Skardu Valley Tour Packages
Experience an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing beauty and cultural richness of Skardu Valley, nestled in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Spanning 400 square kilometres, the valley showcases shimmering lakes, towering mountains, and the grandeur of the Karakoram Range, a haven for nature enthusiasts, adventurers, and cultural lovers. The seven-hour drive from Jaglot on the Karakoram Highway unveils breathtaking vistas, gushing streams, and warm local hospitality. Culminating at the renowned Shangrila Resort, courtesy of Chairman Arif Aslam, the tour aims to provide an immersive experience, exploring the serene landscape, rich local culture, and adventurous spirit of the region—an idyllic escape for all types of travellers.
Famous Tourist Places in Skardu Valley:
- Shangrila Resort (Lower Kachura Lake): Known for its serene beauty and peaceful ambience, the resort offers boat rides on the Lower Kachura Lake.
- Upper Kachura Lake: A crystal-clear alpine lake surrounded by lush greenery and spectacular mountain views.
- Shigar Fort: A stunning fort offering a glimpse into the region's heritage and architecture, displaying intricate woodwork.
- Deosai National Park: A high-altitude plateau with diverse wildlife, including brown bears, and a stunning landscape known for its seasonal flower bloom.
- Satpara Lake: An artificial lake offering boating and fishing activities, surrounded by mountains and natural beauty.
- Manthal Buddha Rock: Ancient rock carvings featuring images of Buddha, located near Skardu city.
- Sadpara Dam: A majestic lake with a dam and hydroelectric power station, great for picnics and walks around the reservoir.
- Cold Desert of Katpana: A unique desert in the Skardu region featuring dunes and snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.
Weather: Best Time To Visit Skardu Valley
It is during the summer months from April to October when the weather is comparatively pleasant and the temperature is milder. This period is ideal for sightseeing, trekking, and enjoying various outdoor activities as the harsh winters and snowfall recede, allowing visitors to explore the region more comfortably. During the summer, many festivals and cultural events glimpse the rich local traditions and heritage. The warm weather also allows for outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, and exploring the valley's scenic beauty.
Skardu Valley exhibits a rich cultural heritage with influences from Tibet, Bali, and other regional cultures. The people are known for their traditional values, hospitality, and colourful customs, manifesting through festivals, music, and handicrafts.
The region's cuisine comprises a variety of local delicacies, including Skardu's signature dish, "Skardu Chappal Kebab." The cuisine heavily features rice, bread, meat, and dairy products, with unique spices and flavours.
Balti is the primary language spoken in Skardu. However, many residents are fluent in Urdu, Pakistan's official language. English is also spoken in some areas due to the growing tourism industry.
Dance and Music:
Folk dances and traditional music, including songs and musical instruments, reflect the cultural vibrancy of the region. Dances like "Jhoomar" and "Danju" are performed during local celebrations and events, accompanied by traditional instruments like "Surnai" and "Damal." These performances depict stories of the local heritage and traditions.
Day 1: Islamabad to Skardu
- Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Islamabad Airport for a flight to Skardu.
- Afternoon: Upon arrival in Skardu, transfer to the hotel.
- Activities: Full-day sightseeing tour of Skardu Bazaar, Sadpara Lake, and Shangrila.
Day 2: Skardu to Islamabad
- Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.
- Transfer: Proceed to Skardu Airport for the return flight to Islamabad.
- On arrival in Islamabad, You'll be picked up from the airport and transferred to your residence or hotel in Islamabad.
- Contingency Plan: If the Skardu-Islamabad flight is cancelled, a 22-24 hour road journey to Islamabad is an alternative, potentially involving an overnight stay en route.
- Additional Note: Any additional costs not mentioned in the program will be the client's responsibility. There's also an optional 6-day program available. For more information, check the website or contact the tour operator directly.
The itinerary spans two days, with the first day dedicated to your journey from Islamabad to Skardu, exploring various attractions, and the second day focusing on your return from Skardu to Islamabad, with provisions for potential flight cancellations.