April 2000 - Travel Pakistan

Kel Valley Azad Jammu Kashmir

Hunza Valley in Autumn

K-2 Siren of the Himalayas

Malam Jabba Swat Valley

Shangrilla Resort Skardu

Kohe Safed FATA

Passu Cones Gilgit-Baltistan

Apr 26, 2000

Stak valley (Stak Nala) Skardu Baltistan

Stak valley or Stak Nala, located to the north of Nanga Parbat (8,125 m), is a beautiful, spectacular and a breathtaking valley. This valley is located in the mid of the Skardu and Gilgit city on the Gilgit-Skardu road and right bank of Indus River. The valley is the largest valley in the "Subdivision Roundu" with an approximate population of 15,000. It takes about two and half hours to reach here either from Gilgit and Skardu city.
There is a PTDC motel, "PTDC Motel Stak Nala" in case one wants to stay for a night. Also, there are few local hotels too.

Places to Visit in Stak Nala:
The " Broq of Stak Nala", in local language high altitude area which is used for grazing of sheep, goats and other animals, is one of the picturesque and panoramic places to visit. At a single spot, one can find a hundred meters high natural waterfalls, lush green forest with species of alpine, conifer and junipers, vast and lush green plains and vast area covered by the glacier known as "Kutia Lungma Glacier". 

Favorable Season to Visit:
The best favorable season to visit Stak Valley is June to the end of August. In winter this valley is covered by the snow. The top of the peaks remains covered by the snow up to the mid of June.
From Stak Valley, one can visit Tormik Valley and Haramosh Valley via the mountain passes up to the end of July. One can visit the Shigar Valley as well via mountain pass from this valley.

Mountains to Climb

Stak Valley is also served as base camp for some of the towering mountains in the Karakoram Range having heights of more than 6000 meters. Some includes:
1- Haramosh-I         (7406 m)
2- Haramosh-II        (6666 m)
3- Parabar                (6321 m)

Stak Khar (also Staq Khar)

There is a remnant of a fort which was constructed by digging the earth. The interesting thing about this fort is, no any other materials like stone, wood or marble etc was not used during construction. It was wholly built by mud. It was constructed for defensive purpose as invasions were common in those days. The fort was on a raised ground at the Bank of the Stak River and there was an underground stair from the fort to the Stak River to bring water for drinking purpose and also for animals like horses etc. At the time when Stak would be invaded, people would gather in this fort. As there was a single door of the fort that was used to be locked and local army personals were deployed for duty at the door. The walls, made of mud, were so wide and thick that even bullets could not pass through it.

But later on, once the Stak River was blocked by a landslide for several days and the water level was reached to the fort. Before any breach appeared and the debris washed away by the temporary lake the whole fort was destroyed by the water except one wall towards the north. This wall standing like a giant until now surprise the people i.e how such a fort without any other supporting material was constructed. 

The area is also blessed with different kind of gemstones. The kinds of gemstones are tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, apatite, sphene, morganite and quartz. It is also expected that there are mines of iron too, but it is under survey. 

Apr 20, 2000

Public Transit | | Public transport in Gilgi-Baltistan | | How to hire a Taxi in Gilgit-Baltistan


Normally in other cities of Pakistan, there are other modes of public transport too, like Chingqui and Rickshaws etc. But in Gilgit-Baltistan, there are no such kinds of vehicles and Taxis are commonly used here. It is used for intra-city transport but sometimes it is used for inter-city transport as well, normally it is useful to hire a taxi at the time of hurry. For long trips, other modes of transportation are used.
Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Gilgit-Baltistan. They can be found at taxi stands, airports, in markets and in front of hotels etc. The fares of the taxis are not fixed, it changes from time to time and region to region.  Note this in mind and make sure to have some cash ( in PKR) because there is no any system of credit cards or pre-paid public transportation cards system.

Suzuki's and Vans

The Suzuki and vans (locally known as wagons) have fixed stands and follow the fixed routes. These connect different parts of the city. These are the cheapest means of transportation and carries to long distances in very less amount of fare i.e it takes only 20 PKR to cover 5 or 6 kilometers. But it is somewhat time-consuming in some areas because it does not move to the destination until all the seats are taken by the passengers.

Buses in Gilgit-Baltistan

Buses operate among Islamabad, Gilgit, and Skardu. It takes about 20 hours to reach Gilgit and 24 hours for Skardu from Islamabad.
There are a lot of transport agencies which operate between these cities. Prominent bus service which is operated by the government is NATCO " Northern Areas Transport Corporation" The buses travel on KKH "Karakorum Highway" For detail about timing of the departure and how buses make stops on the way visit " By Road" section of this website.