Skardu Ghangche Tour

Baltistan, a region of the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan, is our main trekking area. Situated in the heart of the Karakoram, it has the greatest concentration of lofty peaks on Earth. Within an area of 26,000 square kilometers, lie 60 mountain peaks above 7,000 meters, four of which tower above 8,000 meters: K-2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum I (8,068m), Broad Peak (8,047m) and Gasherbrum II (8,035m). Bordered to the North by the Sinkiang province of China, to the East by Ladakh, to the south by Kashmir and to the west by Gilgit-Hunza, Baltistan has remained largely isolated from the outside world.
Very little is known of the origins of the local people, but the cultural traits, the features of the indigenous population and the similarity of the Balti language to archaic Tibetan has earned this area the nickname of “Little Tibet”.

The capital of Baltistan is Skardu, located near the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers. At an altitude of 2,300 meters, Skardu is surrounded by sharp peaks in breathtaking hues of ochre, grey, violet and black. The contrast of sand dunes with green and yellow fields alongside the river banks of the swirling, roaring Indus, all amidst a backdrop of ragged, snow-capped peaks, is a sight defying imagination.

Khaplu (Ghangche)

Khaplu has called many names like Shyok Valley Ghangche and Little Tibet. Khaplu is Head Quarter of Ghangche District. In Khaplu there are many historical places like Chaqchan Mosque a most beautiful mosque in Asia (700 years old founded by Syed Ali Hamdani, the first Islam preacher in this area), Raja Palace is a beautiful building, is the last & best Tibetan style palace in Pakistan, and Khanqah of Khaplu, is attributed to Syed Muhammad Shah S/O Syed Mukhtar “ Peer Norbaksha “ & was built in 1712 AD / 1124 AH,. and so many other historical and Architectural building placed in Khaplu.

Khaplu is the gateway to Masherbrum Peak, K7, K-6, Namika, Chogolisa for mountaineers and Gondogoro la, Gondogoro Peak, Saraksa Glacier, Gondogoro Glacier, Masherbrum Glacier, Aling Glacier, Kandey Nangma, Machlu Broq, Thaely La, Daholi lake, Kharfaq Lake, Ghangche Lake and Bara Lake for trekkers, Khaplu is a very beautiful place for hiking like Khaplu Braq, Khaplu Thung and Kaldaq. One most grade opportunity for rafting on Shyok River, as well as the rock climbing places like Biamari Thoqsikhar and DowoKraming (Hot Spring). At 2555 meters, Khaplu is cooler than Skardu, with the friendly character of the people and superb walks along irrigation channels; Khaplu is well worth visiting and the nicest place to stay in Baltistan.

Trip Itinerary

DAY 01 Islamabad. Hotel.
DAY 02 Fly to Skardu or drive to Chilas in case of flight cancellation. Hotel.
DAY 03. Free day at Skardu or drive from Chilas to Skardu. Hotel.
DAY 04 Drive to Khaplu Via Shigar. Hotel.
DAY 05 Drive to Hushe back to Khaplu
DAY 06 Drive back to Skardu. Hotel.
DAY 07 Excursion Satpara Lake and Deosai Plateau. Hotel.
DAY 08 Fly to Islamabad or drive to Chilas in case of flight cancellation. Hotel.
DAY 09 Day free or complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad.