Naltar Valley – Land of Fairies and Attractions
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Naltar Valley – Land of Fairies and Attractions

Naltar Valley 

Naltar Valley is in the North West of Gilgit Baltistan. It is a lush green gorge 19 kilometers up and behind the mountains and 40km away from Gilgit. It is an amazing place and the valley is greatly wooden with the trees of pine, spruces, birch, rowan, and juniper.  This place is famous for the snow-capped mountains, beautiful summers, Naltar Lakes, the longest chairlift in Gilgit Baltistan, peace, wildlife, and the amazing winter skiing slopes.

Naltar valley has many adventurous eye-catching sights and magical beauty. Naltar valley is famous for its lush green sceneries and famous lakes and the world’s most organic potatoes fields. It attracts tourists through the green forests, natural wildlife, unique birds, and the peaceful and pollution-free environment.

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Upper Naltar Valley (Dumain), Gilgit Baltistan

Reaching to Naltar Valley

If you want to take a trip to Gilgit Baltistan, visiting Naltar is the best place for you. To start your journey, you have to leave behind the Karakoram Highway at Gilgit. It will take two hours via jeep ride to reach via the west back of the Hunza River to Nomal Village. You cannot drive your car because the track is bumpy, uneven, and dangerous. So, a jeep ride is the only safe ride if you want to reach Naltar from Gilgit. The total distance you need to cover is about 47 kilometers. Naltar is also the starting point for two longer treks. One trek starts across the Naltar Pass and it is about 4,600 meters and it stretches to Ishkoman. The other trek crosses the Daintar Pass to Chalt.

Naltar Valley is an all-weather tour destination. The summer season welcomes the tourist with fresh air and ornament beauty and the winter season has the attraction of skiing. Each season has its activities to enjoy. The only thing that is not good there is the roads to reach there. After almost two hour drive from Gilgit, you reach this magical place. It is recommended to hire a 4 x 4 jeep due to its bumpy and non-even roads. The whole journey is full of adventure and thrill especially after the zero point as you travel on the paths of rocks and stones with the thick forest around and an attractive river.

The captivating views after the bumpy drive make you realize the worth of this place. This place has a chairlift attraction for its tours that goes up the mountains where the beauty of heaven can be seen and enjoyed.

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Jeep-able Travel from Gilgit to Naltar Pakistan 

Sightseeing and Activities at Naltar

You will find many amazing activities in Naltar Valley; Naltar winter snow skiing is one of them. There is a Pakistan Air Force Ski training base. So the Pakistan Ski Federation organizes a ski tournament in February. In winter, you will have the wonderful experience of skiing and tourists love to visit the area just because of its slopes that motivate skiing. Your trip will be the most memorable journey in your life. The valley is full of beauty and the experience is certainly worth taking. The center of the valley which is Naltar Bala is a place full of majestic beauty. Tourists find this place amazing and must-visit when they visit Gilgit. The landscape and the scenery of the area are truly pleasant and satisfying.

Naltar valley has the most beautiful lakes in the world, whose water is crystal clear and has lush green surroundings. The color of the lakes is green due to the lush green surroundings and grasses inside the water. Lake 1 and Lake 2 are accessible through the jeep drive but the third one needs trekking of almost 45 minutes. After the hard trekking, you deserve the breathtaking scenes to enjoy. Naltar lakes or Bashkiri lakes are famous for their emerald, aquamarine, and azure color water. From here you can see the snow-covered
peak of Rakaposhi very clearly and seems very near.
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Winter Sport is being Played at Naltar

Winter  in Naltar

Naltar Valley in winter is full of adventure. You will find snow everywhere and the trip is so amazing that we cannot describe it in words. You can only feel the majestic beauty of the place once you reach there. However, it is also very important to exercise caution when you are in this area. 

During the winter Naltar valley offers you the experience of skiing. This attraction has made this place even more charming for the visitors. The ski resort is run by Pakistan Air Force. It offers ski lifts that are an exceptionally amazing lifetime experience. This valley is developing at a rapid pace and many hotels and guest houses are being built for accommodation for the tourists. Read all details before you start your journey. It is more important that you follow your guide instructions when you are in that area.

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Skiing at Naltar PAF Resort Slope

If you are a nature lover and love to explore the natural beauty, far from the urban life then you must

take out some time and dare to travel on somehow roads of stones and rocks. This will take you to the

rural and the close to natural surroundings.

Things to bring with you during winter:


  • Clothes : Warm inner dress/ thermals 
  • Jacket : Parka + Fleece - Loose trouser & T shirts 
  • Socks – Tropical + Warm - Warm Cap  - Warm Gloves 
  • Foot wares - light Chapel  - Trekking Shoes 
  • Backpack –Rucksack - Water bottle  
  • Torches/ head lamps with extra batteries 
  • Sun glasses - SunBlock Cream - Lip Balm + Petroleum Jelly 
  • Camera with power banks