Pakistan has been graced by God with tremendous beauties of nature. One of these is Naltar valley which is situated in Gilgit Baltistan. A dense pine forest valley with magnificent landscapes and wildlife is a true souvenir of nature to the inhabitants. Naltar is 40 km from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps.
Naltar valley has also historic significance as it has remained as the Gilgit Agency’s hill station in the British occupation on Indian subcontinent. Nowadays, there is a base camp of Pakistan Air Force at Naltar. It is also famous for its Ski resort and the Ski contests are conducted by Ski Federation of Pakistan with the cooperation of Pakistan Air Force. A special transport facility is available to reach Naltar from Gilgit in the suitable times because mostly it is closed due to heavy land sliding from the snow glaciers. Although all track is dry, rough and muddy but the aroma of pine and their glorious views prevent the visitor to feel tiresome.
Naltar Pine is a main spot at a distance of 34 kilometers and Naltar Bala is located at 40 kilometers distance from Gilgit. Nomal is also an important point between from where a road goes to connect with ‘The Silk Route’ to China. Naltar is filled with lush green meadows, rocky mountains, beautiful lakes and unique scenic views. This valley is the home of excellent alpine beauty.
The famous Naltar Lake is also known as ‘Bashkiri Lake’ and situated at a distance of 32 kilometers from Naltar Bala. The visit of Naltar valley is never completed without seeing the blue and crystal waters of nalter Lake. All the way which leads towards the lake is nonmetallic and narrow alongside a stream which is flowing from the mountains. All the way is full of wonderful sceneries and magical views.
The fauna of the Naltar valley contains exceptional wild life. The most famous is the Himalyan Yak and the amazing Golden Sparrow. This valley observes the average Rainfall of 410 millimeters per year that is why it is covered with thick woods of pine, spruces, rowan and juniper. The National Ski Championship Trophy is a very attractive event of Naltar valley in which all prominent ski associations of the country participate.