Skardu is one the most beautiful 10 km wide by 40 km long valley in Gilgit-Baltistan region, located at an altitude of 8,202 ft at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers.
Skardu is considered as a gateway to the eight-thousanders of Karakoram Mountain range. The Indus River flows throughout the valley, and separates the Karakoram Range from Himalays Range.
Skardu is the main hub for tourism, trekking and expedition in Gilgit-Baltistan. The mountainous terrain of the region with four of the world's 14 Eight-thousander peaks, attracts the people arround the world having interest in trekking, mountaineering, etc.
Skardu is easily accessible by road along the Indus River, journey from Thakot to Skardu is one of the best travelling moving in the dry and brown color mountains with the Indus River in muddy form cutting the rocks from the foot of mountains, having a greenary after few kilometers with full of trees and flowers.
From here, visiter can access highest peaks in this region including K2, the Gasherbrums, Broad Peak, and the Trango Towers, and to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo and Trango.
Deosai Plains, the second highest in the world at altitude of 13,497 ft, is also accessed from Skardu through Satpara Lake. It has an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres, full of plants of different colors and provides a habitat for snow leopards, ibex, Tibetan blue bears and wild horses.
The Shigar River, a tributary to the Indus River, and its other tributaries Basha and Braldu, are joining at Skardu. Shigar Valley contains the Main Karokoram Thrust that separates the metasediments on the Asian plate from the southern volcanoclastic rocks of the Kohistan-Ladakh island arc.
Main Locations in Skardu
Deosai Plains, also known as Deosai National Park, is located at the distance of 30 km from Skardu between Astore and Skardu District. Its average elevatin is 13,497 feet above sea level, and considered as the second highest plateaus in the world....
Satpara Lake is one of the largest fresh water and natural lake located in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan at the distance of 8 km from the Skardu main. A jeep can be hired from Skardu or you can enjoy the trek on foot. You can enjoy trout fishing and...
Shangrila Lake, also known as Kachura Lake, is located at the distance of 27 km from Skardu main, in Kachura village, Skardu. It is one the most attractive and beautiful lake in Pakistan. Its beauty becomes more charming by the unique style...
Sheosar Lake is located in Deosai National Park at the elevation of 13,589 feet and at the distance of 16 km from Chillum from Astore District, whereas from Skardu side, it is at the distance of 65 km. As Deosai is a peaceful place, so Sheosar...