Attabad Lake is a lake located in the Gojal region of Hunza Valley in Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan. It was formed in January 2010 as the result of a major landslide in Attabad. The lake has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit−Baltistan. It offer activities like boating, jet-skiing, fishing and other recreational activities.
Since its creation in 2010, the lake has been a popular tourist attraction for visitors from all over Pakistan and the world. Due partly to the beauty of the deep blue colour of the lake, tourists love to see this phenomenal natural creation.

Nature of Attabad Lake:

The lake is roughly 21 kilometers long, and has a depth of more than 100 meters, meaning the total volume is roughly 410,000,000 cubic meters.

How Attabad Lake is formed?

Attabad Lake was created in 2010. When Attabad village in Hunza Valley in Gilgit−Baltistan had a landslide that occurred on 4 January 2010. These areas experienced extreme flash flooding, completely submerging some towns, and partially submerging others.

The most affected regions included Aminabad, Gulkin, Gulmit and Shishkat. . After the initial landslide, bad weather conditions continued to increase the flooding, and cause problems in the rescue and recovery efforts. Along with homes and businesses, The flood also destroy various ancient religious relics. These included sacred buddist monuments, temples, and mosques. In certain areas, tree tops and the peaks of some of these tall buildings can still seen poking out above the surface of the lake in some areas.


The lake reached 21 kilometres (13 mi) long. It has over 100 metres (330 ft) in depth by the first week of June 2010 when it began flowing over the landslide dam. By 4 June, water outflow from the lake had increased to 100 m3/s (3,700 cu ft/s). Water levels continued to rise in 18 June 2010 caused by a difference in the outflow and inflow of the new lake.

How to reach Attabad Lake?

Getting to the lake from Hunza Valley is very easy. It is an hour and half drive from Karimabad. The Karakoram Highway goes right to the Attabad Lake. At the lake there are several view points to stop and enjoy the lake. Roadside teashops, restaurants, camping sites and hotel will be visible as you move a the along the lake. The guest houses and snack bars are along the river but they are not all in one spot. There are several tunnels along side the attabad lake.

Activities for tourists at here:

Since its creation in 2010. The lake has been a popular tourist attraction for visitors from all over Pakistan and the world. Due partly to the beauty of the deep blue colour of the lake, Tourists love to see this phenomenal natural creation.

Facilities for visitors :

Hiking paths are available, as are various water sports such as jet skis and boating tours. Similarly, hotels have cropped up around the lake edge in recent times to help accommodate the influx in visitors.