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Hunza River(Urdu: دریائے ہنزہ‎) is the principal river of Hunza in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan It is formed by the confluence of the Chapursan and Khunjerab nalas (gorges) which are fed by glaciers. It is joined by the Gilgit River and the Naltar River, before it flows into the Indus River.

Hunza River
Hunza River near Gulmit Hunza.jpg
Hunza river near Gulmit
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Hunza River is located in Gilgit Baltistan
Hunza River
Hunza River is located in Pakistan
Hunza River
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
Gilgit River
 ⁃ coordinates
35°55′N 74°22′E / 35.917°N 74.367°E / 35.917; 74.367
Hunza river view from Karakorum University, Danyor Bridge

The river cuts through the Karakoram range, flowing from north to south. The Karakoram Highway (N-35) runs along the Hunza River valley, switching to the Khunjerab River valley at the point of confluence, eventually reaching the Khunjerab Pass at the border with China Xinjiang.

The river is dammed for part of its route.[1]

The Attabad landslide disaster in January 2010 completely blocked the Hunza Valley. A new lake — now called the Attabad Lake or Gojal Lake — [2] which extends 30 kilometers and rose to a depth of 400 feet, was formed as the Hunza River backed-up.[3] The landslide completely covered sections of the Karakoram Highway.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pictorial – Some spectacular photographs of the dammed Hunza River". Pamir Times. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Gojal Lake Hazard", Pamir Times, Islamabad, 21 July 2015
  3. ^ a b Michael Bopp; Judie Bopp (May 2013). "Needed: a second green revolution in Hunza" (PDF). HiMaT. p. 4. Retrieved 26 November 2015. Karakorum Area Development Organization (KADO), Aliabad

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hunza River at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°55′N 74°22′E / 35.917°N 74.367°E / 35.917; 74.367