Saturday, 29 December 2018

Skardu the heart of mountains

Skardu is the capital of Baltistan District in northern Pakistan at the altitude of 2500 meters. It is the heart of the great mountains of Karakorum with the second highest mountain K2, other three 8000s along with more than one hundred 7000 and numerous 6000 meters peaks are accessible from Skardu. There are the largest glaciers out of Polar Regions are located. The people of Skardu are considered to the Tibetan origins speaking the language is called Balti. It is one of the touristic places in the north Pakistan because of its charming landscape and hospitable inhabitants who are tourist friendly.  Until this century Baltistan was the trade, route from Tibet and Ladakh, following the mighty Indus and Shayoke Rivers and another route crossing the deserted Deosia Plateau from Srinagar and there was snowy pass led across the Karakorum to China the west Mustagh Pass blocked by ice in the early nineteenth century. It was divided into four kingdoms Skardu, Khapulo, Shigar and Rundo which guarded the Indus Gorge to the west.
Skardu is accessible both by air and by road from Islamabad, the flight takes 45 minutes and by road it is two days on the Karakorum Highway to Gilgit and then another 170 km on the Skardu Road. Skardu crowded town with bazaar, all the supplies are available. There are 230 villages around it and all are accessible from the main town that is why it always stays busy. There exciting trips from Skardu a day hikes or long treks could be organized here. There are day trips such Sadpara Lake, Kachura Lake, Shigar Village and Khapulo from Skardu with jeeps to Deosia b Plateau. You can visit to the villages and walk around to enjoy your holidays. There is half an hour easy walk to the ruins of historical Kharpucho Fort up the enormous rock of Skardu which was built by Kashmiri Dogra troops when they captured Baltistan in 1846. You can explore the ruined rooms and wall and there is great view of Skardu Town too from the Fort.
The famous Baltoro , Ghondoghoro, K2 Base CampTrek and Biafo Hispar are started from Sakardu on the Askole Road along the Braldo River on the adventurous jeep track takes us to the last village of  Shigar District Askole through charming villages.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Baltoro K2 Base Camp Trek

Day 1   Arrival to Islamabad .transfer to the Hotel or Guest House
             City tour of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Day 2   Fly to Skardu incase flight cancels drive to Chilas.
            You will drive on the 8th wonder of the world the Karakorum Highway along Hazara, Kohistan and Shangla districts of the province of KPK which quite exciting. You will also have chance to see mighty Indus River on your way to Chilas there are ancient rock carvings of travelers, pilgrims and conquers who left their histories and purpose of visits to these areas. Or you can either travel along the beautiful Naran and Kaghan Valleys and over Babusar Pass 4100m to Chilas in 10 to 12 hours. 
Day 3   Rest day at Skardu or Drive Chilas to Skardu 9 to 10 hrs. Hotel Official activities
On this day you can prepare for the next day and visit to Skardu Bazar either you can visit to Karpocho Fort of 400 year old which gives you the history of kingdoms of Baltistan.
Day 4    Drive to Askoli 7 to 8 hrs. (2800 meters).
On this day you will drive on the rough bumpy road along the Baraldo River which flows from the Baltoro Glacier all the way down to Skardu along different villages of Shigar District. You will see many mountains on the way your first view of the Mango Gusor 6288m a snowy peak seen to the southeast up a side valley, straight ahead the perfect pyramid of Bakor Dass Peak (5,809m) you will reach to the village with about 150 houses at 3000 m.
Day 5   Askoli – Jula 6 to 7 hrs Trek    (3100 meters).
It is a smooth day walk to your first camp to Jula. It takes 6 to 7 hours along the Braldo River with stunning views of snow covering mountains all around.  You will see the Biafo Glacier on your way to Jula and have a lunch with the view of the glacier under the shade of willow trees at Korphon it is camping spot if the trekkers are slow and have plenty of time for this trek. Normally people go to Jula crossing the Dumodo River flowing fromPumah Valley for camping which is better camp site with enough space for the tents, with clear water and toilet facilities.
Day 6   Jula –Payu 6 to 7   (3600 meters).
Like the previous day it is also easy walk along left bank of the Braldo River all the way to Payu. You will come across two side stream on the way and if you ar lucky enough with the weather condition there is dramatic view of Payu Peak, Trango Towers, Cathedrals and first sight of the Baltoro Glacier and see K2 on this day from a spot near to Payu one of the interesting campsite of this trek under the trees, where mostly the trekkers have rest day. The porters prepare their food for the next days.
Day 7   Rest day  at Paju to be acclimatize you can have walk.

Day 8    Paju – Khuburche 5 to 6 hrs (3800meters).
The first two hours walk on easy path to reach up to the moraine of Baltoro Glacier where the Braldo River roars from the black hole as from sluice gate. The glacier stretches up the valley as for as the eye can see a vast turbulent sea of rocks and gravel two kilometers vast and 62 kilometers long. You walk across the boulder-strewn ice, up and down great slag heaps, climbing steadily for two to three hours on a long diagonal to other side. Then you follow the southern edge of the glacier with great views of Payu Peak, Choricho, Uli Biaho Towors, Trango Towers, Nameless Tower and Cathredals all the way you reach to Kubutse crossing the Liligo Glacier which change dramatically every year and the path mostly changes on this glacier to reach to the campsite at 4000 meters with clear spring water and wonderful campsite mostly stays crowded during the season.
Day 9    Khuburche – Urdukus  3 to 4 hrs (4240 meters
This is a lovely walk mostly along the crest of the lateral moraine but with crossing two glaciers from your right side. There are stunning views across Baltoro a series of mountains ahead and back and the first 8000 Broad Peak be also seen on this from some spots and disappears when you reach close to Urdukas Campsite. The most magnificent campsite at 4200 meters from where the K2 first seen by Gowin Austen climbing 600 meters above the campsite.   

Day 10    Urdukas – Goro    6 to 7 hrs(4500 meters).
It is a walk all the way on the Baltoro Glacier with superb views of the Karakorum Mountains. The first hour is across crevasses, the walk is smoother and the going easier walking on gravel but somewhere glimpse of white ice. This day the view Gahabrum IV (7929m) straight ahead, Mashabrum (7821 m) snowy triangle to the south is amazing mountain still not climbed from the south face. You reach to Goro-1 which is campsite if you have plenty of time worth stay night here for morning view of Mashabrum. It takes 2 to 3 hours from here to Goro II the campsite at 4,500 meters, you will pitch the tents on rough stones and ice this the coldest camping site on Baltoro Glacier.

Day 11   Goro – Concordia 6 to 7hrs (4700 meters).
This day is slightly easier walking smoothly all the way to Concordia an excitement soon after the campsite you will view north to famous Mustagh Tower 7,284 meters seen here as gigantic stone axe  apparently sheer  sided and unclimbed at the head of Biango Glacier. On the southern side there is chain of Biarchidis over 6,000 meters give amazing seen and ahead Gashabrum IV is always there in front, more ahead you will have the Mable and Baltoro crystals to the northern side. You go more ahead you will see the top of the Hidden Peak Gasbrum I,( 8060 meters) behind Gashabrum VI while reaching to Concordia the joining of the five glaciers you will be in the heart great Mountain K2, Broad Peak, Angel Peak to the left and to the East Baltoro Kangri, Kondus, Snow Dome, Golden Throne and numerous nameless mountains all around this is an exciting day of your trip.

Day 12    Free day at Concordia,walk up to K2 Base and back .10 to 12 hrs
This a day to be relax after long days on the Baltoro Glacier and some people do long day excursion to the base camp of the second highest mountain in the world the K-2 which is dream of every adventure lover to see it. Some people go have camp to the base camp enjoy there visiting the Giky’s memorial which close to the K2 base camp. As you approach K2,you look back to Concordia and see zebra striped glaciers sweeping round the corner and disappearing down the Baltoro.

Day 13   Trek to Ali Camp 5-6 hrs
Five to six hours to the Ali Camp is a day on the white ice with large crevasses an interesting day to approach Ghondoghoro Pass 5600 meters pass which mostly possible for acclimatized and having experience on glacier trekking. You will camp at 5100 meters at Ali camp and prepare for the mid night walking to cross the Ghondoghoro Pass to Khispang and down to Hushe Valley.
Day 14   Trek to Khispang crossing Ghondghoro Pass 8 to 10 hrs
This is the hardest of your trekking you will set off towards Ghondghoro Pass at mid-night and reach at the pass early morning to avoid the avalanches and rock fallings on the way to Khispang. The for hour from the Ali camp is difficult walk on the moraine of the glacier with rock boulders and one hour on flat ice and snow covered glacier to proceed to the beginning of the pass and then climb up to the pass 45 to 50 degrees  ascent to the summit of the with fix rope and wearing crampons. The view from the pass is exciting and superb of K2 and all the 8000s located in the Karakorum and it freezing cold with chilly wind on the pass jus you can click some pictures and quickly going to descend down to your next camp with fix rope half an hour and scree slope to the lateral moraine of the Khispang Glacier and reached to an exciting campsite at 4,000 meters.
Day 15   Trek to Siacho downwards to Hushe Valley 5 to 6 hrs
It is an easy day from here to the next camp one half hour on Ghondoghoro glacier and then you to lush green meadows and somewhere thick juniper forest to reach Saicho at about 3600 meters a campsite with stream water and in the trees, your porters celebrate the safely arrival from the pass until late night by singing and dancing.
Day 16   Trek to Hushe 4 to 5 hrs (3050m)
This will be the most interesting day of the trip the last walking day for the members and the porters to reach Hushe the last village of  Ganche District in the  Khapolu Valley. You will reach to village and your jeeps will come to pick you here.

