Cold Desert, The World’s Highest Desert In Pakistan


The Cold Desert, also called the Katpana Desert or Biama Nakpo, is a high-elevation desert situated close Skardu, in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan district. The desert contains territories of huge sand ridges that are here and there shrouded in snow during winter. Arranged at a height of 2,226 meters (7,303 feet) above ocean level, the Katpana Desert is probably the highest desert in the world.

The desert, in fact, extends from the Khaplu Valley to Zanskar in Ladakh, yet the biggest desert territory is found in Skardu and Shigar Valley. The segment most visited is situated close to Skardu Airport.

This is one of the most wonderful vacation spots of Northern Areas in Pakistan. It is called Cold Desert of Skardu. Its hypnotizing cold evenings and glorious sandy view makes it a magnificent spot to visit. There are huge sandhills in Katpana Desert which gives a tremendous look.

The temperature in the desert can go as low as – 25°C between the long periods of December and January.

Cold desert at dusk.— S.M.Bukhari

Katpana village, Skardu— S.M.Bukhari

Shangrila resorts, Skardu. — S.M.Bukhari

Katpana sand dunes at night. — S.M.Bukhari

Katpana sand dunes in the morning. — S.M.Bukhari

When to Visit?

It is better in the event that you visit Skardu in the summers since it is very cold in winters. The most fascinating point about Skardu is that it has a sandy desert territory. You will discover tremendous sand fields here in Skardu. The spot is a visitor’s top pick. You will see the individuals of Skardu as understanding and the general climate is inviting. In spite of the fact that you can discover every one of the things required for day by day use in the business sectors of this city, it is better in the event that you convey your prescriptions with you. Keep comfortable garments with you. In winters you may require intemperate comfortable garments in light of the fact that the spot is extremely cold in winters. You can appreciate quiet relaxes here at Skardu. It is an exquisite spot to be.

How to Reach there?

You can reach Skardu via air, as the air terminal is operational in Skardu for the last numerous years now. You can likewise reach there by street. It relies upon the time you need to spend around there and your very own inclination. The street course is delightful. It is through the Karakoram Highway which lies alongside the Indus track for a large portion of its being. You can reach Skardu in 2 days while dropping by street. The multi-day voyage will be a remarkable one for you. Reach Skardu via air or by street, you will like the spot either way.