Skardu Things to Do
Skardu is a town located in Pakistan at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers. Its beautiful positon on the waterfront, and its gorgeous mountain backdrop create many fun activities for any visitor.
Satpara Lake is a very beautiful lake situated at quite some height, requiring a bit of a walk. However, it’s worth the trip to visit. The water is so clean that you can clearly see anything beneath it. It is also famous for its rare trout fish. The lake is just a few kilometers from Skardu, so you can either go there on foot or by hiring a jeep or taxi. A well-conditioned hiker should be able to reach it in no more than four hours.
Lower Kachura Lake, also known as Shangrila Lake, is famous for its amazing beauty. There is a tangible serenity in the atmosphere, a freshness in the air, and tranquility in the water. There is just the suggestion of romantic ambiance there, where visitors are miles away from worldly distractions. The lake is surrounded with fruit laden trees, forests, and towering, snow-covered mountains. In summers, it provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to take a break and refresh themselves. The area is filled with some magnificent natural scenery and crisp, fresh air.
If you feel like enjoying the peaceful waters, then a boat ride is the way to go, especially just before sunset. The costs aren’t high, and the typical ride is no longer than 30 minutes.
Mountain Climbing and Trekking
This region is perhaps best known for its many mountains and the number of hikers and climbers that are drawn here year after year. Skardu Baltistan lies in the heart of world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. It presents a unique contrast of high peaks, deep gorges, straddling glaciers, vast deserts, sandy plains, blue lakes, colorful panorama, lush green oases, and villages.
Baltistan is also known as the home of mountains because of the existence of some of the highest and beautiful peaks of the world. These peaks include Chogo-ri (K-2), Mashabrum (K-1), and Gashabrum. There are also beautiful, massive glaciers like Sia-chen, Baltoro, Biafo, and Chogo-lungma, that are situated in this region. K-2 is among the most popular draws for climbers in the region. From Skardu, you can drive to Kuburse to begin the trek to the K2 base camp. It is an amazing journey and something you will always remember.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Skardu.