The word “gang” in the Balti language means “glacier”, and ‘”che” is used as a superlative term to indicate “an abundance”. Therefore Ghangche is one of the high-altitude districts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. ‘Khaplu’ is the administrative capital of Ghanche district.
Distance of Ghanche from Skardu:
The distance of Ghanche from Skardu is 103 km. You can board local transport or rent a car from Skardu, As you pass by several herds of sheep and after crossing the bridge at River Indus, one finally enters Ghanche.
The weather of Ghanche is col and usually 13C. The ideal time to visit the Ghanche district is from July to September as the weather is pleasant.
Places to Visit in Ghanche
Ghanche valley is home to some of the highest peaks on earth which are Masherbrum, Sia kangri, Saltoro Kangri, K7, K6, Laila Peak, Naiza peak, and Amin Braq. Hushe valley is a hub of adventure tourism in Baltistan. Other top attractions are:
- Khaplu Fort
- Ghanche Lake
- Chaqchan Mosque
- Hushe Valley
- Nangma Valley
- Thalley Valley
- Hot Springs of Kondus Valley
- Kharfaq Lake
- Thoksi Kar
The places are excellent for trekking whereas Khaplu Fort enjoys the significance of being the historic place in the district.
Khaplu Fort/ Palace
This beautiful fort, with the deep history associated with it, is now a part of the Serena Hotel. Not only do you get to stay in the fort as a valued guest, but you can also visit their museum section, and learn more about its history- brilliant!
Food in Ghanche
Ghanche is famous for its apricots, peaches, cherries, apples, and pears. The whole valley is full of fruit trees. Apricots are a more common fruit tree and source of income in this district.
Furthermore, boiled potatoes, milk, lassi, Yak’s meat, are the most famous cuisine of this district.
Hotels in Ghanche
Hotels in Ghanche are very reasonable and affordable. For availability, you can contact on tourist place helpline number 1422 allocated for tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Transport in Ghanche:
The feasibility of having a private car or cabin provided by the management is also admirable. Just in emergency cases or medical assistance, immediate transport may be provided.
The place is really friendly, natural, and far from the world’s hustle-bustle. A perfect palace for a relaxing vacation awaits you in the gigantic Karakoram range of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The authorities deserve kudos who are consistently working on preserving the historic value of Ghanche for future generations to learn from. A little help from our side would do a lot only if we care to keep these valuable places clean and tidy for our future trips and tours.
And importantly, the beauty of the place is its culture, heritage, and norms of the local, without which its charisma collapses. So, We need to respect, follow and give its preservance ultimate importance.