In Pakistan, Gilgit Baltistan has six (6) districts, Astore is one of them. The district contains the Astore Valley and is bounded to the west by Diamer District, Astore was separated from Diamer in 2004, to the north by Gilgit District, to the east by Skardu District and to the south by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Neelum District of Azad Kashmir. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the population of Astore was 71,666 habitants.
Astore valley is located at an altitude of 2600 meters. The best time to visit is May to October. The valley, adjoining the eastern side of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), is about 120 km long and 5,092 km² in area. The entrance of the valley is located about 60 km southeast of Gilgit with four side valleys. The valley has more than 100 villages. Some of which are Chilm, Bubin, Gorikot, Eid Ghah, Fina, Bulen, Chongra and Tari Shing.
Chilm is the most beautiful village among all the villages of Astore, because it is the starting point of Deosai, the world’s second highest plane. The majority of people practice subsistence agriculture and livestock is the main source of livelihood complemented by seasonal work in down districts of the country. Due to its diverse landscape and climatic conditions the valley provides excellent habitat for a variety of commercially important medicinal plants.