Chorbat Valley

Chorbat Valley

Chorbat Valley is a valley in Khaplu tehsil, Ghanche District of Gilgit–Baltistan the region of Pakistan and in south east of Nubra valley, Ladakh, India. It stretches from the northeastern half of Shyouk valley from Abandon village of Pakistani administrated ghanche district to Bogdang village of Indian occupied Nubra valley. Churbat on many occasion is incorporated with Khaplu valley, although virtually it also took it own distinction, Even sometimes it is consider differently (due to its geography and peculiar accent of language). All people of Churbat valley are Muslims (Nurbakshis) while it is the last northeastern valley from where the geography of Baltistan ends, while Ladakh begins.

The valley is surrounded by high rising peaks of the Karakoram mountain range and the bank the Shyok River. The climate is hard with little rain and extremely cold winters due to proximity to Siachen Glacier and other peaks and glaciers.

The natural resources of the valley include agriculture, horticultural resources, the shyok River, mountains and peaks.

The agriculture in the Valley is only summer based due to extreme cold in the winter where temperature goes to minus 10. The crops include some beans, maize and other food crops however communities have experimented less with the agriculture due to the natural limiting factors i.e. extreme cold.

Chorbat valley consists of more than 13 villages in Pakistan and 6 villages in India, in Pakistan villages of Chhorbat is Dawou, Marcha, Kuwas, Hassanabad, Partuk, Piun, Siksa, Kalaan, Sukhmos, Chhowar, Thongmus, Siari, & Franu, and in India, the villages are, Doethang, Tyaqsi, Turtuk, Chalunka, Beyoqdan.

The mountains and surrounding have generally no forests however there are some shrubs and herbs available which are generally used by the local communities as medicinal herbs, there is also a human-made forest in the saling which the largest forest in the whole district.

The Shyok River passing nearby the valley is one of the important resources of the area, irrigating the whole land.