How to Survive on the road to Naltar Lakes

Naltar Lakes is the collective name for three lakes – Strangi Lake, Blue Lake, and Bodlok Lake – situated in the Gilgit District of the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of Pakistan. These lakes are inaccessible by vehicle during the winter season.

Naltar Lakes

Where are the Naltar Lakes?

These lakes, also known as Bashkiri Lakes, are situated at altitudes ranging from 3,050 to 3,150 meters above sea level. Naltar Valley, surrounded by lush greenery and towering mountains, is often referred to as the 'magic carpet' of Pakistan.

How challenging is the road to Naltar Lakes?

The dirt road leading to these lakes, winding among snow-capped peaks and towering forests, is known as Naltar Valley Road. This road is completely unpaved and prone to flooding. It's a long, treacherous, and hair-raising drive, making it a dangerous route. We don't recommend it for inexperienced drivers; a 4x4 vehicle is required. The road runs parallel to the Naltar River, and both the river and the road can be equally daunting.

How long is the road to Naltar Lakes?

Starting from Nomal, the road to the lakes, which runs alongside a stream flowing down the valley, is approximately 29.4 kilometers (18.3 miles) long. Be cautious: this road is not suitable for the faint of heart, as a single mistake can have severe consequences.

Can I drive to Naltar Lakes in winter?

Located in the heart of Naltar Valley, it's nearly impossible to reach the lakes by vehicle during winter due to heavy snowfall, with snowbanks reaching heights of 10 to 15 feet on the road. Extra trekking is required to access this area during the winter season. The best time to visit the lakes is from May to October.
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