Thok-Si Khar(District Ghanche)

Khaplu is an administrative city of the district Ghanche in Gilgit-Baltistan. It lies at a distance of 103 km from Skardu city, with the significance of being the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of the Yabgo dynasty.Khaplu is a base for trekking in the northern areas leading to the greatest peaks of Masherbrum, K6, K7, and Chogolisa. One such ideal trekking spot is the thok-si khar point.

Location

Its located in district Ghanche, of Khaplu Valley. Thoksikhar is an old mosque nested on the highest mountain in the area. It was built around 5 hundred years ago. If you are standing in the center of Khaplu facing toward the south-east, Thoqsi Khar can be seen at the top of a hill at the altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level. The track is not recommended for children and older people or people with cardiac issues since it’s not sloppy or steep. It’s a straight and risky track. To assess the Mosque from Gharbuchung, the last human settlement in area, you need to trek for constant 3 hours since there’s no road for any vehicle to reach there. Gharbuchung village is the last point for vehicles as it is located about 3 km from the main city Khaplu.

Things to pack along

Pack the eatable, water is a must and also the packed snacks since there is no available tuck-shop in or near the trekking spot.

Though, once you reach the mosque, the locals have built a small eatery for chilling purposes.

Don’t forget to take your raincoats and umbrella along as due to high altitudes, the temperature drops and the chances of rain are somewhat likely.

Take plenty of water or fruits along.

And don’t forget to take along your favorite DSLR camera as once reached you would want to snap the magnificent scenes of Khaplu Valley. The scenic views of Siachen River, Shyok River and nearby located village gives a panoramic view.

Last but not the Last

Caution is to be taken that the area must be kept clean and not littered with waste or wrappers around.