Askole village is located about 85 kilometers from Skardu, Pakistan. Askole Village, Pakistan's highest and most remote village, the last human settlement before trek up to Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and highest peak and longest glaciers (outside polar region)on earth. The Askoe vilage is famous for gateway to Great Mountain on earth and longest glaciers on earth outside polar region. Askole village is the starting point of the trek to Baltoro Glacier, Biafo Glacier, Chogtai Glacier. The Climbing and trekking expedition stay here for a night and arrange porters. Askole village is gateway to K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums,Muztagh Towers, Uli Biaho Tower, Paiyu Peak, Baintha Brakk and Latok Peaks, and many more.
For journey from Skardu to Askole, the jeeps are available at Skardu. North of Skardu lies the vale of Shigar, a landscape of gentle, smiling fields dominated by a dreamy wooden village and an ancient carved mosque. Now the road climbs ever higher and valley walls close in until you reach Askle, a narrow bowl of a valley no wider, it seems, four or five kilometers, completely encircled by a range of snow caped peaks reaching heights of more than 5000m, looking very minute as if if they may fall over and crash down on this lost horizon. The land is sparse and the villagers hardy. Many work as porters and supply trains of the major mountaineering expeditions, for Askole is the starting point for the assault of the mountains of Concordia.
Trekking/climbing permit is required for major expeditions and trekking parties.
Camping facilities are available at Askole village. The camping fees are very reasonable and economical.
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