Ghanche District, the easternmost district of Gilgit–Baltistan, is one of the coldest places in Pakistan. It is also referred to as the ‘Third Pole’ as the temperature often drops down to -20 °C during the winters.
Ghanche Distric leads to Khaplu Valley and Hushe Valley as well as to the sub-range of Karakoram including the majestic peaks of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums and Masherbrum.
Here is a look at the awe-inspiring region of Ghanche and its surrounding areas.
1. The daily routine of people at Khaplu – Khaplu is made up of 56 blocks. Each block has many villages.
2. On the way to Khaplu – All the blocks at Khaplu have been divided into three: Khaplu, Daghoni and Masherbrum.
3. A beautiful stream bubbling through the valley – The pictursque village of Khaplu is sitting atop the slopes of the mountains bordered by Shyok River.
4. The season of autumn paints the valley in superb shades of yellow, orange, amber green and brown colors.
5. A marvelous waterfall somewhere in the middle of the forest in Khaplu.
6. The striking view of Khaplu Palace at night. It is locally known as Yabgo Khar.
7. An aerial shot of Machlu, one of the villages in Khaplu, Ghanche.
8. The serene Shyok River. Locals call it ‘Gangchay’, a Balti word for a glacier.
9. Autumn season sparks up Thalay village. The bright colors are certainly magical.
10. Another scenic shot of Shyok River, the river of death.
11. A view of sundown at Saltoro Mountains which are located in the heart of the Karakoram.
12. The forest of Khaplu. The village is often called as ‘Little Tibet’ and Ghangche.
13. A look at the lives of people living in the village.
14. A road leading to the valley.
There is no doubt that Ghanche district is supremely beautiful.