Are you planning to visit Shigar valley? The most beautiful landscape in Gilgit Baltistan North of Pakistan. Are you still confused about where to visit first and when to start your tour? Then you have come to the right place. In this post, we will share with you, the ten most beautiful places in Shigar Valley to make your tour memorable and your travel to Shigar Valley more comfortable and exciting. Here you can find the best tourist destination in Shigar Valley. The places are arranged in ascending order to route distance from Skardu city rather than popularity. Let’s enjoy this post and plan a better trip to hunt exciting and unforgettable memories at most of the beautiful places of Shigar Valley.
1. The Shigar View Point.
The journey toward the beautiful valley of Shigar starts with a beautiful bridge called the Shigar bridge a twenty minutes drive from Skardu city. Just after crossing the bridge, you have a magnificent view of a desert known as the Cold Desert Shigar. The road on the cold desert Shigar is long and smooth and is so charming that one wishes it to continue all day as it is. After 15 minutes drive through the curve adventurous road on mountains you first reach The Shigar View Point. This particular location is called viewpoint because almost a large area of Shigar Valley can be seen from here. Tourists can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shigar Valley from this location.
2. The Blind Lake Shigar
The Blind Lake Shigar, locally known as Jarbazoo more accurately Jarbachzoo is a serene freshwater lake in Shigar Valley. The view of Blind Lake Shigar is magnificent and exotic. It is a favorite tourist destination and the best place for photography.
The crystal clear blue water of the lake and lush green surroundings make its view more charming. Tourists can enjoy swimming and boating here.
The lake is located within 25 minute drive from Shigar Viewpoint down at the bank of the river.
3. The River of Shigar.
The turquoise-blue stream wound its merry way through the mountains and landscapes. Babbling and burbling, it sprung over the rocks in its way. Pebbles whisked about in the under wash like pieces of glitter. Streams are the liquid soul of the mountains of Shigar Valley. It is wonderful and awesome to experience a beautiful sunset at the bank of Shigar valley. The splashing sounds of water and the melodies of birds elevated by the relaxing sounds of nature are just amazing. Never miss this moment if you ever visit Shigar Valley.
4. The Shigar Fort, The Place on Rocks.
Shigar Fort is locally known as Fong Khar, which is a local baltic language that means the place on rocks. It was built by Hassan Khan, the 20th ruler of the Amacha Dynasty, in the early 17th century.
Shigar Fort is Located on the legendary route to the world’s second-highest mountain K-2. It is located in oasis-like surroundings, irrigated by the waters from the glaciers of Baltistan – one of the most impressive regions in the high Karakoram ranges and unsurpassed in natural beauty and cultural richness.
For route and activity information read Shigar Fort, a Royal Fort Locally Known as The Palace on Rocks.
5. The Ambrique Mosque Shigar.
The Ambrique mosque in Shigar Valley is known as Khilangrong. The mosque in heart of Shigar Valley is believed to have sustained the rough times and weather for more than four centuries, as it was built in the 18th century. This mosque looks like a dusty, wooden, two-floor architecture. Like most of the housing architectures in the region, the mosque has a wooden structure with beautiful woodwork on it.
It is the best place to visit in Shigar Valley if take interest in antique and historical things.
Root to Ambrique Mosque Shigar.
Drive to Shigar Valley PSO Petrol Pump, there you will find a link road with a signboard telling the direction to the mosque.
6. Hashupi Bagh Shigar, The Apple Garden.
Hashupi Bagh in Shigar Valley is a garden of different fruits dominantly a large variety of apples in it. Cheery is also found here. This garden is a tourist spot and rest area. The garden is beautifully maintained with colorful flowers and lush green landscapes.
Hashupi bagh is on a drive of 80 minutes from Skardu city. Tourist usually goes there to buy fresh fruits and have some rest while touring and sightseeing in other areas of Shigar Valley.
7. Baltoro Glaciers.
Want to see one of the longest glaciers located in the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges. Here in Shigar Valley where you go. This Place is not for normal tourists visiting Shigar Valley because it is a very hard tour, but if you love trekking and take risks in life with adventure the next three places are for you.
You have to travel to Askoli Valley Shigar from Skardu, a one-day travel time. From Askoli you have to walk for five days to reach Baltoro Glaciers and so on.
8. K2 Base Camp.
This is one of the greatest treks in the world, unbeatable in terms of close-up mountain views and proximity to many of the world’s highest peaks. After an almost trekking of seven days, we could reach the famous Concordia which is the junction between Baltoro and Godwin Austin a place which serves at the base for four major mountains Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ), and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ). This place is far most one of the beautiful places in the world and the view of K2 on a clear day can be severely mesmerizing.
9. The K2 Mountain.
The K2 is the world’s second-highest peak with an elevation of 8611 meters. Locally in the Balti language, K2 is known as “Chogori” which means the king of mountains. The k2 is located in the Karakoram mountains and on the border of Pak-China. K2 is a rocky mountain uphill 6000m but the track transforms into a mountain of snow as you progress. In 1887 first time the k2 and various glaciers were discovered by a British surveyor Goodwin Austin. K2 gained international attention when a number of expeditions failed because of the harsh weather conditions and strenuous track. Finally, Lino Lacedelli and Achilles Compagni climbed K2 and laid the foundation for others to follow.
10. Hisper, Snow Lake, Hoo Valley.
Snow Lake, or Lukpe Lawo, is a high-altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit-Baltistan. Snow Lake is located 16,000 feet (4,877 m) above sea level and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers, which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forming a 61 mile (100 km) river of ice that is among the world’s longest continuous glacier systems outside of the polar regions. Martin Conway, the first foreign visitor, gave Snow Lake the name in 1892. Conway described Snow Lake as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer. Snow Lake is very difficult to reach, however, and only about 200 people manage to reach it per year.
The Jamal Pass trek begins in the green and beautiful Hoh valley and crosses the 5300 meters high Jamal Pass down to the massive Biafo glacier. From Biafo glacier it is possible to continue on the Biafo-Hispar Snow Lake Trek to Hunza. This new route directly connects Hunza to Shigar Valley.