Suspension bridge between Khaplu and Skardu
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Skardu, Pakistan is known for being a major tourism, trekking, and expedition base in the northern area. The mountainous terrain in this region includes four of the highest peaks in the world which makes it an attractive destination for tourists and mountaineers.

Because of the presence of mountain ranges and high peaks in the area of Skardu, mountaineering and trekking are the main activities that tourists engage to when touring in this area. Because of the fact that many tourists around the world go to Skardu to experience a different kind of rush, many establishments have been developed in the area to host its many visitors.

The following 8,000m above peaks are accessible from Skardu: the K2, the Gasherbrums, the Broad Peak, and the Trango Towers.

Skardu is also known for the Deosai plain which is considered as the second highest plateau in the world next to Tibet. This area is widely patronized by trekkers and gives a beautiful view of the Deosai Lake.

Because of its closeness to the mountains, Skardu has moderately warm summers and extremely cold winters.

Skardu can be reached via land or air. Via land, the normal route is to pass through the Karakorum Highway to a link road in the Skardu valley. There are also flights between Skardu Airport and Islamabad which you can utilize in order to reach the province. Because of the climate, the roads that lead to Skardu can be blocked for a certain period of time depending on the weather conditions.

When in Skardu, it is advisable to go to the serene lakes of Kachura which is the location of the Shangri-La Resort Hotel Complex and the Sadpara Lake which is the major water supplier in town and is also known for its calm waters and beautiful surroundings.

If you are looking for adventure and picturesque places at the same time, there is no doubt that Skardu should be your chosen destination.

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