Baltistan is one of the three (3) divisions of Gilgit Baltistan provience. Capital of Baltistan is Skardu.
Baltistan covers 72,000 sq.km area & having 322,000 populations. There are five (5 ) districts in Baltistan, named Ghanche, Shigar, Kharmang, Skardu & Dambudas. Baltistan religious ethnicity is mainly belongs to Shia sect of Islam. Demographically Baltistan is a blend of Balti, Tibetan, Monpas & few Kashmiris.
Baltistan climate has many variations. In summers the mercury may rise up to 30 Celsius & in winter it may drop down to 16 Celsius below 0 Celsius. Baltistan is also a rich geographical region having many features which are unique in this world. There will be very few regions in the world which offer deserts, lakes, rivers, oasis, Rocky Mountains, snow covered peaks, longest glaciers out of the Polar Regions & highest mountains in the world.
Baltistan is having one of the highest literacy rates in Pakistan. This reflects in the behaviors of its inhabitants. Generally people of this area are quite, calm & polite.
For tourists Baltistan is a famous arena for mountaineers, trekkers, excursion & historical tourists. Baltistan is home to more than 20 peaks of over 6,100 metres (20,000 ft), 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 II, Gasherbrum IV and Chogolisa.
Baltistan is a rocky wilderness of around 72,000 square kilometers, with the largest cluster of mountains in the world and the biggest glaciers outside the Polar Regions. 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. Along the Indus and its tributaries are many valleys. Glaciers include Baltoro, Biafo, Siachen, Trango and Godwin-Austen glaciers.
Here tourists can enjoy lakes, like Upper Kachura Lake, Sheosar Lake, Blind Lake, Sadpara Lake.& Snow Lake. Except Snow Lake all are easily accessible by jeep but to attempt snow lake one must have hard trek experience.
Deosai is another interesting feature of this region, because Deosai is the world’s second highest plateau having 13,497 feet altitude. This place is also the habitat of Himalayan Brown Bears which is the endangered species in the world but here this sanctuary their number is growing.
Because of its historical & cultural ties with Tibet, Baltistan is also known as “Little Tibet”. This reflects in their architecture, culture & in the features of some of the people of this region.
This tour is designed for the adventure seekers who love outdoors & nature. This Jeep Safari Tour will start from Islamabad and during this tour we will be driving through lush green mountains of Himalayas, rocky mountains of Karakorum, we will pass through lakes, passes, deserts, plateaus, oasis. We will also be able to see cultural heritage of Baltistan.
Our journey will let us experience of many climatic zones, where we will experience cold, moderate & extremely hot climates. We will see stary nights, cloudy days, sunny days, cold nights.
Mainly this tour will be a great outdoor adventure & we will have fun during this whole tour.
Places to be Covered
- Batakundi, Lulusar Lake, Babusar Top, Indus River, Harchu Waterfall, Rama Meadows, Rama Lake, Deosai Plains (Camping, BBQ & Bonfire) Sheosar Lake at Deosai, Sadpara Lake, Sarfrangah Desert, Blind Lake, Amburique Mosque Shigar, Khanqah-e-Mullah Shigar, Shigar Fort, Shigar Village, Manthoka Waterfall. Shyok River, Khaplu, Chaqchan Mosque Khaplu, Khaplu Palace, Saling, Machlu Village, Hushe (the last human settlement), Katpana Desert, Katpana Lake, Buddah Rock, Kharpochu Fort, Upper Kachura Lake, Lower Kachura Lake (Shangrila) & Nangaparbat View Point.