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Khaplu Valley

Khaplu District
Khaplu District is located in Karakoram
Khaplu District
Khaplu District
Location in Pakistan
Country  Pakistan
Province Northern Areas
District Ghangche
Elevation 8,400 ft (2,560 m)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) GMT+6 (UTC+6)

Khaplu District (Balti: ཁལུ་) is a valley in the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Lying 103 km (64 mi) east of Skardu town, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. The town is also known as Khapalu.

The town is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum and siachen mountains.

Most of the people in the town speak Balti language.

See also


  • Shridhar Kaul: Ladakh through the Ages, towards a New Identity. Indus Publishing 1992, ISBN 81-85182-75-2 (resricted online copy (Google Books))
  • Sarina Singh, Lindsay Brown, Paul Clammer, Rodney Cocks, John Mock, Kimberley O'Neil: Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway. Lonely Planet 2008, ISBN 1-74104-542-8, p. 292-293 (resricted online copy (Google Books))

External links

  • Khaplu in the Tibet-Encyclopaedia (German)
  • auf archnet.orgFort Khaplu
  • Photo of the Khaplu place complex
  • Photo of the mosque in Khaplu
  • View of the village at
  • Photos from Khaplu by Atif Khan Youguvi
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