Standing at the foot of the Karakoram Mountains. home to the worlds second highest mountain. K2. the 4-star Gilgit Serena is ringed by snow-capped peaks and encircled by alpine meadows and fruit orchards. Only three kilometres from the legendary Silk Route. its wide verandahs offer views over Mount Rakaposhi -6. 143m- and two of the world s longest glaciers.