In the westernmost part of the Gilgit-Baltistan, there lies the beautiful district of river comprising of exquisite landscape which are often referred as the glimpse of paradise on Earth. From Gilgit, the Ghizer road takes you the breathtaking places in this region where the untamed Ghizer river flows till the Shandur Pass, after which comes Chitral. Ghizer is a land of colorful water, dotted with trees, covered with lush greenery. It shares its borders with KPK with the giant mountainous regions of Swat on one side and Chitral on the other side. The district of Ghizer is connect to Tajikistan through Yasin Valley and Karumber Pass.
In Ghizer, the beautiful Valley of Phandar is a sight to behold and it is the most visited place by the tourists in Pakistan known as the “little Kashmir’. Phandar is a pathway leading towards Shandur Pass and has links with Chitral Pakistan. Phandar valley is an epitome of nature’s marvel with stark, towering, snowcapped mountains of the Karakorum meaning black mountains. The region is a charming surprise, unfolding as a vast flat plateau of neatly parcelled lush green fields, with a lazy river meandering across. The plateau was once a lake, which naturally opened up a few 100 years ago.
Your next stop will be the gorgeous Ishkoman Valley, running north to south to join the Gilgit valley. This majestic valley divides the Karakoram Range from the Hindu Kush. There are five possible treks from the Ishkoman River through Phakora across the 4,600-metre Naltar Pass, 55 kilometres long, restricted-zone trek to the Chipursan valley, Koz Sar 6,677 metres, Chillinji Pass 5,291 metres and Karumber Pass 4,343 metres. The Ishkoman Pass is frequently used by locals going to Darkot or upper Chitral.