Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is part of Shangrila resort located at 30 minutes from Skardu town & 15 minutes from Skardu airport. Shangrila is one of the most popular summer tourist destination of Pakistan. It offers mouth watering Pakistani & international cusines to tourist visiting shangrila skardu has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft.
Shangrila was named after a book titled “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. In the novel, the author narrates a tale in which an aeroplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning “Heaven on earth”.
Skardu is a major tourism & trekiking hub in Gilgit-Baltistan. The mountainous terrain of the region, including four of the world’s 14 Eight-thousander peaks (8,000 m and above), attracts the attention of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. The main tourist season is from April to October; except this time, the area can be cut off for extended periods by the snowy, freezing winter weather.
Please find proposed trip itinerary given below.
| 8-DAYS TOUR GILGIT, SKARDU
||Departure from Islamabad to Abbottabad (1,220 meter) -gateway to the captivating North of Pakistan. Short stay en-route. Visit Taxila Museum. Arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening, sightseeing of Abbottabad. 0/N at Abbottabad.
(Travel Time: 3 hours)
||Departure for Chilas. The main attraction of Chilas is the incredible collection of Rock Art, which depicts early history of the region. Short stay en-route for lunch. 0/Nat Chilas.
(Travel time: 8 hours)
||Departure for Skardu, capital of Baltistan (height 2,438m) located in the backdrop of great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range. Baltistan is known as the “Little Tibet” and it is a cluster of mountain peaks and glaciers. Five valleys of Baltistan-Skardu, Shigar, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are noted for their juicy peaches, apricots, apples and pears. Arrival and transfer to hotel. 0/N at Skardu.
(Travel time: 12 hours)
||Departure for Shigar Valley – gateway to the great mountain peaks of the Karakorams, i.e Gasherbrum Peak and K-2. Visit of 400 years old Wooden Mosque and Fort. Departure for Sad Para Lake from Shigar Valley. 0/Nat Skardu.
(Travel Time: 5 hours two way)
||Departure for Khaplu Valley, the scenic valley of the Shyok River located 103 km from Skardu. Many famous mountains such as Masherbrum, Saltoro. Sia Kangri, K-6, K- 7 is located here. 0/N at Skardu.
(Travel Time: 6 hours two way)
||Departure for Gilgit (height 1,454m) along with Indus River. The little town has spectacular scenic beauty. Short stay en-route at Kachura Lake. Arrival and transfer to hotel. By evening, visit of the city. 0/Nat Gilgit.
(Travel Time: 9 hours)
||Departure for Besham – gateway to K.K.H, the old silk route. Sightseeing en-route. 0/N at Besham.
(Travel Time: 8 hours)
||Departure for Islamabad. Short stays at Abbottabad and historical village Bhera (famous for Kino Gardens).
(Travel Time: 9-hours)
| End of Tour
Accommodation (on sharing basis) in First Class Hotel with Continental Breakfast, A/C (non A/C) Transport, Toll taxes, Entry tickets and Guide services.