Tours to Skardu

The word Skardu derived from Balti language and its mean lower place between two high place and its represent the exact same meaning. Geographically. Skardu is located on the confluence of mighty Indus river and Shigar river at hight of 2500 meters from see level with width of 10Km and length of 40Km. Skardu is gate way to the highest mountains of the world in the Karakoram Mountain range.

Best Places to visit in Skardu

  • Deosai Plains
  • Shigar Fort
  • Skardu Fort
  • Lower Kachura Lake
  • Upper Kachura Lake
  • Shoesar Lake
  • Satpara Lake
  • Manthokha Waterfall
  • Nansoq Organic Village
  • Manthal Buddha Rock Carvings
  • Katpana Desert
  • Basho valley
  • Shangrila Resort
  • Khanaq-e-Mullah Noorbakshia Khaplu Bala

Below is the detail about places to visit in Skardu

Deosai Plains

Deosai national Park is one of the major tourist’s destination in Pakistan and its trek is the second highest trek in the world at height of 4114 Mtrs. Deosai National Park is speard over 3000 SKM and goes up to Ladakh. In summer whole land is cover with different flowers and it is natural habitat of Tibetan Blue Bears, Snow Leopards, and ibex.

Shigar Fort

Shigar fort is a 400 year old fort which is the residence of ruler of Shigar valley. It is located on the route to mighty K2. It was really in bad condition when Agha Khan cultural service Pakistan took over in 1999 and restored the fort and converted it into five star hotel which is managed by Serena Hotels. Now it has three parts, the Old House, Garden House and Raja’s Mosque. Shigar fort is one of the major tourist desitination in skardu.

Skardu Fort

Skarud fort is located at height of 15 Mtr above the city level, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the whole city and its one of the major tourist attraction in the skardu city. In the fort there is an old mosque and its history goes back to 16th century when the Islam arrived in the area. History of Skardu fort goes back to the eight century. Skardu fort was built by the Maqpan Dynasty of Sakrdu rulers. By standing on wall you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Indus river and skardu valley.

Lower Kachura Lake

Lower Kachura Lake is one of the best tourist attraction in Skardu. Since Shangrila resorts are built around this beautiful lake in Chinese style so now this lake is famously know as Shangrila lake as well. The lake is famous for its deep blue water and by sitting on its bank you can enjoy the beautiful Fish in the water. Another attraction here is the restaurant in the fuselage of an aircraft. Childern love to spend time in this aircraft restaurant.

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake is still untampered master piece of nature located at height of 2500 mtrs. The depth of lake is about 70 mtr. Tourist and travellers has not explored it much due to rough terrain and lack of infrastructure. The area around upper kachura lake has rich flora of the western Himalayan, subalpine conifer forests and also famouse for its wild apricot. Tourist can enjoy here hiking, troust fishing and mountaineering.

Shoesar Lake

Shoesar lake is located in Desoai Planes at height of 4142 Mtr. It can be reached by two routes first one is from Skardu and second one from Astore. The first one is more popular and from Skardu you can reach to the lake on 4x4 jeep in couple of hours. Most of the year the area is snow bound and best time for tourist to visit the lake is June to early September.

Satpara Lake

Satpara Lake is a natural lake located 3.5 Km from Skardu city and at height of about 2636 Mtrs. This lake is a fresh water lake and its fed by satpara stream. Now govt has built a water Dam here which is supplying electricity to Skardu city. The major activities for tourists are Trout Fishing and Boating in the lake. Satpara lake is major source of fresh water supply to Skardu City.

Manthokha Waterfall

Manthokha Waterfall is really beautiful place for tourist which is just 70 Km from Skardu in khamong or Kargil Valley. The serene beauty of the place will make you wonder about the place.

Nansoq Organic Village

Nansoq Organic village has attracted the royal tourist in past. Price Charles, prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall has visited the beautiful village. This village is also known as the first organic village in Pakistan.

Manthal Buddha Rock Carvings

One of the historical attraction for tourist in Skardu is Manthal Buddha Rock Carving. Its located in Manthal village and near skardu at a distance of 3 Km. You can easily find it on the way to Sadpara lake. It was engraved back in 8th century in the era when Buddhism was practiced in Skardu before advent of Islam. Its one of the mjor attraction for international tourists.

Katpana Desert

Katpana cold desert is the highest desert in the world. It is located at height of 2226 mtrs. It spreads over area of Skardu, northern Gilgit Baltistan. The most visited side of cold desert is near Skardu airport. This desert has large sand dunes and in winter these are covered by snow which is beautiful scene to view. Now some resorts has opened here and tourists can stay here to enjoy the lovely scenes of moutains and stars at night.

Basho valley

Basho Valley is located just 20 Km away from Skardu. The beautiful valley is still not explored by tourist but no wits getting more and more attention as toruism is growin gin Pakistan. Basho valley is known for its pine trees, green meadows and waterfalls.

Shangrila Resort

The most famous place for tourist in Skardu is Shangrila Resort and you can call it face of Skardu. This resort is built on the banks of lower Kachura Lake and attracts tourists around the year. It was built in 1983 when Shangrila started its business in Gilgit Baltistan. By sitting in your cottage you can enjoy the movement of fishes in water.

Khanaq-e-Mullah Noorbakshia Khaplu Bala

Khanaq e Mullah is one of the oldest Mosque and Khanaq in Khaplu area of Gilgit Baltistan. It was built by Mir Mukhtar Akhyar a sufi saint of Nurbakshi Order. Its complete built by wood and mud and largest khanaq of this nature. It is a major attraction for tourist in the area.

Mountain peaks in Skardu

Skardu is gateway to eight thousanders and treks to the following mountains start from skardu.

  • K2
  • Broad Peak
  • Gasherbrum
  • Masherbrum

Treks that start from Skardu

Following is the list of treks that start from Skardu

  • K2 Base Camp or Gondogoro La Trek
  • Broad Peak Base Camp Trek
  • Biafo Hispar La or Snow Lake Trek
  • Masherbrum Base Camp Trek
  • Banak Pass Trek

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