The whole of the Northern Region of Pakistan is very beautiful and
its scenic places like Swat, Kalam, Naran, Bhurban, Murree and the
set of Galiyats are very popular with the local and foreign
tourists. Howerver, the real beauty of this tough and mountainous
terrain spreads furthers north in the districts of Gilgit, Skardu,
Diamer, Ghizer, and Ghanche, know as Northern Areas, over an area of
72,500 sq. Kilometers.
Northern Areas constitute a pristine home for about one million
people. They are connected to Pakistan and the outside world through
the Karakorrum Highway (KKH), nicknamed as the Silk Route. The KKH,
a marvelous creation of Chinese and Pakistani engineers, is in
itself the 8th wonder of the world and a source of great tourist
attraction. The Northern Areas, connected to China through the KKH,
provide a vast potential in tourism & related activities, trade
expansion, minerals, and cottage industries.
Pakistan has an amazing mountain heritage with the four ranges of
Hindukush. Pamir, Karakorrum, and the Great Himalayas converging
here. Amongst them, they contain the world's densest concentration
of high peaks (five out of 14 highest) in their fold which are:-
Name of the Peak Height
Godwin Austin (k-2)
Nanga Parbat 26,660/8,125
There are 42 other peaks which are higher than all the highest peaks
of the other continents. In all, Pakistan has over 700 peaks above
6000 meters in height and over 160 peaks above 7000 meters
Besides the high mountains, the Northern Areas have the world’s
longest glaciers including the Godwin Austin, Abruzzin and Baltoro
which meet at Concordia forming the largest glacial lake
at a high of 4720 meters. The enchanting valleys of Hunza, Shigar,
Khaplu, Lshkuman, Nalar, Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral, and Dir and the
glacial lakes like Kachura, Satpara, Lalusar, and Saiful Muluk add
unmatched grandeur to the beauty of the rugged mountains.
The Northern Areas with its flora and fauna; the wildlife which can
be seen in the form of snow leopards, ibexes and urials; and the
variety of people who live in these areas with their cultural
heritage and millennia-old civilizations form a paradise for the
tourists, trekkers, and mountaineers from all around the world. The
Government of Pakistan is aware that preservation of these mountains
and the future of its tourism industry are inter-linked.
Promotion of tourism and development of tourism - related
in the Northern Areas thus offer vast opportunities for investors
both from local and foreign origin. These facilities could be the
creation of hotel accommodation in the most frequented places, the
development of ski resorts, fixation of chair lifts, mountain
climbing facilities, and the like.
Agriculture also forms a potential area for investment in the shape
Production, preservation & marketing of quality fruits and
Production of vegetable seeds;
Livestock, dairy & poultry farming,
Fish/trout farming, and the
Use of herbs for medicinal purposes.
Another field which promises profitable investment in Northern Areas
is the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources and
precious stones. Although the quantitative potential has yet to be
established there are numerous kinds of minerals like gold, ruby,
emerald, aquamarine, topaz, tourmaline etc. which can be gainfully
exploited. Some industrial minerals like marble, granite, mica,
feldspar, barite, China clay, copper, lead, antimony etc. are also
found in large deposit. Based on these resources, cement industry,
granite cutting & polishing, paint industry, pottery and ceramics
etc. can be established.
The most readily available opportunity for investment is however, in
the hydropower sector. At present only half of the Northern Areas
requirement for electricity is met through 79 mini and small hydel
power plants. Atleast 10 more power planets are needed 2 each in teh
Districts of Gilgit, Skardu and Diamer, 3 in District Ghizer, and
one mini unit in Ghanche district. The units in Gilgit and Skardu
would produce 43 Megawatt each while the units in Diamer will each
be 10 MW and that in Ghizer 9 MW. Additionally, some national level
power plants like Doyan Astore (425 MW), Basha-DMR (3400-MW) and
Bunji-Indus (1400 MW) are also being studied in Northern Areas.
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