In the past few years, Pakistan has become a popular place to visit worldwide. And the north has been getting a lot of respect that it deserves. Beautiful places can be found in the northern parts of Pakistan. The beauty of Pakistan isn’t just found around the world; it can also be found there.
Pakistan has to deal with high humidity and heat every year, which only worsens. On the other hand, winter is only around for a few months. This round figure is very popular in the big cities of Pakistan. So, people in big towns want to go to the north to experience winter. The weather tends to stay colder in the northern parts of Pakistan. Then, in the winter, it drops very quickly.
Read also: Amazing Places in Pakistan’s Northern Regions.
- This piece lists “Cold Places” in Pakistan that you should visit at least once.
- Gilgit Baltistan
- Malam Jabba
- Quetta Kalat
Skardu is one of the places on our list of Cold Places in Pakistan. It is a city in Pakistan. It is in the Gilgit Baltistan state. It is also where the government of the Skardu District is run. The city is also a very important area because it is close to the Karakoram mountain range.
The weather in the city is cold and partly dry. In the summer, the weather is nice because of the mountain range. The steep mountains keep the heat from the lower places from reaching the city. They also stop the rain, so there is little rain in the area.
On the other hand, the winter season in the area is very cold. Every day of the year, Skardu is open. In the winter, flying is risky because the weather changes quickly. Most of the time, bad weather causes the only PIA flight to be late or canceled. There are no problems with getting somewhere by car.
Most of the time, it is cloudy in Skardu and Baltistan during the winter. So, it’s almost impossible for a mountaineering mission to reach the top of K2. It gets as cold as -25°C. From -10°C to -15°C, that’s how cold it gets in the winter. Except for Deosai, Skardu’s most popular tourist spots are easy to get to.
2. Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful place in the northern part of Pakistan. Some of the most well-known glaciers and mountain ranges are the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram. It’s also where the K2 is. K2 is the world’s second-tallest mountain. (8611 meters).
One of the tallest hills in the world, Nanga Parbat, is in this difficult mountainous area. This is one of the best places to go in the winter. Fairy Field is a well-known place to camp and hike in the summer, but it will take a lot of work to get to these places in the winter. Anyone who is up for the task should go.
The coldest temperature ever seen in the winter was -35°C. Usually, the temperature in the winter is between -20°C and -25°C. The people who live in Gilgit Baltistan are used to snow, which makes life much harder than it is in the summer.
Moving on, most hotels in Gilgit Baltistan are closed in the winter. So make sure Manaky takes care of your hotel bookings.
Hunza is a quiet, strange, and wild part of Pakistan. It used to be a royal state. It’s open all year so that people can go there anytime. In the winter, there are only a few tourists in Hunza. There will be no plants in Hunza in the winter, and the whole area will be covered in snow.
In the winter, the views from Atta-Abad Lake and the high peaks of Ultar Sar, Hunza Peak, and Passu Peak are beautiful. You can also find the beautiful Karakoram mountain range and the big Himalayas in the Gilgit Baltistan area. Khunjerab Pass is the coldest place in Pakistan because it gets very cold even in the summer.
In Hunza, you can go on a winter vacation with ice hockey, a frozen Atta-Abad Lake, and snow. Only in Hunza is snow hockey played. This sport became well-known quickly, and many people went to Hunza during the event to watch it.
The winter season for tours in Hunza runs from November to February. During the day, it is about -11°C, and at night, it is about -26°C. In December, Hunza gets 10.67 mm of rain over about 6 days. About 74% of the air is damp.
Also read Beautiful Places To Explore In Hunza.
Kalaam is a beautiful valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is 99 kilometers (62 miles) North of Mingora in the northern upper parts of the Swat Valley, on the banks of the Swat Rivers. Kalaam is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Pakistan. It has beautiful mountains, woods, and lakes that are different.
A three-day Winter Snow Festival takes place in the middle of Kalam’s snowy hills. Many tourists and other visitors play snow games and watch musical acts. At the fair, booths with products from the Malakand Division are also available.
Snow kabaddi, snow tug of war, traditional angor goshi, traditional rugby, skiing, throwing a ball, karate, and jujitsu are some of the games in which people participate. There are also traditional shops, food, sports, games for kids, an ice village, Khattak dance, rubab, and Kakashi shows. There are also traditional singers at the event, which makes it even more lively.
The normal high temperature in July is around 53.7 °F or 12.0 °C. The average temperature in January is -13.7 °C | 7.4 °F, making it the coldest month.
Also see Swat Pakistan: The Rewarding Utopia.
5. Malam Jabba
Malam Jabba is a famous place for tourists to visit in Pakistan, and it is also one of the Cold Places in Pakistan. It is a hill town and a resort which is best for vacation. Most people know it for its beautiful hiking areas and mountains. The Hindu Kush mountain range is 40 kilometers from Saidu Sharif in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Islamabad is 314 kilometers away. Saidu Sharif Airport, on the other hand, is 51 kilometers away.
