Skardu Valley

Skardu Valley is 7,500 feet above sea level in Balistan. Skardu Valley  is a great place to mountain trek and a fishermen’s dream come true with an abundant stock of wild fresh water trout to catch with a backdrop of the great apexes of the Karakoram mountain range to relish.
S.M.Bukhari’s Photography in Skardu Valley
Shangrila resorts, Skardu
Getting There
PIA provides customary flights into Skardu Valley from Islamabad following the same route which connects Gilgit with Islamabad but to reach Skardu Valley the plane takes a turn to the right and flies right over the Indus River gorge with cyclopean rock faces that elevate on either side and at times it feels as if the wing tips will proximately brush them, but of course they never do.The tourist season emanates from April to October. The maximum temperature is 26.67 °C (80 F) and the minimum (October) 7.22 °C- (45°F).
skardu airport
Places to Visit
A component from its nonpareil cluster of mountain peaks and glaciers, Baltistan’s five valleys-Shigar, Skardu, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharamang- are noted for their dainty peaches, apricots, apples and pears. Shigar Valley, 32.18 kms (20 miles) by -jeep from Skardu is the gateway to the mountain apexes of the Karakorams.
Skardu has a historic Fort atop a ridge kenned as the Mindoq-Khar or Castle of Queen Mindoq and three lovely lakes. Two of the lakes, Kachura a Lake 28.95 -kms (18 miles) from Skardu Valley, and Satpara Lake, 8.04 kms (five miles) from Skardu Valley are ideal for fishing.
Shangrila resorts, Skardu Valley

Inside Shangrila

Inside Shangrila


Garden of Shangrila resorts

Garden of Shangrila resorts(Skardu Valley)


Braldu river

Braldu river


Waterfall at Skardu

Waterfall at Skardu Valley


Higher up is Kachhura Village, where Kachhura Lake’s crystal clear water is surrounded by old dramatic trees.Watching the sun rise behind the mountains is a captivating sight. This was the first time, I had seen such a serene sunrise over Indus.
Boating in upper Kachura lake

Boating in upper Kachura lake(Skardu Valley)

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake


Entire view of upper Kachura lake

Entire view of upper Kachura lake


Upper Kachura lake

Upper Kachura lake


Upper Kachura lake at night

Upper Kachura lake at night


The Indus River changes during different seasons; turquoise waters at the banks during winters and various shades of grey during summers.
According to Tibetan myths, the Indus gushes from the mouth of a lion, that’s why it is also known as ‘Sher Darya’ (Lion River).
Dusk at Indus river

Dusk at Indus river


Dusk at Indus river

Dusk at Indus river


Sunrise of Indus river

Sunrise of Indus river


Then there’s Kharpocho Fort looking down the hills, this construction is 600 years old. It was built by Balti ruler Ali Sher Khan Anchan.
Once considered unconquerable, this fort is now battling for survival against time. But even through the shambles, Kharpocho still retains its beauty. The breathless sight of the valley from the fort on a full moon night is a view that is hard to miss.
The sand dunes in Katpana village, also known as cold desert, are a wonder in itself. Strong winds shift the dunes as quickly as nomads. At this high altitude and cold region, this desert holds strange a attraction.
Katpana sand dunes in the morning

Katpana sand dunes in the morning


Katpana village, Skardu

Katpana village, Skardu Valley


Katpana sand dunes at night
Cold desert at dusk
Cold desert at nightSadpara lake at dawn

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