- Gilgit District
Infobox Pakistan district
district = Gilgit District
caption = Map of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, showing the six districts and tehsil boundaries.
Gilgit District is bounded by
Wakhan Corridor( Afghanistan) in the north, Xinjiang( China) in the north / northeast, Skardu Districtin the south / southeast. The town of Gilgitis the capital of Gilgit District.
The district includes
Gilgittown, Naltar, Hunza, Gojal( Upper Hunza) and Shimshal. It also includes many small villages like Minapin, Hoparand Hisparetc. The highest peak in the district is Distaghil Sar(7,885m) which is the seventh highest peak in Pakistanand 19th highest on earth.
The Northern Areas 1998 census gave its population as 243,324.
The district is administratively subdivided into the following
* Gilgit City
Only a part of the basin of the
Gilgit River,i.e. Gilgit Valleyis included within the political boundaries of Gilgit District. There is an intervening width of mountainous country, represented chiefly by glaciers and ice fields, and intersected by narrow sterile valleys, measuring some convert|100|m|ft to convert|150|m|ft| in width, to the north and north-east, which separates the province of Gilgit from the Chinese frontier beyond the Muztaghand Karakoram. Towering above Gilgit is Mount Rakaposhi at convert|7788|m|ft|sigfig=5.
Rivers in Gilgit District
The main rivers in the District are:
Khunjerab River- flows south along the Karakoram Highwayfrom the Khunjerab Valley, known as Hunza Riverin the south of Sust
Hunza River- flows further south and falls into Gilgit Riverjust in the northeast of Gilgittown
Gilgit River- enters Gilgit District from west in the south of Bichhar Pass( Naltar Valley) and flows west through the Gilgit town.
Indus River- enters Gilgit District from Skardu Districtabout six kilometers north of Jaglotwhere Gilgit Riverfalls into Indus Riverand the Indus flows south along the Karakoram Highway.
There are many tributaries of the above main rivers, some of which are
Ghujerab River, Shimshal River, Hispar River, Naltar Riverand Yaheen River.
Passes in Gilgit District
Khunjerab Pass, Mintika Pass, Kilik Pass, Chillingi Pass, Shimshal Pass, Ghujerab Pass, Chapchingal Pass, Chaprot Pass, Naltar Passand Talmutz Pass.
Lakes in Gilgit District
*Rush Lake (
Districts of Northern Areas
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