Naltar Valley is beautiful and famous among skiers and tourists but the residents are facing various difficulties. Thousands of people visit the valley every year and spend a lot of money but that has, unfortunately, not resulted in social uplift and any apparent change in the quality of life of the people.
Even today, people are forced to walk for miles with donkeys to fetch drinkable water. This is despite of the fact that the distance from Gilgit city to Naltar is not more than 20 kilometers.
The level of seriousness required for putting in place processes and mechanism for turning tourism into a source of development, improvement of the quality of life of the people, do not exist. Therefore, the people living in the beautiful valleys continue to suffer despite of their region’s massive natural appeal and potential.