Gilgit-Baltistan formerly known as the Northern Areas, is a region administered by Pakistan as an administrative territory.
It constitutes the northern portion of the larger Kashmir region of India, which has been the subject of a dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947, and between India and China from somewhat later.
The territory shares a border with Azad Kashmir, together with which it is referred to by the United Nations and other international organizations as “Pakistan administered Kashmir”.
The territory also borders Indian-administered union territories Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh to the south and is separated from it by the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
Three of the world’s longest glaciers outside the Polar Regions are found in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Attabad Lake is a lake in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, was created in January 2010 as a result of the Attabad Disaster, a major landslide in the region.
Attabad Lake has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan offering activities like boating, jet skiing, fishing and other recreational activities.