Skardu District

The Skardu District (Urdu: ضلع سکردو‎) is one of the 14 districts of Pakistan-administered territory of Gilgit-Baltistan.[1] The Skardu District is bounded on the east by the Ghanche District, on the south by the Kharmang District, on the west by the Astore District and on the north-west by the Rondu District. The district headquarters is the town of Skardu, which is also the division headquarters.

Skardu District

ضلع سکردو
Map of Gilgit–Baltistan showing its 14 districts
Map of Gilgit–Baltistan showing its 14 districts
Sovereign state Pakistan
Administered territory Gilgit-Baltistan
DivisionBaltistan Division
HeadquartersSkardu
Area
 • Total15,000 km2 (6,000 sq mi)
Population
 • Total214,848
Number of tehsils4
The town of Skardu as seen from the Skardu Fort
A view of the Indus River in the Skardu District

Mountain peaks and glaciersEdit

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

 
View of the Karakoram Mountains

EducationEdit

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

Deosai National ParkEdit

The Deosai Plateau is one of the highest plateaus in the world. The Skardu District shares the area of the Deosai National Park with the Astore District, which has a major portion. The Deosai Plateau is the second- highest plateau in the world, after the Tibet Plateau.

Major townsEdit

The major towns of the Skardu District are: Hussainabad Skardu, Mehdiabad, Parkutta, Rondu Valley, Satpara, Sermik, and Skardu.

DemographyEdit

People of the Skardu District are predominantly of the Shia sect of Islam, where 98% of the people are of the Shia sect, 2% are of the Noorbakshi sect, and 2% are of the Sunni sect.[3]

LakesEdit

The main lakes in the district are:

Mountain passesEdit

The Gondogoro Pass is located in the Skardu District.

See alsoEdit

Geography of Gilgit–Baltistan

ReferencesEdit

  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.

External linksEdit

Skardu on Wikivoyage