Day 17   Drive to Skardu 5-6 hrs
The first two hours will be on the rough road like the one to Askole but safer and not bumpy and then another four hours on metal road to Skardu the place you left for your trip. Hope you will enjoy the trip and all will be back safe sound to your homes.
Day 18   Flight to ISB or drive to Chilas. Hotel Shangrila

Day 19   Drive to Islamabad. Debriefing .Hotel or Guest House

Day 20  Departure for destination 
Note: Options: On day 12 you can go to Camp at Broad Peak Base Camp and Day 13 visit to K2 Base Camp, walk down to Concordia and then to Ali Camp and so on as the program in this way you need one more extra day if you are much interested to visit K-2 Base camp.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Biafo Hipar and Snow Lake Trek Karakorum

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This trek is the second strenuous trek after Baltoro in Karakurom involve most of the days on Glacier over hidden crevasses need rope and experienced guide in order to done safely. The trek starts from the last village of Shigar Skardu and ends in Hispar Nagar (Hunza) Gilgit.



Arrive Islamabad sightseeing of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
 Drive to Chilas/fly to Skardu over Babusar Pass (4100m) 10 to 12 hours, It takes ten to twelve hours along the stunning valleys of Naran and Kaghan over Babusar Pass (4100) meters to Chilas the district head quarter of Diamer District, either you can travel on Karakorum Highway too passing through Manshera,  Abottabad, Shinkiari, Thakote and Besham along the Kohistan arch with exciting views of Indus River all the way to Chilas. Most people love traveling on KKH. You can visit to the ancient rock carvings of the  pilgrims, invaders and travelers who left their history and purpose of journey on the rocks at trade route as well as by the locals these carvings date back  5000 to 1000 BC showing singular animals, triangular men and hunting scene. 

Drive to Skardu 8 to 10 hours Via KKH along the mighty Indus Gorge to Skardu passing through exciting villages along the Indus Gorge. I am sure you will enjoy journey from Chilas to Skardu now the new road is under construction you may be stopped by the workers and might take more than the time mentioned above 
Free day in Skardu
Skardu preparation of the trek and official work clearance of the documents. Visit to the Skardu Bazaar which is worth to visit and experience the life and activities of local population and enjoy the day.
Drive to Askoli 5 to 6 hours
On this day you will drive on the rough bumpy road along the Braldu River which flows from the Baltoro Glacier all the way down to Skardu along different villages of  Shigar Village, Dassu where your guide will collect papers to army, Apoaligon a traditional lunch stop , Pakora, Hoto, Thongal and many others,  if you are enough lucky can get to Askoli directly otherwise you need tochange your jeeps because the road stays block because of landslides and high flow of the Baraldo River. You will see many mountains on the way your first view of the Mango Gusor 6288m a snowy peak seen to the southeast up a side valley, straight ahead the perfect pyramid of Bakor Dass Peak (5,809m) you will reach to the village with about 150 houses at 3000 m.
Trek to Namla 6 to 8 hours
First two to three hours an easy path to reach to the Biafo Glacier from the ridge of the glacier there is a panoramic view of Biafo Glacier down north west as far as the eye can see. To the south Braldu River flows down from Baltoro Glacier and superb views of the Karakorum Mountains and the trek to Baltoro and K 2 trek is visible to some kilometers. The trek goes on the moraine and rock boulders on the Biafo Glacier takes you climbing steadily cut to the left side on lateral moraine at Namla the camp at 3400 meters.

