Duration of the Tour: 07 days / 08 nights
Location: Astor Valley & Baltistan – Pakistan
Best Season: May to October
Route: Islamabad- Chilas – Astor valley – Deosai – Skardu – Shigar valley.
Baltistan is situated in the Northern part of Pakistan, the area is sandwiched between China and Indian held Kashmir and bisect by the Indus River, North of the Indus Karakuram range raises in the serried wall 150 km thick with over 100 peaks higher then 7000 meters. South of the Indus the Uninhabited Deosai Plateau separated India from Pakistan.
Deosai Plains are among the highest plateaus in the world situated at an average height of plain (4000m) 13,500 ft above sea level. The Deosai Plains cover an area of almost 3,000 square kilometer, situated at 32km south of Skardu. In Balti, the region is known as “Behr Sar” means place of flowers. For over half the year – between November and May Deosai is snow bond, in the summer months when the snow clears up, Deosai is accessible from Skardu in the north and the Astore Valley in the west.
The spectacular scenery that Deosai offers from mid June to mid September is highlighted by some 150 species of vegetation. The landscape is covered with wild flowers that make the Plains radiant with bright colors throughout the summer.The presence of unique wildlife compliments Deosai’s natural vegetation. The Plains are home to the Himalayan ibex, Tibetan red Wolf, Tibetan Red Fox, golden marmots, the ladakh urial, the snow leopard, the Himalayan brown bear, and a number of resident and migratory birds. Deosai National Park was established in 1993 as part of a joint effort between the Himalayan Wildlife project, the Gilgit-Baltistan Forestry and Wildlife Department, and local communities to secure the survival of the brown bear in the Deosai Plains. Deosai Plateau offers several opportunities for trekking and sightseeing. Deosai is easily accessible from Skardu, the central town of Baltistan.