The immature winter tourism industry of Gilgit Baltistan is creating a huge threat to professionals. Tourism is unable to feed the businesses associated with it throughout the year. The major rift comes when the off-season starts in the region. The manpower of the hotel industry is mostly engaged in major cities of Pakistan and due to career threats, the expert didn’t opt to move towards GB. In winter, all the hotel chains usually funnel down the staff and only 10 to 20% of employees retain their job in winter.
Recently, the tourism minister of Gilgit Baltistan announced via his Twitter account to promote winter tourism in the region. To improve and retain a better lifestyle of locals, winter tourism is so vital. The winter tourist destinations in Gilgit Baltistan are briefly described below.
Winter tourist destinations in Gilgit Baltistan
The most visited winter tourist destination of Gilgit Baltistan are:
- Khunjerab Snow Marathon of 500 km.
- Deosai Ski Traversing.
- Naltar Snow Skiing and Avalanche Rescue.
- Ratto Astore Skiing at the foot of Nanga Parbat.
- Frozen Atta-Abad Lake.
- Ice-Hockey in Hunza.
Khunjerab Snow Marathon of 500 km
Khunjerab snow marathon is the resemblance of a running track, the dominance of the Khunjerab snow marathon track is having snow-covered all around instead of grass. The best season to explore the snow marathon in December and January.
Deosai Ski Traversing
Last year, the first foreign group of six traversed the Deosai plateau in winter. Deosai Ski traversing came under the spotlight when the foreigners beat the best by ski traversing the highest plateau in winter.
This destination has the potential to attract thousands of domestic and foreigners each year.
Naltar Snow Skiing and Avalanche Rescue
Naltar Skiing track is currently the most active destination of GB in winter. This Ski track attracts hundreds of visitors each year includes a little number of outsiders. The key challenge is to gain the confidence and trust of foreign tourists. Need to upgrade the track on international state of art design.
Rattu Astore Skiing Track
Rattu Astore Ski track is the most breathtaking winter destination in Gilgit Baltistan. This destination is underrated and even not explored to the international level. Rattu Astore valley is out of the race due to lake of promotion and harsh weather in winter.
Rattu Astore is famous for winter sports training, trophy hunting of Markhors, and fishing.