Baltistan Tour- Skardu, Shigar, Khapulu
Baltistan , also known as Baltiyul or Little Tibet (Balti), is a mountainous region on the border of Pakistan and India in the Karakoram mountains just south of K2 (the world’s second-highest mountain). Baltistan borders Gilgit to the west, Xinjiang (China) in the north, Ladakh on the southeast and the Kashmir Valley on the southwest. Its average altitude is over 3,350 metres (10,990 ft).
Baltistan is home to more than 20 peaks of over 20,000 feet (6,100 m), including K2 (the second-highest mountain on earth. Other well-known peaks include Masherbrum (also known as K1), Broad Peak, Hidden Peak, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum IV and Chogolisa (in the Khaplu Valley). The following peaks have been scaled: The Himalayas advance into this region from India, Tibet and Nepal, and north of them are the Karakoram range. Both ranges run northwest, separated by the Indus River.
Skardu the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, is an epitome of beauty, serenity and wilderness, and is paths to some of the world’s highest mountains that includes K2, K3, and Gasherbrum; all are connected through this valley.
Skardu has several tourist resorts and many natural features, including plains, mountains and mountain-valley lakes. The Deosai plain, Satpara Lake and Basho also host tourists. North of Skardu, the Shigar valley offers plains, hiking tracks, peaks and campsites. Other valleys in Baltistan region are Khaplu, Rondu, Kachura Lake and Kharmang.
The region is inhabited primarily by Balti people of Tibetan descent. Millennia-old Tibetan culture, customs, norms, language and script still exist, although the vast majority of the population follows Islam.
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