Skardu is the main town along the wide bank of the river Indus. Skardu is the largest district in the Northern Areas. Baltistan is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, the Karakoram Range, which treks to Baltoro Glacier, 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 exciting scenery. The Indus becomes wide and still here. Dry rugged mountains and dunes surround the town.
Skardu is famous for the many trekking and adventure spots around it. Numerous treks start from Skardu. The nearby Satpara Lake and Shangri-la resort are famous among local travelers and are visited by people from all over the country during June & July.
The Skardu region has four of the world’s fourteen Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above) which makes it a heaven for trekkers expeditions enthusiasts and mountain climbers. The main tourist season is from April to October
Askole and Hushe Valleys are the main gateways to the snow-covered 8,000 m peaks including Mashabum, K2, the Gasherbrums, Broad Peak, and the Trango Towers, and also to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo, and Trango.
Adventure tours and jeep safaris to the Deosai Plains, the second highest in the world (at 4,100 m or 13,500 feet) after the Chang Tang in Tibet, either starting from or ending at Skardu. In the local Balti language, Deosai is called Byarsa, meaning ‘summer place’. With an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometers, the plains extend to Ladakh and provide habitat for snow leopards, ibex, Tibetan brown bears, and wild horses.
SATPARA DAM PROJECT on the Satpara Lake:- is a project is 7 km away from Skardu city and its altitude is 8,700 feet (2,700 m) moreover it will also pond the water about 90,000-acre feet (110,000,000 m3). The main source of water is the melting ice of the Deosai plains during the summer season.
It is a multipurpose project, which will produce 13 Megawatts of hydro generation, irrigate 15,000 acres (61 km2) of land, and also provide 13 cusecs drinking water daily to Skardu city. Images of Satpara Lake
On 29 August 2009, the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009, was passed by the Pakistani cabinet and later signed by President Asif Ali Zardari. It granted self-rule to the people of the former Northern Areas, now renamed “Gilgit-Baltistan,” by creating, among other things, an elected legislative assembly. On the other hand, there has been criticism and opposition to this move by Pakistan inside Pakistan, India, and the Gilgit-Baltistan region itself
Skardu To Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad approximately 750 KMs via Chilas this is a 2 days transfer with an overnight stop at Chilas contact us for booking details
Skardu To Hushe
This is a transfer by Jeep that takes about 6 hours to Hushe village which is the starting point for trekking at different treks.
Skardu To Askole
Askole is another village that takes trekkers to treks in different directions it is about 5 hours drive by Jeep.
Skardu To Shigar
2 hours drive from Skardu by jeep or by car
Skardu To Khaplu
A 4 hours drive from Skardu by jeep or car the asphalt road is in good shape.
Skardu To Rama
Drive to Rama the point in Deosai planes there is a PTDC motel for you to stay here. It takes about 6 hours by jeep.
Shigar is a beautiful village just a few miles North of Skardu It is a picturesque village with beautiful terraced fields growing all sorts of crops. Shigar was once a small kingdom and the Shigar fort was once a 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 has been renovated and converted into a hotel or residential fort.
Tours In Skardu.
Half-Day SkarduVisit 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 TourDrive to Sadpara Buddha to visit 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 Sadpara LakeVisit the lake and Relaex while fishing in the lake Fishing permit and Fishing gear provided.
Full Day KhapluDrive 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 TourDrive to Shigar Valley via the scenic road Visit Shigar Fort resort and have Lunch there later drive back to Skardu.
Full-day Deosai Planes. Drive to Deosai and visit the remarkable Plateau at 4000m above sea level evening return to Skardu.