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Gilgit District is one of the districts of the federal territory of Gilgit–Baltistan in northern Pakistan. It was formed in 1970 when Gilgit–Baltistan was federally administered as the "Northern Areas". It is bounded by the Wakhan Corridor to the north; Xinjiang to the northeast and east; Skardu, Astore and Diamer to the south; and Ghizar District to the west. The town of Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit District. According to the 1998 census Gilgit District had a population of 243,324. The district includes Gilgit town, Gojal, Hunza, Juglot, Naltar, Nomal, and Shimshal. It also includes many small villages like Minapin, Hope and Hispar etc. The highest peak in the district is Distaghil Sar which is the seventh highest peak in Pakistan and 19th highest on earth. (via Freebase)