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Satpara Lake


Nestled amidst the breathtaking Karakoram Range, Satpara Lake is a stunning high-altitude reservoir located near Skardu in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. This mesmerizing lake, with its crystal-clear waters and panoramic views, is a haven for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and peace seekers alike.


Satpara Lake is situated about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) south of Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. It lies at the coordinates 35.2258° N latitude and 75.6273° E longitude, making it an easily accessible destination from Skardu by road.


The lake sits at an impressive altitude of approximately 2,636 meters (8,650 feet) above sea level. Its high elevation contributes to its cool climate and stunning alpine scenery.

Flora and Fauna

The region around Satpara Lake is rich in biodiversity. The flora includes a variety of alpine plants, coniferous trees, and wildflowers that bloom in vibrant colors during the summer months. The fauna is equally diverse, with the lake and its surroundings providing a habitat for various species of birds, including migratory birds, ducks, and eagles. Occasionally, one might spot mountain goats and ibexes grazing on the slopes.


The local culture around Satpara Lake is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Balti people. Visitors can experience the warm hospitality of the locals, enjoy traditional Balti music and dance, and savor local cuisine, which includes dishes like Skardu pulao, apricot soup, and butter tea.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Satpara Lake is from May to September when the weather is pleasant and the lake is accessible. During these months, the snow has melted, the flora is in full bloom, and the local festivals add a vibrant touch to the experience.

Temperature Chart and Average Temperature

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Low (°C)

The average annual temperature is around 10°C (50°F), with a summer average of 22°C (72°F) and a winter average of -4°C (25°F).

Activities and Things to Do

Satpara Lake offers a variety of activities for visitors:

  • Boating: Rent a boat and explore the serene waters of the lake.
  • Fishing: Try your hand at fishing; the lake is home to trout and other fish species.
  • Hiking: Enjoy scenic hikes around the lake and in the surrounding mountains.
  • Photography: Capture the stunning landscapes, especially during sunrise and sunset.
  • Camping: Set up a camp by the lakeside for an unforgettable night under the stars.
  • Cultural Tours: Visit nearby villages to experience Balti culture and hospitality.

Nearby Attractions

While visiting Satpara Lake, explore these nearby attractions:

  • Skardu Fort: A historic fort offering panoramic views of Skardu and the surrounding valleys.
  • Shigar Fort: A beautifully restored heritage hotel and museum, providing insights into the region’s history.
  • Deosai National Park: Known as the ‘Land of Giants’, this park is famous for its rich wildlife and vast plains.
  • Khaplu Palace: Another historical site that showcases the architectural beauty and cultural heritage of Baltistan.
  • Sheosar Lake: Located in Deosai National Park, this lake is another pristine spot for nature lovers.

Getting There

Satpara Lake is easily accessible from Skardu. Here’s how you can get there:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Skardu Airport, with regular flights from Islamabad. From the airport, it’s a short drive to the lake.
  • By Road: Skardu is connected by road to major cities like Gilgit and Islamabad. Buses and private cars are available for hire.
  • Local Transport: Once in Skardu, you can hire a taxi or a jeep to reach Satpara Lake.

Embark on a journey to Satpara Lake and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty and rich culture of this spectacular destination. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, Satpara Lake offers it all.


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