Learn about the different ways to get to Skardu and best time to go Skardu
Learn about the different ways to get to Skardu, including flights, buses, and private transportation. We also provide information on visa requirements and travel documents.
Smith is an employee in the foreign ministry of Sweden, and he has been working in the Swedish embassy in Pakistan for the last six months. He has been told that Pakistan is home to some of the best scenic views especially in the Northern part of the country. However, he is still not sure about how to access most of these areas. Some of his colleagues have suggested air travel but it will deprive him of the sceneries on the way. The current article is designed to provide a complete guide to the people like Smith about how to reach Skardu by using different modes. All the information included in the article is related to traveling from Islamabad to Skardu. The easiest but expensive way to reach Skardu is to take the daily flight from Islamabad to Skardu which are operated by the national airline PIA. However, Skardu airport does not have the computerized equipment required to land the flights in rainy or stormy weather. Thus, the flights are only available on clearer days. The round trip to Skardu may cost $ 80 to $ 200. Some people state that it is much safer for the tourists to come to Skardu by air as compared to the road journey. The major reason of this belief is the land sliding that can block the roads especially in the monsoon season. Additionally, there is a possibility of traffic jam on the roads in the peak season because the capacity of the area is lower and number of tourists is high.
There are four different routes that can be taken to reach Skardu from Islamabad by road. The first route is from Islamabad to Mansehra to Basham to Dasoo to Chilas to Jaglot to Skardu. Most of the roads are in very good condition allowing the visitors to reach their destination easily. However, there is a lack of other necessary infrastructural activities such as petrol pumps and rest areas on this route.
The second route is Islamabad to Mansehra to Basham to Dasoo to Chilas to Deosai to Skardu. The road from Chilas to Deosai is full of sceneries but is in a bad shape and condition. Heavy machinery has been installed at different points to cut the huge stones and develop a straight road. Authorities normally announce in advance about the construction work to be progressed and the related chances of land sliding. If there are no such threats, this is the most enjoyable road trip to Skardu.
The third route is from Islamabad to Mansehra to Balakot to Naran to Babusar top to Chilas to Jaglot to Skardu. This route is normally open in the summer months when there is the heaviest inflow of tourists in the area. However, the route is prone to land sliding at different places especially from Naran to Babusar top to Chilas. The authorities have been working hard to maintain the flow of traffic on this route by clearing the road after any land sliding happens.
Perhaps the best but the hardest route is from Islamabad to Mansehra to Balakot to Naran to Babusar top to Chilas to Deosai to Skardu. The toughest part in this route is from Chilas to Deosai because the road is broken at many points and the tour cannot be completed without an expert driver and a 4 X 4 jeep.
Once a family has reached Skardu, the best way to move around is with a local expert driver who can also play the part of a guide. This will allow the family to know about every prominent place in the area and be safer at the same time. For group of students or friends going to the area, the best option will be to go by bus because it will be the cheapest option in terms of price. Additionally, it will provide the opportunity to enjoy the different sceneries on the way.
It is also important that the tourists have specified a plan before going to the area so that they can enjoy their trip to the fullest. Some areas cannot be reached without hiring a jeep from a base area such as Skardu city. If the tourist group wants, the guides can also take it to trekking to some of the difficult areas. Different valleys such as Basho and Khaplu can be reached by the tourists through trekking.
Summer is the best season to visit the area because the roads are open and there is no threat of snowfall in the area. More specifically, may and June are the most appropriate months to visit the area because there is no chance of land sliding in the area. Another recommendation is to get the hotels booked well in advance and confirm their boking just before they are ready to leave for the trip. The vehicles used for the road trip should be in the perfect condition so that there is no issue during the trip. This is especially true with the tyres used with the vehicles because of the rough road conditions.