Even in summer, the lake is always freezing cold, making the boat ride difficult.
With no pier, even getting on and off the boats is difficult.
The flood destroyed the main market of Gulmit village, which was once a major tourist attraction.
Children play cricket in one of Gulmit village’s new shelter areas.
Shah Nawaz, a local of Gulmit village, was lucky to have some of his land spared, and can rebuild with some hope of permanence.
Shah Nawaz prepares his new home for the harsh winter weather ahead.
Despite the difficulties of living alone, Naseem Bibi of Gulmit village takes pride in having her own house.
NGOs have provided a shelter to each displaced family.
The new shelters are insulated to protect residents from the area’s extreme climate.
Passengers often have to wait for hours in the cold for a boat to take them across.
Late in the afternoon, the boats stops due to high waves and heavy winds. Anyone looking to cross must charter an entire boat for themselves, and pay the boatman extra for the risk.
On a late afternoon crossing in unpredictable weather, it is clear why the boatmen prefer to work in the morning.
The lake drowned the solitary road that linked Lower Hunza to Gozal (upper Hunza) and the Chinese Border. People on the northern side of the lake now have no link to the rest of the world except by boat.
The FWO has constructed a difficult, dusty and temporary track to the lake shore to ease the transport of goods.
Local boats wait to take on passengers.
Vehicles bound for the other side of the lake face a precarious crossing.