Naltar valley

Location

Naltar is a valley near Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan . Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps.

Wild life sanctuary

 Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary was created on 22 November 1975. It occupies an area of 27,206 hectares (67,230 acres) and adjoins two other protected areas, Sher Quillah Game Reserve and Pakora Game Reserve, the total area of all three being over 50,000 hectares (120,000 acres).

FLORA

The sanctuary is forested, there being a luxurious growth of mixed montane broadleaf and coniferous forest at lower altitudes and montane coniferous forest higher up. Coniferous species present include Picea and Juniperus. Deciduous trees present include Fraxinus, Olea, Pistacia, Sageretia, Betula, Salix, Populus and Krascheninnikovia ceratoides. Herbs present include Artemisia, Haloxylon and Stipa.

FUNNA

A small number of Astor markhor , an endangered specie of wild goat, lives in the reserve.Other large mammals present include the Alpine ibex , the snow leopard , the brown bear , the grey wolf , the red fox , the beech marten and the leopard cat. About 35 species of bird have been recorded in the sanctuary, including the Brooks’s leaf-warbler . Naltar Valley is located in Gilgit Baltistan, around 40 km north west from Gilgit. There is direct public transport available from Gilgit.

Naltar is famous for its colorful lakes, three of them are reachable by jeep from Naltar village.

Climate

The climate in Naltar Valley is moderate during summers. The temperature in July-August reaches a maximum of 22 °C . 

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