Pakistan Tourism: Top Ten Glaciers of Pakistan

Glaciers of Pakistan

Glaciers are made up of mass snow accumulation on a land over a long period of time. Glaciers vary according to their sizes and play a major role in keeping the atmosphere cool. There are many glaciers in Pakistan that are famous as trekking sites and tourist attractions. Most of the glaciers are located in Northern areas of Pakistan, especially around Karakoram mountain range. These glaciers are a special focus of attention for travelers all around the world and are frequently visited by people coming from all parts of the world. Their undisturbed beauty and lack of pollution in the surrounding environment makes them great trekking locations. The glaciers are a valuable asset of Pakistan because of helping the region keep its temperature normal which would have been enormously hot. These glaciers also add to the scenic beauty of Pakistan making her a beautiful country with rich natural scenery. The glaciers are quite large in number and therefore all of them cannot be mentioned here. However, a list of top ten glaciers of Pakistan on the basis of being the largest ones with their locations has been jotted down below:

1)      Siachen Glacier at Karakoram range, Baltistan

2)      Batura Glacier at Karakoram range

3)      Hispar Glacier at Karakoram range

4)      Biafo Glacier at Karakoram range, Shigar

5)      Baltoro Glacier at Karakoram range

6)      Yengunta Glacier at Karakoram range, Baltistan

7)      Chianter Glacier at Hindukush, Chitral

8)      Tirich Mir Glacier at Hindukush, Chitral

9)      Chogo Lugma at Karakoram range-2

10)  Passu Glacier at Karakoram range, Hunza Valley

Pakistan: Top Ten Treks of Pakistan

Treks of Pakistsn

Trekking is an activity that comprises of travelling along wide distances on foot. It is especially done on places where travelling by car or any other means is not possible or difficult to do. There are many geographical areas that are regarded as trekking sites or treks all around the world because of being of interest to travelers. Similarly, Pakistan is proud to offer travelling opportunities to people all over the world to walk on the famous trekking sites here. The particular areas reserved for trekking in Pakistan are located in Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush and are fascinating places to look at. Pakistanis and foreigners both can enjoy trekking in the Northern Areas of Pakistan to get in touch with natural beauty at its peak. Another feature of the trekking sites at these areas is the lack of pollution and virgin beauty of the enormous mountains and lakes flowing side-by. It is difficult to list down all the famous trekking sites of Pakistan due to the abundance to treks in Pakistan. However, an attempt has been done to selectively present a list containing top ten treks of Pakistan based on their popularity which is given below:

1)      Trek of K-2 Base Camp

2)      Trek of Biafo-Hisper Glaciers

3)      Treks of Nanga Parbat

4)      Trek of Batura Glacier

5)      Trek of Chillinji Pass

6)      Trek of Spantik Base Camp

7)      Trek of Charakusa Glacier

8)      Trek of Masherbrum Base Camp

9)      Trek of Shimshal Valley

10)  Trek of Thalle La

Rivers of Pakistan – Hunza River

by on February 2, 2011
in Rivers of Pakistan

Hunza river of Pakistan

This is the main river of  Hunza which is one of the most beautiful location in the northern areas of Pakistan. It is originated through the joining of the Khunjerab and kilik gorges (nalas), which are basically fed by the glaciers from the mountains. It joins River Gilgit and River Naltar and finally falls into the River Indus.

It cuts through the Karakoram range of mountains from north to south. The great Karakoram highway crosses this river near Nagar and Hunza valleys. Hunza River can very easily be included in not only one of the most beautiful rivers in Pakistan but also in the world. The river flows along with Karakoram highway coming down from Khunjerab Top. While driving up to the famous top which acts as a border between Pakistan and China, this river flows along. At present due to the Ata Abad Lake formation, KKH has been interrupted and a part of this journey along river Hunza has to be taken by boat. Hunza river meets with Nagar River and other regional rivers on its course down to the south. It eventually adds up into the mighty Indus. Hunza river is very beautiful. Hunza is one of the most visited regions of Pakistan by the foreign tourists.

Lakes of Pakistan – Sheosar Lake

by on December 9, 2010
in lakes of pakistan

Lakes in Pakistan- Sheosar Lake - Deosai Plains

Location Max. 

Length

Max. 

Width

Avg. 

Depth

Surface 

Elevation

Deosai Plains 2.3 km 

1.4 miles

1.8km 

1.2 miles

40 m 4,142 m 

13,589 ft

This lake is also called Shausar Lake. It is located in Deosai Plains in the Northern areas.Deosai Plains is one of the highest plateaus of the world with the average height of about 4,114 metres above sea level. The lake is in the premises of the Deosai National Park. It is situated in Skardu, Gilgit- Baltistan. The area is full of natural beauty especially in spring. The whole surroundings get covered with wide variety of colorful flowers and butterflies. It looks like a magical land with mysterious beauty. Between the months of November to May the whole area of Deosai is snow bound.

Sheosar lake means Blind Lake, as Sheo in Shina language means “Blind” and Sar means “Lake”

The lake is accessible through two routes. One is via Skardu and the other via Astore District. The road through Skardu can be covered by jeep in few hours and if treked it can take 2 days time. From the Astore through chilum comes this lake before going to the Deosai. The mighty Himalaya moutains are visible all around the area with majestic heights and endless beauty. The rare species of Brown Bear is present in the area. The lake is one of the main attraction of the Deosai Plains. Its beautiful waters and natural surroundings make the visit unforgettable.

The Hunza Lake Catastrophe

Hunza lake of Pakistan

On 4th January 2010 disaster struck the picturesque valley of Hunza in the form of a massive landslide. The landslide caused a major blockade of the Hunza River thereby creating an artificial lake. This lake is called as Atta Abad lake. The lake fed by the melting glaciers expanded steadily and is now 353 feet deep with the water rising at an average of 2 to 3 feet daily. Many villages and at an estimate 100 houses have submerged in water. Around 1,700 people have been rendered homeless as the rising water gushed into the villages.

The officials fear that the worst is yet to come as the lake might burst its banks and cause more flooding which would disrupt the lives of 50,000 people besides causing considerable damage to the infrastructure. Even the Karakoram Highway is under threat. Part of the Karakoram Highway is already closed because of the flooding of Gilmat a resort on the Highway linking Pakistan and China.

Steps Taken By the Government

To lower the pressure, a spillway is being dug to divert the water from the lake to its old course the River Gilgit. The government has also set up relief camps where medicines and food supplies are available. Nine tent camps for the displaced people have been set up as well. To warn the people of any emergency, warning sirens have been installed in control rooms and help centers throughout Hunza and Gilgit.