During the winter, tourists can enjoy ice skating, sledding, ice hockey, bandy, snowboarding, speed skating, and curling. All of the necessary health and safety gear and gear for skiing and other winter sports can be bought for a reasonable price. Tourists can bring their skis, boots, bindings, poles, clothing, helmets, snowboards, and goggles or rent them there.
In Malam Jabba, the average temperature in June is 31°C, and the average in January is 11°C.
6. The store
The next place on our plan is the Astore District. The Gilgit District, the Roundup District, and the Skardu District surround it. Also, the Kharmang District is to the southeast, the Diamer District is to the west, and the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir is to the southwest. Along with it, the Indian government runs the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir to the south.
From the end of October to the beginning of March, when winter is in full swing, it looks like no one lives in Astore. This is because big groups of people on vacation are blocking all of the streets. Despite the gap, Astore is home to more than 70,000 people living in more than 100 villages.
Only cars with four-wheel drive are allowed to drive into the valley. If you can afford it, buying a Jeep is the best thing to do. There are just hotels in Astore City. There are few guesthouses near Rama Lake, but staying in Astore City is the best choice.
During the summer months, the weather is nice in the area. During the winter, however, snow covers the whole countryside. Up to 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) of snow can fall in the main valleys, and up to 4-5 feet (100-150 cm) can fall in the mountains. During February, the Mirmalik Valley can get up to 6 feet (1.8 m) of snow.
This is also a well-known camping spot. To learn about more places like this, read Camping Sites In Pakistan.
Chitral is a popular and fun place for tourists to visit. On the Chitral River, in the northern part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Even though Chitral is one of the coldest places in Pakistan, it is known for its rich culture, friendly people, and beautiful clothes.
It feels like a small town because the homes are small and on a slope. In the summer, Chitral is very beautiful, but in the winter, it turns white. Bring a strong winter jacket, thermals, and extra clothes if you’re going to Chitral in December.
It can get as hot as 23°C (73°F) in Chitral during the summer. At night during the winter, it can get as cold as -21°C (-5°F). During the winter, the weather in the town can be pretty heavy, and up to 2 feet of snow is normal. At higher heights, snow can be as high as 20 meters. (70 ft). During the winter, it’s very cold outside.
8. The city of Parchinar
Parachinar is a small town in Pakistan. It is in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is in the town of Kurram. Parachinar is one of Pakistan’s coldest towns because it is close to the coldest parts of Kabul.
In general, the town has a hot subtropical climate. The air is nice in the summer. During the winter, though, the whole area is covered in snow, and most mornings have a cold. The Peiwar Pass, on the border between Paktia and Afghanistan about 20 kilometers west of Parachinar, is covered in snow for up to five months of the year.
This city is in a subtropical temperature zone, and it rains much more than the rest of Pakistan. There is a lot of snow in the winter, and most mornings have a cold. The Peiwar Pass, on the border between Paktia and Afghanistan about 20 km west of Parachinar, is covered in snow for up to 5 months of the year.
Parachinar has long, hot, dry, and mostly clear summers and short, very cold, snowy, and mostly clear winters. During most of the year, the temperature stays between 26°F and 91°F, rarely dropping below 18°F or rising above 97°F.
Balochistan’s center is in the city of Quetta—also the tenth biggest city in Pakistan. Quetta is the only big city in Pakistan at a high height. It is about 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level on average. Because Quetta is so close to the border with Afghanistan, it is a hub for trade and cooperation between the two countries.
Quetta is the best place to enjoy snowfall and winter sports. All around the city are rough mountains that protect it like a wall. The most famous mountains in this area are Koh-e-Murdar, Chiltan, and Zarghun. People from all over Pakistan come to see this winter beauty. The first problem for anyone visiting Quetta is how to get there. The airport, roads, and trains that connect the city to the rest of the country are all very good.
There are a lot of differences in Quetta’s normal temperature. The weather is nice most of the year, though it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It doesn’t rain very often at any time of the year. Compared to other tourist spots around the world, the weather in this place is 46th in terms of how nice it is.
During December, January, and February, it often snows in Quetta. Everyone in Quetta likes how the icy winds make it cold, but the sun makes it warm. There are many different things about the season, but people like it when it snows. January is the hottest month in Quetta, with an average low of 29°F and an average high of 51°F.
Also, see Balochistan’s Beautiful Places.
10. The next place on our list is Kalat Kalat
It is a town with a lot of history in the Kalat District of the Balochistan province of Pakistan. The Kalat District’s capital is Kalat, also called Kalat-e-Brahui and Kalat-e-Sewa. It is famous for its rich Balochi culture and expansive plains.
January is the coldest month, with daytime temperatures around 9°C and nighttime temps around 1°C. In January, it rains 37.11 mm in Kalat, usually for two days. About 42% of the air is moist.