is the main town of Baltistan along the wide bank of
the river Indus. Skardu is the largest district of the
Skardu is perched 2,438 metres above sea level in the
backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakorams. Balti
people are a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian stock
and speak Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan. Due to
the similarity of its culture, lifestyle and architecture
with Tibet, Baltistan is also known as the "Tibet-e-Khurd"
(Little Tibet). It borders on the Chinese province of
Xinjiang and Indian-occupied Kashmir. The tourist season
is from April to October. The maximum temperature is
27 C and minimum (October) 8 C. Apart from its incomparable
cluster of mountain peaks and glaciers Baltistan's five
valleys - Shigar, Skardu, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang
are noted for their luscious peaches, apricots, apples
Skardu is linked to
the national capital, Islamabad by PIA, which operates
one flight daily. The air journey is full of thrills
and would itself be regarded as the highlight of the
visit. After following the same air route, which connects
Gilgit to Islamabad/Rawalpindi, the plane turns right
and flies over the gorge of the Indus River. Enormous
rock faces rise on either side or at times it seems
as if the wing tips of the plane would almost scrape
against them. They never do. Baltistan is known as the
"Tibet-e-Khurd", or Little Tibet since its
life-style reflects that of the Roof of the World and
the Land of Lamas.
It borders on the Chinese
province of Xinjiang and Indian-occupied Kashmir. The
tourist season is from April to October. The maximum
temperature is 27 C and minimum (October) 8 C. Apart
from its incomparable cluster of mountain peaks and
glaciers Baltistan's five valleys, - Shigar, Skardu,
Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are noted for their luscious
peaches, apricots, apples and pears.Pakistan - Skardu
A land of Greatest Mountains & Colorful Culture
- A Complete Guide to
Basic Info History Climate Places to Visit Slide Show
Skardu is the main town
of Baltistan along the wide bank of the river Indus.
Skardu is the largest district of the Northern Areas.
Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the
world, the Karakoram Range, Skardu is very popular with
Mountaineering Expeditions. It is equally popular with
high altitude trekkers, who treks to Baltoro Glacier,
K-2 Base Camp and Concordia. Skardu by road, lies approximately
5 hours away from Gilgit and 10 hours drive from Besham.
A daily flight to and from Islamabad is also in operation.
The flight is always subject to weather.
Skardu has a character
of its own and has a very interesting scenery. The Indus
becomes wide and still here. The town is surrounded
by dry rugged mountains and sand dunes.
Skardu is famous for
the many trekking and adventure spots around it. There
are numerous treks starting from Skardu. The near by
Satpara Lake and Shangri-la resort are very famous among
the local travelers and is visited by people from all
over the country during June & July.
Shigar: Shigar is a
beautiful village just a few miles North of Skardu its
picturesque village with beautiful terraced fields growing
all sorts of crops. Shigar was once a small kingdom
and the Shigar fort was once residential fort of the
local ruler. Recently the Aga Khan shown interest in
the fort which has now been renovated and is open for
tourists. The Shigar fort has been made to be a residential
fort once again
Tours In Skardu.
Half Day Skardu
Visit the Puran Bazaar (Old Bazaar) Skardu , Polo Ground
and then walk to the Dogra Fort built in Dgra times.
Half Day Sadpara Lake
& Sadpara Buddha Tour
Drive to Sadpara Buddha visit the the Buddha carved
in the mountain, later visit Sadpara lake and take your
time to absorb the beauty of this beautiful lake.
Half Day Fishing In
Visit the lake and Relaex while fishing in the lake
Fishing permit and Fishing gear provided.
Full Day Khaplu
Drive by Jeep to Khaplu and Visit the picturesque Bazaar
of Khaplu and Khaplu fort later drive to a Photo point
and return to Skardu in the evening.
Full Day Shigar Valley
Drive to Shigar Valley via the scenic road Visit Shigar
Fort resort and have Lunch there later drive back to
day Deosai Planes.
Drive to Deosai and visit the remarkable Plateau at
4000m above sea level evening return to Skardu.