The Northern area of Pakistan, which is recently known as Gilgit Baltistan is a world of wonderful people and rugged beauty. Came and be surrounded by a landscape of the world’s tallest mountains and the longest glaciers. The people of these lands have added touches of more gently of their beauty to their environment by harnessing glacial water through intricate channels to terrace inhospitable mountain slopes. Their superhuman efforts have transformed rocks and dry sand into rich emerald green oasis. The white water of Gilgit, Hunza and Indus rivers add further credence to this serene environment.
Step through the gate of Hunza Marcopolo Inn Gulmit and you will be walking into a unique way of mountains life that has evolved in relative isolation from the rest of the world. Inside the old wing rooms of Hunza Marcopolo Inn, made from natural materials such as stone, mud and wood, you will fell your needs are considered. Fresh towels, hot water, clean environment, different verity of traditional and international dishes provided within a tradition of hospitality that has greeted travelers on the ancient Silk Route since the 2nd century B.C.
Historically, the area being on being on the crossroad of central, south and East Asia, traders and invaders of different of different cultures and religions have left their traces. Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet marked the area during their occupations between the 5th and 7th centuries B.C while giving birth to Tantric Buddhism. Marco Polo traveled eastward into China from here during the 13th century. These small mountain kingdoms were invaded by the Kashmiris in the 19th century who brought their own culture to this land. The first European explorers reached this area in 1847, and for next 100 years it became the flash point of Asia during the era of the “Great Game” between Russia and the British Empire.
Currently the area forms Pakistan’s northern frontier with China and the recently liberated central Asian republics, across the Wakhan Corridor. Hunza, legendary for the inspiration it provided for the land of Shangri-La, is part of the amazing land, where the people claim descent from the soldiers of Alexander’s army. This complex history has resulted in a variety of ethnic origins – the mix of Caucasians, Mongoloid and Indian features on the faces of the men, women and children are striking. Several distinct local languages- Shina, Wakhi, Broshuski, Khowar and Balti coexist to this day.
While you are here you can use the Hunza Marcopolo Inn Gulmit as your base for trekking. You can walk out into the scenic beauty take photographs, visit historical sites, or just sit under the canopy of stars and listen to the sounds of nature.
Chithruy is a Wakhi word known as place covered with bushes. It is the best point for Gojal Hunza, view Point. It’s a meadow that nestles in Gulmit Hunza, at an altitude of approximately 4000m above sea level. It is a unique view point from where one can have the perfect view of Atabad Lake or in other words it can be called lake view point because it gives the perfect view of Atabad Lake and its surrounding villages.
Chithruy can be accessed by a nearby village Gulmit Gojal Hunza, that can maximum take two hours and the trek is very steep. The best month for the trek is from June to September because during this period the weather is perfect and there is plenty of foliage there.
Trek lovers can take with them tinned food or they can prepare their own food because they can find plenty of fire wood at Chithruy Gulmit Gojal Hunza. There is spring water at Chithruy but it is very difficult to access so the trekkers can take with them water.
Chitruy Gulmit Hunza, contains bushes, shrubs, high altitude herbal green tea and different kinds of high altitude flowers that are worth seeing and most of the herbs are very useful from medical perspectives that can be used as medicine.
The most enjoyable moment at Chithruy Gulmit Hunza is when you come down from the top because half of it is covered by bushes and half of it is covered with sand. While coming down you can enjoy sand sliding but it needs care and attention because it also contains rocks.
According to locals there is also a long trek from Chithruy that directly leads to Altit Hunza but that trek is difficult because there is risk of avalanches and landslides. The nearest meadow to Chithruy is Chindirkin Goze, that takes almost two hours steep trek to reach there and this place is worth seeing that contains lush green landscapes covered with high- altitude flowers and herbs. It also contains dozens of springs. From Chindirkin Goze you can view the nearest glacier called Chithruy Glacier.
Hunza valley, a black hole for tourists, contains unique places that are significant from cultural perspectives and Shimshal is one of those places in upper Hunza where the culture and traditions have been preserved by the local people.
Different traditional games are played in Shimshal Hunza which is passed on to them by their ancestors. Yak Polo, traditional game of Shimshal Hunza is one of the traditional games that is played in Shimshal Hunza and this game gives joy and thrill to the players and even the spectators.
There is an interesting story behind this game and according to local historians, a man named “Sher” who was the son of Mamu Singh, the first man who discovered Shimshal Hunza, played a Polo match against the Chinese Army to win a part of Shimshal pass which connects with China.
The Chinese Army had horses to play but Mr. Sher had no Horse so he played Polo on Yak and fortunately he won the polo match against the Chinese Army. Mr. Sher also won a part of land near the Shimshal pass for the people of Shimshal Hunza.
In the remembrance of that historical achievement by Sher, people of Shimshal Hunza celebrate Yak Mela every year. This event is celebrated for two days where different teams participate with their Yaks to win the “Sher Trophy.”
How it would be when you will witness a Polo match played on Yaks at an altitude of 4400m above the sea level? A lush green grassy ground surround by snow capped mountains gives a fascinating view. It is a very unique event celebrated in August every year.Yak Polo, traditional game of Shimshal Hunza has been the most famous game of the area for centuries and the biggest attraction for tourists visiting the area.
As said by famous Romanian scientist Dr. Patrick Flanagan “water is the most important thing that you put into your body, but not all water is equal.” He went to a long journey towards the land of wonders, Hunza, to reveal the secret behind the long life of people. He revealed that the secret was miracle water known as ‘Hunza Water’.
Hunza water contains silicate minerals which originates from glaciaciers and according to Flanagan Hunza water, has unique characteristics that make it miracle water called Hunza Water. It also contains unique tiny silica, natural colloids and other anomalous properties that help in nutrition absorption and cellular hydration.
Hunza water contains Silica minerals known as Flanagan Micro-cluster that reduces the surface tension of the water and increases the zeta potential and transforms the water into biological water, which is very useful to human body.
People of Hunza are blessed with good health and longevity that makes them very unique and tough in characteristics. It energizes our body, cleanses our organs and provides free electrons to fuel. Mostly we think that water is same in terms of colors but it differs everywhere in terms of quality and elements from place to place. One unique element, the crystal energy this helps human body to resist the aging process.