Northern areas of Pakistan

The Northern Areas comprise the two districts of Baltistan and the three districts of Gilgit (where the capital is located). Gilgit-Baltistan covers an area of 72,971 km² and is highly mountainous. It has an estimated population approaching 1,000,000. Its administrative center is the city of Gilgit (population 216,760).The Northern region of Pakistan consists of the old Gilgit and Baltistan agencies, the former fiefdoms of the Hunza and Nagar, now divided into three administrative districts, the Swat and Chitral valleys and the green hills above the Grand Trunk Road between Peshawar and Rawalpindi. In these lost and hidden valleys, a proud, hardy people till their precious soil and live far beyond the span of most mortals. This glittering mosaic of human cultures contains many different ethnic groups and tribes, some the descendants of Genghis Khan and Taimurlane, some of Mongol, Aryan and Turanian stock all homogenized by their shared Islamic faith but for one exception, the pagan Kalash of Chitral. Throughout northern areas of Pakistan, each day’s travel brings fresh revelations and the magic of incomparable vistas, breathtaking discoveries of Snow Mountain crests, dynamic and colorful cultures, rare wildlife, jade lakes and rippling streams, dancing waterfalls, and pine-cloaked hills ablaze in summer with glorious alpine flowers.


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Shogran, Naran, Fairy meadows, Skardu, Deosai, Naltar, Hunza and Khunjerab pass (15-Days Tour)