By Air journey from Islamabad to Gilgit and Skardu - Travel Pakistan

May 24, 2008

By Air journey from Islamabad to Gilgit and Skardu

What is the best way to reach Gilgit-Baltistan? 

If you want to visit the heavenly places of Gilgit-Baltistan then the most enjoyable and convenient way to reach there is the by air journey. The by air journey will take you from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to the Skardu and Gilgit in just 45 minutes. PIA (Pakistan International Airline) operates among Islamabad, Skardu, and Gilgit. You will enjoy the journey flying above the three mightiest mountain ranges of the world (Himalaya, Karakorum, and Hindukush) watching the peaks blanketed by snow and the glaciers which are spanned over miles. 

Why is it best to go there by air? 

Well, there is no coercion that you can only go there by air, it is your preference to choose from the two options which suit you;  by air or by road journey. But we want to let you know that by road journey is although enjoyable but it is accompanied by many other problems and hardships. In by road journey you can face the delay due to landslides, which is pretty common on KKH (Karakoram Highway) and Gilgit-Skardu road and sometimes you need to wait for hours until the debris is removed. Sometimes the technical faults in the vehicles take hours to fix, as it takes 24 hours to reach Skardu from Islamabad and in most of the cases the buses pass from the barren ravines along the Indus River and when any issue is faced they (the driver and conductor) need to fix by themselves. Again it takes hours. 

What are other things to consider? 

Once you have made the intention to make a by air journey then it wouldn't be that easy as it is in other parts of the world. The by air journey to Gilgit and Skardu is pretty competitive and uncertain as well. 
Competitive in the term that only the PIA plans operate between Islamabad and these two cities and other private airlines are not allowed to operate therefore it would be very hard to buy the ticket at the eleventh hour. We suggest you book the ticket in advance and arrange the schedules accordingly. Especially in summer, it would be very difficult to get it confirmed that you would board on the plan even if you have the ticket. 
It is uncertain in the term that the flights are dependent on the weather. The airports in Gilgit and Skardu are not all-weather airports and also the landscape is very mountainous therefore flights are canceled many times due to bad weather. 
We hope the government of Pakistan will take consideration in coming years and make the airports in the region all-weather airports and allow the private airlines to operate there as well. If private airlines are allowed to operate the issue would be solved because even if the plans haven't been able to land there for two days on the third day all the passengers will be there in Skardu or Gilgit. But the problem now is, the PIA plans are small and if the weather nix the chance of flight for two days then the passengers are queued up in Islamabad and it takes days to carry them all there. 

For Reservation
PIA Offices
Islamabad, Pakistan
PIA Building, 49 Blue Area, Islamabad
Cargo Phone
9209969/9209968/9209911 EXT 5284 / 5285 / 5242

Skardu, Pakistan
Chashma Bazar Skardu
Cargo phone
Gilgit, Pakistan
PIA Sales Office CSD Complex Gilgit
05811-920348 / 920346
Cargo phone


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