“I have no other choice as it’s an official visit, why are you going there?” Someone asked me at Naltar Ada, Gilgit while waiting for the Jeep. I tried to convince him that I have heard a lot about Naltar Valley and I believe it would be a life time experience, the guy laughed “Yes, it would be a life time
experience as road condition is very bad, you may feel there is no road.” He was from PAF admin staff, he tried to convince me not to go there but I still managed to reach there even though at times I felt it was a close call when the jeep took sharp turns in rainy weather.
Three hours later, I was in Naltar village. Known for its stunning views, Naltar Valley is located in Gilgit Baltistan, around 40 km north west from Gilgit. There is direct public transport available from Gilgit. Although it is not very far but even today it takes around 2 – 3 hours to reach there as road condition is very bad (or may be similar to what it was 20 years ago). Nearest accessible town from Naltar is Nomal which is near The Silk Route.
Naltar is famous for its colorful lakes, three of them are reachable by jeep from Naltar village. I stayed in Naltar Palace Hotel, which is located at the end of the village.
Although its a beautiful and peaceful place but unfortunately there are not too many employment
opportunities for the locals, who mostly rely on agriculture. I asked some of the villagers and as per most of them they have only one crop, potato. Unlike Gilgit/Hunza literacy rate is very low.
Now they have Ski lift, as per locals and some of the PAF guys it will attract a lot of tourists and will bring prosperity to the Naltar Valley or at least a new Gilgit – Naltar road will be built!
I decided not to hire any jeep and walked to visit the famous Naltar lakes. I left at 8:00 am and returned by 4 pm in the evening. The trek took around 3 hours to reach there, while coming back it rained and I had to stop a few times.
After Naltar, I left for Passu on 24th July 2016.