In the morning, continue another 40
minutes drive to Shigar Valley.
Shigar valley -
the gateway to the four of the world’s
highest mountains including K2 (8611 M), the second
highest peak on earth and hundreds of peaks above 7000
m. This is the region where forms the world’s longest
In Shigar we will visit Shigar
Village, see the 14th century Amburiq Mosque (One of
the most ancient mosques in the Shigar Valley) built
by the Amir Kabir Syed Ali Hamdani, the first Islamic
preacher in Baltistan who converted the majority of
mass into Islam. Stroll around in the village and
visit the small local bazaar.
Lunch at Shigar Fort Residence
at an altitude of 2250 meters, a fort palace standing
on the bank of Shigar stream is built upon a massive
rock. This 350-years old Fort has been renovated by
the “Agha Khan Trust for Culture” and is the only one
of its kind in Pakistan.
Drive back to Skardu and visit to
is Skardu Valley's main lake. In 2002, the
Government of Pakistan
had decided to build a dam on the Sadpara Lake
allocating $10 million to the Sadpara Dam project, two
years later in 2004. Progress on the project was,
however, been slow. Sadpara Lake is 6 miles (9.7 km)
from Skardu. Sadpara Lake is one of the largest fresh
water lakes in the countryside offering trout fishing,
and row boating. This lake is also the source of
Skardu's drinking water.
Return to hotel for dinner and