Gilgit is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. The city is located in a very tiny valley close to the confluence of the Gilgit river and Hunza river. Gilgit is a major tourist destination in northern Pakistan, and is a hub for mountaineering expeditions within the Karakoram Range. It was a very important stop on the ancient Silk Road, and these days serves as a major junction along the Karakoram highway with road connections to China, Skardu, Chitral, and Islamabad.
Gilgit is situated in a valley formed by the confluence of the indus river, Hunza river and Gilgit river.
Gilgit experiences a chilly desert climate. Weather for Gilgit is dominated by its geographical location, a valley in a very mountainous area, southwest of Karakoram Range. Gilgit lacks significant precipitation, averaging in 120 to 240 millimetres annually, as monsoon breaks against the southern range of Himalayas. Irrigation for land cultivation is obtained from the rivers, galore with melting snow water from higher altitudes.
The summer season is temporary and hot. As a result of this extremity in the weather, landslides and avalanches are frequent in the area.
Jeeps are the best means of travel in Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit city is one of the 2 major hubs for all mountaineering expeditions in Gilgit-Baltistan. Most tourists headed for treks in Karakoram or Himalaya Ranges depart from Gilgit
There are many tourist attractions relatively near Gilgit: Naltar valley with Naltar Peak, Hunza valley, Nagar valley, Fairy hayfield in Raikot, Shigar town, Skardu valley, Haramosh valley in Karakoram, Bagrot valley, Deosai park in Skardu, Astore valley, Phunder village, Ghizer valley, The Land Of Lakes, Yasin valley, Thoi valley, Kargah valley and Nomal natural depression.