Hunza Serena Inn – FAQs

When is the best time to visit Hunza?

Hunza Baltit Inn is open from March to November.

 

Key times to visit Hunza are:

  • April & May: Apricot Blossom in bloom
  • October & November: Hunza Autumn colors
  • June, July & August: The warmest months and best for trekking / camping

 

Average Daytime Temperatures

Summer: (May-August): 18°C to 35°C
Autumn: (October-November): 9°C to 22°C
Winter (December–February): -10°C to 10°C
Spring (March–April): 8°C to 16°C

 

How do I get to Hunza Baltit Inn?

  • Daily scenic PIA flights to Gilgit Airport (55 minutes) followed by a 2 hour drive to Karimabad along the Karakoram Highway.
  • Road from Islamabad via the scenic Karakoram Highway. The drive takes 20 hours plus from Islamabad. We recommend that this amazing journey is completed in two stages.

 

How close is Hunza Baltit Inn from your other hotels?

Hunza Baltit Inn and Gilgit Serena Hotel are 2 hours drive from each other.

Hunza Baltit Inn & Shigar Fort Residence are 10 hours drive from each other.

Hunza Baltit Inn and Khaplu Palace & Residence are 12 ½ hour’s drive from each other.

 

Is Hunza Baltit Inn a heritage hotel?

No – Hunza Baltit Inn is a small hotel whose interiors and architecture reflects the local heritage, culture and architectural styles. The hotel is within close proximity to the historical Baltit Fort and Altit Fort. Our extensive range of activities and excursions are all aimed at immersing you in the culture and history of Hunza.

 

Does the hotel provide guided tours to historical sites?

Yes we provide a range of activities that includes guided tours to all the historical sites in Hunza and the surrounding areas of Gilgit-Baltistan. Refer to the Experiences page

 

Can I stay in Altit Fort or Baltit Fort?

No, we do not have accommodation facilities in either Altit Fort or Baltit Fort however we offer guided historical tours of both Forts plus the opportunity to enjoy lunch, a light snack or morning or afternoon tea at:

 

What activities are there to do at Hunza Baltit Inn?

At Hunza Baltit Inn our number one objective is to provide you with the experience of a life time! And that means providing you not only with incredible accommodation and service but also with a range of activities and experiences that encapsulate the best of the history, culture and natural beauty of the area you are visiting.

 

We have spent many long hours planning and devising some of the best excursions and activities there is to offer ensuring that there is something that will interest each and every one of our guests.

 

Choose from our:

  • Local activities
  • Day trips in and around our hotels
  • Recommended holiday itineraries in Northern Pakistan (Khaplu, Shigar, Skardu, Gilgit, Hunza & Chitral)
  • Romantic Getaways

For more information go to the Experience page

 

Can I mix and match the itineraries on your website to suit my interests?

Yes. Our team will happily tailor make an experience of a life time for you to suit you or your family’s individual needs.

 

What do the room rates include?

Rates (refer to rates on website or email or call us for a quote)

 

Our rates include:

  • Welcome drinks
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Daily provision of fruit basket
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Spouse stays on a complimentary basis, inclusive of buffet breakfast

They do not include snacks, dinner, all beverages, activities, laundry, telephone calls, transport or airport transfers.

 

Can we pay for our room on arrival?

Yes you can however we recommend advanced payment of your room to ensure confirmation.

 

Are children welcome at Hunza Baltit Inn?

Yes we welcome all children of all ages. There is plenty of space in our gardens for children to run around and the various excursions on offer provide lots of opportunities for children to make plenty of noise. We do however ask that in our hotels children respect our other guests.

 

Can children stay for free at Hunza Baltit Inn along with parents?

  • Children under the age of two, sharing a room with their parents are accommodated free.
  • Children aged between two to twelve, sharing a room with their parents, are charged at 50% of the adult rate.
  • If any child under 12 who requires his or her own room, will be charged at 75% of the adult rate.

 

Can you arrange our transport for us?

Yes we can arrange your transport & airport transfer for you during your stay. We use local drivers who have local knowledge for our day trips or longer excursions. Transport is usually in jeeps or 4WDs.

 

Please email or telephone to ask about our transport rates.

 

Will the hotel provide free transport for day excursions?

We do not provide free transport for any activities at the hotel – this includes local trips and day excursions. We can however arrange all your transport for you – please email or telephone to ask about our transport rates.

 

Do you have driver’s accommodation?

No – we do not provide driver’s accommodation at Hunza Baltit Inn. We can make arrangements at a local guest house for your driver at an additional cost.

 

Will the hotel be responsible for making my flight confirmations and ticketing?

No – your flight confirmations and ticketing will be your responsibility. Our hotel staff will assist you in reconfirming your RETURN flight from Gilgit to Islamabad.

 

What happens if our flight is cancelled?

Sometimes flights are cancelled to and from Gilgit due to bad weather in the mountains.

If this happens you have two options:

  • Reconfirm your seat for the next day
  • Drive along the famous Karakoram Highway to Hunza via Gilgit. Although it is a long trip taking up to 18 hours this is possibly one of the most beautiful & adventurous drives in the world. We recommend breaking the trip in two and spending a night at Chilas.
  • Change your flight and fly to Skardu and then drive 10 hours to Hunza via Gilgit.

 

If my flight is cancelled, will you charge me for my hotel room?

Yes we will charge you for your room. We do not take any responsibility for flight cancellations.

 

What clothes should I pack for Hunza?

In the summer months (June, July & August) light cotton clothing is always best. Bring a light sweater or pashmina for the cool mornings and evenings, sturdy walking shoes for exploring and a waterproof or wind proof jacket can sometimes be helpful.

 

In the cooler months (March, April, May, September, October, November) you will need warm clothes (woollies) during the day and a warm coat for the mornings and evenings. Sturdy walking shoes for exploring and a waterproof or wind proof jacket are also necessary.

 

For those walking or trekking we recommend long trousers, cotton shirts, several pairs of socks that don’t rub, hiking boots, a fleece, wet weather / wind proof jacket and thermal layers for the evening and mornings.

 

When visiting religious sites and temples it is important that your legs, arms and head are covered.

 

Can you help us arrange a holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan?

We sure can. We have put together a range of holiday itineraries to ensure you have the experience of a life time in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Just send us an email of where you would like to go and we will give you some recommendations or alternatively look at the Experiences page

 

What kind of hikes do you offer?

Hunza Baltit Inn and our other hotels are all located in a trekker’s paradise. Our team will recommend beautiful walks and treks for you depending on your level of fitness and the length of time you wish to walk.

 

Also refer to Our Favorite Hikes in Northern Pakistan

 

Is it safe to roam around as a foreigner or should I dress up as a local?

Yes it is safe to walk around as a foreigner. Gilgit-Baltistan is one of Pakistan’s safest and friendliest areas. The local communities are familiar with the concept of tourism and foreign tourists, particularly in Gilgit and Hunza. Women should always carry a head scarf in case it is needed when visiting a mosque or other religious monuments.

 

Are my pets allowed at any of your hotels?

We do not allow guests to bring their pets.