 Trek to Shanganphong 6-7 hours with the significant views of numerous snow-capped mountains to your right and left (Latok-1 7145m) and (Latok- II (7108m) ahead we will cross the crevasses area to the higher ridge of the glacier the first two hours on the moving rocks boulders and you will get on the white glacier sometimes on gravel but it is an easy walk. The last two hours again with small crevasses we will have short jumps. By end of the day will cross to the right side of the glacier on moraine and to lateral moraine of the glacier will take you to the flat grassy place with small willow bushes the campsite at 3800 meters Shagangphong.
Trek to Baintha 2 hours a two hours easy walk along the lateral moraine crossing small lakes on your way to the campsite of Baintha with willow bushes with clear running stream in the bushes. This is last green campsite on the Biafo Glacier at 4040m. It is day to be relax day after a short walk you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Karakorum Mountains. Baintha Baraks (Ogre group) are famous peaks on this trek many every year some climbers visit to submit these mountains and enjoy their climbing here.
 Trek to Marphogoro  5 to 6 hours This day walk is always on the glacier with small crevasses as usual on the Biafo Glacier (easy white ice)  stepping over small crevasses lead to the moraine with rock boulders to the right side of Biafo Glacier with little grassy and sandy campsite with superb views of the mountains around. The camp is at 4400 meters.
Trek to karphogoro 5-6 hours: Same as the previous day we will walk on the moraine and moving rock boulders to the white ice on stepping over the crevasses the road to the snow Lake and Hispar Pass leads to the north with magnificent views of the interesting mountains around. Karphogoro is camp site on the moraine with rocks better to camp on the white glacier not going up to the moraine. The porters wish to camp on the moraine because there are some rocks to sleep under them. It is better to go close to the moraine and camp on the glacier they can have their camp in the moraine. Camp at 4,600m.
Trek Snow Lake/Hispar Pass 4-5 hours:  It is walk on the snow covering glacier with crevasses from the beginning need to walk with fix rope and gaiters. The walk is very easy but sometimes people suffer by altitude that makes them bit slow. The view on this day is quite exciting around ahead you can see the Hispar Pass to your right the large ground of Snow Lake as for as the eye can see. You will enjoy the camp at snow which will be cold at night. Some people go directly to cross the pass and camp on the top of the Pass at 5000 meters depends on the people how they are fit.
Trek to top of the Hispar Pass across the pass 3-4 hours with fix rope in a single file it is an easy steady climb. The trek wends gently up the centre with large crevasses. Looking back across snow lake great glacier between numerous nameless snow-covered peaks. You can see Biantha Brak which is also called Ogre 7,285 meter up the Sim Gung Glacier. The Hispar Pass has great mountaineering history many adventures passed along this pass on their way to research and travel to the Karakorum Mountains. The camp is on the wide flat top of the pass which has crevasses and surrounding mountains give great view all around. Camp at 5100 meters.
Trek to Khanni Basa 6 to 7 hours: the first hour is on the flat glacier with rope in a single file on smooth snow and then sharply descending down with hidden crevasses to the Hispar Glacier which is white ice and smooth walk on it, but to proceed to the camp of Khani Basa needs to go on the moraine with moving rocks and scree steep. Notice that the trek on the Hispar side is challenging than the Biafo Glacier. The moraine leads to a green spot of Khani Basa which is the camp at 4580 meters. You look back the stunning view of Hispar Pass and sky touching mountains adds to the joy of your holidays and crossing the pass. The porters and staff celebrate the joy of success with singing and dancing.
Trek to Yutmaro 7 to 8 hours soon after the camp crossing the Khani Basa Glacier with large boulders of moving stones which takes about two hours to cross with fine view to north Kunjut Sar 7760 meters is the 29th highest peak in the world. After crossing the glacier we will get on the lateral moraine of the Hispar Glacier with magnificent views across the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the ice falls. Yutmaro is the camp site with small willow bushes and clear spring water at 4330 metres.
Trek to Red Star Camp  6-7 hours The Yutmaro Glacier takes about two hours to cross like the other glaciers it also has large boulders of stones and many zigzags on the crevasses tiring.  On the other side is a steep climbing but good panoramic views back and ahead. There are few screes along the way but get to more low altitude and more active on this day the second last of the trek. Red Star camp is at about 4,150 meters.
Trek to Bitanmal 5-6 hours: This day we will cross the Phumarichish Glacier flows south of Khuyang Chish 7852 meters the 22nd highest peak in the world. This glacier takes about one and half hour walk to cross and then down on the ablation valley widen into shelter, grassy pastures and flat smooth walk bring us to a large green meadows with some summer houses and channel of glacier water a beautiful place with superb views around Bitanmal the campsite at about 3800 meters. The view of Distagil Sar 7885 meters to your right and many other mountains around is amazing you would enjoy here. If you will be lucky having good weather enjoy washing and taking bath in this after-noon.
Trek to Hispar    5-6 hours Like the other days is Kuyang Glacier to cross takes about an hour on easy donkey path and down the ablation valleys and cross the river to the Hispar Village( a bridge was under construction) otherwise on a pulley bridge one by one and climb up to the village through fields of wheat, buckwheat, peas, beans etc. There are about 200 houses in a small place.  Camp at 2800 meters. It is better if you arrive on time and the road is clear continuing three hours drive to Hunza on jeep road. Last time when I was there the road was block we had to camp here and the next day to Hunza.
Drive to Karimabad Hunza 3-4 hours driving to Hunza on 4X4 jeeps along the villages of Nagar Valley to the Karakorum Highway and to scenic and touristic spot in Pakistan. This is a place you can see two historical forts to see such as Altit and Baltit forts and visit to the touristic shops of Karimabad Hunza
Drive to Chilas/ Naran 5-6 hour: You drive on the KKH along the Indus River and the junction of three mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush), you will see the giant mountain Naanga Parbat, Rakaposhi, Diran and Haramosh Peaks on your way to Chilass or Naran.
Drive to Islamabad 10-12 Hours: On the KKH or over Babusar Pass, Naran Kaghan valleys of the KPK on the way you went up.
Flight to home destination

