Gupis Valley is located at the altitude of 2176 meters from sea level and about 108 km in the west of Gilgit, the capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley is famous for numerous tourists’ points such as Gupis Fort, Khalti Lake, stone circles of megaliths, and Shingalote village.
Khalti Lake (also known as Gupis lake) is situated near the village of Khalti which is about 8 km away from the Gupis valley; the stretch of river near the village caused the formation of the lake. The lake is famous for being the habitat of trout fish and in winter the lake turns into a (high-risk) football pitch due to 10 to 15 degrees temperature below freezing point causing a frozen surface of the lake. Although it is dangerous to play on the frozen surface which is about 30 to 70 feet deep however local residents arrange tournaments during winters. The lake is believed to be the region’s equivalent of Lac de Joux in Switzerland.
The valley is about 108 km in the west of Gilgit and can be reached through Shandur-Gilgit road.