Oct 9, 2014
Gilgit-Skardu Road is a road which links the Gilgit City, the administrative headquarter of the Gilgit-Baltistan with the Skardu city. This road is approximately 225 km long and takes about 5 and half hour to reach from Gilgit to Skardu. The road was constructed by the Engineers of the Pakistan Army in collaboration with Chines Engineers. It was completed and opened to the public in 1982.
The road is one of the world's dangerous roads which has been constructed by cutting the rocky mountains of the Karakoram and Himalaya. Pakistan Army had lost a number of soldiers while completing this road. One can see the name of soldiers inscribed on stone or marble beside the road at the interval. The road follows every twist and turns of the Indus River from Gilgit up to the Skardu.
While on the way from Gilgit to Skardu there comes a number of valleys and number of suspension bridges which connect the northern part of the Roundu Valley (a subdivision of Skardu District) with the southern part by transecting the Indus River. Roundu valley is actually the gateway to the Baltistan division where there are mighty mountains of the world and the world's second highest plateau, Desai plain.
The Roundu valley is about 136 kilometers long and passing through this valley you will see a number of suspension bridges, small settlements at the interval and a small town, the subdivisional headquarter at Dambudas. The suspension bridges of about hundred meters long connect the Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges. When you are passing through the Gilgit-Skardu road, the road is on the right bank of the Indus river which is known as Karakoram mountain ranges and the valleys across the Indus River are Himalayan regions. In simple words, these bridges connect the world's two mightiest mountain ranges.
The road is very beautiful and dangerous as well. Beautiful in the term you would see beautiful valleys, streams, waterfalls on the Gilgit-Skardu road but dangerous in the term that the road nowadays is in very unmaintained condition. The road is in very dilapidate condition and it takes 5 to 6 hours to reach from Gilgit to Skardu. If the road is maintained it would take a maximum of 3 or three and half hours.
Where is Basho Valley located?Basho is a beautiful and picturesque valley in Skardu city at a distance of about one and half hour drive from the main city. The valley is covered by the lush evergreen forest of pine, juniper and others species of trees, pastures and gushing, gurgling and trickling streams which make it a part of the heaven. The top of the peaks remains covered by the snow even in the summer.
Why should you visit the Basho Valley?
If you have visited the Skardu city then this place should be on the list of must-see places because it is near the city and you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Himalayan and Karakoram peaks at one spot. When you are at the meadows of Basho valley then you will be witnessing the world's two highest mountain ranges at the same spot. The Basho valley itself is one the Himalayan side and the towering rocky mountains across the Indus River are the Karakoram mountain ranges. So you would witness the gleaming icy summits of the two mountain ranges from some 11000 feet above the sea level.
The best thing is you can return to Skardu city after visiting the valley via a jeep road. You can enjoy fishing and also taste different kinds of fruits: apricot, apple, grapes etc.
Keep in mind that the road leading to this valley is unpaved and only Jeep or Toyota can reach up to the top of the pastures. Small vehicles like taxis, Suzukis or cars wouldn't be able to reach the top.
Also if you want to buy any kind of fishing or hiking gear you should buy these things in Skardu city before departure. There would be no shops except the small grocery shops, so stock yourself with whatever gears you want to take with you.
Oct 7, 2014
Everyone knows that Pakistan is heaven for the nature lovers especially the mountain climbers. World's three mightiest mountains ranges, Himalaya, Karakorum, and Hindukush, are located in Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan. There are more than 100 mountains in Pakistan which are more than 7000 meters above sea level. In the world, there are total 14 peaks which are more than 8,000 meters above sea level and out of them, five peaks are in Pakistan.
Actually, if you visit the area of Gilgit-Baltistan by air and have a look down into the valleys from the plan you will get an idea of how densely these areas are filled with the mountains and glaciers. The towering rocky mountains standing like a giant gives mesmerizing views to the tourists, even if you are not able to visit the base camp of K-2 and Nanga Parbat you don't need to worry, you can find high rocky mountains around the city of Gilgit, Skardu, and Hunza.
If you want to explore the mountains of Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush thoroughly then by road Journey from Islamabad to Skardu is one of the journeys, to enjoy the look of gleaming mighty peaks of the world's three mightiest mountain ranges. While passing on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) you will learn that how densely the region of Gilgit-Baltistan is packed with the rocky mountains and glaciers. En route to Gilgit or Skardu, you will be able to sight the gleaming icy summit of Nanga Parbat (Ninth highest peak in the world) from KKH and also you will witness the junction where the three mightiest mountain ranges meet.
10) Batura Sar
Batura Sar also referred to as Batura I, is the 25th highest mountain on earth. and the 10th highest in Pakistan.It is located in the Hunza Valley of the Gilgit.
Masherbrum is located in the Ghanche District, Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. At 7,821 metres it is the 22nd highest mountain in the world and the 9th highest in Pakistan.
8) Kunyang Chhish
Khunyang Chhish is the second-highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan.With the height of 7823m it is ranked 21st in the world and 8th in Pakistan.
7) Distaghil Sar
Disteghil Sar or Distaghil Sar is the highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range, in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the 19th highest mountain on earth and the 7th highest peak in Pakistan.
6) Gasherbrum IV
Gasherbrum IV(7,925 m) is the 17th highest mountain on Earth and the 6th highest in Pakistan. It is one of the peaks in the Gasherbrum massif.
4) Broad Peak
3) Gasherbrum I
2) Nanga Parbat