Borit Lake is a lake in Borit,a hamlet in the
surroundings of the Borit Lake to the northwest of Hussaini,
a village near Gulmit, Gojal, in the upper Hunza the
Northern Areas of Pakistan. The altitude of Borit is roughly
8500 feet above sea level.
It lies approximately 2 km to the north of Ghulkin, a saline body of water occupying a small hollow at an elevation of 2500 meters. The site is an important sanctuary for migrating wildfowl and is a must to be included in the itinerary of bird-watchers and nature lovers. To witness the large number of ducks arriving from the warmer parts of southern Pakistan, one should visit between the months of March and June. The birds rest here on their way northwards to the cooler waters of central Asia. Similarly, from September–November, the spectacle occurs in reverse with the onset of winter towards the north.
A short trek of one hour each way will bring you to Ghulkin Glacier. Just follow the trekking route towards Borit Lake as far as the edge of the glacier, and return by the same route.
For the more adventurous, a longer walk to Passu Gar Glacier is another attraction, crossing both Ghulkin Glacier and Borit Lake. Having crossed Ghulkin Glacier by the same route, continue on the southern side of Borit Lake past the settlement of Borit Bala and the now deserted settlement of Shahabad. The lack of a continuous water supply led to the desertification of this village many years ago. On reaching Passu Gar, one finds a spectacular view of all the icy crenellations along its length. The walk takes about 4–5 hours form Ghulkin to Passu.
The lake can be reached via a 2 km unpaved jeep route
from Hussaini village, which lies adjacent to Ghulkin
village. It is also accessible by a 2-3 hour trekking route
directly from Ghulkin, across the end of the Ghulkin