Home to many of the highest peaks on Earth, Pakistan is the confluence of four amazing mountain ranges: the Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindukush and Pamirs.
Visiting Skardu in the Gilgit-Baltistan region is like traveling to the land of Narnia, where magical closet doors open to a magical land. The city of Skardu attracts visitors with its breathtaking sights that engulf the city.
Towering snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear rivers, high-altitude lakes, natural springs, lush green plains and a treasure trove of historical sites make Skardu a must-visit any time of the year. The road leading to Skardu is best avoided in winter as it can be blocked by snowfall or landslides.
During the trip to Skardu, I had to climb the mountain in Islamabad for 17 hours, but the view was well worth it.
The Skardu Valley runs 10 kilometers along the Shigar and Indus rivers, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Karakoram range. Situated at the confluence of the Indus and Shyok rivers, the Skardu district is the base camp for major tourist attractions in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, including K-2, the world’s second-tallest and most difficult mountain. Climb in the world. Yes, it’s actually easier to climb Mount Everest than K2.
Like other mountainous regions, Skardu rests between April and September and is covered in an almost white veil all year round. This is the ideal season to enjoy the beauty of the region. Long summer hours allow you to explore forests, admire wildflowers, and observe re-emerging wildlife. During this time, the glaciers also melt and become river water.
This unique tent-shaped museum showcases a variety of local cultures and exploration maps. Enjoy numerous historical photos documenting K-2’s arduous expeditions.
Skardu Fort or Kharpocho is translated as king of the fortress. It sits above the junction of the river and was built in the 16th century during the reign of King Ali Sher. A 30-minute hike to the top of the fort offers stunning views of the valley below.
The Sai Plains
Deosai is widely known as “the land of giants”. The true beauty of the high plateau lies in its incredible biodiversity and diverse trekking routes suitable for all types of hikers. Deosai has several springs and is teeming with trout that feed both locals and bears. Pakistan’s Skardu desert is one of the most unique places on earth and one of the few where you can play cricket without breaking a sweat!