By Muhammad Usman
On a recent group trip from Islamabad to Hunza in the month of July, I had the opportunity to see the Attabad Lake.
The Attabad lake, otherwise known as the Gojal lake, was formed in 2010 due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gilgit-Baltistan, blocking the flow of the Hunza River for several months, and inundating certain parts of the Karakoram Highway.
It took us an hour to reach the lake from Hunza village. Upon arriving, we found several boats and rafts lined up. Due to the blockage, the villagers started commuting in such boats to get across the lake, while the rafts were used to transport bikes, cars, trucks and loaded buses from one end to another.
We hired one of the boats for a 45-minutes journey over the Attabad Lake. The first part of it was pretty warm and sunny. However, as we headed up, the weather changed and became rather cooler, the jaw-droppingly magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks called Tupopdan appeared (aka Passu Cones or Passu Cathedral) which I couldn’t stop photographing. Waterfalls can be seen in the towering mountains surrounding the lake.