Skardu Tour


Unwind in the heart of Skardu, a captivating jewel nestled in Pakistan’s breathtaking Gilgit Baltistan region, is a captivating spot noted for its unrivaled natural splendor and historical significance. Skardu is Carved by the Indus and Shigar rivers, Skardu nestles amidst the majestic peaks of the Karakoram Range such as the great Karakoram Range. The town serves as an Gateway to legendary peaks, making it a A paradise for trekkers and adventurers. Skardu, with its Unveil breathtaking scenery – tranquil lakes reflecting snow-capped peaks, lush valleys cradling ancient forts, and a rich cultural tapestry waiting to be explored, welcomes travelers to discover its rich cultural legacy, which includes attractions like explore the historic Skardu Fort, a timeless sentinel whispering tales of the past. The adjacent Discover hidden gems like the Shangrila Resort, a haven of tranquility beside Upper Kachura Lake, and the captivating Shigar Fort, steeped in history add to Skardu’s attractiveness.
Ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Skardu? With Guide To Pakistan, experience the warmth of Pakistani hospitality so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime, exploring the most captivating corners of Skardu. Leave everything to us – from luxurious accommodations and transport to delicious local cuisine.

Skardu is a popular tourist attraction noted for its beautiful mountain scenery, and there are other worthwhile attractions in the region. The following are the places you will visit on the Skardu trip

Khaplu Palace

The Khaplu Palace is a historic building that was once the residence of the Raja of Khaplu. It is now open to the public as a museum, and visitors can take a tour to learn about the history of the region and the traditional way of life of the people who lived here.

Shangrila Resort

Shangrila Resort is a popular tourist destination located near Skardu. The resort is known for its beautiful setting, with views of the Karakoram mountain range and the Indus River. It also has a lake and a waterfall, which make for a scenic and relaxing day out.

Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is a beautiful wilderness area located in the Himalayas. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Himalayan brown bear, and is a great place for hikers and nature lovers to explore.

Shigar Fort

Shigar Fort is a historic fort located in the Shigar Valley. It was built in the 17th century and has been well-preserved, making it a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can tour the fort and learn about its history.

Skardu Bazaar

Skardu Bazaar is the main market in Skardu, and it is a great place to shop for souvenirs and local handicrafts. The bazaar is also a great place to sample local food and learn about the culture of the region.

Basho Valley

The Basho Valley is on the way to Skardu and Gilgit. Basho Valley (Sultan Abad) has trout; however, a fishing license is necessary from Skardu’s Fisheries Department.

Departure Time: 05:00 AM
Return Time: 06:00 PM

GTP’s exciting 7-day journey to Skardu begins with a departure from Islamabad, winding through locations such as Mansehra and the Kaghan Valley, concluding in a night stay at Batakundi Resort. The next day begins with a spectacular journey to Skardu via Babusar Pass and Lulusar Lake, which provides an excellent photographic opportunity. The program for the third day immerses visitors in Skardu’s delights, from the Shangrila Resort and Upper Kachura Lake to the historic Shigar Fort Residence. The fourth day brings you to Khaplu, where you can see the culturally rich Khaplu Fort and waterfalls. The following day takes you on an exciting 4×4 jeep ride to the scenic Deosai Plateau, stopping at Sadpara Lake and Sheosar Lake. The sixth day includes a visit to Naran Kaghan, with lunch at the famed Babusar Top, before wrapping out the tour on the last day with a gorgeous drive back to Islamabad. This well-planned tour allows for a perfect experience of Skardu’s natural treasures, cultural landmarks, and the stunning landscapes of northern Pakistan.

  • The best time to experience the lush green scenery ofSkardu Valley in pleasant weather is from June to September.
  • Skardu’s clear skies make it an ideal spot for stargazing. Bring a telescope or a stargazing app on your smartphone to fully appreciate the celestial beauty of the night sky.
  • Enjoy local cultural events to experience the traditional celebrations and fun.
  • Enhance your Skardu experience by camping near one of the serene lakes or in the surrounding valleys.
  • If visiting during the warmer months, explore water sports options on the lakes, such as kayaking or paddleboarding.
  • Bring warm clothes with you to keep yourself safe from temperature changes.
  • Skardu is a haven for bird watchers. Bring a bird guidebook and binoculars to identify and appreciate the diverse bird species.

