In James Hilton’s lost horizons, a land of peace and plenty where people never aged.
Eric Shipton the famous explorers, described the views from Hunza Valley as.
“The ultimate manifestation of mountaingranduer”.
Today Hunza Valley could be reached in comfort by winding Karakoram Highway. The legendary Silk Road now known by its mundance acronym-the karakoram highway (KKH) has footprints of great travellers like Marcopolo, troops of Alexander of Macedonia, Buddhist pilgrims and Babur, the descendant of Gengis Khan and First king of the great mughal dynasty of sub-continental. In the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan, trucked away in the abode of the most picturesque mountains on earth, Tupopdan (6106m) known as the mother mountain for having so many habitants and village around its foot hills. Hunza Valley is divided into lower (shina), central (Burushal) and upper (Gojal) regions.
The Valley of upper Hunza Gojal offers the best views of snow capped mountains. A 900 years old Ondra fort overlooking the village of Gulmit makes a fine vantage point to view over 6000 peaks on a clear day, the spectacular sight of mountain and valleys in the range of 120 kilometres gives the feeling of a dream coming true as if witnessing the great open museum of mountains. Gulmit (2500m) the Capitql of upper Hunza valley is the only town in the world, where you can view five peaks over (6000m) in all four directions. Tupopdan peak (6106m), Shisper peak (7611m), Gulmit Tower (6000m), Quroon (7143m) and Distalghail Sar peak reaches in high as Hunza Skyline. The patches of lush terraced fields on rugged mountains if a sample of hard work and irrigation channels worked out by Hunzakuts.
Hunza Valley the land of apricot orchards, peaches, apples. Mulberry, walnuts and grapes. Glacial stream thunder down from distant peaks and sizzle through forests of poplar. Hunza Valley is said to have been inspiration for the imaginary paradise of Shangri-La, immortalize by James Hilton in his classic 1930s novel “Lost Horzon”. Although lost horizon is pure fantasy, a tale of westerner brought to a remote Tibetan valley whose rulers lived to extraordinary ages because they know nothing of greed, fear, anger or competition. Hunza Valley has remarkable parallels with Shanri-La. The mountain people of Hunza valley with Brown or Golden hairs and green, blue or grey eyes, unravel the mystery of their origin. Their ancestors are belived to be to the solders of Alexander’s army who settled down in these valleys with their Persian wives.
The astounding history of Hunza valley is filled with invasions. The Dogras, the Sikhs and the Laddakhis, the Purakis of Chitral and the wali’s and mir’s of the neighbouring states conquered or made unsuccessful attempts to rule Hunza Valley. a paradise for trakkers, mountaineers, photographers and nature lovers.