Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Posts Tagged ‘hunza’

Where Mountains Meet the Skies

The River Indus originates in the highest sections of the Himalayas and lends its name to a major world religion (Hinduism), a group of languages and a whole subcontinent. For over 300km, it flows next to the world’s highest paved international highway, the Karakoram Highway (KKH).

Indus Valley, KKH and Himalayas

At Raikot, the highway crosses north and continues on to Gilgit, the Hunza Valley and into China. A steep jeep track rises from Raikot to the village of Tattoo and turns into a hiking trail that leads to Nanga Parbat’s north face.

The Mystique of Hunza Valley

The best time to visit the fabled Hunza Valley at the northern tip of Pakistan is during autumn. At that time of the year, the leaves turn yellow and the fruits have ripened. However, spring is still an amazing time. The lush green foliage is soothing and some of the best cherries I have ever tasted can be eaten right off the trees.

Hunza Valley in clouds

This was a shot taken while on the way back from the Eagle’s Nest Hotel which rests high above the towns and forts below. It had just rained and the landscape was covered in low-hanging clouds.

Fisheye View of Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake (Gojal Lake), was formed in 2010 as a result of a massive landslide. At the time, it was the fastest growing lake in the world and now stretches for 21km (13 miles) in the Hunza Valley.

Attabad Lake Hunza Fisheye

The lake’s turquoise waters hide a number of towns and villages that were submerged after the landslide. It also cut off a large section of the Karakoram Highway, severing a major land route between China and Pakistan. A new, elevated section of the highway is now under construction.

This shot was taken from the bow of the boat on my trip to the valley earlier this year.