Baltistan is known a the Tibet-e-khurd or little Tibet since its life style reflects that of the roop of the world and the land of lamas. It borders on the Chinese province of Sinkiang and Indian occupied Kashmir.The tourist season is from april to october.apart from its incomparable cluster of moutain peaks and glaciers, Baltistan,s five valleys Shigar Skardu Khaplum Rondu and Kharmang-are noted for their luscious peaches, apricots, apples and pears Shigar valley is the gateway to the mountain peaks of Karakorams. Skardu has a historic fort atop a ridge known as Mindoq khar castle of queen Mindoq and two lovely lakes Karpachu and Satpara lake are ideal for fishing.polo is a favorite sport in Skardu besides hiking, trekking and mountaineering etc.
Skardu, capital of Baltistan, is perched 2450 meters above sea level in the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range.skardu is linked to the national capital of Islamabad by PIA which operates regular Boeing and Fokker flights. The air journey is full of thrills and would itself be regarded as the highlight of the visit.after following the same air route which connects Gilgit to Islamabad, the plane turns right and flies over the gorge of the Indus river.Enormous rock faces rise on either side and at times it seems as if the wingtips of the plane would almost scrape against them.they never do.
Khaplu is the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.Lying 103 km east of the town of Skardu, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. Khaplu Valley is 103 kilometers from Skardu and two hours by jeep. It is a sprawling village located at the confluence of the Indus and the Shyok Rivers in Pakistan. Khaplu is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum mountains. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri and Siachen etc. are located there.
The Shigar Valley is a valley in Baltistan in northern Pakistan that is watered by the Shigar River. The valley stretches about 170 km from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to the high mountains of the Karakoram. The town of Shigar is the largest settlement in valley. Even though the Shigar Valley is a remote and largely inaccessible place, there are several villages in the valley. Askole is the last settlement in the Shigar Valley, which is still far from the high mountains.
The Deosai National Park
Deosai refers to the “Land of Giants”. Deosai Plains are situated in Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The National Park of Deosai is located on the Deosai Plains of the northern geographic region. Deosai National Park is at an average altitude of 4,114 meters above the sea level, making the Deosai Plains the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjoining Tibetan Plateau. It protects an area of 3,000 square kilometers. It is well famous for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau. In the Spring spell it is roofed by sweeps wildflowers and a diversity of butterflies. Deosai Lake also known as Sheosar Lake from the Shina language meaning “Blind lake” is in the park. The lake, at an elevation of 4,142 meters, is one of the highest elevated lakes in the world. Its length is 2.3 kilometers, width 1.8 kilometers and average depth is about 40 meters. It is situated close to the Chilim Valley on the Deosai Plains.