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Skardu District (Urdu: ضلع سکردو) is part of Baltistan and currently constitutes one of the ten districts of the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of Pakistan. It is bounded on the southeast by Kargil district in the Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir, 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.
Map of Gilgit–Baltistan with Skardu highlighted in red.
|Autonomous territory||Gilgit Baltistan|
|Established||July 1, 1970|
|• Total||15,000 km2 (6,000 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Number of Tehsils||4|
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.
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.
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.
Hispar Pass and Gondoghoro Pass are also in the Skardu District. Skardu is a beautiful place where 8o % people are Shia, 15% are Noorbakshia Islam and few are Sunni in Skardu city. Most of people are very simple and they don't want to take complexity in life and they often use old living life style. Manthokha
Some of the lakes in the district are: