Visit Guide to Altit Fort

Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan. It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir, although they moved to the somewhat younger Baltit fort nearby three centuries later. Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan. The fort has received the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2011.

Getting There

By means of buses and cars one can access through the Altit Fort. It will take 2-3 hours from Gilgit city and few minutes driving distance from Ali abad the capital of Hunza.

What to Expect

A complete experience in Altit would have to include scenery, culture, some history, and of course, a lot of authentic and local Hunza food (traditionally known for its long life properties).


The word Altit means this side down and the area around the fort is inhabited by Burusho people. The people of Altit are said to belong to the White Huns, although not much research has gone into the matter. There are several theories about their origin but local indigenous origin holds much value among the people. It is also saidthat the present language Burushaski was brought here by the White Huns in 47 A.D but there is no link between Burushaski and any other language of today.

According to the legend the first name for Altit village was Hunukushal, meaning the village of Huns. The Huns came from the Huang-Ho valley in China. The name later changed to Broshal, translated as a village of Bruchiski speakers. They were spirit worshipers as Shamanism was in practice and also followed Buddhism and Hinduism. In the 15th century Islam was introduced. Around 1830 in turn many converted to Ismailism.

Facilities Available

  • Local guides are available for the guidance of Tourist/ Visitors.
  • People of this area are very hospitable and peaceful.
  •  Hotels and restaurants are available.
  • PTDC, Serena etc.
  • Tourist/ Visitors can access through this attraction by means of Jeeps and Cars.
  • Wi-Fi facility is available.
  • Tourism Department helps the Tourist/ Visitors through providing broachers in both Urdu and English languages. The local Police and the local Guides can speak multi languages (i.e local languages, Urdu, English and some of them can speak Chinese also).
  • There is a bus stand in Ali abad for public transportation.
  • Filling stations are available in Ali Abad which includes Petrol and Diesel.
  • Taxis are available on daily rent basis.
  • Shops are available