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Yasin Valley

Best time to visit Yasin Valley

The time between April-October is the best time for a visit to Yasin Valley. However, out of this time, you will face cold weather and harsh weather too. I visited in the mid of May, and this valley was green everywhere with snow-capped mountains. Still, there was cold at night, but the temperature in the daytime was perfect. Therefore, I also suggest July-August is the ideal time to visit Yasin valley.Because you will also enjoy the fruits and fishing over there in this time. Disadvantage: During these days there is a huge flux of local tourists from across Pakistan.

From Gilgit to Yasin

A local Hiece service is the best option. You have to book a ticket from near Gahdi bagh under the bridge known as Shajee Ada on river view road. Vehicles leave every hour between 10 am to 5 pm. The ticket costs just 500 rupees. Once you are on the Hiace van, it takes 2 hours to reach Gahkuch, and there you have rest for tea, and then the journey again begins, and after 2 hours you will get Yasin Valley(central Yasin). So it takes four and half hours to reach Yasin by local transport. But in return to Gilgit, the vehicles are leaving early at 5 am. So you have also take care of it return.

Weather at Yasin Valley

Also, it gets cold pretty quickly.

The weather at Yasin Valley stays below 30 0 Celsius all year round even in the peak summer season May to October. The weather sometimes drops to 15 0 Celsius when it rains so a jacket and warm clothing are a must.

After October the temperature drops close to 10 Celsius and becomes uncomfortable as you need a lot of gas and firewood to stay warm.

Check the weather before leaving for Gilgit as even in the peak summer season the snow is enough to block traffic for a few days.

yasin history

Yasin has a rich history, full of acts of valor, and bloodshed, as well as kindness, compassion and love. Gohar Aman, a famous warrior, was born here. He stood like an iron wall against aggression, while invading and occupying neighboring small states and fiefdoms. Yasin Valley is also home to Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, winner of the highest military honor of Pakistan, the Nishan-e-Haider.

Apart from these two heroes, Yasin Valley has the produced thousands of soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives and limbs for the glory of the nation. Yasin Valley, culturally and ecologically, an alluring place lies in the north of Pakistan. Administratively it constitutes a Tehsil of Ghizar District, one of the five Districts of Greater Gilgit Baltistan Area (GGBA). Because of its geo-strategic importance, Yasin has long been of a vigorous profile to international powers such as Chinese, Indians, Russians and British. The watch-dog of British India always feared the Czarist Russians invasions through Yasin.

A Chinese General Kao Hsien-chih ran his expedition through Yasin to deal with the Tibetan invaders at Oxus in A.D. 747. Yasin has long claimed pride to be the shortest means of communication between Oxus and Indus.

modern yasin virgin

Modern Yasin is a virgin eco-tourist destination encompassed by snow-blanked peaks, snaked curved aqua-marine rivers, and crystal clean natural springs. The diversified communities in Yasin have a wonderful culture where diversity and mutual respect is highly regarded. The citizenry has maintained an example of harmonious co-existence over years..

northern ares pakistan

Yasin is located in the Northern areas of Pakistan .Apart from the main valley, Yasin valley includes several side-valleys like,Thause, Nazbar, Hoyelti, Thui, Qorkulti, Sandhi, Asumbar,Barkulti, Hundur, Darkut etc.
Yasin Valley, culturally and ecologically, an alluring place lies in the north of Pakistan. Administratively it constitutes a Tehsil of Ghizar District, one of the five Districts of Greater Gilgit Baltistan Area (GGBA).

Because of its geo-strategic importance, Yasin has long been of a vigorous profile to international powers such as Chinese, Indians, Russians and British. The watch-dog of British India always feared the Czarist Russians invasions through Yasin. A Chinese General Kao Hsien-chih ran his expedition through Yasin to deal with the Tibetan invaders at Oxus in A.D. 747. Yasin has long claimed pride to be the shortest means of communication between Oxus and Indus.

The citizenry has maintained an example of harmonious co-existence over years.
The Yasin Valley, and in particular the character it produced, has played a leading role in the history of the region. Continually fought over by the rulers of both Chitral and Gilgit, the history of Yasin reads like a catalogue of patricide, fratricide and aunculicide. Yasin Valley came to the attention of Victorian Britain following the murder of the British explorer George W. Hayward in the upper reaches of the Valley.

interesting places

“It is interesting to note how concern the local people are about their image to outsiders, some 130 years after the event;
People and Languages

Biddulph classifies the original inhabitants of the valley as Yashkuns, also they refer to themselves as Boorusho. The majority of the valley are Ismaili Muslims, speaking Boorushaski, although it is more archaic dialect than the Boorushaski spoken in Hunza and Nagar. Today most of the people are bilingual, speaking both Boorushaski and Khowar.

Topography

The entrance to Yasin is relatively dry and stony, un till you reach the first ‘green’ settlement at Damalgan and Gindai. Central Yasin is a long sprawling series of settlements collectively known as Yasin. There are still remains of the fort built by Gohar Aman, one of the valley’s most celebrated rulers.
The bottom of the valley rises from 2160m in the south up to over 2700m near the village Darkut. Especially North of Darkut where a lofty range separates the catchments area of Yasin from that of Yarkhun River, the surrounding peaks reach altitudes of more than 6000m.

How to get to Yasin Valley

Yaseen Valley is the origion of the Gilgit Chitral River.

From Gilgit to Yasin

A local Hiece service is the best option. You have to book a ticket from near Gahdi bagh under the bridge known as Shajee Ada on river view road. Vehicles leave every hour between 10 am to 5 pm. The ticket costs just 500 rupees. Once you are on the Hiace van, it takes 2 hours to reach Gahkuch, and there you have rest for tea, and then the journey again begins, and after 2 hours you will get Yasin Valley(central Yasin). So it takes four and half hours to reach Yasin by local transport. But in return to Gilgit, the vehicles are leaving early at 5 am. So you have also take care of it return.

Where to stay in Yasin Valley

In Yasin Taus, there are many hotels and Guesthouses you can easily find accommodation over there. But all these hotels and guest houses have limited resources but are budget-friendly, and the food they are serving is organic. But the cost may vary with the demand of tourists

Go to Moudori Fort

Moudori Fort is a historical place in Dalsandi; there is an old fort from where the downside of Yasin is on birds-eye view. Ask about the history of the Fort from local people and take some good pictures. From taus, it just takes 30 minutes on the bike. We went on the bike. From there, you witness the greenery of Yasin Valley. Qurqolty and Phander are also visible from there. The view is just amazing.

Short hikes and village walks

Walkthrough a village through the streets; you will chit-chat with people in fields, offering you to sit with them and have some fun. There are tracks to hike on mountains in taus sand and Gojalti where shepherds take their goats and sheep for grassing.

Day trip to Darkut

Darkut is the last village of this valley. From taus, it takes 1.30 hours to reach there.There are many big bib stones. But there are small lakes when you take up the side of the Darkut. So it has one plan greenery and is popular for its lakes and river. Traveling from taus to Darkut you come across any beautiful places.

Sangum Point Barandass

This was a very lovely place in the entire Yasin. This is my favorite. This is the point where the Thoi river and Darkut river meet. There is a small cabin for refreshment, and a book and pen are installed by a local artist.Sit there near Thoi river and enjoy the music of the river. We sat there for almost 4 hours. I enjoyed the tea, and it just cost 40 Rs per cup and biscuits are also available.

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