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The Tranquility Of Ghanche – The Hidden Gem Of Pakistan

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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.

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.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

2. On the way to Khaplu – All the blocks at Khaplu have been divided into three: Khaplu, Daghoni and Masherbrum.

2. On the way to Khaplu - All the blocks at Khaplu have been divided into three: Khaplu, Daghoni and Masherbrum.
S.M. Bukhari/ Facebook.com

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.

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.
S.M Bukhari/ Facebook.com

4. The season of autumn paints the valley in superb shades of yellow, orange, amber green and brown colors.

4. The season of autumn paints the valley in superb shades of yellow, orange, amber green and brown colors.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

5. A marvelous waterfall somewhere in the middle of the forest in Khaplu.

5. A marvelous waterfall somewhere in the middle of the forest in Khaplu.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

6. The striking view of Khaplu Palace at night. It is locally known as Yabgo Khar.

6. The striking view of Khaplu Palace at night. It is locally known as Yabgo Khar.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

7. An aerial shot of Machlu, one of the villages in Khaplu, Ghanche.

7. An aerial shot of Machlu, one of the villages in Khaplu, Ghanche.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

8. The serene Shyok River. Locals call it ‘Gangchay’, a Balti word for a glacier.

8. The serene Shyok River. Locals call it 'Gangchay', a Balti word for a glacier.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

9. Autumn season sparks up Thalay village. The bright colors are certainly magical.

9. Autumn season sparks up Thalay village. The bright colors are certainly magical.
S.M. Bukhari/ Facebook.com

10. Another scenic shot of Shyok River, the river of death.

10. The serene Shyok River. Locals call it 'Gangchay' a Balti word for a glacier.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

11. A view of sundown at Saltoro Mountains which are located in the heart of the Karakoram.

11. A view of sundown at Saltoro Mountains which are located in the heart of the Karakoram.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

12. The forest of Khaplu. The village is often called as ‘Little Tibet’ and Ghangche.

12. The forest of Khaplu. The village is often called as 'Little Tibet'  and Ghangche.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

13. A look at the lives of people living in the village.

13. A look at the lives of people living in the village.
S.M. Bukhari/ Dawn

14. A road leading to the valley.

14. A road leading to the valley.
S.M. Bukhari/ Facebook.com

There is no doubt that Ghanche district is supremely beautiful.

All of the amazing pictures in the post are courtesy of S.M. Bukhari. You can reach him on his Facebook page.