Day-1 : Departure from Islamabad

  • Pickup and departure from Islamabad (Bahria Phase 3, 1964)
  • Next Stop: Refreshments at Mansehra (175km/3hrs)
  • Next Stop: Lunch in the Kaghan Valley (100km/3 hrs).
  • Dinner and Night Stay at Batakundi Resort

Day-2 : Arrival at Skardu

  • Breakfast at Batakundi Resort
  • Departure for Skardu along the Indus River (350km/8 hrs)
  • Drive towards Babusar Pass (4,170m/13,690 ft)
  • Next Stop at Lulusar Lake for Photography
  • Next Stop at Babusar Top for Photography
  • Next Stop for Lunch in Skardu city

Day-3 : Skardu Trip Activities

  • Breakfast in Skardu Resort
  • Drive to Shangrila Resort
  • Visit: Upper Kachura Lake
  • Visit: Cold Desert
  • Visit: Shigar Fort Residence (lunch)
  • Drive back to Skardu city and hike to Kharpocho fort (a 40-minute hike–optional).
  • Skardu Resort Dinner and overnight stay

Day-4 : Visit Khaplu Residence & Waterfalls

  • Breakfast in Skardu Resort
  • Drive to Khaplu (120km/3 hrs).
  • Visit: Khaplu Fort Residence (Aga Khan Cultural Services, Pakistan)
  • Visit to Khaplu waterfalls (lunch)
  • Drive Back to Skardu Resort for Dinner & Night’s stay

Day-5 : Departure for Deosai Plains

  • Breakfast in Skardu Resort
  • Departure for Deosai Plateau (4×4 jeep track)
  • Next Stop: at Sadpara Lake (25 kilometers/1 hour)
  • Picnic lunch at Deosai National Park (40km/2 hrs)
  • Next Stop: at Sheosar lake and Bara Pani (20km/40min)
  • Drive Back to Skardu Resort for Dinner & Night’s stay

Day-6 : Visit to Naran Kaghan

  • Breakfast in Skardu Resort
  • Departure for Naran (360km/8 hrs)
  • Next Stop: for lunch at Babusar Top (Ibex Meadows Café)
  • Dinner & Night Stay in Kaghan Resort

Day-7 : Departure for Islamabad

  • Kaghan Resort Breakfast
  • Departure for Islamabad through Hazara Motorway
  • Next Stop: for lunch at Mansehra Motorway Service Area (140km/4.30hrs)
  • Arrival and drop off in Islamabad


  • A-grade air conditioned transport
  • A-class accommodation (2 persons sharing)
  • Jeep drives, tolls, and tickets for attractions (if any)
  • Breakfast, midday meal, and dinner
  • Munchies, cookies
  • Beverages and mineral water
  • Fuel expenses
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Tour manager

Not Included

  • Personal shopping
  • Sporting activities and rides
  • Anything not mentioned in “Included”
  • Skardu serves as the gateway to the majestic Karakoram Range, one of the Greater Ranges of Asia.
  • Skardu is home to the highest cold desert in the world, the Katpana Desert.
  • Skardu is a popular starting point for treks to the K2 Base Camp.
  • Skardu has a fusion of cultures, with influences from Tibetan, Central Asian, and South Asian traditions.
  • Skardu is a hub for traditional crafts, including intricate wood carvings, Patti embroidery, and handmade rugs.
  • Skardu offers a taste of Balti cuisine, known for its savory dishes like Skardu-style curry and momos (dumplings).
  • The best time to visit Skardu is during the late spring to early autumn months, spanning from May to October.
  • You should bring a copy of your National Identity Card (CNIC) (mandatory). If a participant does not have a CNIC, the Company maintains the right to deny them access to the trip without issuing a refund.
  • The Company reserves the right to substantially change, alter, or modify the trip schedule without prior notice to participants or costs due to unforeseen factors such as traffic jams, landslides, riots, terrorist activity, political chaos, stormy weather, or as legally permitted by the Company to be in the group’s best interests.
  • Please be mindful of the respect and privacy of the other participants. In the event of non-compliance with this condition, the Company and/or its member(s) reserve the right to exclude any person from the trip immediately and without prior notice.
  • You warrant and affirm that you do not own any explosives, firearms, or illegal substances throughout the journey.
  • The Company and its representative(s) shall not be held liable for any situation that emerges as a result of your mollification or negligence, and you shall keep the Company and its representative(s) harmless and indemnified against any legal or civil repercussions resulting from your acts in this regard. Participants possessing forbidden items will be expelled from the trip without a refund.
  • While the Company will take all reasonably practicable precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of the trip’s participants if an undesirable situation arises that is beyond the Company’s or its representative(s) reasonable control, or in the case of the occurrence of any unforeseen, inevitable circumstance, the Company and/or its representative(s) shall, for any reason whatsoever, not be held liable and responsible for any consequences.


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