In December, most of the mountainous regions in northern Pakistan turn into winter wonderlands. The alluring views of all these snow-blanketed terrains across the country tend to leave everyone spellbound. If you want to enjoy winter to the fullest this holiday season, check out our pick of the best places to see snowfall in Pakistan.
In this blog, we are going to discuss the top holiday destinations in Pakistan to visit during the winter season. At these places, you can indulge in a whole lot of adventurous activities like skiing and snowboarding and so much more.
Top Places to See Snowfall in Pakistan
Wondering how it feels when a snowflake melts in the palm of your hand? Visit any of the following mountainous regions in Pakistan during winter for the ultimate snowfall experience:
- Kalash Valley
- Malam Jabba
Let’s get to know more about these winter destinations in Pakistan.
Surrounded by some of the most beautiful views of mountains covered in snow, the region of Kalash is based on three remote valleys called Bumburet, Rumbur and Birir. These valleys are located 20 miles south of Chitral. Local people of the region are called Kalashas, who are widely known for their hospitality and vibrant culture, which mainly comprises traditional dance and music. Zhoshi (12th – 16th May), Uchaw (20th – 22nd August) and Chawmos (7th – 22nd December) are the three major festivals celebrated in Kalash each year to celebrate the seasonal change. Temperatures in the valleys of Kalash can drop to minus 12 degrees and it can get bitterly cold. It regularly snows during the winter season in these valleys, especially during December and January.
How to Get to Kalash Valleys
By Road (From Islamabad): 8-10 hours’ drive via N-45 highway
By Air: Chitral Airport is 9 minutes’ drive away (availability of flights depends on the weather condition)
An extremely popular hill station among vacationers, Murree is one of the best places to enjoy snowfall in Pakistan. Ideally situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is one of those winter destinations in Pakistan, which goes all white in the cold season as snow blankets everything. Located at a distance of 70 kilometres from Islamabad, it is one of the most conveniently reachable hill stations in Pakistan. Tourists from all over the country rush to Murree, which is also known as Malika-e-Kohsar (the Queen of Hills), to see the first snowfall of the winter season. While enjoying the snowy season in Murree, you can also enjoy riding the Patriata Chairlift and get the fascinating aerial views of the snow-covered vegetation and mountainous plateaus.
On a side note, you can also check out our pick of some of the best hotels in Murree where you can enjoy a comfortable stay during your trip to the hill station.
How to Get to Murree
By Road (From Islamabad): 1.5 hours’ drive via Murree Expressway
By Air: 2 hours’ drive from Islamabad International Airport via the route of Murree Expressway and Kashmir Highway
Malam Jabba, which is one of the most scenic hill stations in Pakistan, beautifully rests in the Hindu Kush mountain range. It is also one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. The valley is based on a few small settlements and villages including Jehanabad, Salanda, Talegraam, Badar, Malam, Ser, Kishora, Spine Oba, and Jabba along the main Madyan-Kalam road. The snowfall season in Malam Jabba starts from the end of November and sometimes continues until the beginning of March. However, January and February are the best months to visit the valley to enjoy snowfall and the adventure sports of skiing.
How to Get to Malam Jabba
By Road (From Swat): over 2 hours’ drive via Malam Jabba Road
Though Naran is mostly inaccessible for tourists due to heavy snowfall and extreme weather conditions all through the winter season, you can still make it to Kaghan Valley, which is also one of the best places to enjoy snowfall in Pakistan. The heavenly beauty of the alpine valley amazingly stretches 160 kilometres in the Mansehra District of Northern Pakistan. The elevation of Kaghan Valley starts from 2,134 feet (650 m) and goes all the way to 13,690 feet (4,170 m) at Babusar Pass, which is its highest point. Located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this snowy hill resort shares borders with Azad Jammu and Kashmir in its southeast and Gilgit-Baltistan in its north. Kaghan Valley falls is also in proximity to New Balakot City, which is an upcoming tourist attraction in the region.
Quick Fact: An alpine valley is a valley that is situated at an elevation pretty high above sea level, resting among the Alps.
How to Get to Kaghan Valley
By Road (From Islamabad): Approx. 3 hours’ drive by taking the route of E-35 and Hazara Expressways
The valley of Ziarat in Balochistan gets covered in snow during the winter season, which usually starts from November and ends in March. The long snowfall season makes Ziarat one of the best places to see snowfall in Pakistan. Along with enjoying snowfall tourists at this hill station in Balochistan can visit the age-old shrines and sacred sites to get to know more about the region’s interesting past. Boasting magnificent architecture, Ziarat Residency is one of the most prominent landmarks of the valley. It was used as a resting place by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, during the last days of his life. Prospect Point is another tourist spot situated at a distance of 6 kilometres from Ziarat. Read our travel guide to the valley of Ziarat in Balochistan if you want to know more about this fascinating place
How to Get to Ziarat
By Road (From Quetta): Almost 3 hours’ long drive via Ziarat Road
By Air: Roughly more than 2 hours’ long drive via N-50 Highway and Ziarat Road
This was our pick of the best places to see snowfall in Pakistan. Share your experience with us if you have been to any of these holiday destinations by sending an email at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
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