Skardu is a city in the Gilgit Baltistan autonomous region of Pakistan. It is the largest city and administrative capital of Baltistan region. Skardu is one of the best destinations in the world with respect to every kind of tourism. The landscape is rich in diversity, and the weather is beyond amazing, especially in the peak tourism season. There are sky-piercing mountains and cliffs surrounds the 10 kilometres wide by 40 kilometres long Skardu Valley, with rivers flowing on each flank along with beautiful flora and fauna. The diversity is so unique that you can find a whole desert between the lush green valleys, lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Each year, millions of people from Pakistan and abroad visit this beautiful place and enjoy the best time of their lives.

Amazing things to do in Skardu

So if you are planning to visit Skardu anytime soon, this will be one of the best treats you can give yourself. But some people will still assume that visiting this immaculate part of the world will require spending a good deal of money. This is not true at any scale. Baltistan is the land of the most hospitable and kind-hearted people in the world, and Skardu is their capital. So Skardu will give you the warmest of welcome even if you have some money on you or not. There are a lot of things that you can do here that Skardovians won’t charge you a single penny for.


For this reason, we are going to discuss all the amazing things you can do in Skardu city for absolutely free. Read on, plan your trip and enjoy every moment in one of the highest, culturally, historically richest, and geographically diverse regions of the world.

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Amazing things to do in Skardu

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Amazing Things to do in Skardu for Free

Doing Organic Valley trek

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Organic valley

Organic Valley Trek starts from the main Skardu market road alongside the Football Stadium and Polo Ground. You need to trek for almost an hour alongside River Indus on a mountainous path and some wooden bridges. This trek may seem quite dangerous to a visitor at first, but it is not. You just need to focus all your attention on the path and it will become easy in a matter of a few minutes. The view of the city and the river is beyond the description of words. Stop for some photography and capture some amazing snaps of the whole valley. Once reached Organic Valley, you can find products made from completely organic ingredients.

Visiting Kharpocho Fort

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Kharpocho Fort

Kharpocho Fort or Skardu Fort is located just above the trek of Organic Valley. As compared with other treks, this is quite easy and awarding. From the balcony of this fort, you can see the whole Skardu City along with a large part of the valley. Witness the beauty of nature and diverse setting for the whole landscape from the 16th-century historical fort. Don’t forget to take your camera when visiting this majestic place, or you will regret later.

Dipping in Katpana Lake in Katpana desert


Amazing things to do in Skardu - Katpana Lake

Katpana Lake is located on the shores of River Indus in Katpana Desert near Skardu city. This lake is a perfect and an easy getaway from the busy streets of Skardu city. Here you can enjoy some swimming in the fresh waters of this beautiful lake, along with taking a few pictures of the beautiful surrounding areas. Katpana desert is also located in the vicinity, so you have a great chance to explore this area too.

Hitch-hiking to Sarfaranga Desert

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Sarfaranga Desert

Sarfaranga desert is located some 15 odd kilometres from the city centre. This place is like a mystery to all researchers and geologists. It is actually one of the highest deserts on this planet and one of the coldest as well. With all the lush green valleys in Baltistan, this place is truly majestic and different with a mixture of mountains, sand dunes, flowing rivers, springs, and even snow in the winters.

Enjoying the hospitality of the locals

Amazing things to do in Skardu

The people of Baltistan are one of the most welcoming and hospitable in the world. They don’t see who their guest is, and where they are from, and just invite them in their houses for tea and food no matter you know them or not. Their hospitality is unmatched and can leave you in a surprise. They are the kindest and sweetest people living in the mountains, and when they invite you to have food with them, never hesitate for even a second.

Visiting Kachura and its beautiful lakes

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Kachura Shangrila Lake
Shangrila Lake (Lower Kachura)

Kachura is located on a distance of 30 kilometres from Skardu. This is a beautiful valley and is known for its beautiful lakes, waterfalls, streams, springs, flora and fauna. Although Lower Kachura Lake, or better known as Shangrila Lake now is closed for a general public visit due to its acquisition by some officers, you can still visit the more beautiful and raw Upper Kachura Lake. The water is shallow at some places, and surprisingly it is also warm. So you can also go for a swim there. If you want to explore Kachura more, visit Sok Nala. It is situated upwards from Upper Kachura Lake and can be accessed by trekking for 30 minutes.

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Upper Kachura Lake
Upper Kachura Lake

Hussainabad Waterfall

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Hussainabad Waterfall

Hussainabad Waterfall is located in Hussainabad town in the vicinity of Skardu city. This is a beautiful place with an amazing waterfall flowing into the River Indus. You can easily reach there by asking the locals about its exact location.

Window shopping in Skardu market

Amazing things to do in Skardu - Shopping Market

One of the best free features of this city is window shopping in the main bazaar. You can visit this market and look for locally made crafts such as decoration items, gifts, caps, dresses, and another mountaineering item such as crampons, down jackets, sleeping bags, climbing axe, and etc. Enjoy exploring different stuff in the Skardu market and make the most of your time.