Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa
Gilgit Baltistan
Azad Kashmir
Ghizer District

Ghizer District is north most part of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It joins with Wakhan strip on its north-west and China on its north most borders. On its west, there is Chitral District of NWFP; and on its east is situated Gilgit. Diamer District is on its south. Its capital is Gakuch. The highest peak in Ghizer District is Koyo Zum (6,871 m) (Hindu Kush Range) which lies on the boundary of Ghizer District and NWFP.


Ghizer is a distorted form of the name Gherz means (In Khowar or Chitrali) the Refugees. Whenever the Mehtars of  Chitral did unjust with their people in Chitral and forced them to migrate towards Gupis. 

They were settled in the area between Chitral and Gupis and the area called Gherz and the people were called Gherzic. When Zulafiqar Ali Bhutto the President of Pakistan abolished the FCR and Rajgi system and made another administrative district  comprising  the Tehsils (Political districts) the name Ghizer was agreed and unanimously.

Historically the region has been ruled by indigenous rajas such as those of Yasin  and Punial and later it was divided between the Mehtar of Chitral and theMaharaja of Kashmir. After 1895 all of Ghizer was annexed to Gilgit Agencywhich was directly ruled by the British Govt. and not by the Kashmir Durbar.

Tehsil gupis is the central part of Ghizer district. there are so many villages lush green and very pleasant places, like Phunder, Khalti, the most biggest Jell in khalti is very famous for tout fishes.there are also PTDC Hotel available.

The Rajas of Yasin Suleman Shah and Gohar Aman stretched their rule to Gilgit by pushing back Dogras and at some particular juncture of history remained defacto rulers of the region stretched from Yasin to Gilgit. Latter on after the death of Gohar Aman due to the internal conspiracy the Dogras of Maharaja Kashmir came to Yasin and Modori debacle occurred in Yasin.


District Ghizer is Northmost part of the Giglit Baltistan and hence the extreme north of the country. It joins with Wakhan strip on its north-west, and China on its northern borders. On its west, there is Chitral District of NWFP; and on its east is situated Gilgit. Diamer District is on its south, which is again a part of the Northern areas. Gakuch is the capital of the Ghizer District.

The highest peak in Ghizer District is Koyo Zum ( 6,871 m) (Hindu KushRange) which lies on the boundary of  Ghizer District and Chitral.Some of the main places in the district are Punial, Ishkoman, Phunder and Yasin valleys. Other places include Gupis, Chatorkhand, Imit and Utz.


Ghizer is one of the district of Gilgit Baltistan in which a very huge quantity of fruits are available. Punial is the heart of the district Ghizer Punial also means "plate of fruits". In every village of this tehsil, all type of fruits are available there.

When to Go

The best time to visit this place is from May to October.

How to Reach

Ghizer is connected to Chitral via Shandur pass( highest Polo ground in the world)and Gilgit which is well connected by air with Islamabad( weather dependent) and by road with Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Skardu. You can take a flight to Gilgit from the capital of the country and reach Ghizer.

Where to Stay

There are facilities of accommodation available every part of the district.teh facilities in these hotels are 

All the rooms are artistically decorated according to your comfort and Local Traditions.

Camping site to enjoy the cool and calm nights.

Attentive staff can arrange functions/parties up to 1000 Guests.

24 Hours rent a car, pick and drop service on request. and

24 Hours security system along with armed guards.

What to Eat

Eatables are available especially delicious foods in Restaurant.

What to See

Some of the main places in the district are Ishkoman and Yasin valleys. Other places include Phandar, Khalti , Hundrap Gupis, Chatorkhand, Imit and Utz. Ghizer is also a contact point between Gilgit and Chitral via Shandur Pass. The main river in the district is Ghizer River, which is known as Gilgit River in the east of Gupis town. Some of its tributaries include Karambar River, Ishkoman River, Phakora River and Hayal River. Ghizer is a multi ethnic district and three major languages are spoken. Khowar, Shina and Burushaski are spoken in Ghizer. There are also a few Wakhi speakers in Ishkoman.

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