Welcome to Khaplu Ghanche Gilgit Baltistan !
- Getting There
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Khaplu Ghanche Gilgit Baltistan is the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. Lying 103 km (64 mi) east of the town of Skardu, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River.
Khaplu Valley is 103 kilometres (64 miles) from Skardu and two hours by jeep. It is a sprawling village located at the confluence of the Indus and the Shyok Rivers in Pakistan.
Khaplu is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum mountains. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri and Siachen etc. are located there.
Khaplu has been called many names like “Shyok Valley,” “Ghangche” and “Little Tibet.” In Khaplu there are many historical places like the beautiful Chaqchan Mosque (700 years old founded by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, the first Islam preacher in this area). Raja Palace is a beautiful building and the last and best Tibetan-style palace in Pakistan. Khaplu Khanqah is attributed to Mir Mukhtar Akhyar and was built in 1712 AD/1124 AH.
Khaplu Valley is 103 kilometres (64 miles) from Skardu and two hours by car from Skardu.
Khaplu is the gateway to Masherbrum Peak, K-7, K-6, Chogolisa for mountaineers and Gondogoro la, Gondogoro Peak, Saraksa Glacier, Gondogoro Glacier, Masherbrum Glacier, Aling Glacier, Machlu Broq, Thaely La, Daholi lake, Kharfaq Lake, Ghangche Lake and Bara Lake for trekkers. Khaplu is a scenic place for hiking like Khaplu Braq, Khaplu Thung and Hanjoor,Kaldaq,kholi,Ehli. There is rafting on the Shyok River and rock climbing places like Biamari Thoqsikhar and DowoKraming (hot spring).
The most important religious monuments in Khaplu are the great Khanqa prayer hall, which was built by Sayyed Mohammad, a saint of the Islamic Nūrbkahshīya sect, in 1712, the Astana grave monument of the saint in the immediate vicinity of the large prayer hall and the Chakchan Mosque. The Astana grave monument has been perfectly restored by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan and thereby saved from total disintegration. The Chakchan Mosque is the largest and most important of the traditional mosques in Baltistan. After Klimburg (p. 155) its establishment as the Amburiq Mosque in Shigar Islamic missionary Sayyed Ali Shah Hamadani is attributed (14th century), which is considered historically as not secured like the Aburiq Mosque.
Chaqchan Mosque visit
Khaplu Broq for panoramic view
Saling fish point for angling
Visit of old village and local apricot
There are a number of limited accommodation facilities ranging from basic to three star.
Very few restaurants offering locally sourced food.