Skardu is the largest town of Gilgit Baltistan. Skardu is the land of mountains. Skardu is the perfect place for trekking and hiking. Many hiking tracks start from Skardu. The best time to travel Skardu is June and July. In Skardu, there are four of the world's fourteen Eight thousand peaks. The weather of Skardu is moderate. A trip to Skardu is very adventurous.


Skardu has lush green meadows, snow-covered mountains, freshwater springs, and historical places. Skardu airport is located in North West direction and 11 miles from the city. Skardu airport is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and an amazing view of the Indus River. 

Skardu has a very rich culture. Many cultural festivals are celebrated in Skardu. Balti is spoken by Skardu people. Skardu people said, “Hospitality is our culture”. Skardu has many traditional, healthy and delicious cuisines like Balay (Noodle Soup with goat meat), Gyal (Buckwheat Cakes), Boiled Goat, Potato Stew, and Marzan, Prapu.From Skardu airport, thousands of local and foreigners tourists come and visit Skardu.


Satpara Lake


Satpara Lake is sometimes called “Sadpara Lake”. Satpara Lake supply natural and fresh water to the Skardu valley. Tourists can enjoy fishing and boating on Satpara Lake. The Satpara dam project is built on Satpara Lake.  The height of the dam is 128 ft. Satpara Lake is considered as the most attractive lake among tourists. 


Local people believe that there is a gold mine in the bottom of the lake so that’s why its water is shining in the day time. Satpara Lake has an awe-inspiring view. Rowing, Motor boating, and fishing can also do at the lake. Satpara Lake is considered as the charming lake due to its marvelous and magnificent beauty. 


Through a car, you can reach to Satpara Lake from Islamabad in 14 hours 20 minutes. The distance of Satpara Lake from Islamabad is 650 km. From Skardu, you can reach to Satpara Lake in 1 hour. 

Kharpocho Fort


Skardu Fort is also known as “Kharpocho Fort”. Kharpocho Fort means “king of forts”. It is the majestic fort of Skardu. The fort was built by King Ali Sher. Skardu Fort is a very ancient fort. Skardu Fort is surrounded by Indus River and it is built on the top of a small hill. 

An old ancient mosque in the fort attracts tourists, but it is closed for praying visitors. The fort is destroyed for many years. The fort looks like vintage. Persian text is written on the rock fixed in one of the walls in the fort. View of Skardu can be seen from Skardu Fort.

Through a car, you can reach to Skardu Fort from Islamabad in 14 hours. The distance of Skardu Fort from Islamabad is 645 km.From Skardu, you can reach to Skardu Fort in 1 hour. 

Katpana Desert


Katpana Desert is also known as “Cold Desert” or “Biama Nakpo”. A cold desert is located near Skardu city. Katpana Desert is the world’s highest desert which is located in Pakistan. The cold desert looks majestic. Skardu airport is located near Cold desert. The best thing for cricket lovers you can play cricket in the cold desert. 

Katpana Desert is the gem of Skardu and an amazing place to visit. The white beautiful sand dunes, lush green trees attract tourists from all over the world. A cold desert is not barren like other deserts.


In December and January, the weather of the desert is in -17 C. Tourists can enjoy camping here. In winters, snow-capped mountains lookmagnificent and ravishing. It is located at an elevation of more than 7,303 feet.Katpana Desert holds the great attraction of tourists. 



Kachura Lake


Kachura Lake is the jewel of Skardu. Kachura Lakes (Kachura Jheel) are two lakes in Skardu “Upper Kachura Lake” and “Lower Kachura Lake”. Upper Kachura Lake is located in the upper region of Kachura and Lower Kachura Lake is located in the lower region of Kachura.


Lower Kachura Lake is also known as “Shangrila Lake”. It is a famous tourist attraction. Lower Kachura Lake is surrounded by guest houses, snow-covered mountains, green trees, and rest houses.Through a car, you can reach to Lower Kachura Lake from Islamabad in 13 hours. The distance of Lower Kachura Lake from Islamabad is 620 km.


The water of upper Kachura Lake is very clear. Tourist can enjoy Fishing, hiking at upper Kachura Lake. Through a car, you can reach to Upper Kachura Lake from Islamabad in 13 hours 15 minutes. The distance of Upper Kachura Lake from Islamabad is around 620 km.


Both lakes are so beautiful and you feel so peaceful. It’s view is breathtaking and captivating. 


Khaplu Palace


Khaplu Palace is also known as Yabgo Khar. Khaplu Palace is an ancient fort and located in Khaplu. It was the royal residence of the Raja of Khaplu. Khaplu Palace was constructed by Kashmiri and Balti craftsmen.

Khaplu Palace has won the Virgin Holidays responsible tourism awards in poverty reduction category in 2012. The palace is now managed by Serena Hotels. Through a car, you can reach to Khaplu Palace from Islamabad in 16 hours 30 minutes. The distance of Khaplu Palace from Islamabad is 740 km.

Behind the palace a trek which leads to the Pari village in Skardu district. Many tourists visit Khaplu Palace and stay here.Balti Folk exhibition center is also in the Khaplu Palace and many handicrafts, traditional items are displayed. 



Nansoq Organic Village


Nansoq is the first organic village in Pakistan and it is located on the back portion of Kharpocho Fort. The organic village was developed with the help of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales called Prince Charles and his highness Sir Aga Khan has visited Nansoq village. 

The distance of Nansoq Organic Village from Skardu is 16 km.Through a car, you can reach to Nansoq Organic Village from Islamabad in 14 hours. The distance of Nansoq Organic Village from Islamabad is 640 km.






You can easily travel to different places from Skardu.



Distance in Km

Travel Time

Skardu to Abbottabad 500 11 hr
Skardu to Muzafarrabad 475 10 hr 45 min
Skardu to Dunga Gali 550 12 hr 30 min
Skardu to Naran Valley 350 7 hr
Skardu to Kaghan Valley 880 17 hr 45 min
Skardu to Hunza Valley 285 5 hr 30 min
Skardu to Chitral 575 14 hr 
Skardu to Islamabad 630 13 hr 


Skardu is the gem of mountains and lakes. Skardu is full of beauty and vibrant colors. People are very kind-hearted and friendly.



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