Attabad Lake is a glorious place to see and enjoy located in the Gojal region. It is situated at a distance of about half an hour east of Karimabad which is the capital of the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan region. The lake was formed as a result of a great landslide in the Attabad Hunza valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. This lake reminds us that a big tragedy can result in amazing beauty. The massive landslide in January 2010 blocked the flow of the Hunza river and displaced thousands of people.
Attabad Lake Depth & Creation
The landslide blocked the Hunza river for around five months and gave birth to a new lake altogether. The water level in the naturally created dam rose to a depth of over 300 feet resulting in the formation of the natural lake with a length of around 13 miles. According to the news reports, this massive flooding resulted in the death of 20 people beneath the landslide and displaced around 6,000 people. It also blocked the Karakoram Highway which led to a shortage of food in the village as well. Over 170 houses and 120 shops in the subdivision Gojal was affected by the landslide.
Other than Attabad some other villages were also got affected badly by the landslide including Ainabad Shishkat, Gulmit, and Gulmin. The lake has now become one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Thousands of people per year come here to spend their holidays and enjoy the vacation with natural beauties.
Recreational Activites in Attabad Lake Hunza Valley
There are facilities available for various recreational activities such as skiing, fishing, boating, etc at the lake. Tourists come to see the Attabad from all over Pakistan either by-road or by-air. The distance between the capital city Islamabad to Attabad lake is around 599 kilometers. The travel time through flight to reach the destination is around 55 minutes. However, it can take around 10 to 11 hours to travel by-road from Islamabad to Attabad lake.
The clear blue color of the lake gives a stunning view for the visitors that they can enjoy their best vacations ever at the place. Moreover, the beautiful peaks of the Karakoram mountain range surrounding the lake enhance the natural beauty of the lake. Furthermore, the chilling water of the lake is a major attraction for visitors during the summer season. In winters the lake usually freezes over. Therefore, visitors usually come to see the beautiful landscape when the water is ice-free.
Hotels in Attabad Lake
There are beautiful hotels at the Attabad lake for the tourists that provide high-level facilities of accommodation, food and other services. The Luxus Hunza Attabad Lake Resort is a five-star hotel located at the Attabad lake. The Presidential Suite, Attabad Lake View Suite, Panoramic Suite, Infinity Lake View Room, and Lake View Room are various categories of rooms at the hotel providing astonishing services for their guests. The rooms are fully furnished, have supercharged air-conditioning and heating, finest linen and towels. Moreover, wifi, smart TV, and a private balcony are also included in the amenities of the hotel.
In addition to this, there is another five-star hotel at the lake, Horizon Resort Attabad Lake Hunza. The hotel is situated at a distance of around 18.5 kilometers from the main center of Hunza Valley. The location of the rooms at the hotel is amazing. You can see the beautiful Attabad lake and mountains. around it. The resort has only one type of room for a maximum of 4 persons including 2 adults and 2 children. All rooms in the resorts are 30-meter square sized Double Rooms with Lake View furnished with one large double bed and other required furniture.