5 things to do in Skardu

Skardu road is one of those roads that will drain every ounce of energy you have which is why people who can afford it usually go to Skardu by air. Going to Skardu by road is not only hectic but also dangerous if you’re going in the rainy season. Land sliding happens very often. People get stuck in Skardu or even worse on Skardu road for days. I was stuck in Skardu for around 3 days because the roads weren’t functional. And even after FWO did clear the road, the road’s condition was horrible. A little bit of rain and it would have been a disaster.

Skardu Road

Now you must be thinking if it’s such a risky road, why do people go there putting their lives in danger? Here’s why: It’s breathtaking.

Here are five most beautiful places in Skardu that you should absolutely see if you go there.

  1. Mantokha Waterfall

    I’m a sucker for lakes and waterfalls so naturally the first on my list is Manthoka waterfall. It’s located in Kharmang valley.

    Mantokha waterfallMantokha waterfallMantokha waterfall

  2. Satpara Lake

    It’s almost an hour away from Skardu city. The color of this lake is green which makes this lake so beautiful and different

    Satpara Lake Satpara Lake Satpara Lake

  3. Upper Kachura Lake

    Its a 40 minutes walking track to Upper Kachura Lake. You can explore its beauty by taking a boat ride too.

    Upper Kachura Lake Upper Kachura Lake

  4. Lower Kachura Lake

    This one is also called Shangrila Lake because around this beautiful lake is a resort named Shangrila.

    Shangrila Lake

  5.  Shigar Cold Desert

    Shigar cold desert is said to be the highest cold desert in the world. In winters It’s temperature can be as low as -25 Â°C.

    Shigar Cold desert

There is a lot more to see in Skardu other than these five. Deosai is around three to four hours away from Skardu and it’s better than all of the above combined which is why I’m to write a separate post for it.

If you have any questions about Skardu, don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂


5 things to do in skardu

4 thoughts on “5 things to do in Skardu

  1. Hi Hira I simply loved your articles. I also love traveling. I am planning my trip for skardu so your articles were very helpful. Isn’t it it better to fly there due to condition of the road. I just came back from a trip to Hunza and Khunjerab. It was also amazing. Plz mention some good hotels in skardu, khaplu and shigar. Isn’t khaplu fort is converted into Serena. I heard so. Please do rate it and shangrilla resort. Is it worth staying. I will wait for your reply.

    1. Hi Shazia! It’s definitely much easier to fly there if you can afford it. We stayed in Skadu Guest House. It wasn’t really a hotel but it was nice. I actually skipped Khaplu fort but I saw Shigar fort and yes it’s been converted into Serena Hotel but its rooms are very small and expensive so I wouldn’t consider staying there. Shangrilla resort is really nice.

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