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Tour the North Pakistan

Islamabad: Arrival Islamabad and city tour of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The Federal Capital      Islamabad is a new city modeled on the pattern of many new and modern western   capitals Half day   city tour of Islamabad, Shah Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Museum, Daman-e-Koh etc if your arrival is early morning to Islamabad could be possible to continue to Naran  stay night  6-8 hours
Rawalpindi – is a bustling town strategically located between the Punjab and Azad Kashmir. It has a strong colonial influence and possesses a large military cantonment with the headquarters of the Pakistan Army. It is the sister city of Islamabad, and is essentially the older sister of Islamabad. To locals, Old bazaars, such as the Raja Bazaar, retain their oriental character, with artisans who still create in the old-fashioned way: designing jewelry, pounding out copper and brass items, fashioning cane baskets, hand-carving walnut furniture
Drive to Chlias/ Hunza Karimabad: it is 10-12 hours driving over Babusar Pass (4100m) with many stops for photographs Lulu Sar Lake in Naran and many stunning villages with green land, snow, avalanches fallen along the road in early spring season, Nanga Parbat 8125 m the second highest peak in Pakistan and 9th in the world, Rakaposhi 7788 m and Haramosh 7434 m. You will stop on the Junction point of the three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Hindukush and Himalaya) with view of the meeting point of the mighty Indus River and Gilgit River. Your arrival in Hunza will add joy of your holidays with extraordinary contrast of landscape, snow-capped mountains, historical forts and tourist friendly people. You can stay overnight stay in Karimabad with significant views of Rakaposhi and Diran Peak from your hotel’s room. If you stay at Duikar( Eagal Nest) the view is more interesting and exciting.
   Visit to Khujerab Pass 4700 m: In Hunza we will start our day by visiting fairy-tale like castle of Baltit, above Karimabad, is a landmark built about 900 years ago, in 2004 tentatively enlisted UNESCO’s World Heritage. After visit of Baltit Fort, we will walk along Barbar irrigation channel with striking view of Karakoram mountains adds more essence to our journey. After lunch at a traditional Hunza home, we will visit Altit Fort and Duiker. We will witness the mesmerizing sunset view at Eagle’s Nest Duiker and an awe-inspiring view of Hunza. Duiker is situated at an altitude of 2935 meters high above sea level.  Drive to Gulmit for overnight.      the border between Pakistan and China it is 7 to eight hours driving on the 8th wonder of the world Karakorum Highway along Atta Abad Lake, Gulmit, Passu and the dry port Sust it is fascinating day. We leave early in the morning from Karimabad and visit to the pass  drive back Passu stay overnight there
Drive to Birghal Ishkoman. On the way visit Gilgit city is both accessible by road and by air; the road, journey along the path of the ancient silk route, is an unforgettable experience through winding valleys and tumbling waterfalls. We will visit Kargah Buddha, a rock carving beside the Kargah Nullah (steam) 6km west of Gilgit along the old road to Punial, is the most popular short outing from Gilgit. The Buddha figure is about 3m tall and looks down protectively over Gilgit. It was carved in the 7th century and its workmanship reveals a talented master. After lunch drive to the west of Gilgit towards the land of the Lakes Ghizer District. It has amazing landscape, rivers, lakes and hospitable welcoming people. You can visit to the villages of Ishkoman and overnight stay in the guest house with hospitable people, if you are interested in music there will be musical night with local musicians. We hope you will enjoy the trip these parts are less visited because that has not been advertised as the other parts of north Pakistan. Once you visit hope enjoy and be satisfied of your travel.
Drive to Phunder Valley: four to five hours driving along the beautiful villages of Punial, Gupis and Phunder with spectacular views all the way on Shundur Road which goes to Chitral over 3,730 meters pass with vehicle.  You can enjoy trout fishing in the crystal clear river of phunder and the lakes around it is an exciting visit to this valley you can experience the local culture visiting the village if possible visit some old traditional houses it is worth to visit and explore unique culture.
Drive Gilgit/Chilas: 6-7 hours on the same route went up to Ishkoman passing through Gahkuch the district head quarter of the Ghizer.
Drive/fly to Islamabad: The flight is depends on the weather condition if you are lucky enough to have this flight of 45 minutes over the giant mountain Nanga Parbat. Other wise drive on the Karakorum Highway or Naran Kaghan Valleys opposite to your travel up to Gilgit and Hunza. The Karakorum High way is worth to visit once on your trip. The mighty Indus River flows alongside the Karakorum High Way. You pass through Kohistan, Abbotabad, Mansehra, Taxila: Taxila: Sightseeing of ruins: Jaulian Monastery, Taxila Museum. Taxila is only about 30 kilometers from Rawalpindi, a little off the main highway. Steeped deep in history, the excavations at Taxila take you back 2,500 years into the world of Buddha, Alexander, Asoka and of course the Emperor Kanishka whose imprints are visible to this day. It is here that the world's most interesting civilizations took roots. It is here that you find endless images of Buddha. You find these in stone and in stucco. Important stages of Buddha’s life are depicted in the numerous panels that have been uncovered here. This great man of peace is depicted in exquisitely carved sculptures and statues glorifying him and his life. Each one of these sculptures is a collector's pride & visit truck & bus painting workshop.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Hidden treasures of Hindukush Pakistan

