There is a lot to do in Hunza that will compliment your triathlon experience. Depending on how much time you have here are a few recommendations for things to do and see around Hunza and Gilgit-Baltistan. Everyone's trip may vary depending on the time available. We can, however, make sure you will be returning to this place again and again after having been here once. This is not an exhaustive list and there are plenty of unique opportunities that be found throughout the region.
Located in the village of Duikar, at an elevation of 2850m, the hilly outcrop provides spectacular views of the Hunza Valley, and many peaks including Rakaposhi. The sought after Eagle's Nest Hotel provides relatively luxurious accommodation with access to incredible sights of the sunrise and sunset across the entire valley.
At an average height of 5000m, the border between Pakistan and China is a day trip from Karimabad. Worth ticking it off your bucket list if you enjoy visiting incredible borders around the world. The incredible Karakoram Highway is a feat of engineering on its own that provides an insight into the hardships of maintaining such a road through incredible landscapes.
Gilgit-Baltistan is peppered with forts from the pasts. They depict a rich and thriving culture that dates back thousands of years. The fact that such forts are still standing is a testament to their builders and their resourcefulness. Baltit Fort is maintained by the Aga Khan Foundation and a guided tour is well worth a visit.
Trek to Ultar Base Camp
A day trek towards Ultar Base Camp is definitely one for the hikers. Although one of the more tamed treks as locals frequently use the track and can be a relaxed trek which can take a day to complete.
Trek to Hopper Glacier
Another day trek that is not for the faint hearted. Take a jeep track hour and a half into another valley with a local guide and enjoy the spectacular hopper glacier.
Indulge in local food
Hunza is particularly known for its dried and fresh fruit - apricots, cherries and apples. You can never have enough of the fresh fruit. A particular favourite of ours is a hidden gem - a fruit garden just before Baltit Fort that serves up the meanest fresh juices from their own fruit trees.
Skardu and Beyond
Head towards Skardu via the treacherous highway linking Gilgit and Skardu (an 8 hour journey by road) along the mighty Indus River. Skardu offers tons of options to go further into the Karkorams and a heaven for hikers. With a unique culture of it's own it is a completely different experience compared to Hunza.
One of the highest plateaus in the world and a sanctuary for brown bears, marmots and wildflowers. At an average elevation of 4500m, with rivers flowing through it and an incredible lake that is worth a visit, the journey requires a day to take and if you don't have your own vehicle, it will cost roughly PKR 10,000 to hire a local jeep for the day to the lake and back to Skardu.