The Shigar Valley (Urdu: وادی شگر‎) is a valley in Gilgit Baltistan in northern Pakistan that is watered by the Shigar River, and centred on the town of Shigar. The valley stretches about 170 km from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to the high mountains of the Karakoram. The town of Shigar is the largest settlement in valley. Even though the Shigar Valley is a remote and largely inaccessible place, there are several villages in the valley. Askole is the last settlement in the Shigar Valley, which is still far from the high mountains. Shigar was an administrative sub-division of Skardu District that is now a district in its own right.

Shigar is a top-notch, district of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Northern region of
Pakistan. It is a densely visited district and a hot favorite tourist
destination. The history of Shigar declares it a beautiful, heritage-
oriented Islamic land of northern Pakistan, after the 14 th century when
Syed Ali Hamdani visited the place and locals converted to Muslims.

Distance From Skardu?
As Skardu is the capital of the Baltistani region and the main tourist
destination, therefore the place also serves as a base camp for visiting
the beautiful landmarks of the Baltistani region. So Shigar is situated on
a drive of about 1hr 40 min from Skardu via Shigar road.
Tourists visiting Skardu, may leave for Shigar early in the morning and
return to their hotel in the evening.

Route To Shigar and Transport
If you are vacationing in Skardu, the ‘road trip’ is widely used for
tourists and locals as it’s just 23 km away. People board on local
transport used the rent-a-car facility in the area and also ride on bikes.
Jeeps are also available for families to reach Shigar, a gateway to the
great mountain peaks of the Karakorams, Gasherbrum & K-2.
There are daily flights booked from Islamabad to Skardu Airport, so
another option of reaching Skardu via flight and then a road journey to
Shigar is the other way.
Always-Check!

But it’s always good to check before leaving, so don’t forget to call and
confirm your flight from the airport.
It’s best to call 1422 tourist place, Gilgit-Baltistan, to know about the
situation of road, traffic and know about other options of transport and
accommodation.

What clothes should I Pack?
The weather is cold in the overall Blatistani region, therefore, don't
forget to pack the following when you leave:
– Warm pants or jeans.
– Socks
-Light gloves or mittens.
-Raincoat.
-Fleeces.
-Jacket or coat.
-Waterproof footwear.
-Waterproof luggage.
– a handful of polybags, to keep the area clean from waste and disposed
of cans.

Hotels in Shigar
There are comfortable yet affordable hotels in Shigar, ranging from a
standard room in Econo-star to lavishly- designed suits of Shigar Serene
Hotel. The prices are cheap and inexpensive.

Places to Visit in Shigar and Activities
– The Shigar View Point.
The beautiful Shigar Valley starts with a beautiful bridge called the
Shigar Bridge, on a 20 min drive from Skardu city. Crossing this
bridge comes a beautiful, Sarfaranga Cold desert, on a long,
smooth road stretching to adventurous Shigar View Point. The
place is called a viewpoint because a large area of Shigar Valley is
visible and you can have a bird’s eye view from here.
– The Blind Lake Shigar.
With a traveling time of 20 min from Shigar viewpoint, is located
this mesmerizing Blind Lake also known as Jarbazoo. The lake is
fresh, exotic and provides a magnificent spot for boating and
swimming for the tourists.
– The River of Shigar.
Another famous river is the shigar river because of its turquoise-
green color, splattering through the rocky mountains and
landscapes of Shigar Valley. The splashing sound of water and the
melodious voice of the bird is a die-for sight at this spot.
– The Shigar Fort, The Place on Rocks.
The fort has a fusion of entertainment plus culture for you,
massively packed inside. Trekking to the K2 camp nearby, are
major attractions.
– The Ambrique Mosque Shigar.
The mosque is also called Khilangrong. The old 2-floor mosque has
a dusty-wooden architecture that attracts people passionate
about history and antique designs.

Hashupi Bagh Shigar, The Apple Garden.

It’s an 80 min drive from Skardu city. The garden is a tourist spot
and rest area, enriched with an adequate variety of apple trees
and the juiciest cherries. Tourists often buy fresh fruits while
locals have got their hands-on on the freshest, organic vegetables.
– Baltoro Glaciers
The longest glaciers located in the Karakoram and the Himalayan
range are these Baltoro Glaciers. The place is for those, who love
trekking should be at this place, which can be reached by traveling
to Askoli Valley from Skardu city, with an additional 5-day walk
from Askoli.
– K2 Base Camp.
K2 base camp trek is the most popular trekking holiday for foreign
trekkers that visit Pakistan. This place is one of the greatest treks
on trekking of 7 days from Baltoro Glaciers. The trek normally
takes around 14 days once you reach a small village named
Askole. After reaching this small, green oasis, you can trek or take
horses, and the real, and great adventure begins here!

Shigar Fort History, Importance, and Structure
The complex at Shigar comprises the 400-year-old Fort/Palace.
Since its creation and after the demise of the Rajas who belonged
there, this monument also was restored by the Aga Khan Cultural
Service Pakistan (AKCSP-P) and make it vulnerable for public visits,
tourists' stay, and locals trademark. After the tremendous
transformation, the fort has turned into a hotel as ‘Serena Shigar
hotels/Fort’.

The incredible part is that the furniture of rooms that include
beds, tables, chairs, and roof ceilings are carved out of the original
wood of the fort and transformed into a modern and comfortable
utility of today.

Food in Shigar Valley
Amidst a historic stone and wood design, Fong Khar Restaurant in
Shigar Serene Hotel invites conversation among guests while
savoring an innovative menu of Pakistani, Balti, Chinese, and
Continental specialties.

What is Shigar famous for?
Shigar has plenty of apricots trees, ready to be plucked directly
and enjoyed under the mesmerizing sun rays. The specialty of
Shigar is ‘ Khumani’, (apricot) and the juiciest variety of apples!
Apart from this, local restaurants are also serving in the area with
good quality food savor.
Shigar is famous for providing the best trekking spots and tracks
for trek-lovers. A well-known place for trekking in Shigar is
‘Thallauy La’, an easy, 13-day trek between shigar and Khaplu
Valley.

Things to remember!
Since the place is lying on the borderlines of the country so the
nationals of the country need to bring their CNIC( Country
National Identity Card) along, while a passport and a valid VISA
are a must for foreigners.