–          Officially named Gilgit-Baltistan in 2009 (formerly The Northern Areas)

–          Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan and Skardu is the capital of Baltistan

–          Population of approximately 1.5 million

–          The area is sandwiched between three Asian powers – China, India & Pakistan

–          Key Industries: Subsistence farming, animal husbandry, gems mining & tourism

–          The six languages of Gilgit-Baltistan are Urdu, Balti, Shina, Burushaski, Wakhi & Domaaki the language of black smiths & musicians.

–          Gilgit-Baltistan is home to five of the 8,000 m peaks and to more than fifty peaks above 7000 meters; including the worlds 2nd highest mountain, K2.

–          The building of the Karakoram Highway in the late 1970’s opened up Gilgit-Baltistan to the outside world.

–          Baltistan is inhabited by the Balti people who are of Tibetan descent

–          In the 16th Century Baltistan was referred to as “Little” Tibet