Winters are just around the corner in Pakistan. With the advent of winters in the country, the temperature of different cities within the country will drop drastically.
In this blog, we bring you a list of the coldest places in Pakistan that you should definitely visit once in your lifetime.
List of Coldest Places in Pakistan
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The first coldest place on our list is Skardu. It is a city located in the Gilgit Baltistan region. It is also the capital of Skardu District. the city also serves as an important region due to its proximity to the Karakoram mountain range.
The city has a cold and semi-arid climate. During the summertime, the climate is moderate due to the mountain range. Due to the high mountains, the heat from the lower regions does not reach the city. They also block monsoon and hence, the rainfall in the region is also low.
On the contrary, the winter season of the region is very harsh. During April to October, temperatures vary between a maximum of 27 °C (81 °F) and a minimum (in October) 8 °C (46 °F). Temperatures can also decrease to below −10 °C (14 °F) from December to January. The lowest recorded temperature was −24.1 °C (−11 °F) on 7 January 1995.
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The next place on our list is the Astore District. The Astore District is bounded by Gilgit District to the north, Roundup District to the northeast, Skardu District to the east, Kharmang District to the southeast, Diamer District to the west, the Neelum District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to the southwest, and the Bandipore District of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to the south.
During the summer season, the district faces moderate weather conditions. However, during the winter season, the whole region gets covered in snow. It can snow up to 2-3 feet (60-90; cm) in the main valleys and up to 4-5; feet (100;150; cm) in the mountains. In the Mirmalik Valley, it can snow up to 6 feet (1.8 m) during February.
Kalaam is a beautiful valley situated at a distance of 99 kilometers (62 mi) from Mingora in the northern upper reaches of Swat valley along the bank of Swat River in Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Kalam features a humid subtropical climate. During the summer season, Kalaam is characterized by mild and warm weather. The average temperature in Kalam is 13.4 °C (56.1 °F), while the annual precipitation averages 639 mm (25.16 in).
November is the driest month with 15 mm (0.59 in) of precipitation, while April has an average precipitation of 93 mm (3.66 in), making it the wettest month of the year in Kalaam. July is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 24.1 °C (75.4 °F). The coldest month, January has an average temperature of 1.5 °C (34.7 °F).
Parachinar is a tiny town tucked aside in the Kurram district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Parachinar is one of the coldest places in Pakistan due to its proximity to the colder regions of Kabul.
The town has a moderate humid subtropical climate in general. The weather is pleasant during the summer months. However, during the winter, the whole area gets covered with snow and frosts occur on most mornings. Snow closes the Peiwar Pass, located on the Paktia border just over 20 km west of Parachinar, for up to five months per year.
Malam Jabba is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Pakistan. It is a hill station and a ski resort known for its majestic mountains and beautiful trekking areas. It is located near the Hindu Kush mountain range nearly 40 km from Saidu Sharif in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It is 314 km from Islamabad and 51 km from Saidu Sharif Airport. If you want to hang out in the city, get to know places to visit in Islamabad. The perfect time to visit this beautiful resort town is between April to October. During these months there is little rainfall and the weather is very pleasant. The highest average temperature in Malam Jabba is 31°C in June and the lowest is 11°C in January.
The next place on our list is Kalat. It is a historical town situated in the Kalat District, Balochistan, Pakistan. Kalat is the capital of Kalat District and is known locally as Kalat-e-Brahui and Kalat-e-Sewa.
Kalaat, also known as Qalat, is situated at the heart of Balochistan and known for its rich Balochi culture and vast plains.
Kalat features a cold desert climate and there is virtually no rainfall in the region throughout the year. The average temperature in Kalat is 14.1 °C, while the annual precipitation averages 163 mm. June is the driest month with 1 mm of rainfall, while January, the wettest month, has an average precipitation of 36 mm. July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 24.8 °C. The coldest month January has an average temperature of 3.4 °C.
Last but not least comes Quetta. It is also the provincial capital of Balochistan and the tenth-largest city of Pakistan. Quetta is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level which makes it Pakistan’s only high-altitude major city.
Due to its nearness to the Afghan border, Quetta is a trade and communication center between the two countries. Quetta has a cold semi-arid climate. Summer starts about late May and goes on until early September with average temperatures ranging from 24–26 °C (75–79 °F). Autumn starts in mid-September and continues until mid-November with average temperatures in the 12–18 °C (54–64 °F) range. Winter starts in late November and ends in late February, with average temperatures near 4–5 °C (39–41 °F).
Interestingly, Quetta does not have a monsoon season of heavy rainfall.
So, these are some of the coldest places in Pakistan. These places are not only famous because of their climatic conditions but also for their natural beauty and rich culture. Hence, it is safe to say that if you have a knack for adventure and want to explore the country then you should definitely visit these places. If you want to plan your holidays beforehand, we suggest you have a look at the holidays in Pakistan 2021.
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