Road trip guide: Conquering Nathia Gali in Pakistan

Nathia Gali is a mountain resort town at an elevation of 2.450m (8,038ft) above the sea level, located in the Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Pakistan.

Nathia Gali

How is the road to Nathia Gali?

Located within the Ayubia National Park, the road to the hill station, also known as Nathiagali, is totally paved but very curvy. It’s called Nathia Gali road. Nathia Gali is famous for its lush green meadows, deep forests of oak, cedar and pine, where fog in July/August present a glory. In winter snowfall adds to the scene.

How long is the road to Nathia Gali?

Surrounded by walnut, maple and oak trees, the road is 46.4 km (28.83 miles) long, running south-north Kuldana to Bagnotar. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours, unless there is a lot of traffic.

When is the best time to drive to Nathia Gali?

Set high at the centre of the Galyat range, the weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable. The weather of Nathiagali remains cool, pleasant and foggy in summers (1 May to 31 August). During the Monsoon season (1 July to 16 September), rain is expected almost every day. Cold winds start to chill the weather in autumn. Winters (1 November to 28 February) are very cold and chilly. In December and January, heavy snowfall occurs here. The weather remains cold in Spring. Here most comfortable weather is the summer season. During the months of December and January, heavy snowfall occurs in this area and the road which leads to Nathiagali is block due to heavy snow.
Pic: Ummar Hussain