Shimshal Valley

We made a day-trip in a hired jeep with driver to the Shimshal Valley; one hour up the Karakoram Highway from Baltit and then 2.5-3 hours on a small gravel road along the Shimshal River.

It was a brilliant morning! View from hotel – if we could only take this view home with us as a souvenir from Hunza! IMG_0715 copy.jpg

As usual we met large herds of animals on the highway – only this time they were giant yaks!!! Very impressive, all traffic stopped.DSC00779 copy.jpg

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We enjoyed very nice early morning views over the Karakoram Highway, the mountains, the glaciers and the Hunza River. DSC00792 copy.jpg

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Passu Glacier DSC00799 copy.jpg

Passu Cones (6106 m)IMG_0745 copy2.jpg

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We crossed the Hunza River to follow the smaller Shimshal River up to the remote village of Shimshal – approximately 3 hours drive.       IMG_0760 copy.jpg

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The road is in some places practically hanging on the super-steep mountain sides on man-made terraces.                DSC00807 copy.jpg

The terraces are very well made. The only problem is that the road is sometimes very narrow and there is quite a drop almost vertically down to the river below. Marco just stuck the camera out of the window of the car while driving to take this picture but it doesn’t really do justice to the experience. DSC00824 copy.jpg

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The valley opened up as we arrived to Shimshal village IMG_0878 copy.jpg

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We went to see the school and the teacher asked Marco to tell the kids about geography….it took a loooong while for the young boys to locate Pakistan on the map 😉IMG_0894 copy.jpg

We had to drive back after just a short visit. We had a long way to go. The afternoon light was warm and photo-friendly.IMG_0907 copy.jpg

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Happy to have just passed one of the very narrow and steep sections without meeting any cars coming the other way…IMG_0954 copy.jpg

Back on the highway, we enjoyed the Passu cones in the late afternoon light. IMG_1007 copy.jpg

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Back to first Pakistan page

Go to Karachi

Go to Necropolis of Makli and Shah Jahan Mosque

Go to our drive from Islamabad to Gilgit

Hunza – first days

Hikes to Rakaposhi Base Camp and Rakaposhi View Point

Nanga Parbat – the Rupal Face

Diran Valley

Day-trip to Khunjerab Pass & Pakistan-Chinese Border

Hunza – last days




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