Ishkoman Valley which separates the Karakoram range from Himalayas is almost 129 km in the north west of Gilgit and 65 km from Gahkuch and 50 Km from Afghan Wakhan Border. It links district Ghizer with Asumbar, Naltar, Darkut and Chapursan. Administratively constitutes a Tehsil of Ghizer District. It is located at an altitude, ranging from 7000 to 12000 feet. The valley consists of 20 villages with a population of 30000 inhabitants. Three major languages Wakhy, Khowar and Shina are spoken here. Until 1972, the area was ruled by the Rajas. Since 1947, it has been remained a disputed territory with outside the main stream of politics. However, later the local people got rid of the outside influences. Since then the Ishkoman valley mostly remained in touch with Pakistan.Chator Khand is its capital and Ishkoman have good opportunities of tourism. Its has rich natural pastures in deferent valleys and have best passes to other region. The main villages of this valley are: 1. Chator khand 2. Dain 3. Pakora 4. Barjangle 5. Immit 6. Ishkoman proper 7. Faiz abad 8. kot 9. Koramber 10. ganja bad 11. piyakhin 12. Gotolti. Ishkoman is a high mountain valley in the Hindukush and Karakorum mountains, in the northwest region of Gilgit in the Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan. Ishkoman is connected to the Yasin Valleyand Chipursan (in Gojal Hunza) valley by a high mountain pass.
The primary language of Ishkoman area is the Khowar language. The Wakhi language, Burushaski language and the Shina language are also spoken. Burushaski language is spoken in Barjungle. Most of the people living in Barjungle have migrated from various villages of Hunza Valley. While Khowar is spoken in the southern villages of Ishkoman and Wakhi language,which is also spoken in Gojal Hunza, is spoken in Northern Ishkoman.
Attractions: This valley is well know for its immense natural beauty in the shape of alpine meadows, massive glacier, perennials streams, high passes treks and serene alpine lakes. Imit is one of the most important tourist point which opens the gates towards Wakhan Border. It is located at distance of 64 Km from main town of Ghizer Gahkuch and away from 50 Km Afghan Wakhan Border. During ancient times a very colorful trade festival used to be held in Imit. The traders from entire Central Asia used to participate. The people of Imit have different background and speak various languages. They are very friendly and hospitable.
Borth is a wonderful picnic spot and is located at a distance of 65 Km from Gahkuch and 34 Km away from Wakhan corridor in the upper region of Ishkoman Valley. The spot present a perfect camping place for domestic and International tourists where the glacial stream runs nearby and offers gentle cool breezes which is really breath taking. The people speak Wakhi and have migrated centuries ago from Central Asia.Chilengi Pass trek starts from the village of Matramdan-Ishkoman (2895 mt). The jeep road ends at Matramdan and from there starts 5 days trek. The trail crosses a footbridge to the Krumber River and after the crossing of chilengi glacier, this trek leads Baba Ghondi Shrine, the upper most part of Chapursan valley in District Gilgit. The valley is compassed by the snow-capped peaks and Rocky Mountains. Crystal streams flow here, greatly contributing to the Indus River. One can never forget the orchards in Ishkoman. Along with, it offers rich cultural heritage to those who love to see the great cultures of the world. The valley is famous in assuaging the quench of trekking and hiking. A lot of tourists yearly move to Ishkoman valley as it is a place of great tranquility.
Ishkoman valley is situated almost at a distance of 140 Kms from the Gilgit city taking 4 hours travel.