Gilgit city is the capital of Gilgit Baltistan in Northern Pakistan. Gilgit City forms a tehsil of Gilgit, within Gilgit District. Gilgit’s ancient name was Sargin, later to be known as Gilit, and it is still called Gilit or Sargin Gilit by local people. In the Burushaski language, it is named Geelt and in Wakhi and Khowar it is called Gilt.
Gilgit City is one of the two major hubs in Gilgit Baltistan for mountaineering expeditions to the Karakoram and other the peaks in the Himalayas, the other hub being Skardu.