Naltar Valley is an alpine valley within Gilgit district. The valley is at a distance of 90 KM from Hunza Valley. The valley is famous for high altitude lakes, alpine ski slopes, lush green meadows during summers and sky high peaks.
The valley is within Gilgit district but is accessible from Karakoram Highway. It is one of the hidden gems for explorers as not everyone knows about Naltar Valley. It is an off the beaten place within hunza area.
You can access the valley from Karakoram Highway at Nomal village. Naltar Valley has two parts Naltar Payeen or Lower Naltar and Naltar Bala or Upper Naltar. Upper Naltar is the real retreat. Lower Naltar is at a distance of 11 KM from Nomal village while Upper Naltar is further 8 KM ahead. The road is the real adventure for intrepid travelers. There is a regular local jeep service between Gilgit city and Upper Naltar. If you are coming from Hunza, you can reach Nomal and either hitchhike towards Upper Naltar or can book a private jeep. There is no local transport between Nomal and Upper Naltar.
You can either hike to the main attraction or you can book a private jeep to get around. There is no local transport within the valley.
The valley is famous for high altitude lakes, alpine ski slopes and a sanctuary of Snow Leopard. All of these attractions are easily accessible from Upper Naltar area. When you reach the valley, you would find a crossroad, one road would be going towards Lakes as well as towards Meadows while other would be going towards Shah Khan Ski Slope. If you are visiting the valley during winters, the road towards Lakes would be closed due to heavy snowfall and you can only access main village and the Ski slopes. During winters, the Snow Leopard is kept near Ski Slope and during summers, she is shifted towards the last village on the road towards the lakes.
Do try to hike around amazing mountains and villages. The valley is one of the most scenic valleys in Pakistan.
There are few grocery stores in Upper Naltar. You also can purchase limited variety of shoes from a local shop. There are no banks in the valley.
There are a number of restaurants where you can find good food.
The local population is some what conservative. Hence you couldn't find drink within the valley. There also are no bars in the local hotels or guest houses.
There are a number of lodging facilities within the valley but the best is Mehmaan Resort.
There is no internet connection in the valley. Pakistani telecom operators also don't work in the valley. You can use SCOM sim. You can purchase the sim either from Gilgit or from within Upper Naltar.
There are seven high altitude lakes in the valley. Three of them can be accessed via jeep ride while remaining can be accessed via hike.