Places to Visit in Winter in Gilgit Baltistan
If you are planning a trip to visit Gilgit Baltistan in winter then you have come to right place. One of the most important thing to consider in winter is hotels. In most places of Gilgit Baltistan hotels are closed in winter. Here I will provide those places where you can find hotels, heated rooms, transport and restaurants easily.
Kachura Lakes and Shangrila
Kachura Lakes are easily accessible during winter. It is located at a distance of 20 Km from Skardu airport. There are two lakes in Kachura: Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake also called Shangrila Lake due to the resort which is built there. There are many hotlels around Lower Kachura Lake. In Skardu city you can find many hotels and restaurants of your choice. You can enjoy local Balti dishes like soups and noddles.
Naltar valley is located at a distance of 40 Km from Gilgit city. This is perfect place to visit in winter but facilities are rare there . So you must prepare before travelling to Naltar. Try to travel early morning and back to Gilgit. A ski tournament is organized by PAF. There is a ski resort and chairlift. Each year ski teams from across Gilgit Baltistan come here.
Hunza Valley and Khunjarab
Hunza valley is also a perfect place to visit in GB. If you are snow lover then Khunjarab is perfect place to see snow.
Khaplu is yet another stunning place to visit in winter. It is located 103 Km from Skardu city. Few hotels are opened during winter. Khaplu is the coldest town in Pakistan where temperature goes down to -18 during winter.
If you have never been to high altitude places in winter check these precautions before travelling:
- Turn your gas heater off before going to bed else you will die due to low level of oxygen in room.
- Bring warm cloths like jackets and socks with you.
- Never walk on freezed rivers.