Shyok River, Khaplu, Skardu, Pakistan

Shyok River, Khaplu, Skardu, Pakistan
Shyok River, Khaplu, Skardu, Pakistan

Khaplu (Urdu:خپلو) (Khapalu,[1] Balti: ཁལུ་) is the administrative capital of the Ghangche District of Gilgit-Baltistan. 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 of the Shyok River is 103 kilometres (64 miles) from Skardu and six hours by jeep. There is a sprawling village perched on the slopes of the steep mountains that hem in the river. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri and Siachen etc. are located here. The town is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum mountains.

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