I'm more than proud to share this post for readers, adventure lovers, explorers,nature lovers,trekkers climbers and historians unveiling some of the hidden parts of Pakistan which are still waiting for explorers to visit and enjoy there.
Hindu Kush is one of the three greatest Mountain ranges Karakurom, Himalaya and Hindukush in Pakistan lies to the Northwest. There are snow-capped peaks up to 7700 meters, Circle treks along lush green Meadows, stunning glaciers,high passes, attractive summer pastures with unique cultural cottages above all is the hospitality of the mountain communities all along your proposed area has no parallel to any part of the world.
The falling fountains of water from the Mountains, sky blue rivers, lakes, and streams rich with trout fish adds to the joy of your holidays.
The historical places, forts,castles and such other attraction are ruins which need to renovate, to make marks for the visitors visit in the land of lakes the Ghizar district to the west of Gilgit. The famous Shandur Road passes through this beautiful valley. The great attraction of the beautiful villages of Punial, Ishkoman, Gupis Yasin, Phunder are laying along the Ghizar River. The people all along the way are hospitable and welcome the visitors inviting their homes and offering tea which is a long time tradition of the mountain communities of Gilgit Baltistan.  made many tours convincing clients on my own to visit this part of the world and every individual returned with surprising experience and true humanity of the people. The people of Ghizar still has not been commercialized yet because of the their long tradition of hospitality. We need to aware them of such things and make people of business minded in order to develop their living standard and facilitate the visitors properly. None of the visitor wishes to have free services as my experiences in the field of tourism. All wanted to put their hands in the development of a region in positively.
Tourism is a such an industry that plays pivotal role in the development people. Ghizar is one of the districts in Gilgit Baltistan rich with great potential for tourism. There are great attractions from the rivers to mountains.
The thing left now is to bring in the map of the world with its real picture and potential which has not been yet in the notice of the people who wish to visit such exciting places to enjoy their holidays, study their research have fun in  the natural environment.