Skardu valley top tourist points

A Complete Travel Guide to Skardu, Pakistan

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Skardu is the city of Baltistan where jungles, rivers, mountains, and deserts are all around.

Pakistan international airlines (PIA) is the only airline that operates in Skardu. PIA flight PK451 is considered to be one of the fewest flights which operate in dense mountainous regions in the world. PK451 operates from Islamabad to Skardu.

Flight from Islamabad to Skardu

PK451 Islamabad to Skardu flight usually takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to kiss the runway back in Skardu after taking off from the capital. If you are sitting at the right window of the flight, you will be enjoying the scenes of Babusar top, Lake Saiful-malook, Deosai plains, and Nanga Parbat. K2 can be seen standing tall in the Karakoram range from the left window.

Lodging options in Skardu

There are multiple lodging options in Skardu from five-star hotels to rest houses even carrying a tent would be enough to accommodate a short trip.

There are so many options to limit your expenses, such as cheap hotels, food, and transportation facilities. The most special things about Skardu are, the proportionality of fun is nowhere related to money. A very cheap trip could be as adventurous as a healthy invested trip.

There is no restriction on camping/tent anywhere in Skardu.

Important location to visit in Skardu

The highly visited areas;

  • Upper Kachura lake
  • Shangrilla
  • Katpana cold desert
  • Sadpara lake
  • Budha Rock
  • Deosai Plains
  • Shigar Fort
  • Khaplu valley.
  • Basho valley
  • Manthoka waterfall
  • Khamosh waterfall

These destinations are located all around Skardu valley.

  • West of Skardu; Khaplu, Manthoka waterfall, Khamosh waterfall, and Hushe valley.
  • North of Skardu; Shigar Valley, Shigar fort, blind lake, and Shigar desert.
  • East of Skardu; Shangrilla, Upper Kachura, Katpana cold desert, and Basho valley.
  • Skardu south; Budha rock, Satpara Lake, and Deosai plains.

Upper Kachura lake

It is one of the most breathtaking tourist destinations in Skardu. Kachura lake has motor boating and a conventional boating facility for tourists. In Skardu, theres no high jet boating. It may be available in the coming seasons.

Conventional boating has more fun as compared to motorized boats. A solo trip within this lake is like lost somewhere in heaven.

Katpana Desert

Katpana desert counted on the list of the highest desert in the world. It is roughly 7,800ft above sea level.

Manthoka Rock

Manthoka rock Skardu is around 12,00 years old engraved picture of Buddha on a granite rock. A Scottish traveler back in 1906 discovered Buddha rock. Buddha rock then included in international heritage assest.

Deosai Plains

Deosai Plains is considered to be the world’s second-largest plateau following Tibet. The highest plateau Deosai is situated at 14,000ft above sea level. A trip to Skardu without visiting Deosai is like not missing the last puff. The most scenic period of Deosai is between June to August. Deosai is the only home of brown bears in Pakistan.

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