Hunza Valley

Besham Qila Gilgit Hunza Valley Karimabad Khunjerab Pass Lahore Peshawar

Hunza and the Nagar  Valley


Photos from 1996

The help of Manzoor Alam with the captions is appreciated.


Manzoor Alam with "The Traveler"
Madison, Wisconsin October 2010


Passu (upper Hunza)

Hanza, also called Baltit, town in Pakistani-administered northwestern Jammu and Kashmir state, in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. Formerly a small principality under the Mir of Hunza, it joined with Pakistan in 1947. The town, situated on the west bank of the Hunza River, was a stopping place for travelers descending from the Hindu Kush mountains into the Vale of Kashmir. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks such as the Rakaposhi, vast glaciers such as the Ulter, and deep gorges, Hunza is accessible by mountain road from Gilgit. Roses, pansies, lilies, zinnias, and cosmos grow wild in the area, as do willow, fir, and poplar trees. Snow leopard, markhor (a goat), ibex, yak, red-striped fox, duck, and Marco Polo sheep are found. The local inhabitants use irrigation to grow crops of rice, corn (maize), fruits, and vegetables.

Text from Encyclopedia Britannica


Hoper Glacier taken from Hoper in Nagar valley

Nagar Valley  is a valley near Gilgit Valley and Hunza Valley in the northern areas of Pakistan.
The Nagar valley is situated at an elevation of 2,438m (7,999 feet). Nagar Khas is the main town and the capital of the former state of Nagar. The Spantik peak (Golden peak) can easily be seen from here.

Gulmet is the popular tourist attraction in Nagar because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains like Rakaposhi at 7,788m (25,561), and Diran.

Nagar was formerly a princely state in the northernmost part of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, which existed until 1974. Administratively there are two Tehsils in Nagar namely Nagar-1 and Nagar-2 of Gilgit District. Nagar was an independent principality for 1200 years. The British gained control of Nagar during a battle at place of Nilt (Jangir-e-Laye) between 1889 and 1892. Nagarkutch fought bravely but was defeated due to lack of weapons. The Tham (Chief) of that time, Azur Khan, was sent in exile to Kashmir.

Hunza was previously under the domination of Nagar and collectively called Buroshall and their capital was Capal Dongs. But after the reign of the Miyor Khan his sons divided Buroshall into Nagar and Hunza and declared the river as the border: Muglot became the king of Nagar and Kirkis became the king of Hunza.

The British retained Nagar's status as a principality until 1947. The people of Nagar and Hunza were ruled by a local Mir for more than 1200 years, which came to an end in 1974. Although never ruled directly by neighboring Kashmir or the British, Nagar and Hunza were a vassal of Kashmir from the time of Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mirs of both sent an annual tribute to the Kashmir Durbar until 1947, and along with the ruler of Hunza, was considered to be among the most loyal vassals of the Maharaja of Kashmir. After the change in Pakistani Central Government to a democracy on 25 September 1974 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto dissolved the Princely States of Nagar as well as Hunza and set the prisoners free and gave democratic representation to the Northern Areas Council, now the Northern Areas Legislative Council.

Text from Wikipedia


Hoper Glacier


Golden peak in Nagar.
The trail along the Barpu glacier leads to Golden peak from Hoper valley and to Rush Lake



Rakaposhi view point on the KKH (Karakoram Highway) with Rakaposhi (7788m).


bridge crossing the Nagar river in the Nagar valley 


bridge across rushing glacial waters


on the way to Nagar from Hunza in a local Jeep on the mountain road


Karakoram highway with Karimabad, Hunza in the background



Hunza view Hotel in Karimabad


lush valley farms with Golden peak in the background taken from Nagar valley


under the mountains in the Nagar valley


terraced in the Nagar valley

Photos from the Nagar valley




children watching



woman working



working along the road


working in the field



the threshing place


walking along the road


a family


loving father


young women

More Photos of the Rakaposhi viewpoint



mountain paradise
a small hotel at Hoper in Nagar.


the attendant

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