Skardu Valley: Essence of adventure, sightseeing, and mountaineering in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
Skardu, a scenic valley with blue waters and high mountains, is located at an elevation of over 7,300 feet (2,225 meters) in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, on the Indus River which separates the Karakoram range from the Himalayas. Surrounded by the peaks of the Karakoram, the Skardu Valley is a gateway for travellers trekking, hiking into the world’s most adventurous Karakoram Mountain Range. Three mountain ranges meet in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, the only place in the world where the three greatest mountain ranges meet. The Karakoram, The Himalayas, and The Hindu Kush and are treasured by mountaineering enthusiasts, the world’s second-highest mountain K2 expedition, high-altitude trekkers, and tourists for the majestic views and hiking trails.
The beauty of the valley is enhanced by its fresh spring water, delicious fruits, roaring Indus River, historical sites, blue water lakes, and pleasant weather, which attract tourists from around the world. Skardu city is the main urban city and headquarters of the Baltistan region and Skardu district. The valley is known as a major tourism and trekking hub, and a gateway to four peaks towering over 8,000 meters high, attracting tourists, mountaineers, and trekkers from abroad.
The Gilgit-Baltistan region is located in the north of Pakistan bordering China, Indian Controlled Kashmir, and Afghanistan. Skardu Valley shares similarities in culture, lifestyle, and architecture with the Tibet region, having been part of the Tibetan Empire that existed from the 7th to the 9th centuries. Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan, is still spoken in the Baltistan region. The region is also called “The Little Tibet”.
Skardu is also known as mountaineering headquarter, all the major treks start from here. Also, if you’re planning to visit Skardu just for sightseeing and relaxation then it’s a must-go place. The diverse landscapes and culture make Skardu the most popular tourist destination in Pakistan.
K2 and Concordia trek.
Snow Lake Biafao & Hispar La trek
Masherbrum (K1 basecamp) trek and Gondogoro La
Machlu La (K2 viewpoint)
Deosai National Park (World’s second-highest plateau)
Katpana & Sarafarangah Cold Desert (World’s highest desert)
Shangrila Resorts at Lower Kachura Lake
Upper Kachura Lake & Souq Valley
Basho & Chanda Valley
Shigar Fort and Blind Lake in Shigar Valley
Khaplu Palace and Thoqsikhar Mosque in Khaplu
Sailing Bridge & Machlu Village
Manthokha Waterfall & Khamosh Waterfall in Kharmang
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