Tourist Attractions

Khaplu (Ghangche)

Khaplu (Ghangche)

Khaplu has called many names like “ Shyok Valley”,” Ghangche” and Little Tibet. Khaplu is Head Quarter of Ghangche District. In Khaplu there are many historical places like Chaqchan Mosque a most beautiful mosque in Asia (700 years old founded by Syed Ali Hamdani, the first Islam preacher in this area), Khaplu Palace is a beautiful building, is the last & best Tibetan style palace in Pakistan, and Khanqah of Khaplu, is attributed to Syed Muhammad Shah S/O Syed Mukhtar “ Peer Norbaksha “ & was built in 1712 AD / 1124 AH,. and so many other historical and Architectural building placed in Khaplu.

Khaplu is the gateway to Masherbrum Peak, K7, K-6, Namika, Chogolisa for mountaineers and Gondogoro la, Gondogoro Peak, Saraksa Glacier, Gondogoro Glacier, Masherbrum Glacier, Aling Glacier, Kandey Nangma, Machlu Broq, Thaely La, Daholi lake, Kharfaq Lake, Ghangche Lake and Bara Lake for trekkers, Khaplu is a very beautiful place for hiking like Khaplu Braq, Khaplu Thung and Kaldaq. One most grade opportunity for rafting on Shyok River, as well as the rock climbing places like Biamari Thoqsikhar and DowoKraming ( Hot Spring ). At 2555 meters, Khaplu is cooler than Skardu, with the friendly character of the people and superb walks along irrigation channels; Khaplu is well worth visiting and the nicest place to stay in Baltistan.

Chaqchan Masque Khaplu

It is said that the site of the mosque has always been a place of worship from the very existence of human life in this area. A mosque was built by Amir -e- Kabir Syed Ali Hamdani in the 14th Century AD. The architectural design of the mosque is unique and presents the true picture of ancient Islamic art.

Khanqah of Khaplu

Khanqah of Khaplu is attributed to Syed Muhammad Shah & was built in 1712 AD / 1124 AH.

Khaplu Palace

Khaplu Palace is a beautiful historical building of the last & best Tibetan style in Pakistan. This palace was built by the rulers of Khaplu in the middle of 19th century.

Khaplu Brouq

Khaplu Brouq is a nice and beautiful picnic spot, with lush green fields surrounded by snow clad peaks.

Khaplu Palace:

The abode of the former rulers of Khaplu –the Yabgos is one of the best built heritage in the whole Gilgit,Baltistan region of Pakistan. This magnificent Palace like an Eagle’s Nest was originally built on top of the Rock tower by Yabgo Silim Lde- the ruler of Khaplu in 1460 AD with fortification all around .when the Dogras conquered Baltistan in 1840 AD. Khaplu Palace is a beautiful historical building of the last & best Tibetan style in Pakistan. From the balconies of the palace you can have very beautiful view of the town as well as the mountain.

Treks in & Around Khaplu.

There are some very beautiful treks of the single day in and around the town for which no special & expensive arrangement are required .

  • Hanjor- Kaldaq Trek: A full day trek through very spectacular and lush-green fields. In this trek you will view local people working in their traditional way and as well as the Golden Marmots busy in their seek & hide habit.
  • Chaqchan Tho-rtse-Khar Trek: a full day trek. You will visit a Chaqchan Mosque crossing the idyllic villages of Hippi & Gharbuchung, finally ascend the bewildering rock-tower of Thor-rtse-Khar. At this point you can witness the foundations of the ancient fortified palace of the former ruling family of Khaplu valley.A mosque of that time is still preserved there. From this tower you will have the most thrilling bird view of Khaplu town and the surrounding high peaks of Karakoram.
  • Hanjor Surmo Trek it is also a full day trek. Walking through the beautiful Hanjor & Kaldaq field & viewing the Marmot you will arrive in the Surmo from where can view the Mashabrum Peak subject to clear weather. From this village you will walk on the main road and arrive back to the town.
  • Muchulu La Trek. Having just a view of K-2 required three days of walking. Karakoram Lodge have developed an itinerary to have the glimpse of the mighty mountain just after two days walk from the town of Machulu.
  • Hushe Humbrok Trek: These beautiful,spring- fed pastures of and high above, Hush are asy to reach on a day hike (about four hours up and two hours back).From Hushe,cross to the west side of the river on the lower of two bridges and walk half an hour up Humbrok Nala.Cross it on a wooden bridge and follow the north bank all the way to the pastures.