Tourists Destinations near Skardu Valley: Pakistan

 View Ahead From Skardu, Loading The Jeep For Ride From Skardu Towards Shigar Valley

Skardu Valley of Pakistan is also famous due to its beautiful lakes. Satpara is one of those lakes, present at a distance of 8 Km from Vale of Skardu. Now days a multipurpose dam is under construction on this lake that will generate 13 MW hydroelectricity and will provide irrigation water to an area of 61 sq Km and 13 cusecs water for drinking as well. Water coming down from Deosai Plain as a result of melting of snow in summer is the main source of water for lake. Lower Kachura is another lake located at a distance of 35 Km from Skardu Valley and upper Kachura lake is located at a distance of 40 Km. On the bank of Lower Kachura, world’s famous resort Shangrilla is located that is the main attraction for many tourists.

Deosai Plateau (3,500 meters) is the highest plateau in Pakistan and world’s second highest plateau. It is at the distance of 70 Km from Skardu Valley. It is covering an area of 3,000 sq Km and is extending till Laddakh. Deosai plain is famous as it provide habitat to bears, snow leopards and ibex.

Shigar Valley is an awe-inspiring valley present at the distance of 32 Km from Vale of skardu. This valley is drained by River Shigar. This  Shigar valley is a gateway to famous peaks like K2. Local inhabitants have very simple lifestyle and they grow walnuts, peaches, apricots and grapes. This small valley has picturesque landscape and attracts many tourists every year.

Khaplu Valley is 134 Km away from Skardu valley and is known as valley of River Shyok. It’s a small village that is a gateway to many peaks such as K7, K6, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri Masherbrum etc.

Skardu Fort named as Kharfocho Fort (King of forts) is also a main attraction in Skardu Valley. This fort dates from 8th century CE. From this fort we can have a panoramic view of Skardu and River Indus. This fort was built by the rulers of Baltistan and is a seven storey building.

 

Tourists Destinations: Skardu Valley of Pakistan

Gasherbrum Pakistan Sakardu

Skardu Valley

Skardu (star stone) valley of Pakistan is an important town of Baltistan at the altitude of 2’500 meters. It is covering an area of 26,000 sq Km. It is approximately 10 Km wide and 40 Km long. This Skardu valley is present at the confluence of River Shigar and River Indus. It surrounded by immense Karakoram Range.

Skardu valley attracts the trekkers, mountaineers and tourists from the whole world. Every year large number of local and foreign expeditions used to visit Skardu. Askole and Hushe are two small valleys present near Vale of Skardu and these two valleys are the gateways to the most important peaks in the Northern areas of Pakistan i.e. K2, Gashebrums, Trango Towers and Broad Peak as well as of great glaciers i.e. Baltoro, Biafo. So due to this  Skardu valley is extremely important from tourism point of view and for this reason infrastructural facilities have greatly developed here to provide required facilities to local and foreign expeditions reached here. From tourism point of view April to October time period is best as for rest of the months this Skardu valley remain inaccessible due to snowy and freezing winter season.

Skardu Valley can be visited by the air as well by road transportation. An airport is present in Skardu and there are usually one or two daily flights between Islamabad and Vale of Skardu. While road route is through Karakoram Highway which then through a link road goes to the Skardu.

Inhabitants of SkarduValley belong to different ethnic groups i.e. Shins, Punjabis, Hunzakuts, Pashtuns and Uyghur. Shia Muslims are present in majority here.

During summers the climate of Skardu Valley remained moderate. With reference to Monsoon rainfall it is a rainshadow area as huge mountains of Karakoram block the monsoon winds from reaching here. Winter season is extremely cold here. In winter’s temperature of -25C can be observed.