Skardu: A Paradise on Earth for the Mountaineers in Pakistan

Skardu is located in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. You will find some of the world’s highest peaks in the Karakoram Range; This is one of the most popular tourist destinations especially for mountaineers and trekkers. It is the best place for mountaineering expeditions, as it is a heaven on earth. Baltoro Glacier, K2 base camp trek and Concordia are the best options for trekking, as there are many trekking spots there. The Skardu district is famous for

  • Beautiful sceneries
  • High Peaks
  • K2 (8611 m)
  • Amazing Rivers
  • Stunning waterfalls and streams
  • Marvelous Deosai National Park 
  • Khaplu
  • K2 Base camp Trek
  • Lush green meadows 
  • Marvelous valleys

If you travel by road from Gilgit, it will take approximately 5 hours to reach the place. If you are traveling from Beshan, it will take about 12 hours to reach Skardu by road.  You can also choose to travel by air from Islamabad to Skardu. The flight however depends on the weather conditions. In this article, we will discuss the top places to visit in Skardu during your visit. Explore the real Beauty of Skardu by visiting the most popular places like Deosai, Khaplu and more. 

Skardu Valley

Skardu is a very beautiful place and offers very interesting sceneries to the visitors. The trip to the valley is an amazing experience. It is one of the best places to visit in the Northern areas of Pakistan. Tourists usually visit Skardu during June & July. However, the main tourist season starts from is from April to October. These are the best months for sightseeing. Skardu is heaven for trekkers. If you have not visited Skardu Valley before, then you must take a chance. You will enjoy breathtaking views and sceneries. We cannot describe the beauty of the place in words.

Autumn in the Lake | Shangrila Resort, Skardu Valley, Pakistan


Deosai is located 4000 meters above sea level. It is the second highest plateau in the world. It is the best place to spend some time peacefully. A beautiful site will relax your soul and mind. The site offers the best chance to observe nature and the blessings of nature. The weather is not predictable as sometimes there is sunlight and then suddenly it becomes cloudy and rainy. In winter, the land is covered with snow. In spring, the land is full of greenery. The place has a rich wildlife and natural beauty. You will find beautiful flowers and streams of clear and clean water. Deosai plateau is now turned into a national park.

Sheosar lake Deosai, Skardu Pakistan


The second most important place for sightseeing in Skardu is Khaplu Valley. The place has many beautiful scenes and enchanting views to the tourists. The road is curvy and jeep ride will make your trip more interesting. It is an ancient valley, which is present at the base of the Karakorum mountain range. The trip to Skardu is never complete without visiting Khaplu. It is an important place to visit for domestic and foreigner tourists. 

Khaplu Palace Skardu Pakistan


A subrange of Karakoram mountains is called Baltoro Muztagh and keeps the 4 8000ers of the world mighty peaks of K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), the Gasherbrum I (8,068 m), Gasherbrum II (8,035 m), and Masherbrum (7,821 m), is located in the Skardu District. the last settlement in the district is Askole village and starting point for K2 Base camp Trek, also known as Baltoro Glacier Trek and Baltoro Concordia Trek , One of the top 5 ranked strenuous and demanding mountain  trekking which is heaven for mountaineers & adventure lovers  Crossing of massive glaciers including Biafo (world’s 3rd longest non-polar  glacier – 67 km).

Treks are majorly walking along the length of the world 5th longest non-polar glacier  outside the Polar Regions, the Baltoro glacier (63km or 39mi) also called  Godwin Austin Glacier.  Concordia is the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier. Climbing the adventurous Gondogoro La Pass (5,600m) with immaculate view of  Karakoram range & descend to the Beautiful Hushe valley back in skardu district. 

K2 Basecamp Trek – View of K2 from Concordia Base Camp

Besides natural beauty, Skardu also has some of the most famous historic sites such as Kharpocho Fort, Shigar Fort, ChaqChan Mosque, Buddha Rock, Maqpoon Palace, Khanqah-e-Muallah and more.



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