Beautiful roadside view in Skardu (Balochistan)
Skardu is the most beautiful valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, located at an altitude of 8,202 feet at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers. It is 10 km wide and 40 km long valley spread along the Indus River. Skardu is considered a gateway to the eight-thousanders of the Karakoram Mountain range.
The Indus River flows throughout the valley and separates the Karakoram Range from Himalayas Range. The color of the Indus is in muddy form cutting the rocks from the foot of mountain rocks touching the water. Its water also has much sand due to those melting rocks.
Skardu is the main hub for tourism, trekking, and expedition in the Gilgit-Baltistan. The mountainous terrain of the region with four of the world's 14 Eight-thousander peaks, attracts people around the world having an interest in trekking, mountaineering, etc.
Skardu is easily accessible by road along the Indus River, the journey from Thakot to Skardu is one of the best traveling, moving in the dry and brown color mountains with the Indus River. After few kilometers, you can see greenery with full of trees and flowers. You can also observe population over there.
From Skardu, visiter can access the highest peaks in this region including K2, Gasherbrums, Broad Peak, and the Trango Towers, and to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo, and Trango. A one week trek to K2 base camp gives splendid views of all these peak.
Deosai Plains, the second-highest in the world at an altitude of 13,497 ft, is also accessed from Skardu through Satpara Lake. It has an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometers, full of plants and herbs of different colors, and provides a habitat for snow leopards, ibex, Tibetan blue bears, and wild horses. These plains are also accessible from the Astore Valley.
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 Karakoram Thrust that separates the metasediments on the Asian plate from the southern volcanoclastic rocks of the Kohistan-Ladakh terrane.
There number of most beautiful lakes in Skardu, in which Satpara lake, Kachura Lake, Shingrila Lake, and Sheosar Lake are popular.
Due to its ancient settlement, there number of historical forts in the Skardu Valley. Skardu Fort and Shigar Fort are most famous for tourist to visit.
The climate of Skardu is cold in winter season, whereas it is moderate in summer season. The high mountains in this area, block the monsoon, so in summer season, rainfall is quite low.
There is also an Airport at an elevation of 2,230 metres above the sea level. It provides air services for national as well as international flights.
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