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Astore Of the 14 districts of GB, Astore is one of the southern-most districts and is bounded by Azad Kashmir to its south, Chilas to its west, Gilgit to its north and Skardu to its east. It can be reached from Jaglot and Skardu, however, the latter route is closed for most of the year as it passes through the high altitude Deosai Plains.
Astore valley served as a major trading route to and from the valley of Kashmir via the scenic Burzil pass in the days before the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Legend has it that a Persian adventurer by the name of Ghazi Makhpun married a girl from the royal family of Skardu, and their four sons subsequently became the rulers of Astore, Kharmang, Skardu and Rondu.

Rama Meadows/Lake

Rama Meadows get their name from the nearby village of Rama, only 11 km from Astore. This place is replete with greenery, as lush green meadows, spruces and pine trees spread over a large area. Fresh water streams can be seen snaking through the meadows, with Nanga Parbat and Chongra Peaks offer exhilarating views in the background. There is also a lake, which goes by the same name Rama, near the meadows which can be accessed via jeep ride during the summers.

Rattu Ski Camp

Rattu is a small village lying south-west of Astore town. It is known for its high-altitude ski camp managed by the Pakistan Army. During the winters, many skiers visit Rattu to enjoy the skiing on the snowy slopes of Rattu. It also known for fishing and trophy hunting of the famed Astore Markhors.

Nanga Parbat Rupal Face

The south face of the mighty Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat, can be seen from a remote village in the Rupal valley of Astore. The village goes by the name of Tarishing, and close by lies the famed Herrligkoffer Base Camp of Nanga Parbat. From here, a dramatic 5000 m ice wall rises from the valley floor to the summit.
Treks in Rupal valley, which are mostly easy to do, offer astonishing views of the Nanga Parbat massif.


A piece of hidden paradise lying in the extreme south of district Astore, Minimarg is a place unlike any other. It is home to the famous Rainbow Lake, and is characterized by smooth mountain slopes adorned with cedar and pine trees. Due to its proximity with the Indian border, the area requires a special No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the Pakistan Army[A1]  for tourists to visit the valley. However, in recent years the restrictions have been eased and it is now much easier to obtain an NOC.