taxkorgan in the border areas of the two countries.

  • To Islamabad

Via the Karakoram Highway, popularly known as the Silk Road.

  • To Gilgit

Via the Karakoram Highway, popularly known as the Silk Road.

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PIA offers regular flights on Boeing 737s between Gilgit and Islamabad. All flights, however, are subject to weather clearance, and in winters, flights are often delayed by several days.

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Private vehicles are normally used as local transport. Renting jeeps is also a common way of moving around. You can go to nearby cities on buses and by air.

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  • Baltit Fort Entrance fee 500 Rs for foreigners as of 09/2014 - worth the visit! An English speaking tourguide will lead you through the rooms of the fort with are fully furnished. Also the views are very spectacular.
  • Altit Fort Entrance fee 600 Rs for foreigners as of 09/2014 - hopelessly overpriced. Better watch it from the Sacred Rocks of Hunza
  • Altit Village Around 2 km by foot from Karimabad, still inhabited and recently restaurated old village. Entrance fee 200 Rs for foreigners.
  • Ganish Village Just down the hill, very small historic centre. Free entrance.
  • Ruby mines
  • Spectacular sceneries Best enjoyed from Eagle's Nest
  • Rock Carvings Haldeikish, the "Sacred Rocks of Hunza" display thousands of carvings of Ibexes, and also historic graffiti of traders passing by on the ancient Silk Road. Located 3 km to the North, directly next to the KKH.

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  • Karakoram Air Safari is the scenic air journey offered by PIA
  • Mountaineering, Trekking and Hiking: The area is ideal for mountaineering, trekking and hiking. Permission for mountaineering and trekking for restricted zone is issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, Pakistan Sports Complex, Kashmir Highway, Aabpara, Islamabad (Telephone: 92-51-9203509). Fishing permits are issued by the Fisheries Department at Gilgit and Skardu.
  • Fishing at Lakes. Fishing permits are issued by the Fisheries Department.
  • Biking
  • Walking

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  • Cafe de Hunza, Hunza (Near Baltit Fort).  edit

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  • The Eagles Nest above Karimabad is highly recommended.
  • Hunza Baltit inn.  edit
  • Haider Inn, (behind Zero Point). Homely feel, ensuite doubles and dorm rooms with hot water. Fantastic set meal at 8pm Rs125. Ali Haider, the owner, is extremly helpful and makes everyone welcome  edit
  • Karimabad Inn, Zero point Karimabad. Budget hotel  edit
  • Darbar Hotel, Zero point Karimabad. Claims three stars  edit
  • Mulberry Hotel, Main road Karimanad (between Zero point and the main bazzar of Karimabad). Budget Hotel  edit

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