Naltar Valley Skiing Could Lead to Winter Sport in Pakistan (Video)

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A lot of credit for the rapid increase in tourism and traveling goes to publicity of different tourist spots through the internet, specially social media.

PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD) — The government aims to monetize tourism (including religious tourism) which could also lead to Pakistan becoming one of the hubs of winter sports. Enabling environment exists but needs facilitation. Besides mountaineering, skiing, ice hockey and hunting have already been jump-started. Other opportunities such as Kartarpur pilgrimage of the Sikh community, are said to be on the front-burner.

Naltar ski resort attraction presents another initiative. It is situated in the Karakoram range of the Naltar Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan province, Pakistan, at a top elevation of 2,950 meters (9,680 ft). The resort is located about 40 kilometers northwest of Gilgit. It also hosted the 2016 Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup and has a new 180-seater ski chairlift.

Naltar is home to all skiing activity in Pakistan. They say skiing comes naturally to almost every girl, boy, man and even housewives in Naltar.

Most Naltaris cannot afford the expensive ski kits available in the market and many thus tend to carve their own kits from wood chopped from the pine forests nearby. On these same home-made wooden skis trained Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Karim; the duo represented Pakistan in the Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia) winter Olympics respectively. Abbas’ homemade wooden kit is presently displayed in a Canadian museum. Skiing is as much a tradition in Naltar as it is an identity.

An office bearer of the Alpine Club of Pakistan says, “I have no two opinions about this, but to say that sooner or later, Pakistan will be a major player in the field of winter games across the world.”

Mountainous areas cannot be industrialized anywhere in the world, but they could be developed to boost tourism. Pakistan’s landscape has almost 30 percent of such areas. Perfect for tourism and tourism dollars like Malaysia and Turkey have their beaches open for tourists, PM Khan told attendees at World Governance Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

Following an improvement in the security situation, tourism in Pakistan has increased by 300per cent over the past few years.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), last year, revenue from tourism contributed around $19.4 billion to Pakistan’s economy and made up 6.9pc of gross domestic product. The WTTC expects that amount to rise to $36.1 billion within a decade.

A lot of credit for the rapid increase in tourism and traveling goes to publicity of different tourist spots through the internet, specially social media.

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