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Skardu Valley

Skardu is a scenic valley having blue waters and high mountains located in Gilgit Baltistan, on the Indus River, which separates Karakoram from the Himalayas. The beauty of this valley is boosted by the fresh spring waters, the blue water of the Indus River, shiny lakes, historical sites, and pleasant weather that attracts tourists from around the world.
Skardu is one main urban centre and the headquarters of Skardu District, a strategic northern region in Pakistan that borders China, India, and Afghanistan. This valley is the major trekking and tourism hub and a gateway to the four major peaks towering more than 8000 meters high. These mountains attract mountaineers, tourists, and trekkers from around the world.

Historical Forts In Skardu

The historical forts in Skardu are as follows:

  • Kharpocho Fort Skardu
  • Altit Fort
  • Shigar Serena Fort
  • Baltit Fort
  • Khaplu Palace Fort

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Cultural Exchange & Authentic Experience

The Gilgit Baltistan region offers authentic cultural exchange and adventure travel experiences. The place is mostly known for its delicious fruits, both dried and fresh. This valley also produces various fruits, including apples, apricots, pears, almonds, walnuts, and cherries. Fruit is their major source of income as this area produces all types of fruits. This place is peaceful, and the locals are known for their hospitality.

The lifestyle in Skardu is famous for the simplicity of people. A few Buddha teachings assist others in consequences still followed through the region.  The local cuisines in Baltistan are also simple and pure. The people are hospitable and caring. They always give you many reasons to stay longer in the valley. They will help you and be there for you if you need any assistance in your journey. Most of the people of this area follow the religion Islam, and 98% are of the Shia sect.

Education/literacy rate

Skardu has a literacy rate of 62.8%, including its rural and urban areas. The University of Baltistan offers many scholarships to students that support their educational expenses.

Famous Mountains and its landscape

Skardu boasts of the most popular landscape in the world. It has K2, Broad Peak, Nanga Parbat and Gasherbrum. These four peaks are well known worldwide, and tourists travel to Skardu to experience this beauty and make memories in this area.

Spend a Sustainable vacation in Skardu Valley.

In Skardu, you will experience the best travelling experience; hence, you must try to give back to the region by keeping it clean and enjoyable. You should not pollute the land and keep your litter in a place where you can dispose of it responsibly.

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Why do you need to visit Skardu Valley?

Skardu is the only region where you will get waterfalls, meadows, valleys, deserts, snow-covered mountains, organic villages, hiking tracks, rocks, and adventurous destinations all in one place. These are all-natural mysteries that can be found within a radius of 200 kilometers. That is why you must go to Skardu and live a life of magical scenery.

Is it worth visiting?

You can visit Skardu in all seasons. You may enjoy its stunning views of Cherry and Apricots blossoms in spring. Similarly, during autumn, you may see the colorful season of fall. You should explore and visit Skardu. It is heaven, from snow-capped peaks to deserts and stunning meadows to lush green valleys.

Hunza & Skardu-THE Karakoram Experience

Hunza & Skardu Cultural Tour – The Karakoram Experience

From$ 2,790

Difficulty: Level 1
Trip Style: Soft / Cultural
Trip Length: 14 Days
Max Elevation: 2500m/8200ft (more)

Baltistan cultural tour-The Mountains Call

Baltistan Cultural Tour – The Mountains Call

From$ 1,990

Difficulty: Level 1
Trip Style: Cultural / Soft
Trip Length: 09 Days
Max Elevation: 2500m/8200ft (more)

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Max elevation

HYDRATION

There is a correlation between daily fluid intake and successful acclimatization and you must pay particular attention to hydration during trekking at high altitudes. On treks to 3000 meters and above most people will need to drink between 4 and 6 liters each day to achieve suitable hydration levels and you must adopt a responsible approach to achieving this target.

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

Before embarking on a trek to high altitude it is important that you familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and that you report any illness to your tip leader straight away. See the links at the bottom of this page for further reading on AMS.

DIAMOX

There are a number of untested herbal remedies which claim to prevent mountain sickness. However, only one drug is currently known to have a useful role in preventing AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (Diamox). We recommend that you carry Diamox in your first aid kit for treks where you spend an extended period above 4000m. Diamox can only be obtained from a medical professional on prescription and it is important that you first consult your own doctor so that you know there are no contra indications with other medicines you may be taking and that you do not have an allergy to acetazolamide. Diamox commonly causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and toes, or a metallic taste in the mouth, but more severe reactions are rare. On trek, the decision whether or not and when, you should take Diamox as with any drug, will rest solely with you. If you intend to take Diamox, you must familiarize yourself with the appropriate dosage and regime prior to coming on the trip. The links at the bottom of this page will provide further information on the use of Diamox as an aid to acclimatization.

Travelling to high altitudes is not something you need to be scared of. Every year thousands of people enjoy the most amazing experiences in the world's greatest mountain ranges. Altitude sickness is entirely preventable if you follow very simple rules and procedures. Please make sure you are aware of these before you travel.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.