The Skardu Valley is located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The valley is about 10km wide and 40km long. It is at the confluece of the River Shigar and River Indus. It surrounded by the large Karakoram Range. With the nearby lakes and mountains, it is an important tourist location in Pakistan.

Skardu district is located at the confluence of river Indus and the Shyok river and makes the base camp for leading tourist destinations in Gilgit-Baltistan including K-2. The district is the best manifestation of hospitality and respect to tourist. People of Skardu can speak English and Urdu but their mother tongue is Balti. Of particular note, Kharpocho Fort, Manthal Rock (Buddha Rock), Sadpara and Kachura Lake, exquisite Shangile Lake and the most famous Deosai plateau. Shigar fort renovated on scientific lines while preserving the cultural and architectural values, presents a through learning of the history and culture on one hand while offers a comfortable stay in traditional room/suites on the other hand with continental and local food varieties.

Skardu has a character of its own and has a very interesting scenery. The Indus becomes wide and still here. The town is surrounded by dry rugged mountains and sand dunes.

Shangrila Shigar Fort Skardu Lake

Places to Visit:

  • Shigar Fort
  • Sadpara Lake
  • Deosai Plains
  • Kachura Lakes
  • Buddha Rock Carvings
  • Khaplu Valley
  • Shigar Valley
  • Kharpocho Fort
  • Skardu Desert
  • Shangrila
  • Batura Peak


The local language in Skardu Valley is Balti. Urdu and English are also understood by most of people.


  • PTDC Motels at Skardu
  • Rest houses at Skardu, Sadpara, Shigar Valley, Khaplu and Kachura

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