Skardu District

Skardu District (Urdu: ضلع سکردو‎) is part of Baltistan and currently constitutes one of the ten districts of the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of Pakistan.[1] It is bounded on the southeast by Kargil district in Ladakh, on the east by Kharmang District, on the northeast by Ghanche district, on the south by Baramulla and Kargil District, on the west by district Astore and on the north by Shigar District.

Skardu District

Map of Gilgit–Baltistan with Skardu highlighted in red.
Map of Gilgit–Baltistan with Skardu highlighted in red.
Country Pakistan
EstablishedJuly 1, 1970
 • Total15,000 km2 (6,000 sq mi)
 • Total214,848
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
Number of Tehsils4
Map of the Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, showing the six districts and tehsil boundaries. Skardu is light orange.
Skardu town as seen from the Skardu Fort
Elbaite crystal from Chhappu in the Braldu Valley, shigar Distract

Skardu town is the capital of the district and of Skardu District.

Sindh, Skardu

Mountain peaks and glaciersEdit

The highest peak in Skardu District is K2 (8,611 m) which is the highest peak in Pakistan and the second highest peak on earth. The Baltoro Muztagh (the subrange of Karakoram that includes the mighty peaks of K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum (8,000+ m) and Masherbrum (7,821 m) lie in the Skardu District. Askole is the last settlement in the district for all treks to Concordia (the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and Godwin-Austen Glacier). The Biafo Glacier and a major part of Hispar Glacier are also included in the Skardu District.[citation needed]

Skardu Karakurom Mountain


According to the Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015, Skardu is ranked 14 out of 148 districts in terms of education. For facilities and infrastructure, the district is ranked 89 out of 148.[2]

Deosai National ParkEdit

Deosai is one of the highest plains in the world. The district shares the territorial limits of Deosai National Park with Astore which has major portion, (second highest plains after Tibet). The Indus River enters the Gilgit–Baltistan territory from Ladakh.

Major townsEdit

Major towns of Skardu District include: Skardu, Roundu Valley, Parkutta, Sermik, Hussainabad Skardu, and Mehdiabad, Sadpara.

Mountain passesEdit

Hispar Pass and Gondoghoro Pass are also in the Skardu District.


Skardu is predominantly Shia, here 98% people are Shia, 2% are Noorbakshia Islam and 2% are Sunni.[3]

Most of the people are very simple and they don't want to take complexity in life and they often use old living life style.


Some of the lakes in the district are:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hussain, Zakir (2018). "Geo-Strategic Significance of Gilgit Baltistan: Political, Economic and Security Interests of Pakistan, India and China (1947-2013)". University of the Punjab , Lahore.
  2. ^ "Individual district profile link, 2015". Alif Ailaan. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  3. ^ "Sectarian Conflict in Gilgit-Baltistan". PILDAT. 1 May 2011.

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