Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan with a very sparsely populated high-mountain area in the north of Pakistan. Its natural environment is usually described with superlatives – the longest glaciers outside of the polar region, home of the world’s second-highest peak (K2), and four more eight-thousanders. The main tourism activities are trekking and mountaineering, and this industry is growing in importance.
From Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, and the central point where the planes of foreign tourists land, Gilgit can be reached via road and through planes.
By road, it takes around 12 hours to reach your destination through N-15, a newly constructed highway. So if you are a road-lover traveler, you will pass through the amazing tunnels of Mansehra, the lush greenery at Abbottabad, then Batgram, Chatarplane, Patan, Bisham, Kohistan,Chilas and Jaglot then Gilgit via KKH(Karakoram Highway) second and easy route is from Mansehra to Kaghan, Naran, Babusar top then join KKH and Jaglot then Gilgit but this route is open for summer only(mid May to November) .
before by road travel call 1422(Tourist Police helpline 24/7) for route and weather condition specially in monsoon.
The quickest way to get from Islamabad to Gilgit-Baltistan is to fly and takes 1h 26m.
The highest average temperature in Gilgit-Baltistan is 10°C in July and the lowest is -14°C in January. While if you seeking leisure time in Gilgit is from July to September.
What clothes to take to Gilgit:
If you plan to visit Gilgit in January to April when due to high altitude, the weather is really cold, don’t forget to take along fleeces and warm clothes while for the ideal time, following necessities will work enough:
- Shorts or short pants.
- Light footwear.
- Long and short sleeve shirts.
- Sunscreen lotion.
- A pack of polybags, as the authorities of the area are vigilant and keeping a strict check on cleanliness measures.
Tourism at Gilgit
Gilgit Baltistan is the capital of tourism in Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including K2 the second highest peak in the world. GilgitBaltistan’s landscape includes mountains, lakes, glaciers, and valleys. GilgitBaltistan is not only known for its mountains — but it is also visited for its landmarks, culture, history, and people. K2 Basecamp, Deosai, Naltar, Fairy Meadows Bagrot Valley, and Hushe valley are common places to visit in Gilgit Baltistan.
Hotels in Gilgit
There is a vast number of hotels in Gilgit ranging from eco-star to Five stars, offering the most comfortable night stays, excellent services 24/7 while the perks of having easily accessible markets are commendable. You can book online and also on-spot.
Food in Gilgit
Traditional cuisines of Gilgit-Baltistanare a diverse and unique phenomenon itself in its nature. These cuisines have a vast variety and are distinct in their taste. The popular traditional recipes of Gilgit-Baltistan are Chapshoro, Dawdoo, Chamus, Mamtu, Sharbat, Harissa, Molida, Garma, Berikutz, Harissa, Diram, Mull, Gooli, Suppra, and Khamuloot. These recipes are a mix of meat, natural spices with extra-delicious sauces to tingle your taste buds.
Apart from this, Gilgit is known for its organic fruits and dry fruits. You will see plenty of varieties of apricots and plums. The prices are cheap and people are very friendly.
Availability of local as well as private cars at booking offices have opened a new era of tourism in Gilgit as walk-ins and online bookings are often made these days. You can travel safely throughout the amazing tourist places at such cheaper rates and comfortable drives.Most traveling in Gilgit-Baltistan will be done by either bus or jeep hire. NATCO (Northern Area Transport Corporation) is the most well-known transport company in the area, but there are others. Transport companies, as well as tour operators in the region, can arrange jeep hire as well. Only PIA and NATCO operate for and within GB, whereas also offer helicopter services.
If you are a foreign visitor, then you must bring and always take your VISA and passport along when moving in the area, as security check-up points appear quite often.
Tourists activities in Gilgit:
- Rock Climbing.
- Mountain Biking.
- Trophy Hunting.
Apart from this, Gilgit offers unique biodiversity in Wildlife and High Altitude Forests!